Douglas A. Stow

Douglas Stow

Professor of Geography

Interim Department Chair

Storm Hall 307B
Department of Geography
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4493
(619) 594-5498

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Douglas (Doug) Stow is a Distinguished Professor of Geography at San Diego State University (SDSU) and has been on the faculty there for 35 years. He has worked in the remote sensing field for almost 40 years and his research focuses on multitemporal image analysis, with an emphasis on mapping and monitoring of land use and land cover, vegetation and habitat condition, and post-hazard damage. He is the primary instructor of remote sensing courses at SDSU and is the Co-Director of the Center for Earth Systems Analysis Research. Doug has served as major advisor of 13 doctoral and 60 master’s degree students. He has authored 160 refereed publications and served as a principal investigator for 41 grants and contracts with funding totaling over $30 million, mostly on remote sensing topics. Doug is an ASPRS Fellow and received the SAIC John Estes Teaching Award from ASPRS, and the Association of American Geographers Remote Sensing Specialty Group, Outstanding Contributions in Remote Sensing Award. He was selected as the Albert W. Johnson Lecturer for the 2015-16 Academic Year, the most prestigious research award given to a SDSU faculty member, and with it was designated Distinguished Professor of Geography.

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1985, Doctoral Intercampus Transfer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1978
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1976
  • GEOG 104: Geographic Information Science and Spatial Reasoning
  • GEOG 591: Remote Sensing of Environment
  • GEOG 592: Intermediate Remote Sensing of Environment
  • GEOG 688: Advanced Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 688L: Advanced Remote Sensing Lab
  • GEOG 780: Seminar in Techniques of Spatial Analysis
  • Wildfire fuel and spread relationships for chaparral shrublands of southern California
  • Repeat Station Imaging (RSI) in support of wide-area and time-sensitive land surface monitoring
  • Monitoring shrubland habitat reserves in southern California with remote sensing and image processing technologies.
  • Forest canopy and land cover and land use change in Fanjinshan National Nature Reserve, China – a Golden Monkey reserve.
  • NSF Complex Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Award (Co-PI, Douglas Stow) Impacts of ecosystem service payments in coupled natural and human systems

Doctoral Students

  • Andy Loerch — Post-hazard damage assessment through integration of unmanned aerial systems, repeat station imaging, and neural network change detection
  • Hsiao-chien Shih — Determining the absolute and relative timing of urban land use change and urban migration with moderate spatial resolution satellite and high frequency census data
  • Emanuel Storey — Examining wildfire frequency and drought effects on postfire chaparral recovery based on Landsat spectral vegetation index time series

Master’s Students

  • Blair Mirka — Detection of arboreal animals through integrated unmanned aerial systems, thermal infrared sensing and repeat station imaging
  • Gavin Schag — Determining fuel and terrain controls on wildfire rate of spread using repetitive airborne thermal infrared imaging
  • Kelsey Warkentin — Monitoring shrub cover changes on San Clemente Island
  • Chi-Feng Yen — Monitoring urban land use dynamics using geographic object-based image change analysis