James Foreman

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



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

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.


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

Honors, Awards, Recognition, Elected Memberships:

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)