Adam Mathews

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Adam Mathews
Associate Professor
(269) 387-3381
(269) 387-3442
3529 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5424
Mailing address: 
Department of Geography, Environment, and Tourism
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5424 USA
  • Ph.D., GIScience, Texas State University, 2014
  • M.A., Geography, Binghamton University (SUNY), 2010
  • B.S., GIS, SUNY Cortland, 2007
Teaching interests: 
  • Introductory geospatial tools and techniques
  • Remote sensing
  • Cartographic design
  • Spatial analysis
Research interests: 
  • Geographic information science
  • UAS/UAV/drone remote sensing
  • Lidar remote sensing

Adam Mathews is an associate professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Tourism at Western Michigan University specializing in geographic information science. Although Dr. Mathews is a broadly-trained geographer with a wide variety of interests, he specifically focuses on unmanned aerial system (UAS)-based low-altitude remote sensing to model and examine environmental problems. Previous work utilized UAS remote sensing in vineyards to characterize grapevine canopy in three-dimensions and relate UAS-Structure from Motion (SfM) data products to crop performance. Other projects include GIS-based modeling of tornado siren sound propagation, lidar-based remote sensing of urban structures for population estimation, conceptual work on the use of UAS technology in geography and geographic information science, curricular research on a comprehensive GPS lesson, GIS modeling of the effect of atmospheric warming on wine grape phenology in Australia wine regions, and more.

His research has been funded by the:

  • AGU Centennial Grant Program
  • Michigan Space Grant Consortium
  • Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
  • NASA EPSCoR/Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium
  • Australian Federal Government

Articles based on research projects have been published in:

  • Applied Geography
  • Cartography and Geographic Information Science
  • Computers, Environment and Urban Systems
  • Geographical Review
  • GeoJournal
  • Journal of Cultural Geography
  • Journal of Wine Research
  • International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
  • International Journal of Biometeorology
  • International Journal of Remote Sensing
  • Remote Sensing

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