Cindy Thatcher

Geographer with the USGS National Geospatial Program




Thatcher, C., Brock, J.C., Danielson, J.J., Poppenga, S.K., Gesch, D.B., Palaseanu-Lovejoy, M., Barras, J.A., Evans, G.A., and Gibbs, A.E. 2016. Creating a Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) for science and conservation applications. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 76: 64–74.

Kress, M.E., Benimoff, A.I., Fritz, W.J., Thatcher, C.A., Blanton, B.O., and Dzedzits, E. 2016. Modeling and simulation of storm surge on Staten Island to understand inundation mitigation strategies. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 76: 149–167.

Palaseanu-Lovejoy, M., Danielson, J., Thatcher, C., Foxgrover, A., Barnard, P., Brock, J., and Young, A. 2016. Automatic delineation of seacliff limits using lidar-derived high-resolution DEMs in Southern California. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 76: 162–173.

Danielson, J.J., Poppenga, S.K., Brock, J.C., Evans, G.A., Tyler, D.J., Gesch, D.B., Thatcher, C.A., and Barras, J.A. 2016. Topobathymetric elevation model development using a new methodology: Coastal National Elevation Database. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 76: 75–89.  

Thatcher, C., Lim, S., Palaseanu-Lovejoy, M., Danielson, J., and Kimbrow, D. 2016. Lidar-based mapping of flood control levees in south Louisiana. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37(24): 5708–5725,

Thatcher, C.A., Danielson, J.J., Gesch, D.B. and Worstell, B.B. 2016. Delineation of water bodies in emergent wetlands in coastal New Jersey:  U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Pryborowski, S., and Thatcher, C. (lead authors), 2015. Progress made in implementing the Ocean and Coastal Mapping Integration Act: 2011-2014, at

Palaseanu-Lovejoy, M., Thatcher, C.A., and Barras, J.A. 2014. Levee crest elevation profiles derived from airborne lidar-based high resolution digital elevation models in south Louisiana. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 91: 114–126.

Lim, S. Thatcher, C.A., Brock, J.C., Kimbrow, D.R., Danielson, J.J., and Reynolds, B.J. 2013. Accuracy assessment of a mobile terrestrial lidar survey at Padre Island National Seashore. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34 (18): 6355-6366.

Thatcher, C.A., Brock, J.C., and Pendleton, E.A. 2013. Economic vulnerability to sea-level rise along the northern U.S. Gulf Coast. Journal of Coastal Research Special Issue 63: 234–243.

Lim, S., Thatcher, C., and Brock, J. 2013. Mobile terrestrial LiDAR: how good is it? Position Magazine 63: 28–31.

Murrow, J.L., Thatcher, C.A., van Manen, F.T., and Clark, J.D. 2013. A data-based conservation planning tool for Florida Panthers. Environmental Modeling and Assessment 18(2):159-170.

Handley, L., K.A. Spear, C. Thatcher, and S. Wilson. 2011-2015. Emergent wetlands status and trends in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, 1950-2010: USGS Scientific Investigations Report in preparation; select chapters available at the USGS and the Gulf of Mexico website.

Burkett, V., and Davidson, M. (eds) 2012.  Coastal impacts, adaptation and vulnerabilities: A technical input report to the 2013 National Climate Assessment.  Supporting author of Chapter 4: Vulnerability and impacts on human development.

Young, J.A., van Manen, F.T., and Thatcher, C.A. 2011.  Geographic profiling to assess the risk of rare plant poaching in natural areas.  Environmental Management 48(3): 577-587.

Thatcher, C.A., Hartley, S.B., and Wilson, S.A. 2010. Bank erosion of navigation canals in the western and central Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1017/OCS Study BOEMRE 2010-039, 32 p. 2 app. 

Thatcher, C.A., van Manen, F.T., and Clark, J.D. 2009.  A habitat assessment for Florida Panther population expansion into central Florida. Journal of Mammalogy. 90(4): 918-925.

Hunnicutt, C.B., Thatcher, C.A., Chimmula, S., and Wilson, S.A. 2009.  Bringing environmental data to the web: National Wetlands Research Center project-focused web sites/viewers.  Data Integration and Management on the Gulf of Mexico Workshop, Corpus Christi, Tex., May 15-16, 2009, Proceedings.

Thatcher, C.A., van Manen, F.T., and Clark, J.D. 2006. Identifying suitable sites for Florida panther reintroduction. Journal of Wildlife Management 70(3): 752-763.

Young, J.A., F.T. van Manen, C.A. Thatcher. 2006. Geospatial modeling to assess the risk of American ginseng poaching in Shenandoah National Park. Final Report to the National Park Service. U.S. Geological Survey, Leetown Science Center, Leetown, West Virginia, 25430. 44 pp.

Van Manen, F.T., J.A. Young, C.A. Thatcher, W. B. Cass, and C. Ulrey. 2005. Habitat models to assist plant protection efforts in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA. Natural Areas Journal. 25(4): 339-350.

Thatcher, C.A., Twilley, R., and Bridevaux, J. 2010. Forecast Mekong: Navigating Changing Waters (video).