Zihan (Linda) Lin

  • Ph.D.

  • Email: linzihan@msu.edu
  • Geography Building
    673 Auditorium Rd, Room 116
    East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Areas of interest: Remote Sensing, GIS and spatial modelling
Ph.D.

Research Synopsis:

I began my doctoral study at MSU since 2016 fall, two years after receiving a master degree in GIS of Environment and Development from Clark University. After taking interdisciplinary courses across the campus and being involved in several research projects, I discover my research interests in the following areas: optimization of remote sensing image processing, interaction-coupling between land use and land cover change (LULCC) and human activities, and the exploration of big geo-data on cloud platforms. I feel excited to apply my geospatial knowledge and statistical modeling skills to address real-world issues. Currently, I’m working with Dr. Jiaguo Qi to reveal the existing and potential impact of water infrastructures (e.g., hydropower stations, irrigation reservoirs) on the Lower Mekong River Basin, especially in water resource distribution, wetland vegetation phenology, hydro-periodic changes of major Mekong water bodies as well as the hydro-ecosystem environment disturbance. My proposed dissertation will aim to identify, investigate, explain and understand the dam constructions and their effect scales in terms of LULCC during the past three decades and forecast the next landscape scenario in the future.