Ningchuan Xiao

Ningchaun Xiao

Ningchuan Xiao


(614) 292-4072

1160 Derby Hall
154 North Oval Mall
Columbus OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Spatial Decision Support Systems
  • Cartography
  • Environmental and Ecological Modeling
  • Web-Based GIS.


  • Ph.D., 2003 Geography, The University of Iowa
  • M.S., 1999 Geography, Southern Illinois University
  • M.S., 1995 Geography, Peking University
  • B.S., 1990 Geography, Hunan Normal University

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Interests: Spatial Decision Support Systems, Cartography, Environmental and Ecological Modeling, Web-Based GIS.

Current Research: I am interested in the use of computational approaches to solving geographical problems. Specifically, my research topics include spatial decision support systems, cartography, environmental and ecological modeling, and web-based GIS.

Courses Taught:
Geography 5200-Elements of Cartography
Geography 5220-Fundamentals of GIS
Geography 5221-Intermediate GIS
Geography 5223-Design and Implementation of GIS
Geography 6220-Web-based GIS

Select Publications:
Wu, X., Murray, A. and N. Xiao, 2011. A multiobjective evolutionary algorithm for optimizing spatial contiguity in reserve network design. Landscape Ecology, in press.

Xiao, N. and Y. Chun, 2009. Visualizing migration flows using kriskograms. Cartography and Geographical Information Science 36(2):183-191.

Xiao, N., Shi, T., Calder, C.A., Munroe, D.K., Berrett, C., Wolfinbarger, S.R., and D. Li, 2009. Spatial characteristics of the difference between MISR and MODIS aerosol optical depth retrievals over mainland Southeast Asia. Remote Sensing of Environment, 113: 1-9.

Xiao, N. 2008. A unified conceptual framework for geographical optimization using evolutionary algorithms. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 98(4): 795-817.

Xiao, N., Bennett, D.A., and M. P. Armstrong, 2007. Interactive evolutionary approaches to multiobjective spatial decision making: a synthetic review. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 31: 232-252.