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David S Anderson

USGS Hydrography Dataset Subject Matter Expert / Product Owner for GeoConflation activities

David Anderson is a cartographer with the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) in Rolla, MO. David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science: Natural Sciences and certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from the University of West Florida.

David joined USGS in 2008 as a USGS Hydrography Dataset (NHD) Point of Contact (POC). Over time he has conducted hydrographic research, advocated, and evaluated hydrographic data for both the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and Watershed Boundary Datasets (WBD), provided technical support to users of NHD, WBD, and NHDPlus HR data, and is involved in software product development and data model development projects. David is also involved in technical review panels and standards reviews for the 3D Hydrography Program (3DHP) as part of the 3D National Topographic Model (3DNTM).


Software Product Development

GeoConflation – Used to conflate data from production NHD to local resolution hydrographic data

NHD Update – Used for editing NHD data

NHD Utilities Suite – Used by non-editors to manipulate NHD data and generate geometric network and flow connection tables

Multiple Python toolboxes for proof of concepts



B.S. Environmental Science: Natural Sciences, University of West Florida, 2004


Professional Expertise

Mar 2009 - present Cartographer - NHD SME/POC, NGTOC, Rolla, MO

April 2018 -March 2009, Cartographic Supervisor, NGTOC, Rolla, MO

Oct 2008 - April 2018, Cartographer - NHD SME/POC, NGTOC, Rolla, MO

Jun 2006 - Oct 2008, Environmental Consultant - Florida State NHD Coordinator - Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee, FL

Oct 2004 - Jun 2006, Environmental Manager - GIS Coordinator, Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee, FL

Aug 2003 - Oct 2004, GIS Analyst, City of Pensacola, Pensacola, FL

Aug 2001 - Dec 2004, Assistant instructor (Geographic Information Science, Environmental Resource Management and Planning) and Research Assistant (Automated 3D Map Generation), University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL

Apr 1988 – May 1998, U.S. Army & U.S. Navy, Multiple roles including Submarine Sonar Technician Supervisor and Ships Oceanographer.