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Austin Madson

Austin Madson

Assistant Professor | WyGISC

Room 329, Agriculture C

Laramie, WY
Phone: 307-766-2749
Curriculum Vitae

Academic Background

  • PhD, University of California-Los Angeles, Geography

  • MA, University of California-Los Angeles, Geography

  • BA, University of California-Los Angeles, Geography


Other Credentials

  • Sole Proprietor, Mad Nadir Mapping

Professional Summary

Austin Madson is an assistant professor at WyGISC. He received his PhD from UCLA in the Department of Geography in 2020 and leads classes in Remote Sensing (RS) and UAVs within the WyGISC GIST framework. He is a physical geographer with research interests within the Earth and geoscience realms. In particular, Austin utilizes advanced RS techniques (insar, lidar, optical) along with computational modeling and field instrumentation to study hydrologic and geomorphologic changes. He has interests in geodesy, Raspberry Pi projects, cluster computing, data processing parallelization, data visualization, open-source programming, low-cost GNSS hardware, semi-autonomous rover and UAV construction, sensor fusion, UAS data acquisition, SfM, lidar and radar RS techniques, real-world applications in the use of RS and GIS, and the integration of RS and GIS technologies. Austin enjoys tinkering on projects, fieldwork, soccer, and just soaking up the outdoors.

Research Interests

  • Hydrologic and geomorphologic remote sensing applications

  • UAV data acquisition/processing (lidar, optical, thermal)


Representative Recent / Ongoing Projects

  • Continental scale water level monitoring from spaceborne altimetry

  • Deformation and stress from hydrologic un/loading

  • Landslide kinematics from high resolution SAR and UAV data

Current Courses Taught

  • GIST 3140: Introduction to Remote Sensing

  • GIST 4211/5211: Advanced Remote Sensing

Professional Affiliations

  • AGU


  • AAG

Representative Publications

  • Madson, A., & Sheng, Y., Coulomb stress analysis for several filling and operational scenarios at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam impoundment, Environmental Earth Sciences 80.7 (2021): 1-17.

  • Madson, A., & Sheng, Y., Reservoir Induced Deformation Analysis for Several Filling and Operational Scenarios at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Impoundment, Remote Sensing 12.11 (2020).

  • Yuan, T., Lee, H., Yu, H., Jung, H., Madson, A., Sheng, Y., & Beighley, E. Mapping forested floodplain topography using InSAR and radar altimetry. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, (2020).

  • Gillespie, T. W., Madson, A., Cusack, C. F., & Xue, Y., Changes in NDVI and human population in protected areas on the Tibetan Plateau. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 51(1), 428-439, (2019).

  • Madson, A., Fielding, E., Cavanaugh, K., Sheng, Y., High-resolution spaceborne, airborne, and in situ landslide kinematic measurements of the Slumgullion Landslide in Southwest Colorado. Remote Sensing 11.3 (2019).

  • Sheng, Y., Madson, A., Song, C., 2.02 GIS for Paleo-limnological studies, In Comprehensive Geographical Information Systems, edited by Bo Huang, Elsevier, Oxford, (2018), Pages 28- 36, ISBN 9780128047934,

  • Madson, A., Sheng, Y., Song, C., ICESat-derived lithospheric flexure as caused by an endorheic lake's expansion on the Tibetan Plateau and the comparison to modeled flexural responses. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, (2017).

  • Song, C., Sheng, Y., Wang, J., Ke, L., Madson, A., & Nie, Y. Heterogeneous glacial lake changes and links of lake expansions to the rapid thinning of adjacent glacier termini in the Himalayas. Geomorphology, (2017) pp. 280, 30-38.

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8039-4908


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