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Wanglin Yan

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  • Faculty of environmental and information studies, Keio university
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climate changesustainable developmenturban/regional planningGIS and Remote Sensing


Dr. Wanglin YAN is a professor, Faculty of Environmental Information Studies, Keio University, Japan. He graduated at Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping in 1982 with bachelor degree of Engineering. He received his Master Degree in 1989 and Doctor Degree in 1992 at the Department of Civil Engineering, the Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo.  His research fields are Geo-informatics for urban and regional environment, and planning for sustainable development. Geographical information technology has been widely applied for various topics at Dr. Yan's Lab from the development of location-based information tools to environment and sustainability. He has published a series of papers on urban thermal environment with analysis of satellite sensed thermal images and ground based observations, clarified the statistical and spatial structure of surface temperature and air temperature of cities. He has studied the desertification and ecosystem degradation in Inner Mongolia and Tibet Plateau with Qinghai University and international/local NPOs. Within projects, the Geographical information technology and methodology has been widely applied for planting trees and managing forest, assessing ecological resources, and planning and policy making. The small scale Afforest/Reforest Clean Development Mechanism (A/R CDM) of Kyoto Protocol was practiced in Kangping County, Shenyang City of China. He has led the joint team of Keio University, the University of Tokyo and the Southwestern Jiaotong University for the Ground Design of Post-disaster Reconstruction of Dujianyan City after the Sichuan Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008. The work was highly evaluated by expertise and local government. He is now working with NPOs and local governments for the reconstruction of Tohoku Japan. Recently, Dr. Yan is engaging in the evolution and transformation of industrial urban systems to adaptive and sustainable ones to climate change. This study requires us to understand cities as ecological and social ecosystems of complexity. GIS is studied and applied for modeling and visualizing the processes and outcomes of the evolution and transformation of urban systems. This study is a part of the five-year project called Strategic programs to foster environmental leaders for Asian and African countries granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. Dr. YAN is the executive leader of the project. With the support of this project, Keio University started an “International Program on Environmental Innovators for Designing the Future Society” at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Shonan Fujisawa Campus from April 2011. This program aims to study the mitigation and adaptation of climate change based on a multi-disciplinary and strategic curriculum for ushering the transformation towards a low-carbon society and adaptation to inevitable global warming. The project has engaged in building resilience to climate change and disasters and continuously organized annual international symposiums since 2011. The fifth one of the series will be held on March 4, 2015 in title of “New Programs and Leaders in Times of Massive Change”. For the proceedings of the series of the symposiums, please visit the project site:


Co-authors (40)

Publications (5)

  • Monitoring the transformation of Yogyakarta ’ s urban form using remote sensing and Geographic Information System Monitoring the transformation of Y ogyakarta ’ s urban form using remote sensing and Geographic Information System

    • Science E
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  • Optical-flow-based approach for the detection of shoreline changes using remote sensing data

    • Bouchahma M
    • Barhoumi W
    • Yan W
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  • A fuzzy system for quality assurance of crowdsourced wildlife observation geodata

    • Vahidi H
    • Yan W
    • Klinkenberg B
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  • Rethinking Resilience: Adaptation and Transformation

    • Yan W
    • Galloway B
  • Tsunami and Fukushima Disaster: Design for Reconstruction

    • Roggema R
    • Yan W

Professional experience


Faculty of environmental and information studies, Keio university

April 2003 - Present

Associate professor

Faculty of Environmental and Information Studies, Musashi Institute of Technology

April 1996 - March 2003(7 years)

Assistant professor

Faculty of environmental and information studies, Keio university

April 1993 - March 1996(3 years)


Dr. Eng

Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

April 1987 - March 1992(5 years)

Bachelor of Engineering

Department of Engineering Surveying, Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping

October 1978 - July 1982(4 years)