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Amy Frazier

Amy Frazier

Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Amy Frazier joined the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning in Fall 2018 as an assistant professor. She received her doctorate in geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Frazier’s research focuses on the integration of remote sensing, GIS, and landscape ecology to study global environmental change. Specifically, she investigates how advances in GIS and remote sensing classification science can overcome the scale challenges that result when using aggregated data to study ecological and geographical phenomena.


  • PhD, Geography, University at Buffalo, 2013
  • MA, Geography, West Chester Univeristy, 2006
  • AB, Environmental Earth Science, Dartmouth College, 2002


Journal Articles


Stuhlmacher, M., R. Andrade, B. L. Turner II, A. E. Frazier and W. Li. 2020. Environmental outcomes of urban land system change: Comparing riparian design approaches in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Land Use Policy 99(Dec):104615. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104615. (link )


Frazier, A. E., B. A. Bryan, A. Buyantuev, L. Chen, C. Echeverria, P. Jia, L. Liu, Q. Li, Z. Ouyang, J. Wu, W. Xiang, J. Yang, L. Wang and S. Zhao. 2019. Ecological civilization: Perspectives from landscape ecology and landscape sustainability science. Landscape Ecology 34:1-8. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-019-00772-4. (link )


Frazier, A. E. 2018. Accuracy assessment technique for testing multiple sub-pixel mapping downscaling factors. Remote Sensing Letters 9(10):992-1001. DOI: 10.1080/2150704X.2018.1500724. (link )

Kedron, P. J., A. E. Frazier, G. A. Ovando-Montejo and J. Wang. 2018. Surface metrics for landscape ecology: A comparison of landscape models across ecoregions and scales. Landscape Ecology 33(9):14889-1504. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-018-0685-1. (link )

Singh, K. K. and A. E. Frazier. 2018. A meta-analysis and review of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) imagery for terrestrial applications. International Journal of Remote Sensing 39(15-16):5078-5098. DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2017.1420941. (link )

Tong, L., S. Hu and A. E. Frazier. 2018. Mixed accuracy of nighttime lights (NTL)-based urban land identification using thresholds: Evidence from a hierarchical analysis in Wuhan Metropolis, China. Applied Geography 98(Sep):201-214. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2018.07.017. (link )

Vadjunec, J. M., A. E. Frazier, P. Kedron, T. Fagin and Y. Zhao. 2018. A land systems science framework for bridging land systems architecture and landscape ecology: A case study from the southern high plains. Land 7(1):Art 27. DOI: 10.3390/land7010027. (link )


Frazier, A. E. and P. Kedron. 2017. Comparing forest fragmentation in Eastern U.S. forests using patch-mosaic and gradient surface models. Ecological Informatics 41(Sep):108-115. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2017.08.002. (link )

Frazier, A. E. and P. Kedron. 2017. Landscape metrics: Past progress and future directions. Current Landscape Ecology Reports 2(3):63-72. DOI: 10.1007/s40823-017-0026-0. (link )

Frazier, A. E. and T. Wikle. 2017. Renaming and rebranding within U.S. and Canadian geography departments, 1990-2014. The Professional Geographer 69(1):12-21. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2015.1135404. (link )

Frazier, A. E., T. Wikle and P. Kedron. 2017. Exploring the anatomy of Geographic Information Systems and Technology (GIS&T) textbooks. Transactions in GIS 33(1):165-182. DOI: 10.1111/tgis.12301. (link )

Hemingway, B. L., A. E. Frazier, B. R. Elbing and J. D. Jacob. 2017. Vertical sampling scales for atmospheric boundary layer measurements from small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). Atmosphere 8(9):Art 176. DOI: 10.3390/atmos8090176. (link )

Mathews, A. J. and A. E. Frazier. 2017. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge DOI: 10.22224/gistbok/2017.2.4. (link )

Tong, L., S. Hu, A. E. Frazier and Y. Liu. 2017. Multi-order urban development model and sprawl patterns: An analysis in China, 2000–2010. Landscape and Urban Planning 167(Nov):386-398. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.07.001. (link )

Walker, C. M., K. C. Flynn, G. A. Ovando-Montejo, E. A. Ellis and A. E. Frazier. 2017. Does demolition improve biodiversity? Linking urban green space and socioeconomic characteristics to avian richness in a shrinking city. Urban Ecosystems 20(6):1191-1202. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-017-0671-4. (link )

Zhao, Y., G. A. Ovando-Montejo, A. E. Frazier, A. J. Mathews, K. C. Flynn and E. A. Ellis. 2017. Estimating work and home population using lidar-derived building volumes. International Journal of Remote Sensing 38(4):1180-1196. DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2017.1280634. (link )


Barrett, D. C. and A. E. Frazier. 2016. Automated method for monitoring water quality using Landsat Imagery. Water 8(6):Art 257. DOI: 10.3390/w8060257. (link )

Frazier, A. E. 2016. Surface metrics: Scaling relationships and downscaling behavior. Landscape Ecology 31(2):351-363. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-015-0248-7. (link )


Bendixsen, D. P., S. W. Hallgren and A. E. Frazier. 2015. Stress factors associated with forest decline in xeric oak forests of south-central United States. Forest Ecology and Management 347(Jul):40-48. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2015.03.015. (link )

Frazier, A. E. 2015. Landscape heterogeneity and scale considerations for super-resolution mapping. International Journal of Remote Sensing 36(9):2395-2408. DOI: 10.1080/2150704X.2015.1040130. (link )

Frazier, A. E. and S. Bagchi-Sen. 2015. Developing open space networks in shrinking cities. Applied Geography 59(May):1-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.02.010. (link )

Hu, S., L. Tong, A. E. Frazier and Y. Liu. 2015. Urban boundary extraction and sprawl analysis using Landsat images: A case study in Wuhan, China. Habitat International 47(Jun):183-195. DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.01.017. (link )


Frazier, A. E., L. Wang and J. Chen. 2014. Two new hyperspectral indices for comparing vegetation chlorophyll content. Geo-spatial Information Science 17(1):17-25. DOI: 10.1080/10095020.2014.889264. (link )


Frazier, A. E., S. Bagchi-Sen and J. Knight. 2013. The spatio-temporal impacts of demolition land use policy and crime in a shrinking city. Applied Geography 41(Jul):55-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2013.02.014. (link )

Frazier, A. E., C. S. Renschler and S. B. Miles. 2013. Evaluating post-disaster ecosystem resilience using MODIS GPP data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 21(Apr):43-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.jag.2012.07.019. (link )

Frazier, A. E. and L. Wang. 2013. Modeling landscape structure response across a gradient of land cover intensity. Landscape Ecology 28(2):233-246. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-012-9839-8. (link )

Wang, L., J. L. Silvan-Cardenas, . and A. E. Frazier. 2013. Invasive saltcedar (Tamarisk spp.) distribution mapping using multiresolution remote sensing imagery. The Professional Geographer 65(1):1-15. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2012.679440. (link )


Frazier, A. E. and L. Wang. 2011. Characterizing spatial patterns of invasive species using sub-pixel classifications. Remote Sensing of Environment 15(8):1997-2007. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2011.04.002. (link )



Weaver, R., S. Bagchi-Sen, J. Knight and A. E. Frazier. 2016. Shrinking Cities: Understanding Urban Decline in the United States. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138796867.

Book Chapters


Wang, L. and A. E. Frazier. 2012. Advancing geospatial techniques for mapping and monitoring invasive species. Pp. 307-328 In: Yang, X. and J. Li eds., Advances in Mapping from Remote Sensor Imagery: Techniques and Applications. CRC Press. ISBN: 978-1138072947.