Chor-Pang (C.P.) Lo (1939-2007)
by Xiaojun Yang, PhD
On December 30, 2007, Professor Chor-Pang (C.P.) Lo (68) died of lung cancer in Athens, Georgia. Born in Hong Kong in 1939, Lo studied geography at the University of Hong Kong, where he received BA (First Honors; 1963) and MA (1966) degrees. From 1968-1971, he was a Commonwealth Scholar pursuing his PhD in Geography and Photogrammetry at the University of Glasgow in the UK. Before joining the faculty at the University of Georgia in 1984, he was a Reader at the University of Hong Kong. He was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 1988.
Lo was an internationally known geographer who made seminal contributions to urban remote sensing and the development of geographic information system approaches for examining human-environment interactions. He pioneered the use of Landsat data for land cover mapping in China, in particular, the Hong Kong-Pearl River Delta Region. He conducted research on population estimation using aerial photography, Large Format Camera photography, MSS, TM, SPOT, DMSP-OLS, and Shuttle Imaging Radar images for the city of Hong Kong, as well as settlements in China and the US. His recent NASA-funded work on land use and heat island effect in Atlanta, Georgia, attracted considerable attention from the news media. He demonstrated how remote sensing, in conjunction with geographic information systems and census statistics, can be used to reveal the spatial impact of human societies on the environment and to facilitate our understanding of social processes. Lo’s research was regarded as a major effort to bridge physical, social, and remote sensing sciences.
A prolific scholar and author, Lo wrote numerous publications that appeared in some premier remote sensing, geographic information science, and geography journals. He also authored or co-authored 11 books including three major textbooks on remote sensing or geographic information systems (Applied Remote Sensing, Longman, 1986; Concepts and Techniques in Geographic Information Systems, Prentice Hall, 2002, 2007) that have been adopted by many universities in the United States and other countries. At the time of his death he was co-authoring a chapter entitled, “Using a Cellular Automaton Model and GIS to Simulate the Spatial Consequences of Different Growth Scenarios in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area” for the ASPRS Manual of GIS. Lo also made significant contributions to remote sensing, geographic information science, and geographic education. He taught remote sensing and GIS courses at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Georgia for nearly 40 years. At the University of Georgia, Lo directed nearly 30 PhD and master’s degree students, who themselves became successful academics. His dedication to urban remote sensing and human-environment interactions inspired a new generation of scholars working to better understand the complex, dynamic urban environment.
His honors included the William A. Owen Award in Creative Research given by the University of Georgia (2001), the Medal of Outstanding Contributions to the science of Remote Sensing and the discipline of Geography given by the Remote Sensing Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (2001), Research Honors Award (2002) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2005) given by the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, and the Distinguished Service Award given by the China Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (2005).
Lo was a member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the Association of American Geographers, the Remote Sensing Society, the British Photogrammetric Society, and the Society of Sigma Xi.
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