Stephen Young

Professional Details

Title Professor
Department Geography and Sustainability
Office Meier Hall 326D
Phone 978.542.6923
Photo of Stephen Young

Recent and Upcoming Courses

GPH 110 World Regions
GPH 115 Global Climate Change: Causes and Consequences
GPH 115H Global Climate Change Honors
GPH 282P Global Environmental Issues
GPH 340 Geographic Information Systems
GPH 343 Drones and Aerial Imagery: Applications and Image Analysis
GPH 344 Remote Sensing: Studying the Earth From Space
GPH 400 Directed Study in Geography
GPH 402 Study-travel Seminar
GPH 410 Internship in Geography
GPH 444 Digital Image Processing of Remotely Sensed Data
GPH 875 Directed Study in Geography
GPH 909 Interpretation/analysis of Remote Sensing Imagery
GPH 910 Digital Analysis of Remotely Sensed Imagery

Professional Biography

Professor Young is a former chair of the Department of Geography at Salem State University where he uses remote sensing (satellite imaging) to analyze climate change and deforestation. He received his Ph.D. in geography from Clark University, a master's degree in environmental science from Yale University and a B.A. in environmental studies from the University of Vermont. His geographic areas of expertise include northeastern North America and China. In addition to his academic research, he bridges the arts and sciences through art gallery exhibitions which try to expose the public to science and geography. In the summer of 2015 his exhibition Macro or Micro? (with Salem State University Biology professor Paul Kelly) was on display at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA and at the Sazmanab Institute of Contemporary Art in Tehran, Iran.

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Selected Publications

Environment and Climate Change

2014       “Living with Vulnerability” Flood Vulnerability Map of Salem Massachusetts

2013       Silvern, S. and S. S.Young. Global Environmental Change and Sustainability, InTech Open Access Publisher. ISBN 978-953-51-1094-1.

2012       Young, S.S. and D. Bardati. Co-editor of a special edition (Environmental Change in Northeastern North America) of the journal The Northeastern Geographer, volume 4 number 2.

2012       Young, S.S. and S. Silvern. International Perspectives on Global Environmental Change, InTech Open Access Publisher. ISBN 978-953-307-815-1.

2012       Hu, H., P. Curtis, and S. S. Young. Analysis of Land Surface Temperature Change for Northeastern North America using MODIS Thermal data, 2001 to 2011. The Northeastern Geographer. 4(2): 50-65.

2011       Young, S.S. Geoinformatics and the Mapping of Lands Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise. In Geoinformatics for Climate Change Studies. Edited by P.K. Joshi, A. Joshi, and T.P. Singh. New Delhi: TERI Press. Chapter4 pp. 109-127.


Deforestation / Environmental Conservation

2015       Ren, G.P., Young, S.S., Wang, L., Wang, W., Long, Y.C., Wu, R.D., Li, J.S., Zhu, J.D., Yu, D.W. 2014. Deforestation in China and Effectiveness of National Nature Reserves in protecting Forest Protection from 2000 to 2010. Biological Conservation – accepted

2014       Wang, L., Young, S.S., Wang, W., Ren, G.P., Xiao, W., Long, Y.C., Li, J.S., Zhu, J.G., Forest change patterns in response to government forest conservation policies in the Eastern Himalaya of China. Under review

2007       Jeyaseelan, A.T., Roy, P.S. and S.S. Young. Persistent Changes in NDVI between 1982 and 2003 over India using AVHRR GIMMS (Global Inventory Modeling and Mapping Studies) data. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 28(21): 1-20.

2005       Young, S.S., and R. Harris, Changing patterns of global-scale vegetation photosynthesis, 1982-1999. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 26(20): 4537-4563.

2004       Young, S.S., Satellite Detected Broad-Scale Vegetation Change in China, 1982 – 1999. Asian Geographer. 22(1-2): 123-142.

2003       Wang, Z.J., and S. S. Young, Differences in bird diversity between two Swidden Agricultural sites in mountainous terrain, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China. Biological Conservation. 110: 231-243.

2002       Young, S.S., Nature conservation through poverty alleviation: China’s Cao Hai nature reserve. Sextant. 12 (1 & 2): Cover, 9-16.

2001       Niu, Z., C. Y. Wang, W. Wang, Q. Y. Zhang, and S. S. Young. Estimating bi-directional angles in NOAA AVHRR images.  International Journal of Remote Sensing.  22(8): 1609-1615.

2001       Young, S.S., and C. Y. Wang. Land-cover change analysis of China using global-scale Pathfinder AVHRR Landcover (PAL) data, 1982-92. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 22(8): 1457-1477.

2000       Wang, Z. J., C. Carpenter, and S. S. Young. Bird distribution and conservation in the Ailao Mountains, Yunnan, China. Biological Conservation. 92(2000): 45-57.


Human Rights

2014       O’Connell, T, and S.S. Young. No more Hidden Secrets: Human Rights and Remote Sensing. Genocide Studies and Prevention Journal. Vol. 8: Iss. 3: 5-31.


Selected Presentations

Interdisciplinary Art Exhibits

Macro or Micro is an exhibit by S. Young (Geography) and Paul Kelly (Biology), Salem State University.

2015       “Macro or Micro?” Museum of Science, Boston, MA. Summer

2015       “Macro or Micro?” Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran. June 19 to July 10

2014       “Macro or Micro?” Class of 1970 Café Gallery, George C. Gordon Library, Worcester, MA. Aug 28 – Dec 19

2013       “Macro or Micro?” Winfisky Gallery, Salem. MA. October

2013       “Macro or Micro?” Traina Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Clark University Worcester, MA. October.

Smithsonian blog about the exhibition:

Huffington Post blog about the exhibition:

Science Illustrated (translated into 10 Nordic languages) Swedish:


Solo Art Exhibits

These exhibits demonstrate the basic scientific aspects of remote sensing in an artistic format.

2008       “North Africa from Space” Tunis, Tunisia – August.

2008       “Return of The Earth Exposed” Winfisky Gallery, Salem. MA. March.

2006       “Return of The Earth Exposed” Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA, Oct 19 – Dec 8.

2006       “Australia from Space” Brisbane, Australia, July 3 - 30; Canberra: August, Sydney: September.

2005       “The Earth Exposed.” National Science FoundationArlington, Virginia. Nov 29, 04 – Mar 4, 05.

2004       “The Earth Exposed” Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. March 14 – April 15.

2001       “The Earth Exposed” ArtWorks!, New Bedford, MA, September – October.

2001       “The Earth Exposed” Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA, February 15 – May 15.

2000       "The Earth Exposed," Clark University, Worcester, MA. November 13 - December 15.

1999       "Ipswich Sanctuary from Space," Audubon Society, Topsfield, MA. Dec 1999 - May, 2000.

1998       "Salem from Space," Winfisky Gallery, Salem. MA. November.