Geocomputing: GIS, Remote Sensing, and Geodynamics

Earth-observing instruments generate streams of data about the past, present, and potentially future conditions of our dynamic planet. Geocomputing simulations and interpretations of these data streams are essential for reliable assessments of land use planning, natural resources, and natural hazards. GGE Geocomputing investigations span the globe from geospatial assessments of Black Hills aquifer vulnerabilities, to InSAR-observed aquifer depletion and subsidence in Nevada, to prospecting for minerals in Namibia with remote sensing. Students have access to industry-standard geospatial analysis, remote sensing, and numerical analysis software, including Abaqus, ArcGIS, Avizio, IDL/ENVI, MATLAB, RHINO3D, and ROI_Pac. Students can benefit from GGE networking connections with USGS and NASA scientists and facilities.


  • Close-range photogrammetry for documentation of fossil resources  
  • Geospatial and geostatistical analysis of spatial datasets
  • Ground-based LiDAR data acquisition and processing
  • Ground surface deformation using InSAR
  • Ground surface response to earthquakes, volcanoes, tectonics and anthropogenic
    fluid withdrawal
  • Mineral distribution derived from airborne, space borne, and field-based spectrometers
  • Oceanographic influences on marine biogeographic structure and biodiversity
  • Remote sensing and field spectroscopy in geology
  • Remote sensing data of oceanographic parameters and global databases of
    marine biodiversity
  • Remote sensing for rangeland and forest monitoring
  • Spatial analysis of sedimentological, geochemical, and paleontological data
  • Three dimensional photogrammetry imaging and analysis
  • Utilization of web and cloud-based systems for collaboration and data sharing
  • Virtual geology of the Black Hills


Christina Belanger: Paleoecology, Paleoclimatology, Invertebrate Paleontology
Edward Duke: Petrology, Infrared spectroscopy, Remote sensing
Kurt Katzenstein: InSAR, Geohazards, Geomechanics  
Maribeth Price: GIS, Geospatial, Photogrammetry
Larry Stetler: Geological engineering, site characterization, 3D imaging
Nuri Uzunlar: Field geology, Energy resources (petroleum and geothermal), Economic geology