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Dr Qingling Wu

Room 106

UCL Department of Geography
Pearson Building 
London WC1E 6BT

Qingling Wu is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Geography. Before joining UCL, she completed her PhD in Geography at Clark University (Massachusetts, USA), specializing in GIS and Remote Sensing. During her doctoral studies, Qingling worked as a research assistant at Clark Labs, contributing to the development of IDRISI software package. She obtained a B.Eng. in Software Engineering from China University of Geosciences in Wuhan.

Recent Publications

Lansley, G., Wu, Q., Singleton, A., Unwin, D., and Kemp. K., (2015) Instructor’s Manual for Geographic Information Science and Systems (4th Edition) by P. Longley, M. Goodchild, D. Maguire, and D. Rhind., Wiley, Chichester. (In Press)

Wu, Q. (2014). Region-shrinking: a hybrid segmentation technique for isolating continuous features, the case of oceanic eddy detection. Remote Sensing of Environment, 153, 90-98.

Wu, Q. (2013) From phenomena to objects, segmentation of fuzzy objects and its application to oceanic eddies. Doctoral Dissertation, Clark University Graduate School of Geography, Worcester, MA USA.

Conference Presentations

Wu, Q. 2014. Region-shrinking: A segmentation technique for oceanic eddy detection. Poster presentation at ESA Earth Observation Summer School. August 4-14, 2014. Frascati, Italy

J. R. Eastman and Q. Wu. 2012. Extended Empirical Orthogonal Teleconnection analysis for the study of coupled earth systems. In Paper Session: Spatiotemporal Thinking, Computing and Applications I --- How do we think and compute spatiotemporally in geography? Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. February 24-28, 2012. New York, NY.

Wu, Q. and J. R. Eastman. 2011. From fields to objects: Time series analysis of segmentation of fiat boundaries, a case study of mesoscale eddies. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. April 12-16, 2011. Seattle, WA.

Wu, Q. and J. R. Eastman. 2010. Extended EOT analysis of multi-level ocean/atmosphere temperature. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. April 14-18, 2010. Washington, D.C.

Wu, Q. and J. R. Eastman. 2008. An exploration of the geography and dynamics of atmospheric Carbon Monoxide through time series analysis of MOPITT imagery. Poster Session, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. April 15-19, 2008. Boston, MA.

Broadly, I am interested in applying state-of-the-art image processing, data mining, and modelling techniques to the understanding of global environmental change.

One area of my expertise is image analysis, with a specialization in the development and application of novel feature extraction methods. One past research involves the development of novel image segmentation techniques (object-based image analysis) for the detection and tracking of fuzzily-bounded amorphous phenomena such as oceanic eddies. A sample paper can be found here.

Currently, I am working with the Earth Observation group on assimilating EO data into crop models.

Qingling is currently teaching the following modules:

  • GEOGG125 – Principles of Spatial Analysis


    Modules taught in the past:

    • GEOGG122 – Scientific Computing (Python)
    • GEOGG121 – Analytical and Numerical Methods
    • GEOG2021 – Environmental Remote Sensing
    • GEOGG142 – Global Monitoring of Environment and Society (one lecture)
    • GEOG3051 – Principles & Practice of Remote Sensing (one lecture)
    • GEOG1006 – Ideas in Geography (four lectures)
    • GEOGG120 – Models in Environmental Science (one lecture)
    • GEOG3065/GEOGG153 – Geodemographics and Population Geography
    • GEOG2025 – GIS and Geodemographics