E. Lynn Usery

Biography

E. Lynn Usery is a Senior Scientist of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Director of the Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS). He has worked as a cartographer and geographer for the USGS for more than 28 years and a professor of geography for 17 years with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Georgia. He has served as President of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS), and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). He is a Fellow of CaGIS and UCGIS and received the CaGIS Distinguished Career Award in 2012. Dr. Usery is currently Vice-President of the International Cartographic Association and Chair of the Local Organizing Committee and Conference Director for the 2017 International Cartographic Conference which will be held in Washington, D.C. His primary research areas are in theoretical cartography and geographic information science, geospatial semantics and ontology, CyberGIS, map projections, spatial data models, and data integration.

 

Other Publications

  1. Usery, E.L., 1977, Mental maps from distance estimates: A Georgia example: Athens, Georgia, University of Georgia, M.A. Thesis, 85 p., 19 figs., 9 tabs.
  2. Welch, R. and Usery, E.L., 1983, Geometric accuracy of Landsat-4 MSS image data, Proceedings, Landsat-4 Scientific Characterization Early Results Symposium, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, Greenbelt, Md., February 22-24 (Presented by R. Welch). 
  3. Welch, R., Jordan, T.R., and Usery, E.L., 1983, Microcomputers in the mapping sciences, Computer Graphics World, v. 6, n. 2, p. 33-42. 
  4. Usery, E.L. and Welch, R., 1984, Map revision using digital image processing techniques, Proceedings, American Society of Photogrammetry Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., p. 753-756. 
  5. Welch, R. and Usery, E.L., 1984, Cartographic accuracy of Landsat-4 MSS and TM image data, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, v. GE-22, n. 3, p. 281-288
  6. Usery, E.L., 1985, A raster database approach to topographic map revision: Athens, Georgia, University of Georgia, Ph.D. Dissertation, 326 p., 95 figs., 19 tabs.
  7. Easson, G., Primm, C., Usery, E.L., Starbuck, M., and Wencl, R., 1988, Development and testing of a groundwater database using a geographic information system for assessment of water quality in an abandoned mining district, Proceedings, ASPRS/ACSM Annual Convention, Baltimore, Maryland (Presented by G. Easson)
  8. Usery, E.L. and Welch, R., 1989, A raster approach to topographic map revision, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, v. 55, no. 1, p. 55-59
  9. Podger, N.E., Scarpace, F.L., and Usery, E.L., 1991, Displaying three-dimensional data using an autostereoscopic technique on microcomputers, Proceedings, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. 4, GIS, Baltimore, Md., p. 156-165 
  10. Usery, E.L., 1991, Stereo display techniques for GIS, Proceedings, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Convention, Vol. 4, GIS, Baltimore, Md., p. 227-236.
  11. Usery, E.L. and Norton, J.S., 1991, Large format hardcopy display of TM, DLG, and DEM data in three dimensions, Proceedings, GIS/LIS '91, Atlanta, p. 170-176
  12. Kiefer, R.W., Lillesand, T.M, Wolf, . P.R. Vonderohe, A.P., Clapp, J.L., Eagan, P.D., Niemann, Jr., B.J., Scarpace, F.L., Travis, L.E.,  Usery, E.L., and Ventura, S.J., 1992, Interdisciplinary education is remote sensing, photogrammetry, and LIS/GIS: The Wisconsin experience, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, v. 58, no. 8, p. 1178-1182. 
  13. Graff, L.H. and Usery, E.L., 1993, Automated classification of basic-level terrain features in Digital Elevation Models, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, v. 59, p. 9, p. 1409-1417. 
  14. Usery, E.L., 1993, Category theory and the structure of features in geographic information systems, Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, v. 20, no. 1, p. 5-12.
  15. Usery, E.L., 1993, Virtual stereo display techniques for three-dimensional geographic data, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, v. 59, no. 12, p. 1737-1744.
  16. Usery, E.L., 1994, Display of geographic features from multiple image and map databases, Proceedings, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Commission IV Symposium on Mapping and Geographic Information Systems, International Archives of Photogrammetry, Volume XXX, Part B4, Athens, G, p. 1-9.
  17. Usery, E.L., 1994, Implementation constructs for raster features, Proceedings, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Convention, Reno, Nevada, p. 661-670.
  18. Usery, E.L., (ed), 1995, Proceedings, Workshop on Mapping and Environmental Applications of GIS Data, International Archives of Photogrammetry, Volume XXX, Part 4W2, Madison, WI. Published by Department of Geography, University of Georgia, 166 p.
  19. Usery, E.L., Pocknee, S., and Boydell, B.,1995, Precision farming data management using geographic information systems, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, v. 61, no. 11, p. 1383-1391. 
  20. Kvien, C., Waters, D., and Usery, E.L., 1995, Farming in the information age, in Precision Farming, Supplement to GPS World Magazine, December, 1995, Advanstar Communications. 
  21. Usery, E.L. and Pape, D., 1995, Extracting geographic features from raster data, Proceedings, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Convention, Charlotte, North Carolina, p. 733-740. 
  22. Usery, E.L., 1996, Membership functions for fuzzy set representation of geographic features, Proceedings, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing International Congress, International Archives of Photogrammetry, Volume XXXI, Part B4, Vienna, Austria, p. 881-883.
  23. Usery, E.L., 1996, Softcopy photogrammetry and GIS, Commentary in Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Vol. 62, No. 6, p. 684.
  24. Usery, E.L., 1996, A feature-based geographic information system model, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, v. 62, no. 7, p. 833-838.
  25. Usery, E.L., 1996, A conceptual framework and fuzzy set implementation for geographic features, In Burrough, P. A. and A.U. Frank, (eds.), 1996. Geographic Objects with Indeterminate Boundaries, Taylor and Francis, London, p. 71-85.
  26. Tang, A.Y.S., Adams, T., and Usery, E.L., 1996, A spatial data structure design for a feature-based GIS, International Journal of Geographical Information Systems, v. 10, no. 5, p. 643-659. 
  27. Usery, E.L., 1998, Spatial interpolation of precision farming datasets, Proceedings, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Convention, Tampa, Florida,   CD-ROM Publication.
  28. Usery, E.L., Seong, J.C., Jun, B.W., 1998, Implementing GIS software over the World-Wide-Web, Proceedings, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Convention, Tampa, Florida, CD-ROM Publication. 
  29. Mozolin, M., Thill, J.C. and Usery, E.L., 1999, Trip distribution forecasting with multilayer perceptron neural networks: A critical evaluation. Transportation Research Part B, v. 34, p. 53-73. 
  30. Usery, E.L., Ivey, O.M. and Boone, W., 1999, Developing a Georgia watershed atlas, Proceedings, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Convention, Portland, Oregon, CD-ROM publication. 
  31. Usery, E.L., 2000, Multidimensional representation of geographic features, Proceedings, XIXth International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Congress, Amsterdam, International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Volume XXXIII, Part B4/3, Commission 4, p. 240-247.
  32. Kazmi, S.J.H. and Usery, E.L., 2001, Application of  remote sensing and GIS for the monitoring of diseases: A unique research agenda for geographers, Remote Sensing Reviews, v. 20, no. 1, p. 45-70. 
  33. Seong, J.C. and Usery, E.L., 2001, Fuzzy image classification for continental-scale multitemporal NDVI series using invariant pixels and image stratification method, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, v. 67, no. 3, p. 287-294. (Awarded Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing, 2001, by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing).
  34. Seong, J.C. and Usery, E.L., 2001, Modeling raster representation accuracy using a scale factor model, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, v. 67, no. 10, p. 1185-1191. 
  35. Usery, E.L., 2001, Peter’s projection, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping Bulletin, No. 193, November, 2001.
  36. Fisher, D.S., Dillard, A.L., Usery, E.L., Steiner, J.L., and Neely, C.L., 2001, Water quality in the headwaters of the Upper Oconee Watershed, Proceedings of the Georgia Water Resources Conference (Presented by Dwight Fisher). 
  37. Usery, E.L. and Seong, J.C., 2001, All equal area map projections are created equal, but some are more equal than others, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, v. 28, no. 3, p. 183-193. 
  38. Seong, J.C.,  Mulcahy, K.A., Usery, E.L., 2002, The sinusoidal projection: A new meaning for global image data, The Professional Geographer, v. 54, no. 2, p. 218-225. 
  39. Usery, E.L., 2002, Environmental regions of Georgia, New Georgia Encyclopedia.
  40. Finn, M.P., Usery, E.L., Scheidt, D.J., Beard, T., Ruhl, S., and Bearden, M., 2002, AGNPS watershed modeling with GIS databases, Proceedings of the Federal Interagency Hydrological Modeling Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Presented by M. Finn. 
  41. Usery, E.L., Finn, M., and Scheidt, D.J., 2002, Projecting global raster databases, Proceedings, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Joint International Symposium on Geospatial Theory, Processing and Applications, Ottawa, Canada
  42. Usery, E.L., Timson, G., and Colletti, M., 2002, A multidimensional feature system, Proceedings, GIScience 2002 Poster Summaries, Boulder, Colorado, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Presented as a poster). 
  43. Franklin, D.H., Steiner, J.L., Cabrera, M.L., and Usery, E.L., 2002, Distribution of inorganic N and stream concentrations in two agricultural southern piedmont watersheds, Journal of Environmental Quality, v. 31, p. 1910-1917. 
  44. Sarmiento, F.O., Box, E.O., and Usery, E.L., 2003, GIScience and Tropical Mountains: A Challenge for Geoecological Research Incorporating the Third Dimension, in Bishop, M.P. and J.F. Schroeder, Jr.,  Geographic Information Science and Mountain Geomorphology, Praxis Scientific Publishing (Springer-Verlag), p. 289-307. 
  45. Usery, E.L., Seong, J.C., Steinwand, D.R., Finn, M.P., 2003, Accurate Projection of Small-Scale Raster Datasets, International Cartographic Conference, Durban, South Africa 
  46. Choi, J. and Usery, E.L., 2004, System Integration of GIS and Rule-Based Expert System for Urban Mapping, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, v. 70, no. 2, p. 217-224. 
  47. Usery, E.L., Finn, M.P., Scheidt, D.J., Ruhl, S., Beard,T., and Bearden, M., 2004, Geospatial Data Resampling and Resolution Effects on Watershed Modeling: A Case Study using the Agricultural Non-Point Source Pollution Model, Journal of Geographical Systems, v. 6, no. 3, p. 286-309. 
  48. Suttles, J.B., Vellidis, G., Bosch, D.D., Lowrance, R., Sheridan, J.M., and Usery, E.L., 2004, Watershed-Scale Simulation of Sediment and Nutrient Loads in Georgia Coastal Plain Streams Transactions of the ASAE, v. 46, no. 5 (Awarded ASAE Superior Paper Award, 2004) 
  49. Finn, M.P., Spooner, J.D., Shaver, D.K., and Usery, E.L., 2004, The National Map: An Agent for Environmental Modeling using the World Wide Web. 12th International Conference on Geoinformatics, Gavle, Sweden, June 7 - 9, 2004. 
  50. Usery, E.L., Finn, M.P. , Weaver, B., Starbuck, M., and Jaromack, G.M., 2004, Integration of The National Map, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Istanbul, Turkey.
  51. Usery, E.L. and McMaster, R.B., 2005, The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Research Agenda, in McMaster, R.B. and Usery, E.L. (eds.), A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, p. 1-16. 
  52. McMaster, R.B. and Usery, E.L. (eds.), 2005, A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 402 p. 
  53. McMahon, J., Benjamin, S., Clarke, K., Findley, J., Fisher, R., Graff, W.L., Gunderson, L., Jones, J.,  Loveland, T., Roth, K.S., Usery, E.L. and Wood, N., 2005, Geography for a Changing World, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1281, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia. 
  54. Mark, D.M., Usery, E.L. and McMaster, R.B., 2005, Postscript on the UCGIS and Research, in McMaster, R.B. and E.L. Usery, (eds.), A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, p. 389-392
  55. Jensen, J., Saalfeld, A., Broome, F., Cowen, D., Price, K., Lapine, L., and Usery, E.L., 2005, Spatial Data Acquisition and Integration, in McMaster, R.B. and Usery, E.L. (eds.), 2005, A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, p. 17-60. 
  56. Usery, E.L., Bosch, D., Giraldo, M., Kvien, C., Sullivan, D.G., Reed, M.D., and Finn, M.P., 2005, Determining Soil Water Content from Remotely Sensed Data, Poster presented by M.P. Finn at the U.S. Land Remote Sensing Science Fair, Reston, Virginia. 
  57. Usery, E.L., Finn, M.P., and Starbuck, M., 2005, Integrating Data Layers to Support The National Map of the United States, International Cartographic Conference, A Coruña, Spain. 
  58. I .B. Arpinar, Sheth, A., Ramakrishnan, A., Usery, E.L., Azami, M., Kwan, M., 2006, Geospatial Ontology Development and Semantic Analytics, Transactions in GIS, v. 10, no. 4, p. 551-576. 
  59. Ling, Y., Ehlers, M., Usery, E.L., and Madden, M., 2006, Enhanced IHS Transform Methods for Fusing Commercial High Resolution Satellite Images, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, v. 61, no. 6, p. 381-392. 
  60. Finn, M.P., Usery, E.L., Scheidt, D.J., Jaromack, G.M., and Krupinski, T.D., 2006, An Interface between he Agricultural Non-Point Source (AGNPS) Pollution Model and the ERDAS Imagine Geographic Information System, Geographic Information Sciences, v. 12, no. 1, p. 10-20. (40 % concept of design of study, 30% data collection, 70% interpretation, 40%writing)
  61. Stanislawski, L., Finn, M.P., Starbuck, M., Usery, E.L., and Turley, P., 2006, Estimation of Accumulated Upstream Drainage values in Braided Streams using Augmented Directed Graphs, Proceedings, Auto Carto 2006, Vancouver, WA, Presented by L. Stanislawski. 
  62. Ruhl, S., Usery, E.L., and Finn, M.P., 2006, EL68D Wasteway Land Cover Generation, USGS Open File Report OF 2007-1143. 
  63. Stanislawski, L., Finn, M.P., Usery, E.L., Robinette, P.L., 2007, Development of a Blunder Detection Approach for Automated Point Matching During Vector to Image Data Integration, Proceedings, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Conference, Tampa, FL. Presented by L. Stanislawski. 
  64. Stanislawski, L., Finn, M.P., Barnes, M., Usery, E.L., 2007, Assessment of a Rapid Approach for Estimating Catchment Areas for Surface Drainage Lines, Proceedings, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping Annual Conference, St. Louis. Presented by L. Stanislawski. 
  65. Usery, E.L. and Finn, M.P., 2007, Cartographic Research at the U.S. Geological Survey Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science, Proceedings, International Cartographic Conference, Moscow, Russia. (Paper accepted and published). 
  66. Wei, M., Zhao, T., Varanka, D., and Usery, E.L., 2008, A Conceptual Design Towards Semantic Geospatial Access, presented poster, GIScience 2008, Park City, Utah. 
  67. Giraldo, M.A., Bosch, D., Madden, M., Usery, E.L., and Kvien, C., 2008, Landscape complexity and soil moisture variation in South Georgia, USA, for remote sensing applications, Journal of Hydrology, v. 357, p. 405-420.
  68. Ling, Y, Usery, E.L. Ehlers, M., Madden, M., 2008, Effects of Spatial Resolution in Image Fusion, International Journal of Remote Sensing, v. 29, no. 7, p. 2157-2167.
  69. Choi, J., Seong, J.C., Kim, B., Usery, E.L., 2008, Innovations in Individual Feature History Management -- The Significance of Feature-based Temporal Model, Geoinformatica, v. 12, p. 1–20. 
  70. Brewer, C.A., Buttenfield, B.P., Usery, E.L., 2009, Evaluating Generalizations of Hydrography in Differing Terrains for The National Map of The United States, Proceedings, International Cartographic Conference, Santiago, Chile. 
  71. Usery, E.L., Varanka, D., Finn, M.P., 2009, Mapping Developments and GIS in the USGS, 1884-2009, Proceedings, International Cartographic Conference, Santiago, Chile 
  72. Usery, E.L., Finn, M.P., and Mugnier, C., 2009, Coordinate Systems and Map Projections, Manual of Geographic Information Systems, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Bethesda, MD, p. 87-112. 
  73. Usery, E.L., Bosch, D.D., Finn, M.P., Wells, T., Pocknee, S., and Kvien, C., 2009, GIS in Precision Agriculture and Watershed Management, Manual of Geographic Information Systems, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Bethesda, MD, p. 1169-1198. 
  74. Le, Y. and Usery, E.L., 2009, Adding Time to GIS, Manual of Geographic Information Systems, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Bethesda, MD, p. 311-332. 
  75. Usery, E.L., Choi, J., and Finn, M.P., 2009, Modeling Sea-level Rise and Surge in Low-lying Urban Areas using Spatial Data, Geographic Information Systems, and Animation Methods, in Showalter, P. and Lu, Y., (eds), 2009. Geospatial Techniques in Urban Hazard and Disaster Analysis, Springer, Dordrecht, p. 11-20. 
  76. Finn, M., Usery, E.L., and Reed, M., 2009, Approximating Tasseled-Cap Values for the Advanced Land Imager (ALI), ASPRS Manual of Geographic Information Systems. (CD-ROM publication) 
  77. Usery, E.L., Choi, J., Finn, M.P., 2009, Simulating Sea Level Rise and Surges with Geographic Information Datasets and Animation Methods, ASPRS Manual of Geographic Information Systems. (CD-ROM publication)
  78. Usery, E.L., Varanka, D.E., and Finn, M.P., 2009, 125 Years of Topographic Mapping, Part 1, 1884 – 1980, in ESRI ArcNews, vol. 31, no. 3, p. 1. Available on the Web at http://www.esri.com/news/arcnews/fall09articles/125-years.html.
  79. Usery, E.L., Varanka, D.E., and Finn, M., 2009, USGS History, Part 2: From the Dawn of Digital to The National Map, 125 Years of Topographic Mapping, Part 2, in ESRI ArcNews, vol. 31, no. 4, p. 39. Available on the Web at http://www.esri.com/news/arcnews/winter0910articles/125-years.html. 
  80. Varanka, D. and Usery, E.L., 2010, Special Section: Ontological Issues for The National Map: Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Visualization, v. 45, n. 2, p. 103-104
  81. Usery, E.L., (ed.) 2010, AutoCarto Research Symposium Proceedings, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, v. 38, n. 2, p. 71-243.
  82. Usery, E.L., 2011, The Digital Transition in Cartography: USGS Data Innovations, 1970s, Liebenberg, E. and I. Demhardt, eds., History of Cartography. International Symposium of the ICA Commission, 2010, Berlin, Springer Verlag. pp 113-126.
  83. Varanka, D.E. and Usery, E.L., 2012, Topographic Feature Type Vocabularies for Ontology Design Patterns. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), July 2012. 
  84. Usery, E.L., 2013, Geospatial semantics for topographic data, Proceedings, International Cartographic Conference, Dresden, Germany.
  85. Lapaine, M. and Usery, E.L., 2015, Map Projections and Reference Systems, in International Map Year 2015, Rystedt, B. and F. Ormeling, (eds), International Cartographic Association, Taylor and Francis.
  86. Varanka, D.E., Usery, E.L., and Mattli, D.M., 2015, Adapting the United States National Hydrography Dataset to Linked Open Data, in Cartography – Maps Connecting the World, 27th International Cartographic Conference 2015 – ICC2015, Sluter, C.R., C.B.M. Cruz, P.M.L. de Menezes, (eds.), Springer, Rio de Janeiro.
  87. Usery, E.L., 2016, Geometric Correction, in Manual of Remote Sensing, 4th Edition, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Forthcoming (Bureau Approved, Dec  2015)
  88. Usery, E.L., 2016, Understanding Map Projections, in Handbook of Cartography, Routledge, Forthcoming (Bureau Approved, Dec, 2015 IP-068403)
  89. Lapaine, M. and Usery, E.L., (eds), 2016, Choosing a Map Projection, Springer, In press.
  90. Usery, E.L., 2017, Spatial Feature Classes, in The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M.F., Kobayashi, A.L., Liu, W., and Marston, R. (eds), 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
  91. Usery, E. L., 2016, USGS Contributions to Cartography in the 19th Century, in Kain, R.J.P., (ed), Cartography in the 19th Century, History of Cartography, Volume 5, University of Chicago Press.