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Su Jin Lee

Lecturer

Contact Information
E-mail: sujinlee@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2845
Office: AHF B55
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday : 9-10 a.m.

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Biographical Sketch

Su Jin Lee is a Lecturer for the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. He received his BS and MS in Earth and Marine Science from Hanyang University, Korea in 2000 and 2003, respectively, and his PhD in Geography from USC in 2012. He is the recipient of several academic awards and scholarships including an International Research Internship Program Award, Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (2004), Doctorial Merit Fellowships from USC (2006-2007, 2010-2011), a Graduate Teaching Assistant Award from USC (2008), and a General Education Graduate Teaching Assistant Award from USC (2009). He is interested in research focused on human-environment interaction as well as human-social dynamics. More specifically, by using geospatial technologies such as GIS, GPS, and remote sensing, Lee intends to study how land use and land cover (LULC) have been changed, how terrains /landscapes have influenced LULC changes or been influenced by LULC changes, and how spatial analysis and various models have been implemented. In particular, Lee is currently interested in the continued growth of large metropolitan areas and resulting land use and land cover changes. Lee has been published in such journals as Environmental Modeling & Software and Cartography and Geographic Information Science. He has also contributed and updated a chapter about Hurricane Katrina: Understanding physical and social vulnerability in Spatial LABS, 2012 and 2013 DVD. Dr. Lee has been serving as either chair or member for more than fifteen M.S. students in Geographic Information Science and Technology.

 

Education

Ph.D. Geography, University of Southern California, 8/2012
M.S. Earth and Marine Sciences, Hanyang Univ., 2/2003
B.S. Earth and Marine Sciences, Hanyang Univ., 2/2000
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Lecturer, University of Southern California, 2012-2013   
Lecturer, University of Southern California, 2013-2014   
 

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Visiting Scholar, University of California, Santa Barbara, 07/2004-07/2006  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

My research involves collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects that focus on spatial characteristics of natural phenomena associated with the Earth system. The most works concentrates on eight areas: (1) solar insolation and photovoltaic potential (PV Potential), (2) data fusion, (3) flow direction, (4) land use and land cover (LULC) changes, (5) data acquisition, (6) spatial analysis, (7) natural hazards, and (8) the environmental services that stem from these surface processes and patterns. Solar insolation and PV Potential: Geographic Information System (GIS) supports models for estimating incoming solar insolation and calculating PV Potential. Data fusion: generating a high resolution of digital elevation model using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and sonar system to enhance topographic information. Flow direction: investigating the dependence of computing downslope flow from DEMs on two basic elements of the flow calculation: (1) the spatial resolution of the DEM and (2) the algorithm used to compute the downslope flow. LULC change: detecting land cover and land use changes, and exploring how the changes have influenced on the environment and our society. Data acquisition: defining data need, finding data problem, planning data capture, and estimating data quality using various GPS units and based satiations. Spatial analysis: identifying how municipal policies have influenced on the distribution of green cover across metropolitan regions. Natural hazards: understanding physical and social vulnerability, especially what areas along the Gulf Coast of the United States are particularly vulnerable, physically, and socially, to hurricanes? The environmental services: understanding consequence of interaction between human and the environment.
 

Research Keywords

ArcGIS, Data acquisition, DEM, GIS, GPS, LiDAR, Object Oriented Classification, Python, Remote Sensing, Solar radiation, Spatial Analysis, Terrain Analysis
 

Research Specialties

Data acquisition, Data fusion, Digital terrain modeling, Geospatial technologies (GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing), GIS-based solar radiation modeling, Image classification, Land Use/Land Cover changes, Spatial analysis and Modeling
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"An Overview of GIS technology and its application across a range of disciplines", Lecture/Seminar, Catalina Island, CA, Invited, 09/2013  
"Using LAR-IAC data in the GIST Program at the University of Southern CAlifornia", LAR-IAC 4 Kick Off Meeting , Talk/Oral Presentation, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles County, Invited, 09/2013  
"Introduction to GIS and GPS", Lecture/Seminar, Catalina Island, CA, Invited, 06/2013  
"Estimating Land Cover Changes using Object-Oriented Image Classification and GIS-Based Spatial Analysis Techniques in Metropolitan Areas of Los Angeles County", Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Los Angeles, CA, 04/2013  
"Got Geospatial?", Lecture/Seminar, Seoul, Korea, Sejong University, Invited, 03/2013  
"Got Geospatial? Roles of Geospatial in Natural Hazard", Lecture/Seminar, Seoul, Korea, Hanyang University, Invited, 03/2013  
"Introduction to GIS and its applications", Lecture/Seminar, Kongjoo, Korea, Kongjoo University, Invited, 01/2013  
"Introduction of How to Use a Trimble GPS Unit and How to Do Post Processing", One day short course offered as part of Spatial Sciences Institute, Lecture/Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, Invited, Fall 2012   
"General Information Session: GIST Programs", Webinar, Webinar, Los Angeles, CA, Invited, 09/2012  
"Monitoring Urban Land Cover Change Using Remote Sensing And GIS: A Case Study Los Angeles County", Esri International User Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, San Diego, CA, 07/2012  
"Identification of Municipal Polices that Influence the Distribution of Green Cover Across Metropolitan Regions", Joint International Conference on Theory, Data Handling and Modelling in Geospatial Information Scie, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, Hong Kong, Invited, 05/2012  
"Modeling the Ecological Impacts of Mansionization in Metropolitan Regions", Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Washington, DC, 04/2012  
"Changing Character of Single Family Neighborhoods in Los Angeles County", Second Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Los Angeles, CA, Invited, 02/2012  
"Introduction of How to Use a Trimble GPS Unit and How to Do Post Processing", One day short course offered as part of Spatial Sciences Institute, Lecture/Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, Invited, Fall 2011   
"A Study of the Ecological Consequences of Mansionization in Los Angeles County", Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Seattle, WA, 04/2011  
"Identification of Municipal Polices that Influence the Distribution of Green Cover Across Metropolitan Regions", Lecture/Seminar, Paper, Daejeon, Korea, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resource, Invited, 12/2009  
"Introduction of GIS and Remote Sensing", Lecture/Seminar, Paper, Seoul, Korea, Hanyang University, Invited, 12/2009  
"Assessment of Differences between Algorithms for Computing Fundamental Topographic Parameters", AutoCarto, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, Las Vegas, NV, Spring 2005   
"A Study on the Precise Lineament Recovery of Alluvial Deposits Using Satellite Imagery and GIS", Asian Conference on Remote Sensing and International Symposium on Remote Sensing, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, Seoul, Korea, Fall 2003   
 

Publications

Book Chapter

Lee, S. (2012). Hurricane Katrina: Understanding Social and Physical Vulnerability. Spatial LABS Redlands, CA: Esri Press.
 

Conference Proceeding

Lee, S., Longcore, T., Wilson, J. P. (2010). Identification of Municipal Polices that Influence the Distribution of Green Cover across Metropolitan Regions. pp. 513-518. Hong Kong. The Joint International Conference on Theory, Data Handling and Modelling in Geospatial Information Science.
Lee, S., Clarke, K. (2005). Assessment of Differences between Algorithms for Computing Fundamental Topographic Parameters. Las Vegas/ Nevada. AutoCarto 2005.
Lee, S., Hwang, J., Lee, D., Kim, J., Suk, D. (2003). A Study on the Precise Lineament Recovery of Alluvial Deposits Using Satellite Imagery and GIS. Asian Conference on Remote Sensing and International Symposium on Remote Sensing.
Hwang, J., Kim, S., Lee, S., Min, K., Kim, J., Lee, S. (2003). Observation of the Earth’s 2003 Magnetic Field from KOMPSAT-1. Seoul/ Korea. Asian Conference on Remote Sensing and International Symposium on Remote Sensing.
 

Journal Article

Sheng, J., Wilson, J. P., Lee, S. (2009). Comparison of Land Surface Temperature (LST) modeled with a spatially-distributed solar radiation model (SRAD) and remotely sensing data. Environmental Modelling & Software. Vol. 24, pp. 436-443.
Clarke, K., Lee, S. (2007). Spatial resolution and algorithm choice as modifiers of down-slope flow computed from Digital Elevation Models. Cartography and Geographic Information Science. Vol. 34, pp. 215-230.
 

Research Report

Antos, M., Hogue, T., Longcore, T., Lee, S., Kinoshita, A., Milanes, K., Morris, K., Princetl, S., Shilling, F., Steele, N., Vos, R., Washburn, B. (2011). Assessing Ecosystem Values of Watersheds in Southern California. Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council.
 

Advisement

Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday : 9-10 a.m.
 

Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

Mentor for Two undergraduate student (Tara and Clifford) ,USC WIES 2013 Summer REU Program, 06/2013-08/2013  
Project adviser for Two undergraduate students (Traci and Pear) for data collection using GPS in Los Angeles County., 05/2009-12/2009  
 

Guest Lectures in Courses

GEOG 101Lg: Sustainability Science and Society One hour and thirty minutes guest lecture was about Land Use and Land Cover Change, 2009-2010   
 

New Courses Developed

SSCI 587, Spatial Sciences Institute, Revising and developing SSCI 587: GPS/GIS Field Techniques – so that the English composition is improved, the course’s flow is simpler and supportive of program goals, updated readings and other materials., 2013-2014   
 

Teaching Innovations and Multimedia Teaching

GPS Short Course, Spatial Sciences Institute, 2012-2013   
 

Honors and Awards

AAG Student Travel Award, Korean American Association for Geospatial and Environmental Sciences, 2010-2011   
Conference Travel Grant, Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, 2010-2011   
Doctoral Merit Fellowship, Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, 2010-2011   
General Education Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, 2009-2010   
Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Center for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern California, 2008-2009   
Doctorial Merit Fellowship, Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, 2006-2007   
International Research Internship Program Award, Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, 2004-2005   
Science Scholarship, Department of Earth and Marine Sciences, Hanyang University, Korea, 2001-2002   
Science Scholarship, Department of Earth and Marine Sciences, Hanyang University, Korea, 2000-2001   
 

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

USC WIES 2013 Summer REU Mentor, Wrigley Institute, 06/2013-08/2013  
 

Other Service to the University

Teaching Assistant Fellow, USC Center for Excellent Teaching., 2009-2010   
 

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

Los Angeles Regional Geographic Information System Group, 08/2012-  
South California Geographic Information System Groups, 08/2012-  
Association of American Geographers, 08/2006-  
 
 

Reviewer for Publication

Computers and Geosciences, Computers and Geosciences, 01/2013-02/2013  
 
 
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