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James Foreman

Lead technician in the Hydrologic Studies section focused on developing remote sensing capabilities within the Washington Water Science Center. 

Research Interests: 

My research focuses on the use of advanced sensing platforms to remotely collect data and model hydrologic processes.  Recent emphasis has been on pairing novel data collection techniques with large, traditionally derived data sets in a meaningful way.


Professional Experience

  • Post-flood surveying, indirect discharge measurement, St. Vrain, CO

  • Scientific response, real-time sediment loading, SR530 Landslide, Oso, WA

  • Scientific response, disaster damage surveys and map production, 2018 Kilauea eruption, Hilo, HI

  • Aviation Safety Officer

Education and Certifications

  • BS Environmental Science 2007

  • Certificate Department of Interior Unmanned Aircraft Systems Pilot 2017

  • Certificate Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 Commercial Drone Operator 2017

  • Certificate UAS Remote Data Processing 2019

Honors and Awards

  • Secretary of the Interior Award for Outstanding Contribution to Aviation Safety (UAS)

  • USGS Director’s Award for Exemplary Service to the Nation

  • DOI Office of Aviation Services Safety Award (helicopter)

Science and Products