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Northwest Missouri State University

Yi-Hwa Wu

Yi-Hwa Wu



1075 Garrett-Strong


660.562.1055 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2004



  • Ph.D., Department of Geography; University of Utah, 2003
  • M.S., Graduate Institute of Building and Planning; National Taiwan University, 1993
  • B.S., Department of Geography; National Taiwan University, 1991

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Customized GIS
  • Senior Seminar Geography
  • Application of Remotely Sensed Data (online course)
  • Principles of GIS (online course)
  • Digital Cartography and GeoVisualization (online course)
  • Advanced GIS
  • Issues in Cartographic Design (online course)
  • GIScience Research Seminar (online course)
  • Special Topic: Geoprocessing with Python (online course, developed and taught)
  • GIS Theory and Research (online course, developed and taught)
  • Raster GIS and Modeling (online course)
  • GIS Customization (online course)
  • Trends in GIS (online course)

Academic Interests

  • Geographic Information Science
  • Transportation
  • Time Geography
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Spatial Modeling
  • Geocomputation
  • GIS Customization
  • Visualization
  • Remote Sensing

Scholarly Activity


  • Hung, M.-C., Wu, Y.-H., Patton, J., 2012, Use of Formosat-2 Satellite Images with High Cross-Track Angle on Detecting Stream Sediment around Road Crossing in Badriver Watershed, WI, USA, a final report submitted to Formosat-2 Image Application and Distribution Center, National Taiwan University (NTU SAT-2) and Taiwan National Space Organization (NSPO), 16 pp.  
  • Wu, Y.-H. and Hung, M.-C., 2011, Book review of “New Frontiers in Urban Analysis: In Honor of Atsuyuki Okabe” edited by Drs. Yasushi Asami, Yukio Sadahiro, and Toru Ishikawa in Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Vol.77, No.2, p.108. 
  • Hung, M.-C., Wu, Y.-H., and Patton, J.J., 2009. Database Management System and Interface for APEX, a final report submitted to Blackland Research and Extension Center (BREC), Texas AgriLife Research, Texas A&M University System, 49 pp (22 pp for user manual + 27 pp for final report). 
  • Miller, H.J. and Wu, Y. H., 2002.  Transportation Hazards Consequence Tool, Information Guide.  National Consortia on Remote Sensing in Transportation. 

Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Wu, Y.-H., Hung, M.-C. Patton, J., 2013. Assessment and Visualization of Spatial Interpolation of Soil pH Values in Farmland, Precision Agriculture.
  • Wu, Y.-H. and Hung, M.-C., 2010. Non-connective linear cartograms for mapping traffic conditions, Cartographic Perspectives, Vol.65, pp.33-50.
  • Hung, M.-C. and Wu, Y.-H., 2005. Mapping and visualizing the Great Salt Lake landscape dynamics using multi-temporal satellite images, 1972-1996. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26(9), 1815-1834.
  • Wu, Y.-H. and Miller, H.J., 2002. Computational tools for measuring space-time accessibility within transportation networks with dynamic flow. Journal of Transportation and Statistics, (special issue on accessibility), 4(2/3), 1-14.
  • Wu, Y.-H., Miller, H.J., and Hung, M.-C., 2001. A GIS-based decision support system for analysis of route choice in congested urban road networks. Journal of Geographical Systems, 3, 3-24.
  • Miller, H.J. and Wu, Y.-H., 2000. GIS software for measuring space-time accessibility in transportation planning and analysis. GeoInformatica, 4, 141-159.

Funded Projects

  • A GIS Approach for Finding Ideal Locations for Multiple Radio Towers. PI, Theoretical Research Funds, Northwest Missouri State University. $2,825.00.
  • Close-Range Hyperspectral and Multispectral Imagery to Examine the Effects of Shadow on Vegetation NDVI.  Co-PI (PI: Dr. Jamie Patton), Theoretical Research Funds, Northwest Missouri State University. $2,760.00.
  • Identification and estimation of baobab tree fruit production in Southern Malawi using remote sensing.  Co-PI (PI: Dr. George Kegode), Applied Research Funds, Northwest Missouri State University. $4,920.00.
  • A Pilot Study for an Early Detection and Warning System for Invasive Plants in Aquatic Environments using Remote Sensing. Co-PI, (PI: Dr. Ming-Chih Hung), United Stated Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. $13,000.00. 
  • Measure the Changes in Well Water Quality in Nodaway County between 1970 and 2010. PI, Applied Research Funds, Northwest Missouri State University. $5,445.00.
  • Database Management System and Interface for APEX.  Co-PI (PI: Dr. Ming-Chih Hung), United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), subcontract through Blackland Research and Extension Center (BREC), Texas AgriLIFE Research, Texas A&M University System. $40,516.00. 

Student Group Advisement

  • Faculty Advisor GTU