Mr Jianan Wang

BE (Wuhan University), ME (Tongji University)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


I started my PhD study at the Department of Geography of the University of Auckland in 2013. I completed my Master’s thesis: “OBIA based Remote Sensing Monitoring of Vegetation Distribution and Calculation of Carbon Sequestration Parameters in Zhujiang Delta Region” at Tongji University, Shanghai. I used to be a lecturer at a tertiary education institution in China. Before that, I received my Bachelor of Engineering from the Remote Sensing School of Wuhan University, China.

Research | Current

As a PhD candidate, my thesis title is Refined Estimation of Vegetation Carbon Stock in Urban-Fringe Areas Using Geo-Informatics Methods. This research aims at providing more  accurate and reliable estimation of vegetation carbon stocks using remotely sensed data (e.g., satellite imagery and LiDAR point clouds). This refined carbon stock estimation can be used for commercial carbon offsetting schemes, such as carbon accounting, carbon credit trading and insurance.

In addition to my PhD research, I am also interested in the application of geospatial data and WebGIS. I am using ArcGIS and Python to conduct spatial data analysis. I also have experience in developing web map applications using open-source GIS tools, such as GeoServer, PostGIS and OpenLayers API.

Teaching | Current

Tutof of GEOG 210  Introduction to GIS and Spatial Thinking

Tutor of GEOG 317  Remote Sensing and GIS

Areas of expertise

Satellite and LiDAR data processing and analysis, GIS application and development using ArcGIS and open-source tools, vegetation carbon stock/biomass estimation, land cover/use mapping, environmental monitoring and modeling using remote sensing data.


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 5, Room 569
New Zealand

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