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Danlin Yu

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

BS, Changsha Electric Power University
MS, Lanzhou University
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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Dr. Danlin Yu graduates from the Geography Program in the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Dr. Yu is a geographic information scientist, spatial data scientist, locational strategist, quantitative urban geographer and environmental sustainability modeler by training. Dr. Yu’s study specifically focuses on geographic information analysis, cartographical design and presentation, statistical analysis, urban and regional planning and system dynamic modeling for complex systems (including environmental, urban, and regional systems). Dr. Yu has been working with geographic information analysis (mapping, statistical analysis, geocomputation, and methodological development) for over a decade. Dr. Yu has published widely in these fields for over 90 peer-reviewed articles in high-caliber journals with wide international circulation, and three collaborative books in the field of urban development and urbanization in China. Dr. Yu has strong statistical analysis skills that are applied to urban and regional planning, public health, environmental management and population prediction. Moreover, Dr. Yu is a system dynamic modeler studying urban sustainability and environmental management.

Dr. Yu has recently published various studies in the field of spatial econometrics and spatial/geographic data analysis community. Dr. Yu is the co-author of an R package that deals with geographically weighted regression analysis (spgwr). Dr. Yu currently serves as the associate editor of the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)’s Journal of Urban Planning and Development, and academic editor of the open source publication PeerJ and Remote Sensing.


Geographic Information Science / Spatial Data Analysis
Urban Simulation / System Dynamics / Complex system simulation
Urban Geography / Regional Geography
Regional Development / Planning


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