Dr. Yi-Chen WANG

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Research Interests

Spatial health
Infectious disease and environment
GIS and remote sensing applications
Ecological consequences of land use/cover change

My research activities center on applications of GIS and remote sensing to biogeographical questions related to spatial and temporal patterns of the landscapes. Within this scope, I have investigated various landscape related issues, from analysing historical forest coverage change, to mapping land cover and associated land surface temperature. Building upon my earlier project, ‘Land-use Land-cover Change and Its Environmental Consequences in Southeast Asia’, my research activities of recent years explore the relationships between environmental variables and infectious disease transmission and distribution.

In the last several years, I have examined the landscape determinants of the neglected tropic disease, liver fluke infection. Commonly known as liver fluke, Opisthorchis viverrini (O.v.) is one of the foodborne parasites that infect millions of people in the Lower Mekong Region of Southeast Asia. My publications on this topic have called for attention to the need for an integrated analysis of critical landscape determinants, including landscape attributes, characteristics and connectivity of the host habitats, land use, human behavior, and their relations for the understanding of O.v. transmission (See Wang 2012 EcoHealth, Ong et al. 2016 PLoSNTD, Wang et al. 2021 Parasitology International).

Journal Publications

Internationally refereed journal articles:

Wang, Y-C., Grundy-Warr, C., Namsanor, J., Kenney-Lazar, M., Tang, C.J.Y., Goh, L.Y.W., Chong, Y.C., Sithithaworn, P. Ngonkum, S., and Khuntikeo, N. (2021) Masculinity and misinformation: Social dynamics of liver fluke infection risk in Thailand. Parasitology International 84:102382.

Wang, Y-C., Liew, T.Z., Namsanor, J., and Sithithaworn, P. (Accepted) Assessing the role of Filopaludina martensi martensi as a biocontrol agent of Bithynia siamensis goniomphalos, the first intermediate host of Opisthorchis viverrini. Parasitology Research.

Morales-Ramirez, C.A. and Wang, Y-C. (Accepted) Anticipatory marine conservation outcomes: Management scenarios for whale shark in Southeast Asia. The Professional Geographer.

Yan, Y.W., Feng, C-C., Huang, W., Fan, H.C., Wang, Y-C., and Zipf, A. (2020) Volunteered geographic information research in the first decade: A narrative review of selected journal articles in GIScience. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 34(9):1765-1791.

Wang, J.W., Chow, W.T.L, and Wang, Y-C. (2020) A global regression method for thermal sharpening of urban land surface temperatures from MODIS and Landsat. International Journal of Remote Sensing 41(8):2986-3009.

Yan, Y.W., Dean, K., Feng, C-C., Hue, G.T., Koh, K-H., Kong, L., Ong, C.W., Tay, A., Wang, Y-C., and Xue, Y.R. (2020) Chinese temple networks in Southeast Asia: A WebGIS digital humanities platform for the collaborative study of the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia. Religions 11:334

Xi, W-Q., Du, S-H., Wang, Y-C., Zhang, X-Y. (2019) A spatiotemporal cube model for analyzing satellite image time series: Application to land-cover mapping and change detection. Remote Sensing of Environment 231:111212.

Mah, O.B.P., Yan, Y.W., Tan, J.S.Y., Tan, Y-X., Tay, G.Q.Y., Chiam, D.J., Wang, Y-C., Dean, K., and Feng, C-C. (2019) Generating a virtual tour for the preservation of the (in)tangible cultural heritage of Tampines Chinese Temple in Singapore. Journal of Cultural Heritage 39 (2019) 202–211.

Kim., I-K., Pow, C.P., Wang, Y-C., and Feng, C-C. (2019) Competing space and place identity with landscape change analysis using Web GIS through Singapore historical maps (1828-2015). Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 40(2):181-198.

Yu, Y., Guo, Z., and Wang, Y-C. (2019) Spatial patterns and driving forces of land change in Tibetan-inhabited Three Rivers Headwaters region, China. Journal of Mountain Science 16:207-225.

Wang, Y-C., Hu, B.K.H., Myint, S.W., Feng, C-C., Chow, W.T.L., and Passy, P.F. (2018) Patterns of land change and their potential impacts on land surface temperature change in Yangon, Myanmar. Science of The Total Environment 643: 738-750.

Sng T-H., Chia P.Z., Feng, C-C., and Wang, Y-C. (2018) Are China’s provincial boundaries misaligned? Applied Geography 98: 52-65.

Zheng, Z., Du, S., Wang, Y-C., and Wang, Q. (2018) Mining the regularity of landscape-structure heterogeneity to improve urban land-cover mapping. Remote Sensing of Environment 214:14-32.

Sidhu, N., Pebesma, E., and Wang, Y-C. (2017) Usability study to assess the IGBP land cover classification for Singapore. Remote Sensing 9(10):1075.

Kim, I-H., Feng, C-C., Wang, Y-C., Spitzberg, B.H., and Tsou, M-H. (2017) Exploratory spatiotemporal analysis in risk communication during the MERS outbreak in South Korea. The Professional Geographer 69(4):629-643.

Wang, Y-C., Yuen, R., Feng, C-C., Sithithaworn, P., and Kim, I-H. (2017) Assessing the role of landscape connectivity on Opisthorchis viverrini transmission dynamics. Parasitology International 66(4):402-412.

Yan, Y-W., Feng, C-C., and Wang, Y-C. (2017) Utilizing fuzzy set theory to assure the quality of volunteered geographic information. GeoJournal 82(3):517-532.

Yan, Y-W., Wang, Y-C., Feng, C-C., Wan, P-H. M., and Chang, K. T-T. (2017) Potential distributional changes of invasive crop pest species associated with global climate change. Applied Geography 82:83-92.

Kim, I-H., Feng, C-C., and Wang, Y-C. (2017) A simplified linear feature matching method using decision tree analysis, weighted linear directional mean, and topological relationships. International Journal of Geographic Information Science 31(5):1042-1060.

Kim, I-H., Huang, J., Wang, Y-C.., Feng, C-C., and Taylor, D. (2016) Developing geoportals and applications for Singapore historical GIS. Journal of Asian Network of GIS-Based Historical Analysis 4:11-19.

Ong, X., Wang, Y-C., Sithithaworn, P., Namsanor, J., Taylor, D., and Laithavewat, L. (2016) Uncovering the pathogenic landscape of helminth (Opisthorchis viverrini) infections: A cross-sectional study on contributions of physical and social environment and healthcare interventions. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 10(12): e0005175.

Du, S-H., Xiong, Z-Q., Wang, Y-C., and Guo, L. (2016) Quantifying the multilevel effects of landscape composition and configuration on land surface temperature. Remote Sensing of Environment 178:84-92.

Ong, X., Wang, Y-C., Sithithaworn, P., Grundy-Warr, C., and Pitaksakulrat, P. (2016) Dam influences on liver fluke transmission: Fish infection and human fish consumption behavior. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 106(4):755-772.

Zhang, X-Y., Du, S-H., and Wang, Y-C. (2015) Semantic classification of heterogeneous urban scenes using intra-scene feature similarity and inter-scene semantic dependency. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 8(5):2005-2014.

Yang, J., Wang, Y-C., Guo, L., and Xue, D. (2015) Patterns and structures of land use change in the Three Rivers Headwaters Region of China. PLoS ONE 10(3):e0119121.

Larsen, C.P.S., Tulowiecki, S.J., Wang, Y-C., and Trgovac, A. (2015) Predicting historic forest composition using species lists in presettlement land survey records, Western New York. Applied Vegetation Science 18(3):481-492.

Tulowiecki, S.J., Larsen, C.P.S., Wang, Y-C. (2015) Effects of positional error on modeling species distributions: a perspective using presettlement land survey records. Plant Ecology 216(1):67-85

Wang, Y-C., Ho, R.C.Y., Feng, C-C., Namsanor, J., Sithithaworn, P. (2015) An ecological study of Bithynia snails, the first intermediate host of Opisthorchis viverrini in northeast Thailand. Acta Tropica 141(Part B):244-252.

Feng, C-C., Wang, Y-C., and Chen, Y-C. (2014) Combining GeoSOM and hierarchical clustering to explore geospatial data. Transactions in GIS.18(1):125-146.

Wang, Y-C., Feng, C-C., and Sithithaworn, P. (2013) Environmental determinants of Opisthorchis viverrini prevalence in northeast Thailand. Geospatial Health. 8(1):111-123.

Wang, Y-C., Srivathsan, A., Feng, C-C., Salim, A., and Shekelle, M. (2013) Asian primate species richness correlates with rainfall. PLoS ONE 8(1): e54995.

Wang, Y-C. (2012) Examining landscape determinants of Opisthorchis viverrini transmission. EcoHealth 9(3):328-341.

Wang, Y-C., Feng, C-C., and Vu Duc, H. (2012) Integrating multi-sensor remote sensing data for land use/cover mapping in a tropical mountainous area in northern Thailand. Geographical Research 50(3):320-331.

Chang, T-Y., Wang, Y-C., Feng, C-C., Ziegler, A.D., Giambelluca, T.W., and Liou, Y-A. (2012) Estimation of root zone soil moisture using apparent thermal inertia with MODIS imagery over a tropical catchment in northern Thailand. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 5(3):752-761.

Larsen, C.P.S., Kronenfeld, B.J., and Wang, Y-C. (2012) Forest composition: More altered by future climate change than by Euro-American settlement in western New York and Pennsylvania? Physical Geography 33:3-20.

Feng, C-C. and Wang, Y-C. (2011) GIScience research challenges for emergency management in Southeast Asia. Natural Hazards 59(1):597-616.

Wang, Y-C. and Feng, C-C. (2011) Patterns and trends in land use land cover change research explored using self-organizing map. International Journal of Remote Sensing 32(13):3765-3790. [website showing the papers analyzed]

Zhou, X. and Wang, Y-C. (2011) Spatial-temporal dynamics of urban green space in response to rapid urbanization and greening policies. Landscape and Urban Planning 100(3):268-277.

Zhou, X. and Wang, Y-C. (2011) Dynamics of land surface temperature in response to land use/cover change. Geographical Research.49(1):23-36.

Chang, T-Y., Liou, Y-A., Lin, C-Y., Liu, S-C., and Wang, Y-C. (2010) Evalutaion of surface heat fluxes in Chiayi Plain of Taiwan by remotely sensed data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 31(14):3885-3898.

Wang, Y-C., Larsen, C.P.S., and Kronenfeld, B.J. (2010) Effects of clearance and fragmentation on forest compositional change and recovery after 200 years in western New York. Plant Ecology 208(2): 245-258.

Wang, Y-C., Chang, T-Y., and Liou, Y-A. (2010) Terrain correction for increasing the evapotranspiration estimation accuracy in a mountainous watershed. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 7(2):352-356.

Kronenfeld, B.J., Wang, Y-C., and Larsen, C.P.S. (2010) The influence of the "mixed pixel" problem on the detection of analogous forest communities between presettlement and present in western New York. The Professional Geographer 62(2): 182-196.

Wang, Y-C., Kronenfeld, B.J. and Larsen, C.P.S. (2009) Spatial distribution of forest landscape change in western New York from presettlement to the present. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39:76-88.

Kronenfeld, B.J. and Wang, Y-C. (2007) Accounting for surveyor inconsistency and bias in estimation of tree density from presettlement land survey records. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37:2365-2379.

Wang, Y-C. (2007) Spatial patterns and vegetation-site relationships of the presettlement forests in western New York, USA. Journal of Biogeography 34:500-513.

Wang, Y-C. and Larsen, C.P.S. (2006) Do coarse resolution U.S. presettlement land survey records adequately represent the spatial pattern of individual tree species? Landscape Ecology 21: 1003-1017.

Wang, Y-C. (2005) Presettlement land survey records of vegetation: Geographic characteristics, quality, and modes of analysis. Progress in Physical Geography 29(4): 568-598

Internationally refereed short articles:

Wang, Y-C., Feng, C-C., Sithithaworn, P., Feng, Y., and Petney, T.N. (2011) How do snails meet fish? Landscape perspective needed to study parasite prevalence. EcoHealth 8:258-260.

Petney, T., Sithithaworn, P., Satrawaha, R., Grundy-Warr, C., Andrews, R., Wang, Y-C., and Feng, C-C. (2009) Potential malaria reemergence, northeastern Thailand. Emerging Infectious Diseases 15(8):1330-1331.

Peer-reviewed journal articles (in Chinese with English abstract):

Lee, C T, Y P Cheng, W L Chiou, T T Lin, C W Chen and Y-C Wang (2002) Vegetation change at the Kuantu Natural Researve during 1986-1998. Taiwan Journal of Forest Science 17(1): 41-50.

Wang, Y-C, C T Lee and T H Chu (2000) The changing vegetation of the Kuantu Wetland. Journal of Geographical Science 27: 41-54.

Wang, Y-C and C T Lee (1998) A study of landscape changes at mangrove swamps, Guandu. Bulletin of the Geographical Society of China 26: 115-128.