GARY W. PETERSEN

Professor of Soil and Land Resources
Co-Director, Office for Remote Sensing of Earth Resources
The Pennsylvania State University

 

 
 

 
Correspondence:
  The Pennsylvania State University
  Department of Agronomy
  116 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Bldg.
  University Park, PA 16802
  Telephone: (814) 865 1540 or 863 0291
  Fax: (814) 865 3378
  E-mail: gwp2@psu.edu
 

 
Educational Background
  B.S.   Soils, University of Wisconsin, 1961
  M.S.   Soil Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, 1963
  Ph.D.   Soil Genesis and Morphology, University of Wisconsin, 1965

Areas of Specialization
  Pedology, Landscape and Watershed Processes, Land Use, Remote Sensing,
    Geographic Information System

Professional Accomplishments in Brief
  Academic efforts have centered on the application of soil and agronomic sciences to planning the uses
  and management of land. Major areas of focus have included landscape analysis, watershed modeling,
  water quality, on-site waste disposal, precision agriculture, and rural/urban interfaces. Remote sensing
  and geographic information systems have been used to increase our understanding of soil/landscape/
  hydrologic processes at multiple scales. Interdisciplinary approaches have included scientists from other
  disciplines as well as decision-makers from government and business. Research has been conducted
  humid, semi-arid, arid, tropical and arctic regions. Involvement in international development and
  research activities in Kenya, Tanzania, Mexico, China, and Australia. Authored or co-authored 150+
  publications. Courses taught include introductory soils, soil morphology, soil mapping and land use,
  soil characterization and classification, soil information systems, and geographic information system
  applications.

Professional Experience
  Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin, 1961-64
  Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin, 1964-65
  Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University, 1965-70
  Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, 1970-76
  Visiting Associate Professor, Water Resources Center, University of Wisconsin, 1974-75
  Visiting Professor, Australian National University , 1994
  Co-Director, Office for Remote Sensing of Earth Resources, 1970-present
  Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, 1976-present

Contributions to Human Welfare Through Professional Activities:
  Teaching and research contributed to a better understanding of the interrelatedness of soils and land use
  with agriculture and environmental issues. Society has benefited by contributions which have provided a basis
  for environmentally sound and economically desirable land use decisions. Statewide assessment and
  quantification of nonpoint pollution problems have helped to protect surface and ground water and to evaluate
  potential threats to drinking water supplies. Served on advisory panels and as consultant to over 50 US and
  state agencies, businesses and industries. Interdisciplinary approaches have helped to build partnerships with
  the academic community, business and governmental organizations. Promoted the role of soils in the ecosystem
  and in land use through teaching, research, committee involvement, and outreach activities.

 
Recent Publications
  Petersen, G. W., E. Nizeyimana, and B. M. Evans. 1997. Application of GIS to soil degradation and
      monitoring. Methodology for Assessment of Soil Degradation. Advances in Soil Science, CRC Press,
      Boca Raton, FL. pp. 377-391.

  Nizeyimana, E., and G. W. Petersen. 1997. Remote sensing applications to soil degradation assessments.
      Methodology for Assessment of Soil Degradation. Advances in Soil Science, CRC Press,
      Boca Raton, FL. pp. 393-405.

  Nizeyimana, E., G. W. Petersen, E. D. Warner, Shi Xuenzheng, M. L. Imhoff, W. T. Lawrence and J. M.
      Russo. 1997. An assessment of soil productivity loss caused by expanding urban land use using remote
      sensing and soil productivity models. Proc. of The Space Technology and Applications International
      Forum
: lst Conference on Future Science and Earth Science Missions. Vol. 2: 165-171.

  Nizeyimana, E., B. M. Evans, M. C. Anderson, G. W. Petersen, D. R. DeWalle, W. E. Sharpe, J. M.
      Hamlett and B. R. Swistock. 1997. Quantification of nonpoint source pollution loads within
      Pennsylvania watersheds. Final Report ER9708. Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection,
      Bureau of Land and Water conservation. ER9708. Environmental Resources Research Institute,
      The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. 61pp.

  Nizeyimana, E., G. W. Petersen, M. C. Anderson, B. M. Evans, J. M. Hamlett and G. M. Baumer. 1996.
      Statewide GIS/census data assessment of nitrogen loadings from septic tank systems in Pennsylvania.
      J. Environ. Qual. 25:346-354.

  Petersen, G. W., J. M. Hamlett, S. Harrison, S. R. Messier, B. M. Evans, G. M. Baumer and M. C.
      Anderson. 1996. GIS pesticide vulnerability assessment procedure for Pennsylvania public water
      systems. Final Report ER9601. Environmental Resources Research Institute, The Penn. State Univ.,
      University Park, PA. 56pp.

  Hamlett, J. M., T. Mertz, and G. W. Petersen. 1995. GIS targets agricultural nonpoint source pollution.
      Wetland and Environmental Engineering Applications of GIS. Eds. J. Lyon Lewis, and J. McCarthy,
      Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, FL. pp. 159-172.

  Hamlett, J. M., G.W. Petersen, S. Harrison, G. M. Baumer, L. A. Deichert, S.R. Messier, and M.C.
      Anderson. 1994. Assessment of ground water pollution using a geographic information system. In
      Transactions 15th World Congress of Soil Science (J. D. Etchevers, A. Aguilar, R. Nunez, G.
      Alcantar, and P. Sanchez, eds.), 6b, pp. 335-336. Acapulco, Mexico.

  Bliss, N. B., S. W. Waltman, and G. W. Petersen. 1995. Preparing a soil carbon inventory for the United
      using states geographic information systems. Soils and Global Change. Advances in Soil Science. Lewis
      Publishers, Boca Raton, FL. pp 275-295

  Petersen, G. W., J. C. Bell, K. McSweeney, G. A. Nielsen, and P. C. Robert. 1995. Geographic
      Information Systems in Agronomy. Advances in Agronomy 55:67-111.

  McSweeney, K., Gessler, P. E., Slater, B. Hammer, R. D., Bell, J., and Petersen, G. W. 1994. Towards
      a new framework for modeling the soil-landscape continuum. In Factors of Soil Formation: A Fiftieth
      Anniversary Perspective. (R. G. Amundsen, M. J. Singer, and J. W. Hardin, eds.), SSSA Spec. Pub. 33,
      pp. 127-145. Madison, WI.

  Petersen, G. W., J. M. Russo, R. L. Day, C. T. Anthony, and J. Pollack. 1993. Importance of spatial
      variability in agricultural decision support systems. Soil Specific Crop Management. ASA, Spec. Pub.
      American Society of Agronomy, Madison, WI. pp. 167-179.

  Hamlett, J. M., D. A. Miller, R. L. Day, G. W. Petersen, G. M. Baumer, and J. M. Russo. 1992.
      Statewide GIS-based ranking of watersheds for agricultural pollution prevention.
      J. Soil and Water Cons. 47(5):399-404.

  Petersen, G.W., G.A. Nielsen and L.P. Wilding. 1991. Geographic information systems and remote
      sensing in land resources analysis and management. Suelo y Planta 1:531-543.

  Petersen, G. W., J. M. Hamlett, G. M. Baumer, D. A. Miller, R. L. Day, and J. M. Russo. 1991.
      Evaluation of agricultural nonpoint pollution potential in Pennsylvania using a geographic
      information system. Final report ER9105. Pennsylvania Department of
      Environmental Resources. Harrisburg, PA. 60 pp.

 
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