Tsai, Bor-Wen









Tsai, Bor-Wen



Office : Room 507, Department of Geography

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Phone : 886-2-33665838


My research and teaching interests include geographic information science (GISc), spatial analysis, the integration of GIS and social science and land use/cover change (LUCC).

Five years ago I started working on an indigenous mapping project by using public participation geographic information systems (PPGIS). We have identified more than 7000 native place names associated with local tales. More than 300 traditional territories have been identified as well. We worked intensively with three indigenous communities and have completed an intensive traditional territory survey. We organized all the information by using multi-media GIS on a CD disk. Many research issues are under development such as empowerment, participation, indigenous spatial cognition and so on. Currently, we are working with two indigenous communities and extending indigenous PPGIS to other decision-making tasks in public affairs such as community forestry.

Research interest: PPGIS, volunteer geographic information(VGI), indigenous and community study


Ph.D. in National Taiwan University (1994)

M.A. in University of Maryland

B.S. in National Taiwan University (1979)


Introduction to GIS

GPS in geography Seminar in GISc

Land use and land cover change

Quantitative geography and lab.

Spatial analysis


Refereed Articles(2001-present) :


Hsu, Hsiao-Ping, Tsai, Bor-Wen and Chen, Che-Ming (2017) Teaching Topographic Map Skills and Geomorphology Concepts with Google Earth in a One-Computer Classroom, Journal of Geography, Published online: 18 Jul 2017. (SSCI)



Tsai, B. W.; Lu, D.J.; Chung, M.K.; Lien, M.C., 2013. Evaluation of PPGIS Empowerment - A Case Study of Meinong Yellow Butterfly Valley, Journal of Environmental Management, 116: 204-212.

鍾明光、盧道杰、蔡博文,闕河嘉,2013。保護區與鄉村發展的整合嘗試:以美濃社區運動1990年代迄今的保育軌跡為例,都市與計畫,40(3),217-241。 (TSSCI)





Chiang, G.; Chang, K.; Mondini, A.; Tsai, B. W.; Chen, C. Y. 2012. Simulation of event-based landslides and debris flows at watershed level, Geomorphology, 138, 306-318. (SCI) 

彭安琪、盧道杰、林雅、蔡博文、鍾明光,2011。 社區監測的建置與施行:以宜蘭縣無尾港水鳥保護區為例,國家公園學報,21(1),59-74。

盧道杰、闕河嘉、高千雯、台邦‧撒沙勒、裴家騏、蔡博文、顏家芝、趙芝良、劉子銘 ,2011。 台灣保護區共管的情勢分析與挑戰,台灣原住民族研究季刊,4(2),1-37。

Lin, M. L.,; Chu, C. M.; Tsai, B. W., 2011. Drought risk assessment in western Inner-Mongoloa, International Journal of Environmental Research, 5(1),  139-148. (SCI)

Su, M. D.; Lin, M. C.; Hsieh, H. I.; Tsai, B. W.; Lin, Chun-Hung, 2010. Multi-layer multi-class dasymetric mapping to estimate population distribution, Science of the Total Environment, 408, 4807-4816. (SCI)


Chu, C. M.; Tsai, B. W.; Chang, K. T., 2009. Integrating decision tree and spatial cluster analysis for landslide susceptibility zonation, Proceedings of World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 59, 479-483. (EI Compendex)

Tsai, B. W., 2008. Use of PPGIS for indigenous mapping: An assessment of data and function needs, Journal of Taiwan Geographic Information Science, 6, 49-61.

Tzai-Hung Wen; Ming-Daw Su; Bor-Wen Tsai, 2007. A Spatial Database System for Disaster Mitigation and Emergency Response, Journal of Disaster Mitigation and Rescue Central Police University, 8, 211-232.

Chen J.,Wei S.,Chang K. and Tsai, B. W., 2007. A Comparative Case Study of Cultivated Land Changes in Fujian and Taiwan, Land Use Policy, 24(2), 386-395.(TSSCI)

Hsieh, C.;Tsai, B. W.; Chang, K., 2007. Establishment of a Predictive Model for Aquaculture Land Use Change: An Agent-Based Approach, Journal of Geographic Science, 47, 1-18.(TSSCI)

許家成、蔡博文,2007。 案例式推理於地理資訊系統之應用--以颱風路徑預測為例,中興工程,94,101-108。

Tsai, B. W.; Chang, C. Y.; Lin, C. C.; Lo, Y. C., 2006. PPGIS and Indigenous Society--New Partnership of Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan, Geography Research Forum, 26, 152-163.

Pei-Wen Weng; Bor-Wen Tsai, 2006. Spatial Dispersion Index: Old Conception, New Formula, Journal of Taiwan Geographic Information Science, 4, 1-12。 (in Chinese)

Tsai, B. W.; Chang, Kang-Tsung; Chang, Chang-Yi; Chu, Chieh-Ming, 2006. Analyzing Spatial and Temporal Changes of Aquaculture in Yunlin County, Taiwan, Professional Geographer, 58, 161-171. (SCI)

Tsai, B. W.; Lee, Chieh-Chung, 2005. Fractal Formation of Settlement Forms in Taiwan, Journal of Taiwan Geographic Information Science, 2, 1-10.


林俊強、張長義、蔡博文、李建堂、丁志堅、李玉亭,2005。 運用公眾參與地理資訊系統於原住民族傳統領域之研究:泰雅族司馬庫斯個案,地理學報,41,65-82。(TSSCI)

孫志鴻、游怡芳、阮忠信、蔡博文,2004。 以自然語言為基礎的交通路網通阻定位系統之研究,地理資訊學報,1,17-28。

Tsai, Bor-Wen; Wu, Shwu-Chong; Lee, Chieh-Chung, 2004. The integration of Taiwan 2000 census data and geocoding system: A pilot study of spatial allocation for long-term-care system, Journal of Population Studies, 28,135-152. (TSSCI) (in Chinese)

Sun, Chin-chon; Yu, Yi-Fang; Juan, Chung-Hsin; Tsai, Bor-Wen, 2004. Development of a natural language based transportation network blockage system, Journal of Taiwan geographical Information Science, 1, 19-32. (in Chinese)

Tsai, Bor-Wen; Lee, Chieh-Chung , 2004. Fractal formation of settlement forms in Taiwan, Journal of Taiwan Geographic Information Science, 2, 1-12.

Chang, Chang-Yi and Tsai, Bor-Wen, 2002, Sustainable development and land use changes in Taiwan, Geo-Information Science, 4(1), 71-73. (in Chinese)

Tsai, Bor-Wen; Chang, Kang-Tsung; Chang, Chang-Yi; Chu, Jen-Ming, 2001. Measuring Spatial Association: The case of Aquacultural Land Use in Yunlin County Taiwan, Journal of Geographical Science, 29, 121-129. (TSSCI) (in Chinese)

Tsai, Bor-Wen; Chang, Chang-Yi; Chang, Kang-Tsung, 2001. Land use change in the Ilan Plain, Taiwan, Bulletin of the Geographical Society of China, 29: 93-101. (in Chinese)


Books & Book Chapters:




Tsai, Bor-Wen; T.J. Ding, 2004. Exploration of ArcView 9.X, Hitron Tech. : Taipei. (in Chinese)

Tsai, Bor-Wen; Y.C.Hsu, 2002. Exploration of ArcView 8.X, SMEC: Taipei. (in Chinese)





石門水庫集水區原住民地區資源利用與永續發展之研究--原住民人地空間屬性之研究─新竹縣尖石鄉後山地區土地利用與災害關係之探討(II) ,98.08.01~99.07.31,國科會。



養殖土地利用變遷及對地區經濟發展的影響:雲林及宜蘭地區的比較研究 (II),95.08.01~96.07.31,國科會。

原住民傳統領域空間建構類型之分析—參與式地理資訊系統(public participation geographic information system, PPGIS)與部落參與的研究取徑,95.08.01~96.07.31,國科會。


2009 Outstanding Teaching Award (University), NTU, Taiwan

2003 Outstanding Teaching Award (University), NTU, Taiwan