Yi Qiang, Faculty, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Yi Qiang

Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 416
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-7526
Email: yiqiang@hawaii.edu

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The increasing volume of geospatial data generated at an amazing speed have posed challenges to store, retrieve, analyze and understand them. My vision of data-intensive GIScience is not data-driven, but driving data to tell intelligent stories that cannot be told by traditional means. As an assistant professor, my research focuses on space-time modeling, visual analytics, human dimension of climate change, and data/computing-intensive spatial modeling. I’ve lived in Asia, Europe and North America, where I have enjoyed exploring new territories in the both real Earth and digital Earth (GIScience). Out of office, I like hiking, swimming, skiing, photography and good food.


  • Research Associate, University of Colorado Boulder, 2016
  • Postdoc Researcher, Louisiana State University, 2012-2016
  • PhD, Geography, Ghent University, 2012
  • MSc, Geographical Information Science, University of Edinburgh, 2007
  • BSc, Geographical Information Systems and Law (minor), Beijing Normal University, 2006


  • GEOG 104: Digital Earth
  • GEOG 388: Introduction to GIS
  • GEOG 488: GIS and Spatial Analysis for Social Sciences
  • GEOG 489: GIS for Environmental Sciences
  • GEOG 476: Web Mapping


My research interests span from fundamentals of space-time representation to applications of geospatial techniques in modeling human dynamics in climate change. In particular, I am interested in leveraging geospatial Big Data to investigate human perception and response to climate change and using high-performance computing to model complex human-environment interaction.