Xiang Chen

215 Glenbrook Rd, AUST #431 · Storrs, CT 06269 · (860) 486-3664 · xiang.chen@uconn.edu

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Connecticut, USA. My research interests are focused on GIScience , community health, and transportation . I employ GIS instruments (e.g., big data analytics, geovisualization, deep learning) and accessibility theory to unveil the socioeconomic inequalities and health repercussions as results of the lack of health-promoting services and resources in communities. I also have research interests in location models, network analysis, and remote sensing.


University of Connecticut, USA

Assistant Professor, Geography
2019 - Present

Arkansas Tech University, USA

Assistant Professor, Emergency Management
2014 - 2019


The Ohio State University, USA

Ph.D. Geography
2009 - 2014

Beijing Normal University, China

M.M. Resource Science
2007 - 2009

Beijing Normal University, China

B.S. Resource Science
2003 - 2007


[GIS] & [Health]
[Enmergency Management]
[Remote Sensing]

Peer-review Journal

* Corresponding Author
[H 29]   Xu F, Jin L, Qin Z, Chen X,…, Jia P. (2020). Access to public transport and childhood obesity: A systematic review. Obesity Review, In press.  [Web] [PDF]

[H 28]   Jia P, Liang L, Tan X, Chen J, Chen X*. (2019). Potential effects of heat waves on the population dynamics of the dengue mosquito Aedes albopictus. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 13(7).  [Web] [PDF]

[G 27]   Chen X*, Jia P. (2019). A comparative analysis of accessibility measures by the two-step floating catchment area (2SFCA) method. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Online first.  [Web] [PDF]

[GH 26]   Chen X*. (2019). Enhancing the two-step floating catchment area model for community food access mapping: Case of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The Professional Geographer, 71(4), 668–680.  [Web]

[G 25]   Wang D, Li L, Hu C, Li Q, Chen X, Huang P. (2019). A modified inverse distance weighting method for interpolation in open public places based on Wi-Fi probe data. Journal of Advanced Transportation, In press.  [Web] [PDF]

[G 24]   Han Z, Cui C, Miao C, Wang H, Chen X (2019). Identifying spatial patterns of retail stores in road network structure. Sustainability, 11(17), 4539.  [Web] [PDF]

[E 23]   Chen X*, Frazier C, Manandhar R, Han Z, Jia P. (2019). Inequalities of risk communication within and beyond evacuation planning zone. Applied Spatial Analysis & Policy, 12(3), 587–604..  [Web]

[R 22]   Chen X, Wang D, Chen J, Wang C, Shen M. (2018). The mixed pixel effect in land surface phenology: A simulation study. Remote Sensing of Environment, 211, 338–344.  [Web] [PDF]

[G 21]   Zhang K, Chen X*, Zhang S, Wilson-Gray G. (2018). Towards a healthy ride: Locating public toilets in the Shanghai metro system. Applied Spatial Analysis & Policy, 11(2), 381–335.  [Web]

[R 20]   Chen S, Chen X, Chen X, Chen J, Cao X, Shen M, Yang W, Cui X. (2018). A novel cloud removal method based on IHOT and the cloud trajectories. Remote Sensing, 10(7).  [Web] [PDF]

[GH 19]   Chen X*. (2017). Take the edge off: A hybrid food access measure. Applied Geography, 87, 149-159.  [Web]

[E 18]   Chen X*. Li Q. (2017). Modeling road network vulnerability for evacuees and first responders during no-notice evacuation. Journal of Advanced Transportation[Web] [PDF]

[H 17]   Jia P, Chen X*, Chen J, Lu L, Liu Q, Tan X. (2017). How does the dengue vector mosquito Aedes albopictus respond to global warming?. Parasites & Vectors, 10(140).  [Web] [PDF]

[G 16]   Xiao Y, Chen X, Li Q, Yu X, Chen J, Guo J. (2017). Exploring determinants of housing prices in Beijing: An enhanced hedonic regression with open access POI data. International Journal of Geo-Information, 6(11).  [Web] [PDF]

[R 15]   Yang D, Chen J, Zhou Y, Chen X, Chen X, Cao X. (2017). Mapping plastic greenhouse with medium spatial resolution satellite data: Development of a new spectral index. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 128, 47-60.  [Web]

[GH 14]   Chen X*, Clark J. (2016). Measuring space–time access to food retailers: A case of temporal access disparity in Franklin County, Ohio. The Professional Geographer, 68(2), 175–188.  [Web]

[H 13]   Jia P, Lu L, Chen X*, Chen J, Guo L, Yu X, Liu Q. (2016). A climate-driven mechanistic population model of Aedes albopictus with diapause. Parasites & Vectors, 9(175).  [Web]  [PDF]  [Erratum]

[R 12]   Zhu W, Zhang D, Chen X, Zheng Z, Zhou X, Jiang T. (2016). A correction method for false topographic perception of remote sensing images based on an inverse topographic correction technique. International Journal of Digital Earth, 9(10), 1021–1034.  [Web]

[H 11]   Chen X*, Kwan M. (2015). Contextual uncertainties, human mobility, and perceived food environment: The uncertain geographic context problem in food access research. American Journal of Public Health, 105(9), 1734–1737.  [Web]

[GH 10]   Chen X*, Zhao B, Blackard E. (2015). Unveiling perceptions of food safety scandals in China: An exploratory study with search engine. Global Media Journal[Web]

[G 9]   Xu H, Li Q, Chen X, Chen J, Guo J, Wang Y. (2015). Logistical routing of park tours with waiting times: Case of Beijing Zoo. Tourism Geographies, 17(2), 208–222.  [Web]

[GH 8]   Chen X*, Yang X. (2014). Does food environment influence food choices? A space-time analysis through “tweets”. Applied Geography, 51, 82–89.  [Web]

[GH 7]   Chen X*, Clark J. (2013). Interactive three-dimensional geovisualization of space-time access to food. Applied Geography, 43, 81–86.  [Web]

[G 6]   Chen Z, Chen X (co-first author), Li Q, Chen J. (2013). The temporal hierarchy of shelters: A hierarchical location model for earthquake-shelter planning. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27(8), 1612–1630.  [Web]

[G 5]   Chen X*, Kwan M. (2012). Choice set formation with multiple flexible activities under space-time constraints. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 26(5), 941-961.  [Web]

[E 4]   Chen X, Kwan M, Li Q, Chen J. (2012). A model for evacuation risk assessment with consideration of pre-and-post disaster factors. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 36(3), 207-217.  [Web]

[E 3]   Li Q, Chen X, Chen J, Tang Q. (2010). An evacuation risk assessment model for emergency traffic with consideration of urban hazard installations. Chinese Science Bulletin, 55(10), 1000-1006.  [Web]

Chinese Peer-review Journal

[E 2]   陈翔, 李强, 王运静, 陈晋, 唐巧. (2009). 临界簇模型及其在地面公交线网可达性评价中的应用. 地理学报, 64(16), 693-700. Chen X, Li Q, Wang Y, Chen J, Tang Q. (2009). The Critical Cluster Model and its application for measuring accessibility of public transit networks. Acta Geographica Sinica, 64(16), 693-700.  [Web] [PDF] [Translation]

[E 1]   李强, 陈翔, 陈晋, 唐巧. (2009). 考虑危险源的城市应急交通疏散风险评价模型. 科学通报, 54(16), 2431-2436. Li Q, Chen X, Chen J, Tang Q. (2009). Modeling evacuation risk by considering potential urban hazards. Chinese Science Bulletin, 54(16), 2431-2436.  [Web]  [PDF]

Research Newsletter

Chen X. (June 2014). Analyzing tweets shows that people living closer to grocery stores make healthier food choices. USApp, The London School of Economics and Political Science.   [Web]


Chen X. (2014). Bringing Time into Measure of Food Access: Place vs. People. The Ohio State University.   [Web]


University of Connecticut
  • GEOG 2500  Introduction to GIS [YouTube Channel]
  • GEOG 4516  Fundamentals of Spatial Database Systems
  • GEOG 4518  Mobile GIS
Arkansas Tech University
  • EAM 4023  Geographic Information Systems  [YouTube Channel]
  • EAM 4033  Undergraduate Research Methods & Analysis
  • EAM 4993  Advanced GIS
  • EMHS 6043  Contemporary Issues in Emergency Management
  • EMHS 6513  Technology for Comprehensive EM
  • EMHS 6543  Advanced Digital Technology in EM
The Ohio State University
  • Geography 3300  Transportation Security
  • Geography 5220  Fundamentals of GIS
  • Geography 5222  GIS Applications in Social Science and Business


Professional Community

  • Paper Competition Committee Chair. The International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS)    2015–Present
  • Board Member. AAG Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group    2014–16  2017–19
  • Board Member. AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group    2016–18

Journal Reviewer

  • 10+    5+    3+   
  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • Annals of the Association of American Geographers
  • Annals of Tourism Research
  • Applied Geography
  • Annals of Tourism Research
  • Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy
  • BMC Public Health
  • Computers, Environment and Urban Systems
  • Food Security
  • Future Internet
  • GeoJournal
  • International Journal of Geo-Information
  • International Journal of Digital Earth
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • International Journal of Geographical information Science
  • International Journal of Sustainable Transportation
  • Journal of Modeling Choice
  • Journal of Sustainability
  • Northeastern Geographer
  • Professional Geographer
  • Public Health
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Southeastern Geographer
  • Transactions in GIS
  • Transportation
  • Transportation Research Records
  • Urban Geography



Global Health

Mosquito Population Modeling

  • We have developed the mechanistic population model of Ae. albopictus (Asian Tiger Mosquito) with diapause (MPAD).
  • The model derives the mosquito population abundance in a seven-stage climate-driven development.
  • The original model (2016) is further extended to studying global warming (2017) and heat waves (2019).
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Remote Sensing

Simulation Toolkit for Mixed Pixel Phenology

  • The green-up date (GUD) characterizes the onset of measurable photosynthetic activities or the timing of spring arrivals.
  • Vegetation index products may contain mixed pixels, introducing uncertainties to GUD detection.
  • This simulation toolkit identifies the GUD in a mixed pixel based on the NDVI time series of the endmembers in the pixel.
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Emergency Management

Network-based Evacuation Risk Assessment

  • In emergencies, evacuation via road networks is characterized with a high degree of uncertainties
  • The critical cluster model (CCM) is developed to quantify the evacuation risk in network-based neighborhoods
  • This custom simulation toolkit identifies the network vulnerability based on the CCM
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Prospective Students

I am now looking for prospective students to work with. I hope the students:

Please send me an email (xiang.chen@uconn.edu) with your C.V. if you are interested. We can then discuss funding opportunities.

Check out UConn Geography for more information about the application process. UConn offers a very competitive Graduate Assistantship Package.