Cynthia J. Berlin
Professor and Chairperson

Department of Geography and Earth Science

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Cowley Hall 2027
1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601
tel: (608) 785-8340
fax: (608) 785-8332



Ph.D., Indiana State University, 1998.
M.A., Indiana University, 1991.
B.A., Indiana University, 1989.


GEO 200: Conservation of Global Environments
GEO/ESC 345: Remote Sensing of the Environment
GEO/ESC 445: Advanced Remote Sensing


Research Interests:
Satellite Remote Sensing
Wetland Ecology
Upper Mississippi River System Environments
Urban Sprawl
Environmental Change Assessment
Climate Change and Synoptic Climatology


Aerial assessment of the 2001 Mississippi River flood event for the La Crosse area.

Satellite analysis of natural habitat loss due to urban sprawl in the greater La Crosse area.

Upper Mississippi River floodplain vegetation identification and mapping using IKONOS satellite imagery.  This research was done with the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, U.S. Geological Survey, in La Crosse, WI.

Evaluation of the potential expansion of an exotic cordgrass species (Spartina alterniflora) in Willapa Bay of Washington state using a GIS model and remote sensing techniques.

Satellite analysis of the South Pacific Cloud Band and related extra-tropical cyclone activity.

Geography Student Research:

Charles Davidson.  Land cover/land use evaluation using satellite imagery.

Scott Leis.  An NDVI study of the vegetation in south central Alaska.

Gregory Manke.  La Crosse area land cover classification.

Mark Niedzwieki.  A study of deforestation in the Amazon using satellite imagery.

Jason Clark.  A satellite-based assessment of natural habitat loss due to urban sprawl in central wisconsin.

Joey Weber. Evaluating thirteen years of land cuse change in the Onalaska metropolitan region using aerial photographs and satellite images.

Jonathan Hoekenga. Assessing forest cover change (deforestation and reforestation) in the Amazon region of Para, Brazil, from 1984 to 1994.

Brenda Verthein. The derivation and application of a Fourier-based algorithm to correct for line corruption on Landsat satellite imagery.


GEO 200:

The Land Ethic by Aldo Leopold
American Rivers
Conservation International
Ducks Unlimited
Earth Island Institute
Environmental Defense
Greenpeace USA
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Mississippi Valley Conservancy
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
National Resources Defense Council
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Rachel Carson Organization
Sierra Club
The Nature Conservancy
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change
US Bureau of Land Management
US Census Bureau
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Forest Service
US Park Service
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
World Watch Institute

GEO/ESC 345 and 445:
Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
NASA's Earth Observing System
Landsat Program
USGS EROS Data Center
Remote Sensing Data
Space Imaging
Federal Geographic Data Committee Metadata
American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

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