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Dr. Dave Mouat
Associate Research Professor Emeritus

Professional Interests

Dr. Mouat is an arid lands geoecologist and landscape dynamics specialist with over 30 years experience as a research scientist. Pioneering techniques in using terrain correlation to discriminate vegetation and habitat (the subject of his dissertation) he has applied this hypothesis to land capability and condition assessment, vegetation and habitat mapping, and land degradation assessment.  Land capability, condition, and degradation assessments were integral parts of programs that he supported such as EPA’s Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and others.

He has made extensive use of remote sensing systems including Landsat TM and the Airborne Visible and Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS). He managed the interagency Biodiversity Research Consortium (BRC) investigations involving alternative futures analyses of military installations including the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and the several installations in the California Mojave Desert. He was Principal Investigator for “Alternative Futures for the Upper San Pedro River Watershed, Arizona and Sonora”, which was subsequently published by Island Press (Steinitz, et al. 2003).  He currently directs two projects in the southwest U.S. that investigate changing patterns of land use and their potential impacts.

Dr. Mouat is actively involved in the development of desertification assessment techniques especially those which integrate environmental and social variables to understand how behavior and policy changes will affect future landscapes.  These assessments can be especially useful in examining how land use systems might change. He served as the Chair of the Group of Experts of the UNCCD from 2002 to 2007.  The Group of Experts is the global focal point for advising the UNCCD on scientific and technical matters related to the biophysical and socio-economic status of the earth’s arid land system.

Education

DegreeYearInstitutionArea
Ph.D.1974Oregon State University, CorvallisGeoecology
M.A.1968Kent State University, OhioPhysical Geography
B.A.1966University of California, BerkeleyPhysical Geography

Current Graduate Research Assistant(s)

  • Dakota Casserly

Downloadable Publications

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Publications
2011
Mouat, D. A., Lancaster, J. M., Bassett, S. (2011). “You can’t do that here”: developing alternative futures for military lands in the Southwest, GSA Special Publications
2009
Kahyaoglu-Koracin, J., Bassett, S., Mouat, D. A., Gertler, A. W. (2009). Application of a Scenario-Based Modeling System to Predict the Air Quality Impacts of Future Growth, Atmos. Environ., 43 (5), 1021-1028, 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.04.004
Kahyaoglu-Koracin, J., Bassett, S., Mouat, D. A., Gertler, A. W. (2009). Application of A Scenario-Based Modeling System to Predict the Air Quality Impacts of Future Growth, Atmos Environ, 43, 1021-1028
Shearer, A. W., Mouat, D. A., Bassett, S., Binford, M. W., Johnson, C. W., Saarinen, J. A. (2009). Chapter 3: Scenario-Based Study of Military Installations and Their Regions, In Land Use Scenarios: Environmental Consequences of Development, Taylor & Francis CRC Press
Mouat, D. A., Bassett, S. (2009). Chapter 4: Mapping existing conditionsChapter 4: Mapping existing conditions, In Land Use Scenarios: Environmental Consequences of Development, 75-82
Shearer, A. W., Bassett, S., Mouat, D. A. (2009). Chapter 6: Four scenarios and alternative futures of regional changeChapter 6: Four scenarios and alternative futures of regional change, In Land Use Scenarios: Environmental Consequences of Development, 93-120, Taylor & Francis CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL
2008
France , R. (Ed.) Shearer, A. W., Mouat, D. A., Bassett, S., Binford, M. W., Johnson, C. W., Saarinen, J. A., Gertler, A. W., Koracin, J. (2008). Land Use Scenarios: Environmental Consequences of DevelopmentLand Use Scenarios: Environmental Consequences of Development, In Integrative Studies in Water Management & Land Development, CRC Press-Taylor & Francis Group, LLC: Boca Raton, FL
2006
Kepner, W. G., Rubio, J. L., Mouat, D. A., Pedrazzini , F. (Eds.) Mouat, D. A., Bassett, S., Lancaster, J. M. (2006). The use of alternative futures in a strategy to assess the likelihood of land degradation leading to increased subsequent political instabilityThe use of alternative futures in a strategy to assess the likelihood of land degradation leading to increased subsequent political instability, In Desertification in the Mediterranean Region: a Security Issue, 601-614, Springer: The Netherlands
Shearer, A. W., Mouat, D. A., Bassett, S., Binford, M. W., Johnson, C. W., Saarinen, J. A. (2006). Examining development-related uncertainties for environmental management: Strategic planning scenarios in Southern California, Landscape and Urban Planning, 77 (4), 359-381
2005
Bassett, S., Downie, D., Mouat, D. A., Lancaster, J. M., York, T. (2005). Management Systems for the Tahoe Basin: A report produced for consideration by the Pathway 2007 steering team
2004
Lancaster, J. M., Mouat, D. A., McDonald, E. V. (Eds.) Lancaster, J. M., Mouat, D. A., McDonald, E. V. (2004). Field Guidebook, Desert Surficial Processes and Landscape Dynamics on Military Lands: Scientific Advances, New Challenges, and Technology Transfer, Desert Research Institute: Reno, Nevada
Lancaster, J. M., Mouat, D. A., McDonald, E. V. (Eds.) Lancaster, J. M., Mouat, D. A., Bassett, S., McDonald, E. V. (2004). Field Guidebook, Saturday, September 18, 2004: Las Vegas, NV to Zzyzx, CAField Guidebook, Saturday, September 18, 2004: Las Vegas, NV to Zzyzx, CA, In Field Guidebook, Desert Surficial Processes and Landscape Dynamics on Military Lands: Scientific Advances, New Challenges, and Technology Transfer, 1-11 , Desert Research Institute: Reno, NV
Mouat, D. A., Lancaster, J. M. (2004). IntroductionIntroduction, In Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 99, 1-3
Mouat, D. A., Lancaster, J. M. (Eds.) Mouat, D. A., Lancaster, J. M. (2004). Alternative Ways to Combat DesertificationAlternative Ways to Combat Desertification, In Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 99, 1-281
Kepner, W. G., Semmens, D. J., Bassett, S., Mouat, D. A., Goodrich, D. C. (2004). Scenario Analysis for the San Pedro River: Analyzing Hydrological Consequences of a Future Environment, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 94, 115-128
2003
Steinitz, C., Arias, H., Bassett, S., Flaxman, M., Goode, T., Maddock, T., Mouat, D. A., Peiser, R., Shearer, A. W. (2003). Alternative Futures for the Upper San Pedro River Watershed, Arizona and Sonora, 200 p., Island Press: Washington, DC
Mouat, D. A., Lancaster, J. M. (2003). Rangeland desertification: Evaluating land-use options with alternative futures analysis, African Journal of Range and Forage Science, 20 (2)
Shearer, A. W., Mouat, D. A., Bassett, S., Binford, M., Johnson, C., Saarinen, J. (Eds.) Mouat, D. A., Bassett, S. (2003). Mapping existing conditions, Environmental Decisions and Uncertain Futures:, 77-84, Environmental Security, MCB Camp Pendleton, CA
Shearer, A. W., Mouat, D. A., Bassett, S., Binford, M., Johnson, C., Saarinen, J. (Eds.) Shearer, A. W., Bassett, S., Mouat, D. A. (2003). Four Alternative Futures for the Region, Environmental Decisions and Uncertain Futures, 95-122, Environmental Security: MCB Camp Pendleton, CA
2002
Lal , R. (Ed.) Mouat, D. A., Lancaster, J. M. (2002). Desertification Impacts on Landscapes, Biodiversity and Human PopulationsDesertification Impacts on Landscapes, Biodiversity and Human Populations, In Encyclopedia of Soil Science, 335-339, Dekker: New York
1997
Mouat, D. A., Lancaster, J. M., Wade, T. G., Wickham, J. D., Fox, C., Kepner, W. G., Ball, T. (1997). Desertification evaluated using an integrated environmental assessment model, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 48, 139-156
Conference Proceedings
2006
Bassett, S., Mouat, D. A., Boyle, D. P. (2006). Alternative futures analysis: a scenario-based strategic planning assessment technique to aid environmental management: Alice Springs, Australia
Bassett, S., Mouat, D. A., Boyle, D. P. (2006). Alternative futures analysis: a scenario-based strategic planning assessment technique to aid environmental management: Armidale, Australia