Christopher Small

  • 1963 - Born 
  • 1985 - BS Geophysics & Geology, University of Wisconsin Madison 
  • 1989 - MA Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin 
  • 1993 - PhD Geophysics, Scripps Inst. Oceanography, Univ. of California San Diego 
  • 1993 - Lamont Postdoctoral Fellow 
  • 2010 - Lamont Research Professor


  • 1985 - BS Geophysics & Geology, University of Wisconsin Madison 
  • 1989 - MA Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin 
  • 1993 - PhD Geophysics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego

Honors & Awards

  • 1993 - Lamont Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 
  • 1997 - UCAR Climate & Global Change Research Fellowship
  • 1998 - Palisades Geophysical Institute + Doherty Foundation Young Scientist Position 
  • 2005 - ASPRS Leica Geosystems Award (w/ F. Pozzi) 
  • 2013 - Best Paper Award, Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event, São Paulo, Brasil 
  • 2015 - Golden Goose Award (w/ J. Cohen), AAAS 
  • 2019 - Fulbright Foreign Scholarship - Brasil

Small, C., A. Macdonald, D. Sousa, Spatial network connectivity of population and development in the USA; Implications for disease transmission, ArXiv, 2020,

Small, C., Spatiotemporal Network Evolution of Anthropogenic Night Light 1992-2015, 
ArXiv, 2020,

Small, C. S. van der Linden, A. Okujeni, B. Waske, Remote sensing of urban environments, Ch. 6.01 in Comprehensive Remote Sensing,  Oxford: Elsevier, 2018

Barrozo, L.V.; Pérez-Machado, R.P.; Small, C.; Cabral-Miranda, W. Changing spatial perception: dasymetric mapping to improve analysis of health outcomes in a megacity. Journal of Maps, v. 11, p. 1-6, 2015

Small, C., D. Sousa, Spatial Scaling of Land Cover Networks, ArXiv, 2015

Small, C., C. Elvidge, D. Balk, M. Montgomery, Spatial Scaling of Stable Night Lights,  Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, p.269-280, 2011

Small, C, M. Steckler, N. Seeber, H. Akhter, S. Goodbred, B. Mia, B. Imam, Spectroscopy of Sediments in the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta: Spectral Effects of Moisture, Grain Size and Lithology, Remote Sensing of Environment, 113, p.342-361, 2009

Small, C. Comparative Analysis of Urban Reflectance and Surface Temperature, Invited submission , Remote Sensing of Environment, v.104, p.168-189, 2006

Small, C., F. Pozzi and C. Elvidge, Spatial Analysis of Global Urban Extent  from DMSP-OLS Night Lights, Remote Sensing of Environment, v.96, p.277-291, 2005

Small, C. and J. Cohen, Continental Physiography, Climate and the Global Distribution of Human Population, Invited submission, Current Anthropology, v.45, p.269-277, 2004

Small, C. and R. Nicholls, A Global Analysis of Human Settlement of Coastal Zones,  Journal of Coastal Research,  v. 19, n. 3, p. 584-599, Summer 2003

Small, C. and L. Danyushevsky, Geophysical Consequences of Spreading Center Migration,  Geology, v. 31, n. 5, p. 399-402, 2003

Small, C. and T. Naumann, Holocene Volcanism and the Global Distribution of Human Population, Environmental Hazards, v.3, p.93-109, 2001

Small, C., Estimation of Urban Vegetation Abundance by Spectral Mixture Analysis, International Journal  of Remote Sensing, v.21, n.7, 2001

Cohen, J. and C. Small, Hypsographic Demography: The Distribution of Human Population by Altitude,  Proceedings National Academy of Sciences.,  1998

Small, C., Global Systematics of Mid-Ocean Ridge Morphology, American Geophysical Union Monograph: Faulting and Magmatism at Mid-Ocean Ridges, 1998