Heng Cai

Heng Cai

Instructional Assistant Professor

  hengcai@tamu.edu

  (979) 862-4542

  CSA 208A

Research

Dr. Cai’s research primarily focus on the application of geographic information science and technology (GIST) in disaster resilience and coupled natural-human system modeling. She has worked for a number of research projects funded by National science foundation, Louisiana sea grant, and Coastal protection and restoration authority. Her work employs a diverse spatial analysis tools and data mining methods to evaluate the community resilience to natural hazards, model the interactions between the human and natural systems, and simulate population and land cover changes under certain scenarios.

Selected Publications

Selected peer-reviewed journal articles:

Correll, R., Lam, N.S.N., Cai, H., and Zou, L. Economics over risk: Flooding is not the only driving factor of migration. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. (in revision)

Cai, H., Lam, N.S.N., Zou, L. and Qiang, Y. 2018. Modeling the dynamics of community resilience to coastal hazards using a Bayesian network. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 108(5):1260-1279.

Cai, H., Lam, N.S.N., Qiang, Y., Zou, L., Correll, R. and Mihunov, V. 2018. A synthesis of resilience measurement methods and indices. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 31:844-855.

Zou, L., Lam, N.S.N., Cai, H., and Qiang Y. 2018. Mining Twitter data for improved understanding of disaster resilience. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 108(5): 1422-1441.

Lam, N.S.N., Cheng, W.J., Zou, L., and Cai, H. 2018. Effects of landscape fragmentation on land loss. Remote Sensing of Environment, 209:253-262.

Zou, L., Lam, N.S.N., Shams, S., Cai, H., Meyer, M.A., Yang, S., Lee, K., Park, S.J. and Reams, M.A. 2018. Social and geographical disparities in Twitter use during Hurricane Harvey. International Journal of Digital Earth, DOI: 10.1080/17538947.2018.1545878

Lam, N.S.N., Qiang, Y., Li, K., Cai, H., Zou, L., and Mihunov, V. 2018. Extending resilience assessment to dynamic system modeling: Perspectives on human dynamics and climate change research. Journal of Coastal Research, 85(sp1):1401-1405.

Zhang, Z., Hu, H., Yin, D., Kashem, S., Li, R., Cai, H., Perkins, D. and Wang, S. 2018. A cyberGIS-enabled multi-criteria spatial decision support system: A case study on flood emergency management. International Journal of Digital Earth, DOI: 10.1080/17538947.2018.1543363

Lam, N.S.N., Xu, Y.J., Liu, K.B., Dismukes, D.E., Reams, M.A., Pace, R.K., Qiang, Y., Narra S., Li, K., Bianchette, T., Cai, H. and Zou, L. 2018. Understanding the Mississippi River Delta as a coupled natural-human system: research methods, challenges, and prospects. Water, 10(8):1054.

Qiang, Y., Lam, N.S.N., Cai, H. and Zou, L. 2017. Changes in exposure to flood hazards in the United States. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 107(6):1-19.

Cai, H., Lam, N.S.N., Zou, L., Qiang, Y. and Li, K. 2016. Assessing community resilience to coastal hazards in the Lower Mississippi River Basin. Water, 8(2):46.

Zou, L., Kent, J., Lam, N.S.N., Cai, H., Qiang, Y. and Li, K. 2015. Evaluating land subsidence rates and their implications for land loss in the Lower Mississippi River Basin. Water, 8(1):10.

Li, K., Lam, N.S.N., Qiang, Y., Zou, L. and Cai, H. 2015. A cyberinfrastructure for community resilience assessment and visualization. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 42(sup1):34-39.

Education

Ph.D.  Environmental Science, Louisiana State University, 2017

M.S. Geographic Information Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 2013              

B.E.  Surveying and Mapping, China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China, 2010

Awards

2019 - Local Organizing Committee travel grant for the 29th International Cartographic Conference (ICC2019)

2017- University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) summer school and Symposium travel fund

2017 - International Cartography Association (ICA) travel grant for the 28th International Cartographic Conference

2017 - Jeanne X. Kasperson Award, Hazards, Risk, and Disasters Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers

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