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Dr. Yu Sun

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: 678-717-3862

Office: Science, Engineering, Tech, 253, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: GIS, Remote Sensing, Geospatial Technologies, Watershed Modeling and Sustainable Water Resource Management, Human-Environment Interactions, Land Use/Cover Change, Regional Planning, Population Dynamics and Public Health, Civil Engineering and Surveying

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 in GIS
  • GISC 4983 Internship in GIS
  • ENVE 2221K Surveying I


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Cincinnati, 2014
  • M.A., Geography/GIS, University of Cincinnati, 2009
  • B.S., Geoinformatics, Nanjing Tech University (formerly known as Nanjing University of Technology), Nanjing, China, 2006


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

Sun, X., Y. Sun, Z. Zong, X. Shu, J. Mao, and N. Hearst. 2016. Sexual and reproductive healthcare utilization among women aged 40 to 49 in rural China. Menopause-The Journal of The North American Menopause Society 23(10): 1146-1151

Sun, X., X. Shu, Z. Zong, J. Mao, Y. Sun, and N. Hearst. 2015. Unmet sexual and reproductive health needs of women aged 50-64 in rural China. Menopause-The Journal of The North American Menopause Society 22(5): 505-511

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
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Cincinnati
  • Research Assistant, University of Cincinnati & U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Teaching Assistant & Lab Instructor, University of Cincinnati
  • GIS Intern, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments
  • GIS Lab Assistant, University of Cincinnati

Personal Information

Dr. Sun likes sports, traveling, and outdoor activities.

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