netherlaHuman land use is a significant force shaping our planet.  As our land use intensifies due to increasing population and affluence, the environmental effects also increase.  Our research focus is on using geospatial science methods such as remote sensing and GIS to understand and quantify the impacts of land use on our environment and natural resources. The improved understanding provided by this research of the dynamics of land use effects on Earth’s ecosystems will allow us to address more effectively current challenges such as climate change, deforestation, and loss of wetlands, and to develop and implement sustainable land use practices to avoid future environmental problems.


joeJoe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Resources and director of the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. Joe is joined by a strong group of Master's and Ph.D. students and technicians to form a vibrant and highly capable research group.


minnThe Knight Group is a part of the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory, which is an interdisciplinary geospatial science lab within the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota. We are housed in Green Hall in the St. Paul portion of the Twin Cities Campus. We can be reached at the following coordinates:

University of Minnesota
115 Green Hall
1530 Cleveland Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55108-6112
Tel: 612-625-5354
Fax: 612-625-5212
Email: jknight (at) umn (dot) edu
Lat/Lon: 44°59'13.79"N  93°11'06.57"W