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Yu Sun, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: 678-717-3806

Office: Science, Engineering, Tech, 253, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Geography/GIS, Spatial Analysis

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 1111K Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography
  • GEOG 1102 World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 2903 Special Topics in Geography
  • GISC 2011/L Geographic Information Science/Lab
  • GISC 4470K Spatial Analysis
  • GISC 4983 Internship in GIS
  • ENVE 2221K Surveying I


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Cincinnati, 2014

Research/Special Interests

  • Water resource managment and watershed modeling
  • Human environmental interactions
  • Land use/cover change
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Population dynamics and public health
  • Land surveying and mapping


Sun, Y., S. T. Y. Tong, and Y. J. Yang. 2016. Modeling the cost-effectiveness of stormwater best management practices in an urban watershed in Las Vegas Valley. Applied Geography 76: 49-61

Ranatunga, T., S. T. Y. Tong, Y. Sun, and Y. J. Yang. 2014. A total water management analysis of the Las Vegas Wash watershed, Nevada. Physical Geography 35(3): 220-244

Sun, Y., S. T. Y. Tong, M. Fang, and Y. J. Yang. 2013. Exploring the effects of population growth on future land use change at the Las Vegas Wash watershed: an integrated approach of geospatial modeling and analytics. Environment, Development and Sustainability 15: 1495-1515

Tong, S. T. Y., Y. Sun, and Y. J. Yang. 2012. Generating a future land use change scenario with a modified population-coupled Markov cellular automata model. Journal of Environmental Informatics 19(2):108-119

Tong, S. T. Y., Y. Sun, T. Ranatunga, J. He, and Y. J. Yang. 2011. Predicting plausible impacts of sets of climate and land use change scenarios on water resources. Applied Geography 32: 477-489

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, University of North Georgia
  • Associate Professor, University of North Georgia
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Cincinnati

Personal Information

Dr. Sun enjoys North Georgia mountains

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