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Min Chen Professor

Research Interests: 
  • Virtual Geographic Environments
  • Geographic modeling and simulation
  • Geographic Information System

Educational Background

  • 2009 Ph.D. in Cartography and GIS, Nanjing Normal University, China.
  • 2004 B.E. in Computational Mathematics, Nanjing Normal University, China.


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Honors and Awards

  • First Prize in Natural Science awarded by the Ministry of Education of PRC, 2018
  • Young Researcher Award in GIScience awarded by Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2018
  • PI of Thousand Talents program for Young Scholars of China (Funded as the highest level), 2016
  • PI of NSF for Excellent Young Scholars of China, 2016
  • Innovative personality of Jiangsu province, China, 2016
  • Second Prize in Natural Science awarded by the Education department of Jiangsu province, 2016
  • The 6th University Innovative Personality in GIS of China, 2016
  • Distinguished Professor of Jiangsu Province, China, 2015
  • Hundreds of Young Talents in NJNU, 2015
  • Second Prize in Natural Science awarded by the Ministry of Education of PRC, 2014


Academic Service

  • Member of iEMSs Board of Directors, 2018-
  • Co-chairman & Secretary-general of ISDE Virtual Geography Environment Group (China’s national committee), 2016-
  • Secretary of AAG GIScience and Systems Specialty Group, 2016-2018
  • Editorial board member of Environmental Earth Sciences, Socio-Environmental Systems Modeling, Journal of Geology and Geoscience
  • Guest editor of International Journal of Digital Earth (2017), Environmental Earth Science (2015), Annals of GIS (2015).
  • Vice-chair of International Conference on Cartographic Visualization of Big Data for Early Warning and Disaster/Crisis Management (EW&CM), International Workshop on Open Geographical Modeling and Simulation.
  • Session chairs of 33th international GIS conference, AAG 2016/2017, IGU 2016, IJSE 2016, etc.


Selected Research Projects

  • PI, Thousand Talents program for Young Scholars of China (Funded as the highest level, 3 million RMB).
  • PI, NSF for Excellent Young Scholars of China "Geographic Modelling and Simulation"(2017-2019, No.41622108, 1.3 million RMB).
  • PI, NSF of China“DEM-based analysis of the characteristics and spatial heterogeneity of lunar impact crater”(2014-2017, No. 41371424, 0.7 million RMB).
  • PI, Distinguished professor of Jiangsu province (2015-2018, 1 million RMB).
  • PINSF of China“Outdoor blind guiding-oriented urban space modeling and Key technologies”(2012-2014,No. 41101439, 0.23 million RMB).
  • Co-PI & assistant of the chief scientist, The National Basic Research Program (973 Program) “Simulation and evaluation of the influence of human activities and global change” (2015-2019, 2015CB954100, 15 million RMB).
  • Co-PI, The National Key R&D Program of China, “Interaction between natural and cultural elements at its regional impacts under global change” (2017-2021, 2017YFA0603600, 28 million RMB).
  • Cooperation chief scientist, Special project of Collaborative innovation center of Jiangxi Province (2011 plan), “Virtual geographic experiment for ecological security based on VGEs” (2014-2017, JXS-EW-00, 1 million RMB).
  • Vice director, The National Key Technology R&D Program of China “Remote sensing monitoring system about water environment in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao area and its application” (2012-2014, No. 2012BAH32B03, 459 Million RMB).
  • Co-I, Hong Kong ITF project entitled “Developments of Key Technologies and Demonstration Systems for Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Water Quality and Quantity” (2012-2014, No. GHP/002/11GD, 810 Million HKD).


Peer-reviewed journal papers (* as the corresponding author, # as the first author)

  • Theories and technologies on Virtual Geographic Environments (VGEs)
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin. 2018. Virtual geographic environments (VGEs): originating from or beyond virtual reality (VR)? International Journal of Digital Earth, 11(4): 329-333.
  • Alexey Voinov, Arzu Coltekin, Min Chen, Ghassan Beydoun. 2017. Virtual geographic environments in socio-environmental modeling: a fancy distraction or a key to communication? International Journal of Digital Earth, doi: 10.1080/17538947.2017.1365961.
  • Guonian Lv, Min Chen, Linwang Yuan, Liangchen Zhou, Yongning Wen, Mingguang Wu, Bin Hu, Zhaoyuan Yu, Songshan Yue, Yehua Sheng. 2017. Geographic Scenario: A Possible Foundation for Further Development of Virtual Geographic Environments (VGEs). International Journal of Digital Earth, doi: 10.1080/17538947.2017.1374477.
  • Chunxiao Zhang(#),Min Chen(#),Rongrong Li, Chaoyang Fang, Hui Lin*. 2016. What’s going on about geo-process modeling in virtual geographic environments (VGEs) . Ecological Modelling, 319: 147-154.
  • Hui Lin, Min Chen*. 2015. Managing and sharing geographic knowledge in virtual geographic environments (VGEs). Annals of GIS, 21:4, 261-263.
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin, Olaf Kolditz, Cui Chen. 2015. Developing dynamic Virtual Geographic Environments (VGEs) for geographic research. Environmental Earth Sciences, 74:6975–6980.
  • Hui Lin, Michael Batty, Sven E. Jørgensen, Bojie Fu, Milan Konecny, Alexey Voinov, Paul Torrens, Guonian Lu, A-Xing Zhu, John P. Wilson, Jianya Gong, Olaf Kolditz, Temenoujka Bandrova, Min Chen*. 2015. Virtual environments begin to embrace process-based geographic analysis. Transactions in GIS, 19(4):493-498.
  • Chunxiao Zhang, Min Chen, Yulin Ding, Rongrong Li, Hui Lin. 2015. A virtual geographic environment system for multiscale air quality analysis and decision making: A case study of SO2 concentration simulation. Applied Geography, 63:326-336. 
  • Hui Lin, Min Chen*. 2014. Experimental Geography Based on Virtual Geographic Environments (VGEs). Geomatics and Information Science of Wuhan University, 39(6):689-694. (In Chinese)
  • Hui Lin, Min Chen*, Guonian Lu, Qing Zhu, Jianhua Gong, Xiong You, Yongning Wen, Bingli Xu, Mingyuan Hu. 2013. Virtual Geographic Environments (VGEs): a New Generation of Geographic Analysis Tool. Earth-Science Reviews,126:74-84.
  • Chunxiao Zhang, Hui Lin, Min Chen. 2014.  Discussion about scale adaptability in virtual geographic environments. Acta Geographica Sinica, 69 (1):100-109. (In Chinese)
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin, Yongning Wen, Li He, Mingyuan Hu. 2013. Construction of a virtual lunar environment platform. International Journal of Digital Earth, 6(5): 469-482.
  • Hui Lin, Min Chen*, Guonian Lv. 2013. Virtual Geographic Environment: A Workspace for Computer-Aided Geographic Experiments. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103(3): 465-482.
  • Hui Lin, Mingyuan Hu, Min Chen. 2013. Research Progress and Prospect of Virtual Geographic Environments (VGEs). Journal of Geomatics Science and Technology, 30(4): 361-368. (In Chinese)
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin, Mingyuan Hu, Li He, Chunxiao Zhang. 2013. Real geographic scenario based virtual social environment: integrate geography with social research. Environment and planning B- Planning & Design, 40(6): 1103-1121.
  • Mingyuan Hu, Hui Lin, Bin Chen, Min Chen, Weitao Che, Fengru Huang. 2011. A Virtual Learning Environment of Chinese University of Hong Kong. International Journal of Digital Earth, 4(2):171-182.
  • Min Chen, Yehua Sheng, Yongning Wen, Hong Tao. 2007. Research on 3D visualization scene data model of virtual geographical environment. Sciencepaper Online, 2008, 1(1):57-62. Selected as the five stars paper. (In Chinese)
  • Min Chen, Yongning Wen, Yongjun Wang, Lijia Liu. 2006. Research on 3D Visualization of Virtual Geographical Environments. Journal of System Simulation, 18 (S1):349-355. (In Chinese)
  • Min Chen, Sheng Ye-hua,Wen Yong-ning, Jinwei Sheng, Hongjun Su.2008.Virtual Geographic Environments Oriented 3D Visualization System. Journal of System Simulation, 20(19): 5105-5108.


  • Geographic Modeling and simulation for VGEs
  1. Data Preparation and processing for modeling and simulation
  • Mingyue Lu, Min Chen*, Xuan Wang, Jinzhong Min, Aili Liu. 2017. A Spatial Lattice Model Applied for Meteorological Visualization and Analysis. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 6(3):77.
  • Jinwei Shen, Tinggang Zhou, Min Chen. 2017. A 27-Intersection Model for Representing Detailed Topological Relations between Spatial Objects in Two-Dimensional Space. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 6(2):1-16.
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin, Deer Liu, Hongping Zhang, Songshan Yue. 2015. An object-oriented data model built for blind navigation in outdoor space. Applied Geography, 60:84-94.
  • Songshan Yue, Yongning Wen, Min Chen, Guonian Lu, Di Hu, Fu Zhang. 2015. A data description model for reusing, sharing and integrating geo-analysis models. Environmental Earth Sciences, 74(1): 7081-7099.
  • Min Chen, Yongning Wen, Songshan Yue. 2015. A progressive transmission strategy for GIS vector data under the precondition of pixel losslessness. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 8:3461-3475.
  • Ying Bao, QingjiuTian, Min Chen, HuiLin. 2014. An Automatic Extraction Method for Individual Tree Crowns Based on Self-adaptive Mutual Information and Tile Computing. International Journal of Digital Earth, 8(6): 495-516.
  • Yongning Wen, Min Chen*, Guonian Lu, Hui Lin, Songshan Yue, Xin Fang. 2013. A Characteristic Bitmap Coding Method for Approximate Expression of Vector Elements Based on Self-Adaptive Gridding. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27(10):1939-1959.
  • Yongning Wen, Min Chen*, Xiao Wang, Fu Zhang, Li He.2011. Research on HTML5-based Web Vector Map Publishing Strategy. International Journal On Advances in Information Sciences and Service Sciences, 3(9): 274 -285.
  • Yongning Wen, Guonian Lv, Min Chen. 2011. An Overview on Progressive Transmission of Vector Spatial Data. Geography and Geo-Information Science, 6:6-12. (In Chinese)
  • Min Chen, Yehua Sheng, Yongning Wen, Hongjun Su. 2009. Geographic Problem-Solving Oriented Data Representation Model. Journal of Geo-Information Science, 11 (3): 333-337. (In Chinese)
  • Jinwei Sheng, Yongning Wen, Min Chen, Hongjun Su, Hong Tao. 2008. Study of Automatic Annotation Placement in 3D. Bulletin of Surveying and Mapping, 1: 36-39. (In Chinese)
  • Lijia Liu, Yehua Sheng, Mingyue Lu, Min Chen, Yun Huang. 2008. The two-way semiordinal network applied in the optimal path algorithm of two points. Computer engineering,34(7):73-75. (In Chinese)
  • Lijia Liu, Yehua Sheng, Tong Zhou, Yun Huang, Min Chen. 2008. Research on creation of OpenFlight format based on DXF. Science of Surveying and mapping, 33(04):215-217. (In Chinese)
  • Mingyue Lu, Yehua Sheng, Min Chen, Guiying Zhang. 2007. Integrated TEN Model Based on Object-Manager. Geomatics and information science of Wuhan University, 32 (9): 812-816. (In Chinese)

 2. Modeling sharing and reusing for open simulation

 3. Specific Modeling, Simulation & Visualization

  • Xin Li, Guodong Cheng, Hui Lin, Ximing Cai, Miao Fang, Yingchun Ge, Xiaoli Hu, Min Chen, Weiyue Li. 2018. Watershed System Model: The Essentials to Model Complex Human‐Nature System at the River Basin Scale. Journal of Geophysical Research, 123, 3019-3034.
  • Wenping Yuan, Shuguang Liu, Wei Liu, Shuqing Zhao, Wenjie Dong, Fulu Tao, Min Chen, Hui Lin. 2018. Opportunistic Market‐Driven Regional Shifts of Cropping Practices Reduce Food Production Capacity of China. Earth’s Future, doi:
  • Wenping Yuan, Shilong Piao, Dahe Qin, Wenjie Dong, Jiangzhou Xia, Hui Lin, Min Chen. 2017. Influence of Vegetation Growth on the Enhanced Seasonality of Atmospheric CO2. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 32(1): 32-41.
  • Pengxiang Zhao, Xintao Liu, jingwei Shen, Min Chen. 2017. A network distance and graph-partitioning-based clustering method for improving the accuracy of urban hotspot detection. Geocarto International, doi:
  • Jingwei Shen, Min Chen*, Xintao Liu. 2018. Classification of topological relations between spatial objects in two‐dimensional space within the dimensionally extended 9‐intersection model. Transactions in GIS, 22(2): 514-541.
  • Jinwei Shen, Xintao Liu, Min Chen*. 2017. Discovering spatial and temporal patterns from taxi-based Floating Car Data: a case study from Nanjing. GIScience & Remote Sensing, 54(5): 617-638.
  • Chunxiao Zhang, Hui Lin, Min Chen, Xinqi Zheng, Rongrong Li, Yulin Ding. 2017. A modelling system with adjustable emission inventories for cross-boundary air quality management in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, China. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 62:222-232.
  • Songshan Yue, Jianshun Yang, Min Chen, Guonian Lu, Axing Zhu, Yongning Wen.2016. A function-based linear map symbol building and rendering method using shader language. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 30(2):143-167.
  • Mingyue Lu, Bing Liu, Min Chen, Xuan Wang, Jianqing Zhen, Yuanxiang Mao. 2016. Design and Implementation of Meteorological Symbol Library for GIS visualization and Analysis. Journal of Graphics, 37(5): 592-597. (In Chinese)
  • Jian Lin, Bo Huang*, Min Chen*, Zheng Huang. 2014. Modeling urban vertical growth using cellular automata—Guangzhou as a case study. Applied Geography, 53:172-186.
  • Chunxiao Zhang, Hui Lin, Min Chen, RongRong Li, ZhiChao Zeng. 2014. Scale Compatibility Analysis in Geographic Process Research: A Case Study of a Meteorological Simulation in Hong Kong. Applied Geography, 52:135-143.
  • Chunxiao Zhang, Hui Lin, Min Chen. 2014. Scale matching of multiscale digital elevation model (DEM) data and the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model: A case study of meteorological simulation in Hong Kong. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 7:2215-2223.
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin, Yongning Wen, Li He, Mingyuan Hu. 2012. Sino-VirtualMoon:A 3D web platform using Chang'e-1 data for collaborative research. Planetary and Space Science, 65(1):130-136.


  • Other applications

  • Min Chen, Danyang Liu, Kejian Qian, Jun Li, Mengling Lei, Yi Zhou. 2018. Lunar Crater Detection Based on Terrain Analysis and Mathematical Morphology Methods Using Digital Elevation Models. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and RemoteSensing, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2018.2806371.
  • Min Chen, Mengling Lei, Danyang Liu, Yi Zhou, Hao Zhao, Kejian Qian. 2018. Morphological Features-Based Descriptive Index System for Lunar Impact Craters. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 7(1):5.
  • Yi Zhou, Hao Zhao, Min Chen, Jie Tu, Long Yan. 2018. Automatic detection of lunar craters based on DEM data with the terrain analysis method. Planetary and Space Science, doi:
  • Danyang Liu, Min Chen*, Kejian Qian, Mengling Lei, Yi Zhou. 2017. Boundary Detection of Dispersal Impact Craters Based on Morphological Characteristics Using Lunar Digital Elevation Model. Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.
  • Guonian Lv, Liyang Xiong*, Min Chen*, Guoan Tang, Yehua Sheng, Xuejun Liu, Zhiyao Song, Yuqi Lu, Zhaoyuan Yu, Ka Zhang, Meizhen Wang. 2017. Chinese Progress in Geomorphometry. Journal of Geographical Sciences.
  • Hao Zhao, Yi Zhou, Min Chen, Danyang Liu. 2017. Automatic Extraction of Lunar Craters Based on Neighborhood Elevation Comparison Algorithm. Geography and Geo-Information Science,33(4): 69-73. (In Chinese)
  • Ting Wei, Wenjie Dong, John Moore, Qing Yan, Yi Song, Zhiyong Yang, Wenping Yuan, Jieming Chou, Xuefeng Cui, Xiaodong Yan, Zhigang Wei, Yan Guo, shili Yang, Di Tian, Pengfei Lin, Song Yang, Zhiping Wen, Hui lin, Min Chen, Guolin Feng, Yundi Jiang, Xian Zhu, Juan Chen, Xin Wei, Wen Shi, Zhiguo Zhang, Juan Dong, Yexin Li, and Deliang Chen. 2016. Quantitative Estimation of the Climatic Effects of Carbon Transferred by International Trade. Scientific Reports, 6, 28046.
  • Feng Yang, Yi Zhou, Min Chen. 2016. Loess Shoulder-line Constrained Method for Waterworn Gullies Extraction on Loess Plateau. Mountain Research, 34(4):504-510. (In Chinese)
  • Ying Bao#, Qingjiu Tian, Min Chen#. 2015. A Weighted Algorithm Based on Normalized Mutual Information for Estimating the Chlorophyll-a Concentration in Inland Waters Using Geostationary Ocean Color Imager(GOCI) Data. Remote sensing, 7:11731-11752.
  • Hui Lin, Peifeng Ma, Min Chen, Hengxing Lan. 2015. Basic Principles, Key Techniques and Applications of Tomographic SAR Imaging. Journal of Geomatics,(03):1-5. (In Chinese)
  • Ying Bao, QingJiu Tian, Min Chen, Chunguang Lv. 2016. Analysis on Diurnal Variation of Chlorophyll-a concentration of Taihu Lake based on optical classification using GOCI data. Spectroscopy and Spectral Analysis, 36(8):2562-2567. 
  • Min Chen, Deer Liu, Hui Lin. 2014. A Discussion about Some Key Points of Outdoor Blind Guidance Based on Geographic Information System. Journal of Geo-information Science, 16(4):553-559. (In Chinese)
  • Chengzhi Qing, Min Chen. 2014. GIScience international journal ranking by Chinese researchers:A questionnaire survey and result. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2014, 69(4): 566-572. (In Chinese)
  • Li He, Min Chen*, Guonian Lu, Hui Lin, Longyu Liu. 2013. An approach to transform Chinese historical books into scenario-based historical maps. Cartographic Journal, 50(1): 49-65.
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin, Guonian Lv, Li He, Yongning Wen. 2011. A spatial-temporal framework for historical and cultural research on China. Applied Geography, 31: 1059-1074.
  • Yongning Wen, Guonian Lv, Min Chen, Hongjun Su, Di Hu. 2010. Data Organization and System Architecture of Sino-family-tree GIS. Journal of Geo-Information Science, 2:2235-2241. (In Chinese)
  • Di Hu, Yongning Wen, Min Chen. 2009. Study on the driving force of farmland change in jiangsu province during 2001-2005. Geography and Geo-Information Science. (In Chinese)


Book chapters:

  • Mike Batty, Hui Lin, Min Chen. 2017. Virtual Realities, Analogies and Technologies in Geography. In Handbook on Geographies of Technology, Warf, B., eds. Edward Elgar Publishing, London, UK.
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin, Guonian Lu. Virtual Geographic Environments. 2017. In: The International Encyclopedia of Geography. Wiley and the American Association of Geographers (AAG). DOI: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0448.
  • Min Chen, Hui Lin, Guonian Lu. On Virtual Geographic Environments. 2017. In: Encyclopedia of China. Science press, Forthcoming.
  • Hui Lin, Lan You, Min Chen. 2017. Virtual Geographic Environments: Towards knowledge engineering. 2017. In:Frontiers in Geoinformatics, 36-61. Higher Education Press.
  • Hui Lin, Yuling Ding, Min Chen. 2017. Virtual geographical environment and monitoring of ecological security. In: Ecological security and monitoring of poyang lake basin, 318-327. Science press.
  • Guonian Lu, Min Chen, Yongning Wen, Di Hu, Yi Yang. 2010. Study on the construction of Sino-family tree platform. In: Space integrated humanities and social sciences, 114-127. Science press.



  • Totally 14 patents issued, 2 software copyright owned.

Here are 1-2 Post-doctoral positions in our team (geographic modeling and simulation, model sharing and integration), please contact for details, welcome to join us! (Salary: ¥280,000-300,000 per year, without additional achievement awards)