Chor Pang Lo

1939 - 2007

Chor Pang “C.P.” Lo died on Sunday, December 30, 2007 at the age of 68 following a lengthy illness. Lo was Professor of Geography at the University of Georgia, where he had worked since March, 1984. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Geography from the University of Hong Kong in 1963 and 1966, respectively, and his PhD from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, in 1971.

Lo’s teaching and research interests included photogrammetry, the application of remote sensing to urban analysis, Geographic Information Systems, and the Geography of China, a subject on which he had published over 100 papers and seven books. His book on Applied Remote Sensing (Longman, 1986) was used by many English-speaking universities around the world as a textbook in the 1980s and early 1990s. His most recent book, Concepts and Techniques of Geographic Information Systems (co-authored with Albert K. W. Yeung) was published by Prentice Hall in August, 2006.

Lo pioneered the use of Landsat image data for land use and land cover mapping in China. He conducted research on population estimation using aerial photography, Large Format Camera photography, Landsat MSS, Landsat TM, SPOT, DMSP-OLS, and Shuttle Imaging Radar images for the city of Hong Kong as well as settlements in China and the United States. Lo was awarded the William A. Owens Award on Creative Research in the Social Sciences, given by the University of Georgia Research Foundation, in 2001; the Outstanding Contributions Award and Medal in Geographic Remote Sensing by the Remote Sensing Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in 2001; the Research Honors Award by the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG); and the Lifetime Research Award and Lifetime Achievement Award by the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers in 2002 and 2005, respectively.

Chor Pang “C.P.” Lo (Necrology).2008. AAG Newsletter 43(2): 19.