Douglas A. Stow

Douglas Stow

Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Geography

(on FERP)

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

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Research Group

Dr. Douglas (Doug) Stow is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University (SDSU) and has been on the faculty there for almost 37 years. He has worked in the remote sensing field for over 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 14 doctoral and 64 master’s degree students. He has authored 180 refereed publications and served as a principal investigator for 48 grants and contracts with funding totaling over $35 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, 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, and post-disturbance recovery for shrublands of southern California
  • Repeat Station Imaging (RSI) in support of wide-area and time-sensitive land surface monitoring
  • Monitoring shrubland habitat in southern California with remote sensing and image processing technologies
  • 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
  • Krista West - Changing wildfire risk to communities in and adjacent to the wildland-urban interface, associated with climate and vegetation change

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
  • Keaton Shennan - Geovisualization of wildfire spread processes
  • Thomas Smith - Plant canopy change analyses based on multi-temporal aerial imagery and Structure from Motion techniques
  • Kelsey Warkentin — Monitoring shrub cover changes on San Clemente Island
  • Noah Young - Frequency distribution signatures of land use change image objects