Zhe(Sarina) Zhang

Zhe(Sarina) Zhang

Assistant Professor

GIScience, decision science, applied mathematics, spatial uncertainty, big data and CyberGIS, disaster management


  (979) 845-6523

  CSA 203C


Dr. Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Texas A&M University. Her primary research area is Geographic Information Science and within it, a focus on Cyberinfrastructure, knowledge-driven spatial decision-making, spatial uncertainty modeling, human-centered Geospatial Artificial Intelligence, and social sensing. Dr. Zhang's research aims to develop scalable, sustainable, and intelligent decision support systems to advance spatial knowledge discovery in various application domains such as disaster resilience, critical infrastructure protection, agricultural risk management, and public health surveillance.  

Dr. Zhang currently leads the “CyberGIS and Decision Support Systems” research initiative at the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. She is also serving as a guest editor for Transactions in GIS and an associate editor for Computational Urban Science journal. She has published peer-reviewed articles in several leading GIS-related journals such as the International Journal of Geographic Information Science, International Journal of Digital Earth, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection, PlosOne, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and Journal of Hydrology. Her research has been funded by NSF, NOAA, U.S. DOT, and many other agencies. She also leads a K-12 GIS and Geography education program supported by the Texas Department of State Health Services to promote K-12 STEM education.  

Dr. Zhe Zhang is actively recruiting MS and Ph.D. graduate students as well as visiting scholars to join the Cyberinfrastructure and Spatial Decision Intelligence (CIDI-Spatial) research group at Texas A&M. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Zhe Zhang via email zhezhang@tamu.edu.

Selected Publications

1. Jiang, H., Hu, H., Li, B., Zhang, Z., Wang, S., Lin, T., 2021. Understanding the Non-Stationary Relationships Between Corn Yield and Meteorology via a Spatiotemporally Varying Coefficient Model. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 301,108340.

2. Li, Y., Gao, H., George, A., Zhang, Z., 2021. Constructing Reservoir Area-Volume-Elevation Curve. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 14, 2249-2257.

3. Zhang, Z., Yin, D., Virrantaus, K., Ye, X., Wang, S., 2021. Modeling Population Dynamics: An Object-Oriented Space-Time Composite Model based on Social Media and Urban Infrastructure Data. Computational Urban Science. (Accepted)

4.  Li, X., Dadashova, B., Yu, S., and Zhang, Z., 2020. Rethinking Highway Safety Analysis by Leveraging Crowdsourced Waze Data. Sustainability, 12(23), 10127. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310127

5. Zhang, Z., 2020. Thematic accuracy. The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (2nd Quarter 2020 Edition) John P. Wilson(ed). DOI: 10.22224/gistbok/2020.2.3

6. Li, D., Chaudhary, H., and Zhang, Z., 2020. Modeling Spatiotemporal Pattern of Depressive Symptoms Caused by COVID-19 Using Social Media Data Mining. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(14), 4988. 

7. Xu, B., Li, Y., Han, F., Zheng, Y., Ding, W., Zhang, C., Wallington, K. and Zhang, Z., 2020. The transborder flux of phosphorus in the Lancang-Mekong River Basin: Magnitude, patterns and impacts from the cascade hydropower dams in China. Journal of Hydrology590, p.125201.

8. Zhang, Z., Laakso, T., Wang, Z., Pulkkinen, S., Ahopelto, S., Virrantaus, K., Li, Y., Cai, X., Zhang, C., Vahala, R. and Sheng, Z., 2020. Comparative Study of AI-Based Methods—Application of Analyzing Inflow and Infiltration in Sanitary Sewer Subcatchments. Sustainability, 12(15), p.6254.

9. Zhao J., Zhang, Z., Sullivan, C., 2019. Identifying anomalous nuclear radioactive sources using Poisson Kriging and mobile sensor networks, PLoS ONE, 14(5): e021613 (Zhang and Zhao Contributed equally to this work).

10. Armstrong, M., Wang., S., and Zhang., Z., 2019. The Internet of Things and fast data streams: prospects for geospatial data science in emerging information ecosystems. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 46(1): 39-56.

11. Zhang, Z., 2019. Geospatial Software Institute: A Knowledge Hub for Driving Sustainable Geospatial Software Ecosystem. The 3rd NSF Workshop on Conceptualizing a National Geospatial Software Institute. https://gsi.cigi.illinois.edu/workshop3/position-papers/

12. 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: 12(11), 1364-1381.

13. Seppänen, H., Luokkala, P., Zhang, Z., 2018. Torkki, P., and Virrantaus, K. Critical infrastructure vulnerability- a method for identifying the infrastructure service failure interdependencies, International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection, 22: 25-38. 

14. Zhang, Z., Demsǎ, U., Wang, S., and Virrantaus, K., 2017. A spatial fuzzy influence diagram for modelling spatial objects’ dependencies: a case study on tree-related electric outages. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 32(2): 349-366.

15. Zhang, Z., and Virrantaus, K., 2016. Use of fuzzy decision-making approach in analysis of the vulnerability of street network for disaster management. Nordic Journal of Surveying and Real Estate Research, 11(2): 7-19.

16. Zhang, Z., Demsǎ, U., Rantala, J., and Virrantaus, K., 2014. A fuzzy multiple- attribute decision making modelling for vulnerability analysis on the basis of population information for disaster management. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 28(9): 1922-1939.


2016  Doctor of Science (with distinction) in Geoinformatics, minored in applied mathematics, Department of  Built Environment, Aalto University (before Helsinki University of Technology), Finland

2009  Master of Science (Technology) in Geomatics, Department of Surveying, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

2005  Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, Tampere University of Applied Sciences


GEOG 678 - Web GIS (online & in class)

GEOG 660 - Applications in GIS (online)

GEOG 665 - GIS Modeling (online)

GEOG 695 - Frontiers in GIScience (in class) 

GEOG392/676 - GIS Programming (In class, Fall 2020) 

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