Geology and Geological Engineering

Curtis Price
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Curtis Price


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Physical Scientist (GIS), USGS
   (1987-present) (USGS page)
MS Geology (1985) Dartmouth College
BS Geology (1983) Univ of Puget Sound
Certified ArcGIS Desktop Professional

Research synopsis

GIS for Landscape Characterization
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology traces its origins to the 1960s, but the field truly matured with the development of inexpensive computer graphics hardware and scalable relational database systems that allow the processing of millions of data records accessed via client-server databases, or even as services in the cloud. GIS can be used to rapidly develop measurements of landscape variables (for example, land cover type, slope, elevation) needed for both process-based and statistical models describing hydrology and water quality.

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