Annemarie SchneiderAnnemarie Schneider

Professor Annemarie Schneider
Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1710 University Avenue, Room 206
Madison, Wisconsin 53726 USA
608-265-4113 fax


Annemarie Schneider (Ph.D., Boston University Geography and Environment) is an Assistant Professor at the Nelson Institute’s Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Geography and the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE).  Her research is focused at SAGE, while her teaching spans multiple schools and departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prof. Schneider's current projects focus on transforming the study of urban areas from local investigation to one of comparative analysis in support of global environmental change research.  Despite growing recognition of their important and complex role in economic, political and ecological systems across the world, cities and urban areas have been understudied in the analysis of global environmental change.  The core of Prof. Schneider's research, therefore, examines the causes and consequences of land cover change in urban and peri-urban environments, specifically the demographic, economic and policy changes responsible for rapid urbanization and urban sprawl, as well as the local- to global-scale environmental impacts that result. 

Prof. Schneider’s most recent research efforts have focused on monitoring urban change across large areas, including  comparative analysis of urban trajectories, land use patterns, and population growth.  Prior to her efforts, it has been impossible to compare cities due to differences in census timing, data availability/quality, and most critically, the considerable variability in how cities are defined by population threshold, functional area, or administrative boundaries.  Prof. Schneider’s research has focused on developing a consistent methodology for mapping urban expansion using multiple types of earth observation satellite imagery and census data, and developing a consistent approach for defining what constitutes an urban agglomeration (both within and across countries and city sizes).  This work is centered on East-Southeast Asia (her current efforts extend this project to a global scale), one of the fastest urbanizing regions in the world.  Her projects have been funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and the World Bank.

Download Prof. Schneider's current curriculum vitae (coming soon) or click here for a list of publications.

Please visit Prof. Schneider’s new lab group website here:

Current classes

 • Environmental Studies 371: Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing

 • Environmental Studies 372: Intermediate Environmental Remote Sensing

 • Environmental Studies 401: The Urban Environment

 • Environmental Studies 900: Land Use-Land Cover Change


GIS-Remote Sensing Research Assistant, Project Assistant and Hourly positions available.  We are currently hiring students for geospatial analyst jobs starting in September.  Click here for more details.

The new MODIS 500-m Map of Global Urban Extent is now available!  To access the data and download current publications, please click here.

Annemarie Schneider and Carly Mertes' article Expansion and growth in Chinese cities, 1978--2010, was published in Environmental Research Letters.  For more information on this ongoing research project, click here.

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Graduate students

Thank you for investigating opportunities in my research lab!  Students interested in pursuing graduate studies at SAGE should look closely at the programs in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.  My Masters and PhD students typically enroll in the Environment and Resources Program, with minors in Geography, Computer Science, or Urban Planning.  I am also actively involved in advising students in the Geography Department, so take a look at these pages for application information as well.

Most of my students develop dual proficiencies: students acquire a rich background in theories and concepts in geography, urban studies, and environmental science, while at the same time completing technical training in geostatistical methods (data mining and data fusion techniques, geostatistical analysis). The idea is that students develop an advanced skill set that they can use to answer compelling research questions related to the environmental aspects of urbanization and land cover change.

Please see the pages for prospective students for information on how to apply, funding resources, campus visits, etc. 

Updated: 8/26/14

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