Jessica McCarty

Associate Professor & Graduate Program Adviser

Miami University
217 Shideler Hall
Oxford, Ohio  45056
(513) 529-5017


  • BA, Geography. Morehead State University (2003)
  • MA, Geography. University of Maryland (2005)
  • PhD, Geography. University of Maryland (2009)


  • Geospatial technologies and methodologies including Earth observations, GIS, and data mining
  •  Agriculture & food security
  •  Land-use/land-cover change
  •  Wildland and prescribed fire
  •  Air quality
  •  Black carbon emissions
  •  Climate change and adaptation
  •  Natural resources and forestry


  • GEO 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity
  • GEO 242 Mapping a Changing World
  • GEO 271 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation
  • GEO 460 Open Source Geospatial Tools

Selected Publications

  1. Flett, L., C. McLeod, J. McCarty, B. Shaulis, J. Fain, M. Krekeler. 2020. Monitoring Uranium Mine Pollution of Native American Lands: Insights from Tree Bark Particulate Matter on the Spokane Reservation, Washington, USA. Environmental Research.  
  2. McCarty, J.L., T.E.L. Smith, M.R. Turetsky. 2020. Arctic Fires Re-Emerging. Nature Geosciences
  3. McDonald, A.J., M.L. Jat, P. Craufurd, J. Hellin, N.V. Hung, A. Keil, A. Kishore, V. Kumar, J.L. McCarty, P. Pearson, A. Samaddar, P. Shyamsundar, P.B. Shirsath, H.S. Sidhu, A.K. Singh, S. Sudhanshu, K. Srivastaam, E. Urban, R.K. Malik, B. Gerard. 2020. Indian agriculture, air pollution, and public health in the age of COVID. World Development
  4. Elmes, A., H. Alemohammad, R. Avery, K. Caylor, R. Eastman, L. Fishgold, M.A. Friedl, R. Pontius, M. Jain, D. Kohli, J.C.L.Bayas, D. Lunga, J.L. McCarty, A.B. Reinmann, J. Rogan, L. Song, H. Stoynova, S Ye, L Estes. Accounting for training data error in machine learning applied to Earth observations. Remote Sensing. 
  5. Henry M., J. Maingi, J. McCarty. 2019. "Fire on the Water Towers: Mapping Burn Scars on Mount Kenya Using Satellite Data to Reconstruct Recent Fire History" in Remote Sensing. 
  6. Enenkel, M., Osgood, D., Anderson, M., Powell, B., McCarty, J., Neigh, C., Carroll, M., Wooten, M., Husak, G., Hain, C., Brown, M. 2018. Exploiting the converence of evidence in satellite data for advanced weather index insurance design. Weather, Climate, and Society.
  7. Enekel, M., Osgood, D.E., Greatrex, H., Powell, B.F., Brown, M.E., McCarty, J.L., Neigh, C.S.R., Carroll, M.L., Anderson, M.E., Hain, C., Husak, G., and Wooten, M.R. (Revised), Supporting weather index insurance in Africa via an advanced understanding of satellite data on different scale. Weather, Climate, and Society.
  8. Hou, P., S. Wu, J.L. McCarty. 2018. Sensitivity of atmospheric aerosol scavenging to precipitation intensity and frequency in the context of global climate change, Atmospheric Chemistry Physics.
  9. Neigh, C.S.R., Caroll, M.L., Wooten, M.R., McCarty, J.L., Powell, B., Husak, G., Hain, C. (2018), Smallholder crop area mapped with wall-to-wall WorldView sub-meter panchromatic image texture: a test case for Tigray, Ethiopia. Remote Sensing of Environment. 212: 8-20.
  10. Groisman, P., Kicklighter, D., Henebry, G., Shugart, H., Tchebakova, N., Maksyutov, S., Monier, W., Gutman, G., Gulav, S., Qi, J., Prishchepov, A., Kukavskaya, E., Porfiriev, B. Shiklomanov, A., Loboda, T., Shiklamanov, N., Nghiem, S., Bergen, K., Albrechtova, J., Chen, J., Shahgedanova, M., Shvidenko, A., Speranskaya, N., Soja, A., de Beurs, K., Bulygina, O., McCarty, J., Zhuang, Q., Zolina, O. (2017), Northern Eurasia Future Initiative (NEFI): Facing the Challenges and Pathways of Global Change in the 21st Century. Progress in Earth and Planetary Science4:41. doi: 10.1186/s40645-017-0154-5.
  11. McCarty, J.L., Carroll, M.L., Neigh, C.S.R., and Wooten, M.R. (2017), Extracting Smallholder Cropped Area in Tigray, Ethiopia with Wall-to-Wall Sub-Meter WorldView and Moderate Resolution Landsat 8 Imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment.  202:142-151.
  12. Brown, M.E., and McCarty, J.L. (2017), Finding and Monitoring Urban Farms with Remote Sensing. Applied Geography. 80:23-33.
  13. Mozer, D., Mussikhin, V., Mass, K., Wold, S., McCarty, J.L., Levin, E., Gey, N., Toleubekova, Zh. (2017), Comparative analysis of software packages for RADAR data interferometric processing from CIS country view. Surveying and Land Information Science. 76(2): 1-9.
  14. Molina, L.T., Gallardo, L., Andrade, M., Baumgardner, D., Borbor-Córdova, M., Bórquez, R., Casassa, G., Cereceda-Balic, F., Dawidowski, L., R. Garreaud, R., Huneeus, N., Lambert, F., McCarty, J.L., McPhee, J., Mena-Carrasco, M., Raga, G.B., Schmitt, C., and Schwarz, J.P. (2015), Pollution and its Impacts on the South American Cryosphere. Earth’s Future. doi:10.1002/2015EF000311.
  15. Ogle, S.M., Davis, K.J.,  Lauvaux, T.,  Schuh, A., Cooley, D., West, T., Heath, L., Miles, N., Richardson, S., Breidt, F., Smith, J., McCarty, J.L, Gurney, K.R., Tans, P.P., and Denning, A. (2015), An approach for verifying biogenic greenhouse gas emissions inventories with atmospheric CO2 concentration data. Environmental Research Letters. 10(3):  doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/3/034012.
  16. Potapov, P., Turubanova, S., Tyukavina, A., Krylov, A., McCarty, J.L., Radeloff, V.C., and Hansen, M.C. (2015), Eastern Europe forest cover dynamics from 1985 to 2012 quantified using Landsat archive. Remote Sensing of Environment. 159: 28-43.
  17. Krylov, A., McCarty, J.L., Potapov, P., Loboda, T., Tyukavina, A., Turubanova, S., and Hansen, M. (2014), Remote sensing estimates of stand-replacement fires in Russia, 2002-2011. Environmental Research Letters. 9(10): doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/9/10/105007. 
  18. Van Leeuwan, T.T., van der Werf, G.R., Hoffman, A.A., Detmers, R.G., Rucker, G., French, N.H.F., Archibald, S., Carvalho, Jr., J.A., Cook, G.D., de Groot, W.J., Hely, C., Kasischke, E.S., Kloster, S., McCarty, J.L., Pettinari, M.L., Savadogo, P., Alvarado, E.C., Boschetti, L., Manuri, S., Meyer, C.P., Siegert, F., Trollope, L.A., and Trollope, W.S.W. (2014), Biomass burning fuel consumption rates: a field measurement database. Biogeosciences. 11: 1-66.
  19. Lin, H.W., McCarty, J.L., Wang, D., Rogers, B.M., Morton, D.C., Collatz, G.J., Jin, Y., and Randerson, J.T. (2014), Management and climate controls to satellite-derived active fire trends in the contiguous United States. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 119(4) 645-660.
  20. McCarty, J.L., Ellicott, E.A., Romanenkov, V., Rukhovitch, D., and Koroleva, P. (2012), Multi-year black carbon emissions from cropland burning in the Russian Federation. Atmospheric Environment. 63: 223-268.