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Thomas Pingel

Research Emphases

Geographic Information Science, Spatial Cognition, Geovisualization, LiDAR Processing

Specific Research Endeavors

My current research involves the application of near earth and terrestrial remote sensing to problems in human geography. Lidar technology is a key component in the visualization pipeline, since it produces a precise spatial record of the environment at a comparatively low cost, but I am also developing map generation techniques from UAV-based photogrammetry. Part of my work focuses on the development of algorithms to process and decompose lidar streams. I am interested in both 2D and immersive 3D representations of the environment derived from point-cloud data. My work emphasizes mapping techniques that benefit traditionally underserved populations, including women, people with visual impairments and people with below average spatial ability.

Frequently Taught Courses

GEOG 202: World Regional Geography
GEOG 493/593: Seminar on Computer Methods and Modeling
GEOG 498K/790: Seminar on Web Mapping

Representative Publications

Pingel, T. J.( 2012) “Characterizing the Role of Strategic Disposition and Orientation to Risk in Wayfinding.” Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour.

Loáiciga, H. A., Pingel, T. J., & Garcia, E. S. (2012). Sea Water Intrusion by Sea-Level Rise: Scenarios for the 21st Century. Ground Water, 50(1), 37-47.

Pingel, T. J.( 2010) “Modeling Slope as a Contributor to Route Selection in Mountainous Areas.” Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 37(2), 137-148.



Assistant Professor 
Office: Davis Hall 219C


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

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