Tenure-Track Faculty

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Richard Beck

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 410D Braunstein Hall
Tel: 513-556-3426


  • Ph.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1995 (Earth Science)
  • M.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2004 (Information Science)
  • M.S., Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1985 (Earth Sciences)
  • B.S., Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1982 (Earth Sciences)


Research Areas: Geographical information networks, GIS, Remote Sensing, Climate Change, South Asia, Water Resources

My reseach is focused on developing tools based on Geographic Information Science applied to physical geography. These tools include integrated space-based wireless networks, information architectures for monitoring climate change, regional satellite image networks, automated ground truth systems and GPS-aware Internet browsers. Applications of these tools include hyperspectral remote sensing, geologic carbon sequestration, Arctic climate change studies and water resources.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 1021 - World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 1065C - Mapping Climate Change and its Solutions with GIS, Aircraft and Satellites
  • GEOG 2025 - The Geography of Africa
  • GEOG 5176C/6076C - Principles of Remote Sensing 

Selected Publications

  • Beck, R.A., Zhan, S., Liu, H., Tong, S., Yang, B., Xu, M., Ye, Z., Huang, Y., Wu, Q., Wang, S., Berling, K., Murray, A., Emery, E., Reif, M., Harwood, J., Young, J., Nietch, C., Macke, D., Martin, M., Stillings, G., Stump, R., 2016, Comparison of satellite reflectance algorithms for estimating chlorophyll-a in a temperate reservoir using coincident hyperspectral aircraft imagery and dense coincident surface observations, Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 178, 01 June 2016, pages 15-30
  • Beck, R.A., Robert Frohn, Robert South, Kevin Kriegel, Joseph Brunner, James McLaughlin, Mariusz Stanisz, Charles Lambert, Douglas Miller, Philip Ardire, Dan Gray, Thomas Bridgeman, Paul Capello, 2011, GeoTempo: A Modular OGC Sensor Web, Association of Computing Machinery – IEEE - Proceedings of Com Geo 2011.
  • Beck, R.A. , Rettig, Andrew J. , Ivenso, C. , Eisner, Wendy R. , Hinkel, Kenneth M., Jones, Benjamin M. , Arp, Christopher D., Grosse, Guido and Whiteman, Douglas (2010) Sikuliqiruq: ice dynamics of the Meade River - Arctic Alaska, from freezeup to breakup from time-series ground imagery, Polar Geography, 33: 3, 115 – 137.
  • Beck, R.A., and 20 others, 2007, GPSDTN: Velocity-Enabled Delay-Tolerant Networks for Arctic Research and Sustainability, IEEE-IARIA
  • Beck, R.A., Eisner, W., Hinkel, K., Pesanti, H., Beiswenger, E., Parker, W., Treadwell, M., Smith, S., Krogh, L., Hansen, K.G., and Peskov, V., 2005, Nutarniq, Uniting the Arctic Community with a Wireless Arctic Network for Circumpolar Communications, Polar Geography, Vol. 29, no. 1, pp 1-25.

Awards and Honors

  • UCScienceNet Certificate of Appreciation from President Ono, 2015.
  • Fulbright Specialist Award – Dem. Republic of the Congo, 2014.
  • Center for Geospatial Information and Environmental Sensor Network Faculty Research Award (2011)
  • University of Cincinnati, McMicken Dean’s Award for Distinguished Early Career Scholarship (2011)

Graduate Students and Postdocs

  • Richard Johansen