Dr. Yeqiao Wang is a professor at the Department of Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island. He has received several awards for his work, including the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President William J. Clinton in 2000. Dr. Wang's specialties are terrestrial remote sensing and modeling in natural resources analysis and mapping. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 70 abstracts and conference papers, and contributed more than 20 peer-reviewed book chapters. He also edited Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments (CRC Press 2009). Dr. Wang serves as the editor in chief for Encyclopedia of Natural Resources (Taylor & Francis), a three-volume set of Land, Air, and Water. Besides his professional publications in English, he has also authored and edited several science books in Chinese. For more information, see Dr. Wang's web site at the University of Rhode Island.
Contributed by a group of leading and well-published scholars in the field, this book is the first to dedicate to the applications of remote sensing science and technology for inventory, monitoring, and managing of protected lands and waters. Professor Wang carefully selected and examined each contribution, and created a well-structured volume to address the use of remote sensing technology in protected lands from four perspectives, namely, changing landscape and change detection; monitoring and mapping methods; inventory and monitoring of frontier lands, and decision support for management of protected lands. This comprehensive approach allows readers to have both a systematic view of the field and a detailed knowledge of a particular topic, seeing both 'forest' and 'trees.' --From the Series Foreword by Series Editor Qihao Weng, PhD, Hawthorn Woods, Indiana All the chapters are well written and several contain new research results. If you read only one chapter from this book. read Chapter 21, Monitoring and Modeling Environmental Change in Protected Areas. This chapter successfully demonstrates all four areas of emphasis of the book and does an outstanding job of describing the need to develop spatially explicit models to enable governments to make science-based decisions for protected lands. --Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, April 2013