Samantha Arundel

  • Samantha Arundel

    Director, 2019-2023

Dr. Samantha T. Arundel (Sam) received her Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State University in 2000 and was an assistant and then associate professor at Northern Arizona University where her research focused on spatial modeling and automation of plant/climate relationships. In 2009, she joined the USGS, where she first served as elevation and hydrography specialist for the Applied Research and Technology Branch. During this time, she led the research and development of the automated integration of hydrography and elevation to produce contours for the new USTopo program. After successful implementation of that program, she became the team lead for the modernization of the automated ingestion of elevation (3DEP) data into the national elevation datasets for delivery as products in The National Map. In 2015, Sam moved to the Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science, the research section of the NGTOC, where she is a research geographer conducting automated terrain mapping and modeling using various techniques like traditional raster modeling, GEOBIA, and machine learning. Sam has recently been active with automated landform mapping research, publishing, and presenting at conferences.

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