Tim B. Minor

Research Scientist Gis Deputy Director
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Professional Interests

Collecting spectra of vegetation in Paradise Valley, NV

Mr. Minor is a geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing scientist, with backgrounds in geology, biology, computer cartography, image processing, and GIS. His current research interests include the design and analysis of GIS databases to monitor and assess geologic, hydrologic, and ecosystem processes. He conducts image processing research using satellite based remotely sensed data (ASTER, IKONOS, QuickBird, SPOT, LANDSAT, AVHRR, MODIS), as well as airborne based hyperspectral instruments (MASTER, ProSpecTIR, HST, AVIRIS, Probe 1, TIMS) and LIDAR. His specific remote sensing interests include the analysis of arid vegetation regimes, invasive species, surface disturbance analysis, impervious cover, and feature extraction using spectral and contextural classification algorithms.

Mr. Minor has been involved in numerous top-down exploration and modeling efforts which integrate GIS and remote sensing to examine groundwater resources, model recharge/runoff parameters in arid environments, assess mountain watershed water quality, monitor invasive species, map impervious cover, forecast desert terrain parameters, and analyze erosional and sediment transport processes. He is responsible for maintaining and upgrading the Institute's growing image processing and GIS software requirements, and provides technical support for DRI's GIS software users. Mr. Minor teaches introductory and advanced courses in GIS applications and image processing methods.

Research Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Hyperspectral and multispectral remote sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Watershed modeling
  • Groundwater modeling
  • Arid ecosystems monitoring and assessment
  • Mineral exploration

Recent Research Projects

Education

DegreeYearInstitutionArea
M.A. 1982 University of California, Santa Barbara Geography
B.A. 1980 University of Nevada, Reno Geography
A.A. 1978 Monterey Peninsula College General Education

Publications & Presentations

2016

Garner, C. B., Triana, E., Pohll, G. M., Minor, T. B., Carroll, R. W. (2016). Walker River Decision Support Tool: Version 3, Ed. Thomas, J. M., Accepted
McDonald, E. V., Bacon, S. N., Bassett, S., Amit, R., Enzel, Y., Minor, T. B., McGwire, K. C., Crouvi, O., Nahmias, Y. (2016). Integrated Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations in Deserts: Geologic Basis for Rapid Predictive Mapping of Soils and Terrain Features, Eds. McDonald, E. V., Bullard, T. F., In Military Geosciences and Desert Warfare, Past Lessons and Modern Challenges, 353-375, Springer: New York, NY
Pohll, G. M., Garner, C. B., Minor, T. B., Triana, E., Carroll, R. W. (2016). Walker River Decision Support Tool and Spatial Database, Desert Terminus Lakes Symposium: University of Nevada, Reno, November 9, 2016-November 10, 2016
Sabol, D. E., Minor, T. B., McDonald, E. V., Bacon, S. N. (2016). Parent Material Mapping of Geologic Surfaces Using ASTER in Support of Integrated Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations, Eds. McDonald, E. V., Bullard, T. F., In Military Geosciences and Desert Warfare, Past Lessons and Modern Challenges, 311-338, Springer: New York, NY

2014

Huntington, J. L., Morton, C. G., Bromley, M., Liebert, R. M., Minor, T. B., Allen, R. (2014). Landsat Water Use Mapping of Crop and Phreatophyte Areas in Nevada, Nevada Water Resources Association Fall Symposium: Reno, NV, October 15, 2014-October 16, 2014
Merenyi, E., Farrand, W. H., Taranik, J. V., Minor, T. B. (2014). Classification of hyperspectral imagery with neural networks: comparison to conventional tools, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, 71, 1-19, EURASIP

2013

Morton, C. G., Huntington, J. L., Allen, R. G., Melton, F., Minor, T. B., Bromley, M., Sullivan, A. (2013). Towards Rapid and Accurate Remote Sensing of Evapotranspiration from Irrigated Lands with Lansat for Improved Hydrologic Modeling, Operations, and Procedures, Nevada Water Resources Association Annual Conference: Reno, NV

2012

Morton, C. G., Huntington, J. L., Minor, T. B., Allen, R., Melton, F. (2012). Improving the Efficiency of Operational ET Estimates using METRIC, Western States ET Workshop 2012: Boise, Idaho

2011

McGwire, K. C., Minor, T. B., Schultz, B.W. (2011). Progressive Discrimination: An Automatic Method for Mapping Individual Targets in Hyperspectral Imagery, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 49, (7), 2674-2685, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2011.2108304

2010

Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Dalldorf, G., Baker, S. E., Sabol, D. E., Minor, T. B., Bassett, S., MacCabe, S. R., Bullard, T. F. (2010). Predictive soil maps based on geomorphic mapping, remote sensing, and soil databases in the desert southwest, Eds. Boettinger, J., Howell, D., Moore, A., Hartemink, A., Kienast-Brown, S., In Digital soil mapping: bridging research, production, and environmental application, 409-419, Springer: The Netherlands
Carroll, R. W., Pohll, G. M., McGraw, D. S., Garner, C. B., Knust, A. M., Boyle, D. P., Minor, T. B., Bassett, S., Pohlmann, K. F. (2010). Mason Valley Groundwater Model: Linking Surface Water and Groundwater in the Walker River Basin, Nevada, Journal of American Water Resources Association, 46, (3), 554-573, doi: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2010.00434.x

2009

Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Dalldorf, G., Baker, S. E., Sabol, D. E., Minor, T. B., Bassett, S., MacCabe, S. R., Bullard, T. F. (2009). Predictive terrain hazard maps for military operations in the desert based on geomorphic mapping, remote sensing, and soil databases [abstract], 14, 8th International Conference on Military Geosciences, Abstracts with Programs: Vienna, Austria, June 15, 2009-June 19, 2009
Boyle, D. P., Pohll, G. M., Bassett, S., Minor, T. B., Garner, C. B., Carroll, R. W., McGraw, D. S., Knust, A. M., Barth, C. (2009). Development of a Decision Support Tool in Support of Water Right Acquisitions in the Walker River Basin
McDonald, E. V., Bacon, S. N., Dalldorf, G., Bullard, T. F., Minor, T. B. (2009). Integrated desert terrain forecasting for military operations: Geologic basis for rapid predictive mapping of soils and terrain features, 92, 8th International Conference on Military Geosciences, Abstracts with Programs: Vienna, Austria, June 15, 2009-June 19, 2009
Russell, C. E., Mizell, S. A., Minor, T. B. (2009). The Case for an Integrated Chloride Mass-Balance Approach for Estimating Recharge, Journal of Hydrology

2008

Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Dalldorf, G., Baker, S. E., Sabol, D. E., Minor, T. B., Bassett, S., MacCabe, S. R., Bullard, T. F. (2008). An expert based system to predict soil attributes using geomorphic mapping, remote sensing, and soil databases in the desert southwest USA [abstract], European Geological Union, EGU2008-A-10709; SSS25-1FR5P-0669, Abstract XY0669
Dalldorf, G., Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Baker, S. E., Sabol, D. E., Minor, T. B., Bassett, S., MacCabe, S. R., Bullard, T. F. (2008). Predictive soil maps based on geomorphic mapping, remote sensing, and soil databases in the desert southwest, 10 p., 3rd Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping, Paper in Session 6.

2007

McDonald, E. V., Bassett, S., Bacon, S. N., Minor, T. B., Bullard, T. F. (2007). Integrated terrain forecasting for military operations: Predicting the location of critical soil conditions using geomorphic image analysis, 22, 7th International Conference on Military Geology and Geography: Quebec, Canada, June 18, 2007-June 21, 2007, Session 9 Soil and Technology, abstract and talk.
Minor, T. B., Russell, C. E., Mizell, S. A. (2007). Development of a GIS-based model for extrapolating mesoscale groundwater recharge estimates using integrated geospatial data sets, Hydrogeology Journal
Russell, C. E., Mizell, S. A., Minor, T. B. (2007). Estimation of groundwater rechrage in Steptoe Valley, Nevada, by the elevation-dependent chloride mass-balance approach

2006

McDonald, E. V., Bassett, S., Bacon, S. N., Minor, T. B., Bullard, T. F. (2006). Integrated desert terrain forecasting for military operations, 6 p., 25th Army Science Conference: Orlando, FL, November 27, 2006-November 30, 2006, Session O Environmental and Engineering Geosciences; OP-14, poster & short paper.

2005

Shafer, D. S., Martin, C., Pohlmann, K. F., Russell, C. E., Ye, M., Engelbrecht, J. P., Minor, T. B., Bishop, L. (2005). Establishing baseline environmental conditions for the proposed Yucca mountain repository, Nevada, U.S.A.

2004

Minor, T. B., Cablk, M. E. (2004). Estimation of Impervious Cover in the Lake Tahoe Basin Using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Data Integration, Journal of Nevada Water Resources Association, 1, (1), 58-75

2003

Cablk, M. E., Minor, T. B. (2003). Detecting and discriminating impervious cover with high-resolution IKONOS data using principal component analysis and morphological operators, Int. J. Remote Sensing, 24, (23), 4627-4645
Minor, T. B., Cablk, M. E. (2003). Estimation of hard impervious cover in the Lake Tahoe Basin using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems, 32 pp., Final report to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

2002

Adams, K. D., Minor, T. B. (2002). Historic shoreline change at Lake Tahoe from 1938 to 1998 and its impact on sediment and nutrient loading, Journal of Coastal Research, 18, (4), 637-651

2001

McGraw, D. S., McKay, A., Duan, G., Bullard, T. F., Minor, T. B., Kuchnicki, J. (2001). Water Quality Assessment and Modeling of the California Portion of the Truckee River Basin, DRI Report No. 41170
Pohll, G. M., McGraw, D. S., Ralson, J., Bohm, B., Thomas, J. M., McKay, W. A., Widmer, M., Minor, T. B., Lamorey, G., Dahan, O., Carroll, R. W., Cupp, K., Jacobson, E., McDonald, E. V., Stevick, E., Huntington, J. L. (2001). Evaluation of Groundwater and Solute Transport in the Fernley-Wadsworth Area, DRI Report No. 41173

2000

Kuchnicki, J., Bullard, T. F., Duan, G., McGraw, D. S., Minor, T. B. (2000). Truckee River Watershed Assessment: Sediment Source Analysis in Support of a TMDL Delineation.
McGwire, K. C., Minor, T. B., Fenstermaker, L.F. (2000). Hyperspectral Mixture Modeling for Quantifying Sparse Vegetation Cover in Arid Environments, Remote Sensing of Environment, 72, (3), 360-374, doi: 10.1016/S0034-4257(99)00112-1

1999

Minor, T. B., Lancaster, J. M., Wade, T. G., Wickham, J. D., Whitford, W., Jones, K. B. (1999). Evaluating Change in Rangeland Condition Using Multitemporal AVHRR Data and Geographic Information System Analysis, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 59, (2), 211-223, doi: 10.1023/A:1006126622200
Taylor, K. C., Minor, T. B., Chesley, M. M., Matanawi, K. (1999). Cost Effectiveness of Well Site Selection Methods in a Fractured Aquifer, Groundwater, 37, (2), 271-274

1998

DuBois, D. W., Watson, J. G., Chow, J. C., Egami, R. T., Wade, T., Minor, T. B., Jacquart, J., Cates, W. (1998). Practical use of a GIS based emissions inventory as an input to the ISCST3 dispersion model, 515-524

1997

Sander, P., Minor, T. B., Chesley, M. M. (1997). Ground-Water Exploration Based on Lineament Analysis and Reproducibility Tests, Groundwater, 35, (5), 888-894
Taylor, K. C., Englin, J., Minor, T. B. (1997). Use of Advanced Methods to Select Favorable Locations for Water Wells in Ghana: A Final Project Report, DRI Report No. 41159

1996

Taylor, K. C., Chesley, M., Matanawi, K., Minor, T. B. (1996). Selection of Favorable Sites for Shallow Water Wells in Ghana, 30, DRI Report No. 41152

1995

Minor, T. B., Russell, C. E., Chesley, M., Englin, J., Sander, P., Carter, J., Knowles, R., Acheampong, S., McKay, W. A. (1995). Application of Geographic Information System Technology to Water Well Siting in Ghana, West Africa: A Feasibility Study, DRI Report No. 41145

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