Lei Zou

Lei Zou

Visiting Assistant Professor

GIS, social media data mining, spatial data science, disaster resilience, sustainability

  lzou@tamu.edu

  (979) 458-1803

  CSA 203D

Research

Dr. Lei Zou’s research interests are mining geospatial Big Data to analyze and model human-environment interactions. He has involved in four National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects and three projects funded by USGS, Louisiana Sea Grant, and Netherlands RAAK Public Grant. Increasingly frequent natural hazards and global environmental changes have posted huge challenges to the sustainability of human communities. Meanwhile, human behaviors are also changing the landscape and ecology of planet earth. Understanding the impacts and feedbacks between human and natural systems is the key to build a sustainable future for both systems. To build disaster resilience and long-term sustainability, his research focus on (1) developing algorithms to derive practical indices from location-based social media data and utilizing those indices to enhance disaster resilience and emergency management; (2) applications of Deep Learning in automatic tagging and information extraction of social media data; (3) coupled natural-human system modeling for population dynamics, land loss and urban growth; and (4) developing estimation models of community resilience to multiple types of natural hazards.

Selected Publications

21. 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. Twitter use in Hurricane Harvey reveals social and geographical disparities. International Journal of Digital Earth. (Accepted)

20. Mihunov, V., Lam, N.S.N., Rohli, R.V., and Zou, L. 2018. Emerging disparities in community resilience to drought hazard in south-central United States. Climate Change. (Under Review)

19. Bushra, N., Rohli, R.V., Lam, N.S.N., Zou, L., Mostafiz, R.B. and Mihunov, V. 2018. The relationship between the normalized difference vegetation index and drought indices in the south-central United States. Natural Hazards. (Under Review)

18. Kirby, R., Reams, M.A., Lam, N.S.N., Zou, L., Dekker, G. and Fundter D.Q.P. 2018. Assessing social vulnerability to flood hazards in the Dutch Province of Zeeland. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. (Under Review)

17. 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.

16. 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.

15. 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.

14. Mihunov, V., Lam, N.S.N., Zou, L., Rohli, R.V., Bushra, N., Reams, M.A., and Argote, J.E. 2018. Community resilience to drought hazard in South-central United States. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 108(3):739-755.

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

12. 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, SI85:1401-1405.

11. 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., Zou, L. and Mihunov, V. 2018. Understanding the Mississippi River Delta as a coupled natural-human system: research methods, challenges, and prospects. Water, 10(8):1054.

10. 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.

9. 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.

8. Rohli, R.V., Bushra, N., Lam, N.S.N., Zou, L., Mihunov, V., Reams, M.A. and Argote, J.E. 2016. Drought indices as drought predictors in the south-central USA. Natural Hazards, 83(3):1567-1582.

7. Shen, Q., Li, J., Zhang, B., Wu, Y., Zou, L. and Wu T. 2016. Analyzing spectral characteristics of water involving in-situ multi-angle polarized reflectance and extraction of water-leaving radiance. Spectroscopy and Spectral Analysis, 36(10):3269-3273.

6. 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.

5. 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.

4. Zhang, F., Zhang, B., Li, J., Shen, Q., Wu, Y., Wang, G., Zou, L. and Wang, S. 2014. Validation of a synthetic chlorophyll index for remote estimates of chlorophyll-a in a turbid hypereutrophic lake. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 35(1):289-305.

3. Zou, L., Zhang, B., Li, J., Shen, Q., Zhang, F. and Wang, G.L. 2014. A study on retrieval algorithm of black water aggregation in Taihu Lake based on HJ-1 satellite images. In IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 17(1):012100.

2. Zou, L., Zhang, B., Li, J., Song, Y., Shen, Q. and Li, L. 2012, July. A comparative analysis of the ‘transmittance’ method between using integrating sphere and filter holders for measuring light absorption by aquatic particles. In Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012 IEEE International. 2567-2570.

1. Li, J., Zhang, B., Shen, Q., Zou, L. and Li, L., 2012, July. Monitoring water quality of Lake Taihu from HJ-CCD data using empirical models. In Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012 IEEE International. 812-815.

Education

Ph.D., Environmental Science, Louisiana State University

M.S., Geographic Information Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

B.E., Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry, Wuhan University

Awards

2018 CC&E Outstanding Student Dissertation Award, College of Coast & Environment, Louisiana State University.

2018 Dr. Joseph Martinez Memorial Award, College of Coast & Environment, Louisiana State University.

2017 Spring/Summer Dissertation Year Assistantship Grant, Louisiana State University.

2016 Graduate Dean’s Summer Research Stipend Grant, Louisiana State University.

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