Professor of Geography
Michigan State University
Dr. Jiaguo Qi (pronounced Chee) is Director of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, and Professor at Michigan State University’s Department of Geography. Dr. Qi has a broad interest in global change with a focus on complex interactions among land, water, climate and society using process-based models, geospatial technologies, and in-situ and remote observations. His research includes: remote sensing and geospatial technologies; environmental monitoring, assessment and modeling; land use and land cover change dynamics; and decision support systems for agriculture and rangeland. Over the past two decades, he: developed geospatial modeling tools to guide rangeland and cropland management; incorporated satellite-based biophysical attributes to improve climate modeling and predictions; integrated land use and land cover information in biogeochemical models to better understand the role of land in global change processes; applied geospatial technologies to characterize landscape patterns for large scale ecological assessment; and developed innovative ways of using geospatial technologies for improved cropland change detection and production estimation. His recent research efforts center on a WEF (water-energy-food) Nexus framework to integrate land, humans, environment and climate change for sustainable development in developing countries in Southeast Asia, Central Asia and East Africa.