Michael C. Sawada
Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.
Office: Simard 033
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 1040
2001 – PhD, Geography, University of Ottawa
1996 – MA, Geography, University of Ottawa
1994 – BA Hon., Geography, Conc. Philosophy, University of Ottawa
Fields of interest
- Geographic Information System (GIS)
- Spatial analysis
- Continental-scale paleoenvironmental change
Zoran Reljic (Ph.D. in Progress: Geography): 2007
JuanXia Hu (MSc. In Progress: Geography): 2007
Claudia Fall (MSc. In Progress: Geography): 2007
Marian Kramer (MSc. In Progress: Geography): 2007 – A. Lewkowicz Co-Supervisor
Mélanie Carriére (MSc. In Progress: OCGS): 2005
Andrew Adamowski (MSc. In Progress: Geography): 2005
Samuel Herold (MSc. in Progress: Geography): 2004.
Mélanie Zahab (Ph.D. in Progress: Geography): 2004
Maire-Pierre Parenteau (Ph.D. in Progress: Geography): 2006
Papers in refereed Journals
Viau, A.E., Gajewski, K., SAWADA, M.C., Bunbury, J., Low-and-high-frequency climate variability in Eastern Beringia during the past 25,000 years. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences (accepted), 2008.
Rainham, D.G., Krewski, D., McDowell, I., SAWADA, M., & Liekens, B. Development of a wearable global positioning system for place and health research. International Journal of Health Geographics (accepted), 2008.
Rainham, D.G., McDowell, I., Krewski, D., & SAWADA, M.. 2008b. Conceptualizing the healthscape: contributions of time geography and location technologies to place and health research. Social Science & Medicine, (submitted), 2008.
Parenteau, M.-P., SAWADA, M., Kristjansson, E.A., Calhoun, M., Leclair, S., Labonté, R., Runnels, V., Musiol, A., and Herold, S. Development of Neighborhoods to Measure Spatial Indicators of Health. URISA Journal, 20(2), 43-55, 2008.
Kothari, A., Driedger, S.M., Bickford, J.J., Morrison, J, SAWADA, M., Graham, ID, Crighton, E. Mapping as a knowledge translation tool for Ontario Early Years Centres: Views from data analysts and managers. Implementation Science, 3(1). 2008.
Ouellet, G., Lapen, D.R., Topp, E., SAWADA, M., and Edwards, M. A heuristic model to predict earthworm biomass in agroecosystems based on selected management and soil properties, Applied Soil Ecology, 39: 35-45, 2008.
Driedger, S.M., Kothari, A, Morrison, J, SAWADA, M, Graham, I, and Crighton, E. Using participatory design to develop (public) health decision support systems through GIS. International Journal of Health Geographics, 6(53). 2007.
SAWADA, M., Cossette, D., Wellar, B., Kurt, T. Analysis of the Urban/Rural Broadband Divide in Canada: Using GIS in Planning Terrestrial Wireless Deployment. Government Information Quarterly. 23: 454-479, 2006.
Olthof, I., Pouliot, D., Fraser, R., Clouston, A., Wang, S., Chen, W., Orazietti, J., Poitevin, J., McLennan, D., Kerr, J., and SAWADA, M. Using satellite remote sensing to assess and monitor ecosystem integrity and climate change in canada's national parks. In 2006 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS, Denver, CO, pp. 686-689, 2006.
SAWADA, M. An open-source implementation of the modern analog technique (MAT) within the R computing environment. Computers and Geosciences. 32:818-833, 2006.
SAWADA, M., Cossette, D., Chouinard, G., Briggs G., Johnson, P.G. A GIS approach for assessing broadband wireless market potential for rural and remote Canadian communities. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society 1(7):83-98, 2006.
Gajewski, K., Viau, A.E., SAWADA, M., Atkinson, D.E., Fines, P. Synchronicity in climate and vegetation transitions between Europe and North America during the Holocene. Climatic Change. 78:341-361. 2006
Viau, A.E., Gajewski, K., SAWADA, M.C., Fines, P. Millennial-scale temperature variations in North America during the Holocene. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmosphere, 111:D09102; doi:10.1029/2005JD006031
Whitmore, J., Gajewski, K., SAWADA, M., Williams, J.W., Shuman, B., Bartlein, P.J., Minckley, T., Viau, A.E., Webb, T., III, Shafer, S., Anderson, P., and Brubaker, L. Modern pollen data from North America and greenland for multi-scale paleoenvironmental applications. Quaternary Science Reviews, 24/16-17 pp. 1828-1848, 2005.
Wilkes, G., and SAWADA, M. Cross-boarder geostatistically derived USLE monthly rainfall erosivity factors for the Laurentian Great Lakes region. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 31(2), 155-165, 2005.
SAWADA, M., Viau, A.E., Vettoretti, G., Peltier, W.R., and Gajewski, K., Comparison of North-American pollen based temperature and global lake-status with CCCma AGCM2 output at 6ka. Quaternary Science Reviews. 23:225-244, 2004.
SAWADA, M., Viau, A.E., Gajewski, K. The Biogeography of aquatic macrophytes in North America since the last Glacial Maximum. Journal of Biogeography. 30:1-19, 2003.
Gajewski, K., Lezine, A-,M., Vincens, A., Delastan, A., SAWADA, M., and African Pollen Database (31 authors). Climate-vegetation-pollen relations in Africa and adjacent areas. Quaternary Science Reviews. 21:1611-1631, 2002.
Viau, A.E., Gajewski, K., Fines, P., Atkinson, D.E., SAWADA, M., Terrestrial evidence for a 1,500-year cycle in Holocene climates. Geology. 30(5):455–458, 2002.
Gajewski, K., Viau, A., SAWADA, M., Atkinson, D., and Wilson, S., Sphagnum peatland distribution in North America and Eurasia during the past 21,000 years. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 15(2):297:311, 2001.
SAWADA, M., Johnson, P.G., Hydrometeorology, suspended sediment and conductivity in a large glacierized basin, Slims River, Yukon Territory, Canada (1993-1994). Arctic. 53(2):101-117, 2000.
Gajewski, K., Vance, R., SAWADA, M., Fung, I., Gignac, L.D., Halsey, L., Mandel, P., Mudie, P.J., Richard, P.J.H., Sherrin, A., Soroko, J., Vitt, D.H., The Climate of North America and adjacent waters at 6ka. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 37:661-681, 2000.
SAWADA, M., Gajewski, K., de Vernal, A., Richard, P., Comparison of marine and terrestrial Holocene climatic reconstructions from northeastern North America. The Holocene. 9:267-277, 1999.
Wellar, B., Cameron, N., SAWADA, M., Progress in building linkages between GIS and methods and techniques of scientific inquiry. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 18(2):67-80, 1994.
Williams, J. W., B. Shuman, P. J. Bartlein, J. Whitmore, K. Gajewski, M. Sawada, T. Minckley, S. Shafer, A. E. Viau, T. Webb, III, P. M. Anderson, L. B. Brubaker, C. Whitlock, and O. K. Davis. 2006. An Atlas of Pollen-Vegetation-Climate Relationships for the United States and Canada. American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists Foundation, Dallas, TX.
Papers in adjudicated proceedings/Journals
Sawada, M., Daniel Cossette, Gérald Chouinard, G.Briggs, and Peter G. Johnson. The Combination of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Radio Frequency (RF) Planning Software, to Assess the Market Potential of Wireless Broadband Internet to Unserved Rural Populations. 98th Annual Conference of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, Ottawa, Canada June 2005.
Reljic, Z. and M. Sawada. Integrated GIS and 3D Visualization for Dynamic Landscape Representation, 98th Annual Conference of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, Ottawa, Canada June 2005.
Zahab, M. and M. Sawada. Artefacts of Mass Distinction: Onsite Program for Archaeological Artifact Data Catalogue and Mapping in ArcGIS, 98th Annual Conference of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, Ottawa, Canada June 2005.
Seguin, E., M. Sawada, and Katherine Wilson. Extending Churchill's shipping season using GIS based modeling, 98th Annual Conference of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, Ottawa, Canada June 2005.
Herold, S., M. Sawada and Barry Wellar Integrating Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Databases and the Internet: A Framework for Disaster Management, 98th Annual Conference of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, Ottawa, Canada June 2005.
Sawada, M. GIS 101. Horizons 5(1): 29. 2002.
Sawada, M., ROOKCASE: An Excel 97/2000 Visual Basic (VB) add-in for exploring global and local spatial autocorrelation. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. 80(4):231-235, 1999
Sawada, M., and Reljic, Z. Geomatics applications in Border Security. COMDEF 2007, Ottawa, ON, June 2007.
*Sawada, M., Herold, S., and Reljic Z. Geomatics applications in Hazard Mitigation. OCRI Research Days, May 14, 2007, Ottawa.
Sawada, M. Photorealistic Geovisualization Hollywood style. GEOTECH, Ottawa, ON, June 2006.
Sawada, M. Hot-spot analysis in crime mapping. Crime Mapping and Analysis Seminar 2006, Canadian Police College, Aylmer Ontario, April 2006.
Sawada, M. and D. MclLhagga. Tsunami disaster web mapping portal: rapid deployment and cooperative innovation. Innovation at the speed of light, Professional Development Week, Ottawa Congress Centre, June 2005.
Sawada, M. Integrating GIS and remote sensing for geovisualization of arctic landscapes and environments, 437th meeting of the Arctic Circle, Ottawa, April 2005.
Sawada, M. An open integrated spatial statistical software package for ArcGIS. Environmental Systems Research Institute 2003 User Conference, International Congress Centre Ottawa. Ottawa, ON. September 2003.
Sawada M. When climate ruled North America: Past, Present and Future. Discovery Lectures, University of Ottawa February 2002.
Giles, B.G., Findlay, C.S., Sawada, M. and Henry, P. 2007. Reported water consumption and well-water shortages in Chelsea, Québec as inferred from the 2005-2006 Water Census. H2O Chelsea, 95pp.
IceBridge Consulting Canada Inc. & M. Sawada (2002). Rural UHF BroadBand Study. Broadband for Rural and Northern Development, Industry Canada. Ottawa. 35pp.
Gajewski K., Atkinson, D., Zalatan, R., Ayotte N., and Sawada, M. Synthesis of paleoclimate data from the Canadian Arctic. Climate Change Action Fund evaluation workshop. Calgary. 2001.
Findlay, S.C, Lagarec, D., Houlahan, J., Sawada, M., McGillivary, R., Haas, G., A retrospective assessment of the risks to Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fluvescens) in the vicinity of The Pas, Manitoba. Institute for Research on Environment and Economy. University of Ottawa: Ottawa, 1996
Wellar, B., Sawada, M., Cameron, N., Soroko, J., Applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to business. Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). Washington DC, pp.110, 1997.
BDW Associates, Sawada, M., Carte des sentiers pour la région de la passe d'Akshayuk/ Trail Map for the Akshayuk Pass Region, Réserve de parc national Auyuittuq - Auyuittuq National Park Reserve. Parcs Canada/ Parks Canada. 1997