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Faculty Profile
Stephen Stehman

Stephen  Stehman

Stephen Stehman

Distinguished Teaching Professor

322 Bray Hall


Highest Education

Ph.D., Cornell University (Biometry), 1990.

Areas of Study

Environmental sampling, sampling design and analysis for land-cover monitoring

Courses Taught


Recent Publications

Stehman, S. V., Fonte, C. C., Foody, G. M., and See, L. (2018). Using volunteered geographic information (VGI) in design-based statistical inference for area estimation and accuracy assessment of land cover. Remote Sensing of Environment, 212, 47-59.

Wickham, J., Stehman, S. V., Gass, L., Dewitz, J. A., Sorenson, D. G., Granneman, B. J., Poss, R. V., and Baer, L. A. (2017).  Thematic accuracy assessment of the 2011 National Land Cover Database (NLCD).  Remote Sensing of Environment, 191, 328-341.

Boschetti, L., Stehman, S. V., and Roy, D. P. (2016). A stratified random sampling design in space and time for regional to global scale burned area product validation.  Remote Sensing of Environment, 186, 465-478.

Cohen, W. B., Yang, Z., Stehman, S. V., Schroeder, T. A., Bell, D. M., Masek, J. G., Huang, C., and Meigs, G. W. (2016).  Forest disturbance across the conterminous United States from 1985-2012: The emerging dominance of forest decline.  Forest Ecology and Management, 360, 242-252.

Potapov, P. V., Dempewolf, J., Talero, Y., Hansen, M. C., Stehman, S. V., Vargas, C., Rojas, E. J., Castillo, D., Mendoza, E., Calderón, A., Giudice, R., Malaga, N., and Zutta, B. R. (2014). National satellite-based humid tropical forest change assessment in Peru in support of REDD+ implementation.  Environmental Research Letters 9(2014) 124012 (13pp), doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/12/124012.

Stehman, S. V. (2014). Estimating area and map accuracy for stratified random sampling when the strata are different from the map classes. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 35, 4923-4939.

Stehman, S. V. (2013) Estimating area from an accuracy assessment error matrix, Remote Sensing of Environment,132, 202-211.

Hansen, M.C., Potapov, P.V., Moore, R., Hancher, M., Turubanova, S.A., Tyukavina, A., Thau, D., Stehman, S.V., Goetz, S.J., Loveland, T.R., Kommareddy, A., Egorov, A., Chini, L., Justice, C.O., Townshend J.R.G. (2013) High-resolution global maps of 21st-century forest cover change, Science, 342 (6160), 850-853.

Sleeter, B. M., Sohl, T. L., Loveland, T. R., Auch, R. F., Acevedo, W.,  Drummond, M. A., Sayler, K. L., and Stehman, S. V. (2013) Land-cover change in the conterminous United States from 1973-2000, Global Environmental Change, 23, 733-748.

Hansen, M. C., Stehman, S. V., and Potapov, P. V. (2010) Quantification of global gross forest cover loss, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 8650-8655.

Stehman, S. V., and Selkowitz, D. J. (2010) A spatially stratified, multi-stage cluster sampling design for assessing accuracy of the Alaska (USA) National Land-Cover Data (NLCD), International Journal of Remote Sensing, 31, 1877-1896.

Stehman, S. V. (2009) Model-assisted estimation as a unifying framework for estimating the area of land cover and land-cover change from remote sensing, Remote Sensing of Environment, 113, 2455-2462.

Stehman, S. V. (2009) Sampling designs for accuracy assessment of land cover, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 30, 5243-5272.

Stehman, S. V., Sohl, T. L., and Loveland, T. R. (2003) Statistical sampling to characterize land-cover change in the U. S. Geological Survey land-cover trends project, Remote Sensing of Environment, 86, 517-529.

Current Graduate Advisees

Mar�a Fernanda Gonzalez MontesMar�a Fernanda Gonzalez Montes

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yanai and Stehman
  • Area of Study: Forest Resources Management

Personal Statement
I am a Forest Engineer graduated from the Divisi�n de Ciencias Forestales of the Universidad Aut�noma Chapingo in Mexico. I am very interested in issues related to forest management, wildlife and the conservation and restoration of ecosystems.

Favorite Quote
�The creation of a thousand forests is in a single acorn.� - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ana MedinaAna Medina

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Yanai and Stehman
  • Area of Study: Forest Resources Management

Dingfan XingDingfan Xing

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Stehman
  • Area of Study: ESC Environmental Monitoring