Zhenghong Tang

Zhenghong Tang

Zhenghong Tang

Associate Professor of Community & Regional Planning

Brief Vitae

Dr. Zhenghong Tang is an associate professor in the Community and Regional Planning Program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a faculty fellow in the Water Center, the Center for Great Plains Studies, and the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also a research fellow in the Environmental Planning and Sustainability Research Unit in the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University. Dr. Tang’s major research interests address the environmental/hazard planning theory and methodology. His overall research focuses on the integration of local planning tools with strategic environmental management and hazard mitigation. Three primary research categories are active in his research agenda: (1) Improving adaptation planning theory for uncertain environmental/hazard challenges: He is interested in developing local jurisdictional adaptation planning theory for long-term, uncertain, strategic environmental/hazard challenges, such as climate change and hazard mitigation. He also aims to further improve the statistical methods in plan quality evaluation. (2) Planning for geospatially-enabled mobile society: He leads the Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) Lab to integrate environmental big data and citizen science in environmental planning and hazard mitigation through mobile information platforms. He develops the GPS-synchronous mobile information system that can transfer the complex scientific environmental databases to citizens and also allow citizens to report the real-time information to stakeholders. His research lab has officially published a series of mobile information applications for iOS, Android, and Blackberry systems, such as the “U.S. Green Infrastructure Reporter,” “NE Wetland,” “National Wetland Inventory,” and “Floodplain Insurance Rate Map.” His research integrates the emerging GIScience, mobile electronic devices, and citizen science in environmental planning, hazard mitigation, and community engagement. (3) Integrating geospatial data science (including LiDAR) in wetland mapping and conservation: He collaborates with the federal and state agencies to promote the complex geospatial data such as Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology in wetland mapping and environmental conservation programs. He improves the LiDAR methodologies in capturing the critical hydrologic parameters for wetland mapping, watershed delineation, and ecologic conservation. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Environmental Planning and Policy, GIS in Environmental Design, Environmental Impact Assessment, Planning for Disasters and Emergency, and Planning Theory. For more information, please visit Dr.Tang’s personal webpage: http://www.unl.edu/ztang2