Associate Professor

Forest & Wildlife Ecology and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

A129 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1598

Phone: 608-262-0873
Phone (SAGE):  608-890-0336

Curriculum Vitae


Remote sensing, hydrology, land-use/land-cover change

Research Interests

The central theme of my research concerns environmental impacts of land-use/land-cover and climate change with particular attention to the hydrologic and carbon cycles. In this vein, I take a three-pronged approach. First, I analyze remotely sensed observations to measure and characterize the changes to the Earth’s land-cover, primarily in temperate environments. This research also includes the development of new land-cover and land-cover change monitoring strategies using sophisticated computer algorithms. The second layer of my research makes use of observational and model-based approaches to understand the impacts of land-cover/land-cover change, as well as climate change on environmental states and fluxes. These include changes to the Earth’s water, carbon, and energy cycles at multiple spatial scales. The third component of my work involves science communication to stake-holders in developing regions.


Ozdogan, M., 2010, The spatial distribution of crop types from MODIS data: Temporal unmixing using Independent Component Analysis, Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2010.01.006.

Ozdogan, M., Rodell, M., Kato, H., and Toll, D., Impact of irrigation on LDAS predicted hydrological fluxes, Journal of Hydrometeorology, in press.

Ozdogan, M., Contribution of irrigated agriculture to global net primary productivity, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, in review.

Olofsson, J.P., Torchinava, P., Baccini, A., Houghton, R.A., Ozdogan, M., Zhao, F., Xiaoyuan, Y., and Woodcock, C.E., Land use implications on the carbon budget of the country of Georgia, Ecological Applications, in review.

Ozdogan, M., Modeling the impacts of climate change on wheat yields in northeastern Turkey, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, in review.

Baumann M., Kuemmerle T., Ozdogan M., Radeloff V.C., Keuler N.S., Prishchepov A., Elbakidze M., Kruhlov I. and Hostert P., Determinants of post-socialist farmland abandonment in the Ukrainian Carpathians. In prep. for Ecology and Society, in review.

Rentsch, A. and Ozdogan, M., The effects of urbanization and forest clearing on peak flows in the Salt River Basin, Kentucky, Journal of Hydrology, to be submitted.

Ozdogan, M., The influence of large-scale circulation patterns on wheat yields detected by NDVI in Eastern Mediterranean, International Journal of Remote Sensing, to be submitted.

Ozdogan, M., The value of winter snow image in mapping forest cover in the boreal zone, Remote Sensing of Environment, to be submitted.

Ozdogan, M. and Gutman, G., 2008, A new methodology to map irrigated areas using multi-temporal MODIS and ancillary data: An application example in the Continental US, Remote Sensing of Environment, 112: 3520-3537.

Potere, D., Woodcock, C.E., Schneider, A., Ozdogan, M., and Abaccini, A., 2007, Patterns in forest clearing along the Appalachian Trail Corridor, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 73(7): 783-792.

Tan, B., Woodcock, C.E., Hu, J., Zhang, P., Ozdogan, M., Huang, D., Wang, W., Knyazikhin, Y., and Myneni, R.B., 2006, The impact of gridding artifacts on the local spatial properties of MODIS data: Implications for validation, compositing, and band-to-band registration across resolutions, Remote Sensing of Environment, 105: 98-114.

Ozdogan, M. and Woodcock, C.E., 2006, Resolution dependent errors in remote sensing of cultivated areas, Remote Sensing of Environment, 103: 203-217.

Ozdogan, M., Woodcock, C.E., Salvucci, G.D., and Demir, H., 2006, Changes in summer irrigated crop area and water use in Southeastern Turkey: Implications for current and future water resources, Water Resources Management, 20: 467-488.

Ozdogan, M., Salvucci, G.D., and Anderson, B.T., 2006, Examination of the Complementary
Relationship within a mesoscale climate model, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 7(2): 235-251.

Ozdogan, M. and Salvucci, G.D., 2004, Irrigation-induced changes in potential evapotranspiration in Southeastern Turkey: Test and application of Bouchet’s complementary hypothesis, Water Resources Research, 40, W04301, doi: 10.1029/2003WR002822.

Tian, Y., Woodcock, C.E., Wang, Y., Privette, J., Shabanov, N.V., Zhou, L., Zhang, Y., Buermann, W., Dong, J., Viekkanen, B., Hame, T., Anderson, K., Ozdogan, M., Knyazikhin, Y., Myneni, R.B.,
2002a, Multiscale Analysis and Validation of the MODIS LAI Product I. Uncertainty assessment,
Remote Sensing of Environment, 83: 414-430.

Tian, Y., Woodcock, C.E., Wang, Y., Privette, J., Shabanov, N.V., Zhou, L., Zhang, Y., Buermann, W., Dong, J., Viekkanen, B., Hame, T., Anderson, K., Ozdogan, M., Knyazikhin, Y., Myneni, R.B.,
2002b, Multiscale Analysis and Validation of the MODIS LAI Product II. Sampling Strategy, Remote Sensing of Environment, 83: 431-441.

Robinson, C., El-Baz, F., Ozdogan, M., Ledwith, M., Blanco, D., Oakley, S., and Inzana, J., 2000, Use of radar data to delineate paleodrainage flow directions in the Selima Sand sheet, Eastern Sahara, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 66(6): 745-753.


FWE 900:  Remote Sensing of Vegetation (Spring 2008)
IES 506:  Environmental modeling (Fall 2009)
IES 556:  Digital Image Processing (Spring 2010)
IES 600:   Environmental Certificate Seminar (Spring 2009)

Community activities at UW

CHANGE-IGERT, CALS international programs, Agroecology program

Community activities beyond UW


Graduate Students

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