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Bryan C Pijanowski

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor of Human-Environment Modeling & Analysis Laboratory
FORS Room 305
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Dr. Pijanowski specializes in spatial modeling and analysis of land use/cover change. Grounded in the theoretical framework of complex socio-ecological systems, his research employs advanced technologies and methodologies from a wide array of disciplines. Many of his models are used to forecast and backcast land use/cover change patterns which are then linked to other ecological and economic models. Research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, NASA and various foundations (e.g., Kellogg Foundation, Great Lakes Fisheries Trust, Purdue Research Foundation). Dr. Pijanowski is interested in how results of simulations of the future can be used to achieve a more sustainable society.

A lot of the research being conducted uses geographic information systems, remote sensing, machine learning (e.g., neural networks), role playing simulation, agent-based modeling, expert judgment and semi-structured interview tools and approaches. He is a member of many national (e.g., American Association of Geographers) and international (e.g., Global Land Project) research organizations.

Research Group - Natural Resource Social Science, Forest Measurement and Assessment/GIS, Wildlife Science

Facilities - Human-Environment Modeling and Analysis Lab, Spatial Data Analysis Lab 

Areas of Excellence - Partnering for Land Use Sustainability, Applied Ecological Genetics 

Related Centers - Center for the Environment, Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Purdue Interdisciplinary Center for Ecological Sustainability



Awards & Honors

(2013) National Research Council - Advancing Land Change Science (Review Team). National Academy of Sciences.

(2013) University Faculty Scholar. Purdue University.

(2011) Plenary talk: The role of online technologies for environmental decision making. EPA SOLEC.

(2010) Keynote talk: Uncertainty in Climate Change Research. World Congress on Biodiversity in Tropical Mesoamerica.

(2008) Keynote Address. SpatgialAccuracy2008.

(2007) NSF III-XT Machine Learning for Land Use/Cover Change. Purdue University and University of Texas at Austin.

Selected Publications

Pijanowski, B. C. (in press). Soundscape ecology to soundscape science. In Acoustics.

Pijanowski, B. C., & Song, W. (in press). The effects of China's cultivated land balance program on potential land productivity at a national scale. Applied Geography.

Pijanowski, B. C., Tayyebi, A., Doucette, J., Pekin, B. K., Braun, D., & Plourde, J. (in press). A big data urban growth simulation at a national scale: Configuring the GIS and neural network based Land Transformation Model to run in a High Performance Computing (HPC) environment. Environment, Modelling and Software.

Jung, J., Pekin, B. K., & Pijanowski, B. C. (2013). Mapping gaps in an old-growth, secondary-growth, and selectively-logged tropical rainforest using discrete return LIDAR,”. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 306.

Pijanowski, B. C., & Villaneuva-Rivera, L. (2013). Soundscape ecology: A review of a new synthesis area of acoustics of landscapes. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 135(5), 4146-4146.

Plourde, J., Pijanowski, B. C., & Pekin, B. K. (in press). Evidence of increased monoculture cropping in the Central United States. Agriculture, Environment and Ecosystems.

Kumar, S., Merwade, V., Rao, S., & Pijanowski, B. C. (2012). Land-cover change history in the United States from 1850 to 2000: Socioeconomic and biophysical determinants of change. Ambio, 10.

Ray, D. K., Pijanowski, B. C., Kendall, A., & Hyndman, D. (2012). Quantifying uncertainty in the coupling of backcast land use change and groundwater travel time models: Implications for planning and management. Applied Geography, 34, 356-370.

Tayyebi, A., Pekin, B. K., Pijanowski, B. C., Plourde, J., Doucette, J., & Braun, D. (2012). Modeling urban growth across the conterminous USA: A national scale application of the Land Transformation Model. Journal of Land Use Science, 10.

Guastavino, C., & Pijanowski, B. C. (2012). Soundscape ecology: a worldwide network. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130(4), 2531-2531.