Barnes, Christopher A.

Ph.D. Geospatial Science & Engineering

Dr Barnes graduated with his PhD in November 2010 under the supervision of Dr David Roy. He is currently employed as a Physical Scientist on the Land Cover Trends Project at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Data Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His previous research interests have included the human health affects of Harmattan dust storms in West Africa, and the 2003 South Dakota West Nile epidemic. Dr Barnes was awarded a NASA Earth Science Systems Fellowship, for his PhD proposal titled ‘United States land Cover Land Use Change, Albedo and Radiative Forcing: Past and Potential Climate Implications. The goal of his PhD research was to study contemporary U.S. land cover and land use change, albedo and radiative forcing, using newly available satellite data sets. His research responded to the recommendation made by the U.S. National Research Council Radiative Forcing Effects of Climate Change report, for regional studies to better understand climatic responses to land cover and land use change.

He has a B.Sc (First Class Hons). degree in Geographical Information Science from the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K. (2002) and an M.Sc. degree in Geography from the Department of Geography, South Dakota State University, USA (2004).

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Jul 23, 2014