Geographic Information Systems; database design and construction; spatial analysis; pattern recognition; computational morphology; environmental assessment; landscape characterization; potential modeling.
- Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Vancouver
- M.A. Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
- B.A. Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
- Philosophy Statement
My research interests are in the design and development of analytical methods embedded in geographic information science (GIS). These interests include the development of metrics that assist scientists and professionals in recognizing spatial structure and change in complex landscapes. These metrics advance our ability to classify and make sense of data generated by sophisticated sensors that record and map spatial distributions of phenomena beyond human comprehension. Processing and characterizing the morphology of landscapes in these data rich environments aids regional and environmental planners in their quest to construct and apply spatial interaction models to real world problems, such as: assessing potential fire risk in the wild-land urban interface; assessing environmental risk in highly erodible landscapes; measuring and predicting landscape hazards; integrating multivariate spatial models to recognize patterns between natural and social interaction; improving spatial search engines; and improving our ability to respond and mitigate human disasters.
This past year I have been engaged in an interdisciplinary research team looking into resilient and sustainable infrastructure networks, RESIN (http://ccrm.berkeley.edu/resin/people/resinresearchteam.shtml). In developing a strategy of access to GIS, we discovered a hybrid computer system is necessary for all members to effectively gain access. I continue to evolve new access technologies, spatial models and representations of the environmental.
In the College of Environmental Design we analyze, design and then communicate our findings to society. McHarg and others captured the attention of the public not with a catch phrase such as; design with nature, but with logical methods that assembled data and mapped patterns between nature and humans. Today the application of their methods appears insignificant and flawed, but they did provide the motivation behind the development of GIS. With GIS we can better map relationships between natural and social factors.
I believe in exposing students to new technology, but not at the risk of them becoming trained to just point-and-click.
Professor Radke’s research interests are in the design and development of analytical methods embedded in geographic information science (GIS). His interests include the development of metrics that assist scientists and professionals in recognizing spatial structure and change in complex landscapes. These metrics advance our ability to classify and make sense of data generated by sophisticated sensors that record and map spatial distributions of phenomena beyond human comprehension. Processing and characterizing the morphology of landscapes in these data rich environments aids regional and environmental planners in their quest to construct and apply spatial interaction models to real world problems, such as: assessing potential fire risk in the wild-land urban interface; assessing environmental risk in highly erodible terrains; measuring and predicting landscape hazards; and our ability to respond and mitigate human disasters.
Radke was a founding member of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management (http://ccrm.berkeley.edu/faculty.shtml), a UC Berkeley group of academic researchers and practitioners who recognize the need for interdisciplinary solutions to avoid and mitigate tragic events. Radke also directed the campus GIS Center 1996-2008. Professor Radke is currently exploring the impact of global warming and climate change on California’s infrastructure through the California Vulnerability and Adaptation Study project.
Professor Radke is a Principal Investigator on the interdisciplinary team project RESIN: Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Networks project. RESIN’s mandate is to create, validate, and apply new Risk Assessment and Management (RAM) based approaches to facilitate a better evaluation and management of resilience and sustainability in interdependent, interconnected, interactive critical infrastructure systems (I3CIS). They incorporate and integrate complementary ideas from the social, political, and legal sciences.
- Courses Taught
- LD ARCH 132 Computer Applications for Environmental Design
- LD ARCH 188/GEOG 188 Geographic Information Systems
- LD ARCH 221 Quantitative Methods In Environmental Planning
- LD ARCH 254/GEOG 175 Tools, tips and tricks: pushing analytical thought in GIS
- LD ARCH 254 Computational Skill Boot Camp
- LD ARCH 255 Doctoral Seminar In Environmental Planning
- CY PLAN 204C Introduction to GIS in City Planning
- CY PLAN 255 Urban Planning Applications of Geographic Information Systems
- CY PLAN 290G/LD ARCH 254 Geographic Information Modeling in Support of Catastrophic Risk Management for Critical Infrastructures in the Sacramento Delta
- Selected Publications
“Measuring Detailed Urban Vegetation with Multi-source High-Resolution Remote Sensing Imagery for Environmental Design and Planning”, with Li, W. , Liu, D. , and Gong, P., Environment and Planning B, (in review).
“Rapid Tourist Development on the Egyptian Red Sea Coast: Environmental Planning to Minimize Impacts and Flash Flood Hazards”, with Kondolf, G.M., Gohar, A., Shalaan, I. , Natali, J. , Helmy,H., Environmental Management (in review).
“Gamma-partition: a clustering method for spatial point pattern analysis” with Ping, Y., Lan, M. Geographical Analysis, (in review).
“Crime, neighborhood deprivation, and asthma: a GIS approach to define and assess neighborhoods”, with Sara Gale, Sheryl Magzamen, Ira Tager, Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology. (in review).
“Fire and firestorms” in Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards, Peter T. Bobrowsky (ed.), DOI 10.1007/978-1-4020-4399-4, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. (2011). (accepted )
“A weighted difference barrier method in landscape genetics”, with Lan, M. Journal of Geographical Systems, vol. 11, issue 2, pp 141-154. (2009).
“A comparison of geometric approaches to assessing spatial similarity for GIR”, with P. Frontiera and R. Larson. International Journal of Geographical Information Science Vol. 22, No. 3, 337–360 (2008).
“Applying fire spread simulation over two study sites in California lessons learned and future plans”, with Alan Forghani* & Bob Cechet , Mark Finney & Bret Butler, Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2007. IGARSS 2007. IEEE International pp. 3008 - 3013 (2007).
“Modeling Fire In The Wildland–Urban Interface: Directions For Planning” in Living on the Edge: Economic, Institutional and Management Perspectives on Wildfire Hazard in the Urban Interface. A. Troy and R. Kennedy, editors, Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers (2007).
“Issues And Methods For Assessing The Cumulative Impact Of Future Urbanization In California’s Sacramento-San-Joaquin Delta”, with Bill Eisenstein, G. Mathias Kondolf, and Howard Foster, Report to US EPA. (2006).
"Measuring the Effects of Proximity to the Rocky Flats Processing Facility on Property Values", report in Cook v. Rockwell Int'l Corp., No. 90-cv-181, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89121 (D. Colo. Dec. 7, 2006).