Ms. Karen Jordan

Ms. Karen Jordan

Senior Instructor of Geography
Department of Earth Sciences

Research Interests

  • Remote Sensing
  • Water Quality
  • Physical Geography


Ms. Karen Jordan is a Senior Instructor of Geography in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of South Alabama. She received her B.S. from the University of South Alabama and M.Sc. from the University of Alabama.  Ms. Jordan teaches physical geography courses online, introductory labs, and a remote sensing course. 

Using remote sensing techniques to map various water quality parameters in bays and estuaries is a challenge.  These are dynamic systems due to being influenced by freshwater rivers and streams along with saltwater from oceans.  As a Master’s. student, she used satellite imagery to map chlorophyll-a in Pensacola Bay, Florida.  By using in situ data from sampling sites in conjunction with satellite imagery, a regression model was developed to map chlorophyll-a concentration.

Ms. Jordan can talk or not talk for hours.

Selected Publications

  • Han, L., and Karen J. Jordan.  2005.  Measuring Algal Chlorophyll Concentration in Pensacola Bay, Florida Using Landsat ETM+ Data.  International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 26(23): 5245-5254.


  • GEO101 - Atmospheric Processes (online)
  • GEO101L - Atmospheric Processes Lab (traditional and online)
  • GEO102 - Landscape Processes (online)
  • GEO102L - Landscape Processes Lab (traditional and online)
  • GIT 442 – Remote Sensing II