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Dr. James K. Lein, Professor
Clippinger 107

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-12:00 and 2:00-3:00 or by appointment

Ph.D., Kent State U., 1986

I specialize in the area of applied environmental science and geospatial analysis. My research centers on the exploitation of GISc methods within the context of Remote Sensing, Geospatial Modeling, Geographic Information Systems and Applied Artificial Intelligence. Currently, my research agenda focuses on the application of Remote Sensing and GIS modeling to problems that fall within the topical areas of land resource analysis/sustainability, environmental monitoring/characterization, and environmental decision making.  Within this systematic specialization my research and teaching centers on improving our understanding of the relationships between land development and resource use and the examination of human impact on the patterns and processes that characterize the physical environment. In my career, I have served as Executive Director of the OhioView Consortium for Remote Sensing Research and Education, President of the Eastern Great Lakes Region, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and the Executive Board of Directors of the Applied Geography Conferences.

Courses Taught:
  • Geography 2680: Introduction to GIS and the Mapping Sciences
  • Geography 4660/5660: Principles of Remote Sensing
  • Geography 4670/5670: Advanced Remote Sensing Applications
  • Geography 4710/5710: Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Geography 4750/5750: GIS Modeling and Landscape Analysis
  • Seminar: Topics bridging geospatial analysis and environment/planning


Representative Publications:


James K. Lein (2015) Projecting Regional Sustainability Trends using Geospatial Analytics, Papers in Applied Geography,1, 119-128.


James K. Lein (2014) Toward a Remote Sensing Solution for Regional Sustainability Assessment and Monitoring, Sustainability, 6, 2067-2086.


James Lein, “Hazard Characterization of Induced Seismicity in Eastern Ohio: A Scenario Anlysis Using HAZUS-MH”, Papers of the Applied Geography Conference, (2013), 36, 118-128.
Kropp, W.W. Lein, J.K. (2013) Scenario Analysis for Urban Sustainability Assessment: A Spatial Multicriteria Decision Analysis Approach, Environmental Practice: Journal of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, 15 (2), 133-146.

James K. Lein  (2012) Environmental Sensing: Analytical Techniques for Earth Observation, Springer, New York, NY.,334pp
James K. Lein “Deriving Measurement Endpoints Using Moderate Resolution Sensors: Meeting the Monitoring Challenge for Ecological Risk Assessment in Ares Subject to Hydrualic Fracturing, Papers of the Applied Geography Conference, (2012), 35, 27-35

Selected Student Projects:

Penny Morgan, Green Jobs Creation and Sustainable Economic Development in Appalachia

Heather DeWalt, Evaluating 25 Years of Environmental Change Using A Combined Remote Sensing-Earth Trend Modeling Approach: A Northern California Case Study

Benjamin Shender,  Geospatial Patterns of Peak Oil Vulnerability in Appalachian Ohio

Walter Kropp,  A Spatial Mutlicriteria Decision Analysis Approach for Evaluating  Sustainable Development
Matthew Alden, Remote Sensing Techniques for Monitoring Coal Surface Mining and  Reclamation in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming, 2009

Lyndsey Abel, Evaluating A Method for Measuring Community Vulnerability to Hazards: A Hurricane Case Study in New Orleans