Research Scientist, Geography
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
||University of California, Santa Barbara
||University of Nevada, Reno
||Monterey Peninsula College
Initial Results Estimating Subsurface Soil Moisture Using NDVI and ATI Derived from sUAS Imagery at Temperate Site, U.S. Army Fort Hunter Liggett, CA, 30 pp., Report prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.
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Vehicle Test Course Characterization at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, 14 pp., Report prepared for the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground.
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R45 update, Updated Landforms and Surface Cover of Vehicle Endurance Test Courses at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, 183 pp., Report prepared for the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground.
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McDonald, E. V., Bullard, T. F. (Eds.) , , , (2016). Parent Material Mapping of Geologic Surfaces Using ASTER in Support of Integrated Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations, In Military Geosciences and Desert Warfare, Past Lessons and Modern Challenges, 311-338, Springer: New York, NY
McDonald, E. V., Bullard, T. F. (Eds.) , , , , , , , , (2016). Integrated Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations in Deserts: Geologic Basis for Rapid Predictive Mapping of Soils and Terrain Features, In Military Geosciences and Desert Warfare, Past Lessons and Modern Challenges, 353-375, Springer: New York, NY
Thomas, J. M. (Ed.) , , , , (2016). Walker River Decision Support Tool: Version 3
Classification of hyperspectral imagery with neural networks: comparison to conventional tools, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, 71, 1-19, EURASIP
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Progressive Discrimination: An Automatic Method for Mapping Individual Targets in Hyperspectral Imagery
, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
, 49 (7), 2674-2685, 10.1109/TGRS.2011.2108304
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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, 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2010.00434.x
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Boettinger, J., Howell, D., Moore, A., Hartemink, A., Kienast-Brown, S. (Eds.) , , , , , , , , (2010). Predictive soil maps based on geomorphic mapping, remote sensing, and soil databases in the desert southwest, In Digital soil mapping: bridging research, production, and environmental application, 409-419, Springer: The Netherlands
Development of a Decision Support Tool in Support of Water Right Acquisitions in the Walker River Basin
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The Case for an Integrated Chloride Mass-Balance Approach for Estimating Recharge, Journal of Hydrology
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Development of a GIS-based model for extrapolating mesoscale groundwater recharge estimates using integrated geospatial data sets, Hydrogeology Journal
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Estimation of groundwater recharge in Steptoe Valley, Nevada, by the elevation-dependent chloride mass-balance approach
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Journal of Nevada Water Resources Association, 1 (1), 58-75
, (2004). Estimation of Impervious Cover in the Lake Tahoe Basin Using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Data Integration,
Int. J. Remote Sensing, 24 (23), 4627-4645
, (2003). Detecting and discriminating impervious cover with high-resolution IKONOS data using principal component analysis and morphological operators,
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
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
Water Quality Assessment and Modeling of the California Portion of the Truckee River Basin, DRI Report No. 41170
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Evaluation of Groundwater and Solute Transport in the Fernley-Wadsworth Area, DRI Report No. 41173
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Groundwater, 37 (2), 271-274
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Groundwater, 35 (5), 888-894
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Use of Advanced Methods to Select Favorable Locations for Water Wells in Ghana: A Final Project Report, DRI Report No. 41159
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Selection of Favorable Sites for Shallow Water Wells in Ghana, 30, DRI Report No. 41152
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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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Evaluation of Military Vehicle Mobility through UAS Photogrammetry and Digital Terrain Modeling, 13th International Conference on Military Geosciences: Padova, Italy
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Investigating Remote Measurement of Sub-Surface Soil Moisture for Military Operations, 13th International Conference on Military Geosciences: Padova, Italy
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Walker River Decision Support Tool and Spatial Database, Desert Terminus Lakes Symposium: University of Nevada, Reno, November 9, 2016-November 10, 2016
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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
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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
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Improving the Efficiency of Operational ET Estimates using METRIC, Western States ET Workshop 2012: Boise, Idaho
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Establishing baseline environmental conditions for the proposed Yucca mountain repository, Nevada, U.S.A.: Glasgow, Scotland
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Truckee River Watershed Assessment: Sediment Source Analysis in Support of a TMDL Delineation.: Monterey, CA
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