Annemarie SchneiderAnnemarie Schneider

Professor Annemarie Schneider
Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1710 University Avenue, Room 264
Madison, Wisconsin 53726 USA
608-265-4113 fax

Annemarie Schneider joins SAGE as an Assistant Professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies with an affiliated appointment in the Geography Department. Dr. Schneider earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Science at Boston University. Before arriving in Madison in 2007, she was a faculty member at the Department of Geography and Institute for Computational Earth System Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


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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 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, focuses on three broad questions: (1) How are urban areas changing across the Earth? (2) What factors are responsible for these changes? and (3) What are the biophysical impacts of urban and peri-urban expansion?

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To answer these questions, Prof. Schneider's work spans from local case study analyses to regional and global modeling efforts. She leads the 40 Cities Project, an effort to compare and contrast the rates, patterns, and socioeconomic drivers of land use change in a global cross-section of metropolitan areas using remotely sensed imagery, socioeconomic data and policy variables. Her recent work includes an offshoot of this project to characterize urban expansion in Chinese cities, quantify the factors responsible for variations in rates and patterns, and develop simulations of future land cover change under different policy scenarios. To help understand the impacts of urbanization on the regional and global environment, Prof. Schneider's work also includes mapping urban land surface properties globally using the fusion of remote sensing data types.

Prof. Schneider's research interests include land cover change, urban geography, the urban environment, and the human dimensions of global environmental change. Her work has been funded by grants from NASA, the National Academy of Sciences, and the World Bank.

Chengdu, Western China: By exploiting satellite imagery and spatial metrics, we can begin to understand how the urban landscape is changing and what factors play a role in compact versus fragmented forms of urban growth.


Download a pdf of Prof. Schneider's current curriculum vitae or click here for a list of publications.

Current courses

 • Environmental Studies 301: Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing
 • Environmental Studies 302: Intermediate Environmental Remote Sensing
 • Environmental Studies 401: The Urban Environment
 • Environmental Studies 900: Land Use-Land Cover Change
 • The SAGE Seminar Series

Graduate students

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. Our director, Prof. Holloway, has also posted some very helpful information for prospective SAGE students on choosing a graduate program.