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Randolph H Wynne

Professor of Forestry. Remote Sensing

B.S., University of North Carolina (1986); M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison (1993); Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (1995)


Interest Areas: Applications of remote sensing to forestry, natural resource management, ecological modeling, and earth system science.

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Teaching Responsibilities
  • FOR 4214 Forest Photogrammetry & Spatial Data Processing
  • FOR 4214 Forest Photogrammetry & Spatial Data Processing Lab
  • FOR 5254 Remote Sensing of Natural Resources
  • FOR 5104 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Remote Sensing and GIS
Selected Research Activities
  • Decision Support for Loblolly Pine Carbon Management: From Research to Operations. NASA
  • To evaluate, verify and validate, and benchmark solutions that integrate Earth science observations and predictions resulting from NASA research into existing forest management decision support tools. 3/15/06 to 3/14/09; Wynne, R.H., Potter, C.S., Genovese, V.B., Seiler, J.R., Fox, T.R., Amateis, R.L., Radtke,  P.J., Liu, X., Sampson, D.A., Prisley, S.P., and others. NASA  $1,015,675
  • Remote Sensing for Precision Silviculture - 1/1/06 to present; Wynne, R.H., Fox, T.R., Allen, F.L. Forest Nutrition Cooperative    $79,691
  • StateView Program Development and Operations for the State of Virginia - 4/1/04 to present; Campbell, J.B., Wynne, R.H., McGee, J.A. AmericaView Inc. (USGS) $352,500
  • Digital Soil Mapping Operational Initiative – Mojave Desert Region - 9/20/07 to 11/30/08; Galbraith, J.M, Wynne, R.H. USDA NRCS $46,589
Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Roy, D. P., Wulder, M. A., Loveland, T. R., Woodcock, C. E., Allen, R. G., Anderson, M. C., Helder, D., Irons, J. R., Johnson, D. M., Kennedy, R., Scambos, T. A., Schaaf, C.B., Schott, J. R., Sheng, Y., Vermote, E. F., Belward, A. S., Bindschadler, R., Cohen, W. B., Hipple, J. D., Hostert, P., Huntington, J., Justice, C. O. , Kilic, A., Kovalskyy, V., Lee. Z. P., Lymburner, L., Masek, J. G., McCorkel, J., Shuai, Y., Trezza, R., Vogelmann, J., Wynne, R. H., Zhu, Z. 2014. Landsat-8: Science and product vision for terrestrial global change research. Remote Sensing of Environment Vol. 145, pp. 154-172. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2014.02.001.
  • Banskota, A., Wynne, R. H., Thomas, V. A., Serbin, S. P., Kayastha, N., Gastellu-Etchegorry, J. P., & Townsend, P. A. (2013). Investigating the Utility of Wavelet Transforms for Inverting a 3-D Radiative Transfer Model Using Hyperspectral Data to Retrieve Forest LAI. Remote Sensing, 5(6), 2639-2659. doi: 10.3390/rs5062639
  • Banskota, A., Wynne, R. H., Serbin, S. P., Kayastha, N., Thomas, V. A., Townsend, P. A.  2013. Utility of the Wavelet Transform for LAI Estimation Using Hyperspectral Data. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 79(7), pp. 653-662.
  • Blinn, C. E., Browder, J. O., Pedlowski, M. A., Wynne, R. H. 2013. Rebuilding the Brazilian rainforest:  Agroforesry strategies for secondary forest succession. Applied Geography Vol. 43, pp. 171-181.  doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2013.06.013.
  • Brooks, E. B., Wynne, R. H., Thomas, V. A., Blinn, C. E., Coulston, J. W. 2013. On-the-Fly Massively Multitemporal Change Detection Using Statistical Quality Control Charts and Landsat Data. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. 52(6), pp. 3316-3332.
  • Huang, H. G., Wynne, R. H. 2013. Simulation of lidar waveforms with a time-dependent radiosity algorithm.  Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing Vol. 39, pp. S126-S138.  doi: 10.5559/m13-035.
  • Zheng, B. J., Campbell, J. B., Shao, Y., Wynne, R. H. 2013. Broad-Scale Monitoring of Tillage Practices Using Sequential Landsat Imagery.  Soil Science Society of America Journal 77(5), pp. 1755-1764. doi: 10.2136/sssaj2013.03.0108.
  • Blinn, C. E., T. J. Albaugh, T. R. Fox, R. H. Wynne, J. L. Stape, R. A. Rubilar, A. Rafael, H. L. Allen. 2012. A method for estimating deciduous competition in pine stands using Landsat. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 36 (2): 71-78.
  • Brooks, E. B., Thomas, V. A., Wynne, R. H., & Coulston, J. W. (2012). Fitting the Multitemporal Curve: A Fourier Series Approach to the Missing Data Problem in Remote Sensing Analysis. Ieee Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 50(9), 3340-3353. doi: 10.1109/tgrs.2012.2183137
  • Gibson, G.R., J. B. Campbell, and R. H. Wynne. 2012. Three Decades of War and Food Insecurity in Iraq.Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing.  Vol. 78, pp. 885-895.
  • McGee, J. A., S. D. Day; R. H. Wynne, B. M. White. 2012.  Using geospatial tools to assess the urban tree canopy:  Decision support for local governments. Journal of Forestry110 (5): 275-286.
  • Peduzzi, A., R. H. Wynne, V. A. Thomas, R. F. Nelson, J. J. Reis, M. Sanford. 2012.  Combined use of airborne Lidar and DBInSAR data to estimate LAI in temperate mixed forests. Remote Sensing4 (6): 1758-1780.
  • Phillips, R. D., L. T. Watson, R. H. Wynne, N. Ramakrishnan. 2012. Continuous iterative guided spectral class rejection classification algorithm. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 50 (6): 2303-2317.
  • Brooks, E., V. A. Thomas, R. H. Wynne, J. W. Coulston. 2012. Fitting the multitemporal curve: A fourier series approach to the missing data problem in remote sensing analysis.  IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing: In press.
  • Peduzzi, A., R. H. Wynne, T. R. Fox, R. F. Nelson, and V. A. Thomas. 2012. Estimating leaf area index in intensively managed pine plantations using airborne laser scanner data. Forest Ecology and Management 270:54-65.
  • Sen, S., C. E. Zipper, R. H. Wynne, and P. F. Donovan, 2012. Identifying revegetated mines as disturbance/recovery trajectories using an interannual Landsat chronosequence. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 78(3): 223-235.
  • Shrestha, R., and R. H. Wynne. 2012. Estimating biophysical parameters of individual trees in an urban environment using small footprint discrete-return imaging lidar. Remote Sensing (Basel, Switzerland) 4 (2):484-508.
  • Walker, J. J., K. M. de Beurs, R. H. Wynne, and F. Gao. 2012. Evaluation of Landsat and MODIS data fusion products for analysis of dryland forest phenology. Remote Sensing of Environment 117:381-393.
  • Banskota, A., R. H. Wynne, and N. Kayastha. 2011. Improving within-genus tree species discrimination using the discrete wavelet transform applied to airborne hyperspectral data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 32 (13):3551-3563.
  • Banskota, A., R. H. Wynne, P. Johnson, and B. Emessiene. 2011. Synergistic use of very high-frequency radar and discrete-return lidar for estimating biomass in temperate hardwood and mixed forests. Annals of Forest Science 68 (2):347-356.
  • Phillips, R. D., L. T. Watson, R. H. Wynne, and N. Ramakrishnan. 2011. Continuous iterative guided spectral class rejection classification algorithm. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.
  • Peduzzi, A., H. L. Allen, and R. H. Wynne. 2010. Leaf area of overstory and understory in pine plantations in the flatwoods. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 34 (4):154-160.
  • Pantaleoni, E., R. H. Wynne, J. M. Galbraith, and J. B. Campbell. 2009. A logit model for predicting wetland location using ASTER and GIS. International Journal of Remote Sensing 30 (9):2215-2236.
  • Pantaleoni, E., R. H. Wynne, J. M. Galbraith, and J. B. Campbell. 2009. Mapping wetlands using ASTER data: A comparison between classification trees and logistic regression. International Journal of Remote Sensing 30 (13):3423-3440.
  • Phillips, R. D., C. E. Blinn, L. T. Watson, and R. H. Wynne. 2009. An adaptive noise-filtering algorithm for AVIRIS data with implications for classification accuracy. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 47 (9):3168-3179.
  • Phillips, R. D., L. T. Watson, R. H. Wynne, and C. E. Blinn. 2009. Feature reduction using a singular value decomposition for the iterative guided spectral class rejection hybrid classifier. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 64 (1):107-116.
  • Browder, J. O., M. A. Pedlowski, R. Walker, R. H. Wynne, P. M. Summers, A. Abad, N. Becerra-Cordoba, and J. Mil-Homens. 2008. Revisiting theories of frontier expansion in the Brazilian Amazon: A survey of the colonist farming population in Rondonia's post-frontier, 1992-2002. World Development 36 (8):1469-1492.
  • Phillips, R. D., L. T. Watson, R. H. Wynne. 2008. A Fuzzy Homogeneity Test for the Iterative Guided Spectral Class Rejection Algorithm.
  • Rotz, J. D., A. O. Abaye, R. H. Wynne, E. B. Rayburn, G. Scaglia, and R. D. Phillips. 2008. Classification of digital photography for measuring productive ground cover. Rangeland Ecology & Management 61 (2):245-248.
  • Sampson, D. A., R. H. Wynne, and J. R. Seiler. 2008. Edaphic and climatic effects on forest stand development, net primary production, and net ecosystem productivity simulated for Coastal Plain loblolly pine in Virginia. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences 113 (G1).
  • van Aardt, J. A., R. H. Wynne, and J. A. Scrivani. 2008. Lidar-based mapping of forest volume and biomass by taxonomic group using structurally homogenous segments. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 74 (8):1033-1044.
  • Woodcock, C. E., R. Allen, M. Anderson, A. Belward, R. Bindschadler, W. Cohen, F. Gao, S. N. Goward, D. Helder, E. Helmer, R. Nemani, L. Oreopoulos, J. Schott, P. S. Thenkabail, E. F. Vermote, J. Vogelmann, M. A. Wulder, and R. H. Wynne. 2008. Free access to Landsat imagery. Science (New York, N.Y.) 320 (5879):1011-1011.
  • Wynne, R. H. and J. A. Scrivani. 2008. Lidar-based mapping of forest volume and biomass by taxonomic group using structurally homogenous segments. Photogrammetric engineering and remote sensing 74 (8):1033-1044.
  • Budreski, K. A., R. H. Wynne, J. O. Browder, and J. B. Campbell. 2007. Comparison of segment and pixel-based non-parametric land cover classification in the Brazilian Amazon using multitemporal Landsat TM/ETM+ imagery. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 73 (7):813-827.
  • Phillips, R. D., L. T. Watson, and R. H. Wynne. 2007. Hybrid image classification and parameter selection using a shared memory parallel algorithm. Computers & Geosciences 33 (7):875-897.
  • van Aardt, J. A., and R. H. Wynne. 2007. Examining pine spectral separability using hyperspectral data from an airborne sensor: An extension of field-based results. International Journal of Remote Sensing 28 (1-2):431-436.
  • Wynne, R. H., K. A. Joseph, J. O. Browder, and P. M. Summers. 2007. Comparing farmer-based and satellite-derived deforestation estimates in the Amazon basin using a hybrid classifier. International Journal of Remote Sensing 28 (6):1299-1315.
  • Musy, R. F., R. H. Wynne, C. E. Blinn, J. A. Scrivani, and R. E. McRoberts. 2006. Automated forest area estimation using iterative guided spectral class rejection. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 72 (8):949-960.
  • van Aardt, J. A., R. H. Wynne, and R. G. Oderwald. 2006. Forest volume and biomass estimation using small-footprint lidar-distributional parameters on a per-segment basis. Forest Science 52 (6):636-649.
  • Wynne, R. H. 2006. Lidar remote sensing of forest resources at the scale of management. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 72 (12):1310-1314.
  • Wynne, R. H., and R. F. Nelson. 2006. SilviScan special issue - Lidar applications in forest assessment and inventory - Foreword. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 72 (12):1337-1338.
  • Bortolot, Z. J., and R. H. Wynne. 2005. Estimating forest biomass using small footprint LiDAR data: An individual tree-based approach that incorporates training data. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 59 (6):342-360.
  • Browder, J. O., R. H. Wynne, and M. A. Pedlowski. 2005. Agroforestry diffusion and secondary forest regeneration in the Brazilian Amazon: Further findings from the Rondonia Agroforestry Pilot Project (1992-2002). Agroforestry Systems 65 (2):99-111.
  • Popescu, S. C. and R. H. Wynne. 2004. Seeing the trees in the forest: Using lidar and multispectral data fusion with local filtering and variable window size for estimating tree height. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 70 (5):589-604.
  • Popescu, S. C., R. H. Wynne, and J. A. Scrivani. 2004. Fusion of small-footprint lidar and multispectral data to estimate plot-level volume and biomass in deciduous and pine forests in Virginia, USA. Forest Science 50 (4):551-565.
  • Winn, M. F., R. H. Wynne, and P. A. Araman. 2004. ALOG: A spreadsheet-based program for generating artificial logs. Forest Products Journal 54 (1):62-66
  • Bortolot, Z. J. and R. H. Wynne. 2003. A method for predicting fresh green leaf nitrogen concentrations from shortwave infrared reflectance spectra acquired at the canopy level that requires no in situ nitrogen data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 24 (3):619-624.
  • Popescu, S. C., R. H. Wynne, and R. F. Nelson. 2003. Measuring individual tree crown diameter with lidar and assessing its influence on estimating forest volume and biomass. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 29 (5):564-577.
  • Popescu, S. C., R. H. Wynne, and R. F. Nelson. 2002. Estimating plot-level tree heights with lidar: Local filtering with a canopy-height based variable window size. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 37 (1-3):71-95.
  • van Aardt, J. A. and R. H. Wynne. 2001. Spectral separability among six southern tree species. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 67 (12):1367-1375.
  • Wayman, J. P., R. H. Wynne, J. A. Scrivani, and G. A. Reams. 2001. Landsat TM-based forest area estimation using iterative guided spectral class rejection. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 67 (10):1155-1166.
  • Clark, N. A., R. H. Wynne, and D. L. Schmoldt. 2000. A review of past research on dendrometers. Forest Science 46 (4):570-576.
  • Clark, N. A., R. H. Wynne, D. L. Schmoldt, and M. Winn. 2000. An assessment of the utility of a non-metric digital camera for measuring standing trees. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 28 (2):151-169.
  • Magnuson, J. J., D. M. Robertson, B. J. Benson, R. H. Wynne, D. M. Livingstone, T. Arai, R. A. Assel, R. G. Barry, V. Card, E. Kuusisto, N. G. Granin, T. D. Prowse, K. M. Stewart, and V. S. Vuglinski. 2000. Historical trends in lake and river ice cover in the Northern Hemisphere. Science 289 (5485):1743-1746.
  • Oderwald, R. G. and R. H. Wynne. 2000. Field applications for statistical data and techniques. Journal of Forestry 98 (6):58-60.
  • Wynne, R. H., R. G. Oderwald, G. A. Reams, and J. A. Scrivani. 2000. Optical remote sensing for forest area estimation. Journal of Forestry 98 (5):31-36.
  • Walsh, S. E., S. J. Vavrus, J. A. Foley, V. A. Fisher, R. H. Wynne, and J. D. Lenters. 1998. Global patterns of lake ice phenology and climate: Model simulations and observations. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 103 (D22):28825-28837.
  • Wynne, R. H., T. M. Lillesand, M. K. Clayton, and J. J. Magnuson. 1998. Satellite monitoring of lake ice breakup on the Laurentian Shield (1980-1994). Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 64 (6):607-617.
  • Wynne, R. H. and D. B. Carter. 1997. Will remote sensing live up to its promise for forest management? Journal of Forestry 95 (10):23-26.
  • Henson, M. M., D. H. Xie, R. H. Wynne, J. L. Wilson, and O. W. Henson. 1996. The course and distribution of medial efferent fibers in the cochlea of the mustached bat. Hearing Research 102 (1-2):99-115.
  • Vavrus, S. J., R. H. Wynne, and J. A. Foley. 1996. Measuring the sensitivity of southern Wisconsin lake ice to climate variations and lake depth using a numerical model. Limnology and Oceanography 41 (5):822-831.
  • Wynne, R. H., J. J. Magnuson, M. K. Clayton, T. M. Lillesand, and D. C. Rodman. 1996. Determinants of temporal coherence in the satellite-derived 1987-1994 ice breakup dates of lakes on the Laurentian Shield. Limnology and Oceanography 41 (5):832-838.
  • Wynne, R. H. and T. M. Lillesand. 1993. Satellite observation of lake ice as a climate indicator – initial results from statewide monitoring in Wisconsin. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 59 (6):1023-1031.
Textbooks Authored / Book Chapters

Textbooks Authored

Book Chapters

  • Olsson, H. and R. H. Wynne. 2006. Forestry. Section 7.3 of International Academy of Astronautics Position Paper on Cost Effective Earth Observation Missions (R. Sandau, editor), pp. 73-76.
  • Wynne, R. H., M. S. M. Touré, N. Sengupta, and A. Ballo. 2005. Land use changes in the Madiama Commune. Conflict, Social Capital, and Managing Natural Resources (K.M. Moore, editor), CAB International, pp. 71-75.
  • Wynne, R. H. 2004. Forest mensuration with remote sensing: A retrospective and a vision for the future. Southern Forest Science: Past, Present, and Future. U.S. Government Printing Office, pp. 109-116.
Professional Achievements
  • NASA New Investigator, 2001
  • Third place in Geospatial Solutions Fourth Annual Applications Contest, 2003
  • Course Creation Fellow (with co-author Steven Sader) for Forest Monitoring and Management course, Institute for Advanced Education in Geospatial Sciences, 2003-2006
  • First Honorable Mention for the 2005 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Talbert Abrams Award for best 2004 article in Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing
  • Second Place, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Leica Geosystems Award for Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing in 2006.
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