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Lance Clampitt

Lance Clampitt is the Hazards Focus Area Coordinator for User Engagement, National Geospatial Program (NGP).  He also serves as the USGS Liaison to US Northern Command, is the NGP Emergency Response Coordinator and Chair of the USGS Geospatial Information Response Team (GIRT). 

Lance Clampitt is a Physical Scientist who coordinates the Programs' Hazards Focus Area. As the Hazards Data Coordinator he and his staff work with other Federal, State, and local data users to enhance or improve NGP products and services that support natural hazards mitigation and to provide data access to the hazards community.  Lance also supports the geospatial needs of the bureau as the NGP, Emergency Response Coordinator and works closely with Department of the Defense partners as the liaison to the U.S. Northern Command. Lance serves as Chair (2015 – present) of the USGS, Geospatial Information Response Team (GIRT) which coordinates and communicates USGS geospatial resources in support of natural disaster events.

Professional Experience

  • Lance has over 36 years’ experience in geospatial programs with positions at the USGS and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).

  • Past experience includes work in Photogrammetry, Cartography, Research Geography and Geographic Data Coordination.

  • Past positions include, Chief, USGS Montana Mapping Partnership Office; USGS National Map Liaison to states of WY and MT; Project Lead / Research Geographer at the National Mapping Division, Denver, CO; Cartographer at the Defense Mapping Agency (NGA) Washington, D.C. 

  • Lance served 26 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard (retired LTC).

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences and Mathematics with an emphasis in Geology from Colorado Mesa University (1985)

  • Commissioned as a Officer in the U.S. Army in 1986 from the Colorado School of Mines

  • Completed Graduate studies in Personnel and Resource Management at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (2000)

  • Contracting Officers Representative (COR) Certification 03/17/2021

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP)

Honors and Awards

  • Montana Association of GIS Professionals (MAGIP) Distinguished Service Award, 2014.

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Presentation at the International Association of Emergency Managers Conference, "NGP Supports Emergency Response and the Primary USGS Geospatial Products and Services Available to Emergency Managers," 20 August 2015, Tuscaloosa, AL.

  • Presentation at USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, “USGS Geospatial Products & Services Supporting Emergency Response,” 09 September 2016, Helena, MT.

  • Presentation at US NORTHCOM, “USGS Interagency Liaison supports Homeland Defense, Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Humanitarian Assistance through Science,” 15 May 2018, Peterson, AFB, Colorado Springs, CO.

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