Roland Viger

Biography

Roland Viger holds degrees in geography from the University of Toronto and the University of Colorado-Boulder (PhD). After contracting with the USGS Branch of Petroleum Geology as a GIS analyst for the National Hydrocarbon Assessment in 1992, he joined the Water Resources National Research Program in Denver as the GIS lead on the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System project (now the Modeling of Watershed Systems project). As a Research Geographer, interests include integrated simulation modeling, spatial analysis for the delineation and characterization of landscape features for modeling, and geoinformatics. In addition to improving the use of geographic information in modeling, he is interested in the development of national and continental hydrologic modeling systems. His methods and software (for example, the GIS Weasel and the Geospatial Fabric) and training materials for geographic analysis in hydrologic simulation modeling have been used throughout the U.S., as well as internationally. He provides consultation within and outside the USGS and has represented USGS interests to other organizations. He has been a member of the Open Water Data Initiative (OWDI), the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the USGS Core Science Systems Strategic Science Planning Team, various steering committes for the National Hydrography Dataset, and the future of hydrologic modeling in the USGS.

 Roland is active in the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI), and the American Water Resources Association.  

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. Geography (Geographic Information Science), University of Colorado-Boulder; August 2011

  • M.A. Geography (Geographic Information Science), University of Colorado-Boulder; March 2004

  • B.S. Geography, University of Toronto; March 1992

 

APPOINTMENTS

  • 2011– Present:      Research Geographer, U.S. Geological Survey, National Research Program, Modeling of Watershed Systems (MoWS), Denver, CO

  • Jun. 2007 – 2011:      Geographer, U.S. Geological Survey, National Research Program, Modeling of Watershed Systems (MoWS), Denver, CO

  • Jun. 1995 – Jun. 2007:   Physical Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, National Research Program, Precipitation-Runoff Modeling Systems, Denver, CO

  • Oct. 1994 – Apr. 1995:    Physical Science Technician, U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Petroleum Geology, Denver, CO

RECENT COMMITTEES and EXTERNAL ACTIVITIES

  • Strategic Science Planning Team for Core Science Systems 

  • Coordinator/Leader for USGS Community for Data Integration

 

Publications

Markstrom, Steven L.; Regan, Robert S.; Hay, Lauren E.; Viger, Roland J.; Webb, Richard M.; Payn, Robert A.; LaFontaine, Jacob H., 2015. PRMS-IV, the precipitation-runoff modeling system, version 4. U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods 6-B7, vii, 158 p. [Link]

Langseth, Madison L.; Chang, Michelle Y.; Carlino, Jennifer; Birch, Daniella D.; Bradley, Joshua; Bristol, R. Sky; Conzelmann, Craig; Diehl, Robert H.; Earle, Paul; Ellison, Laura E.; Everette, Anthony L.; Fuller, Pam; Gordon, Janice M.; Govoni, David L.; Guy, Michelle R.; Henkel, Heather S.; Hutchison, Vivian B.; Kern, Tim; Lightsom, Frances L.; Long, Joseph W.; Longhenry, Ryan; Preston, Todd M.; Smith, Stan; Viger, Roland J.; Wesenberg, Katherine; Wood, Eric, 2015. Community for Data Integration 2014 annual report. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1184, vi, 40 p.

Chang, Michelle Y.; Carlino, Jennifer; Barnes, Christopher; Blodgett, David L.; Bock, Andy; Everette, Anthony L.; Fernette, Gregory L.; Flint, Lorraine E.; Gordon, Janice; Govoni, David L.; Hay, Lauren E.; Henkel, Heather S.; Hines, Megan K.; Holl, Sally L.; Homer, Collin; Hutchison, Vivian B.; Ignizio, Drew A.; Kern, Tim; Lightsom, Frances L.; Markstrom, Steven L.; O'Donnell, Michael; Schei, Jacquelyn L.; Schmid, Lorna A.; Schoephoester, Kathryn M.; Schweitzer, Peter N.; Skagen, Susan K.; Sullivan, Daniel J.; Talbert, Colin; Warren, Meredith Pavlick, 2015. Community for Data Integration 2013 Annual Report. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1005, v, 36 p.

Haj, Adel E.; Christiansen, Daniel E.; Viger, Roland J., 2014. The effects of Missouri River mainstem reservoir system operations on 2011 flooding using a Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System model: Chapter K in 2011 Floods of the Central United States. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1798-K, v, 33 p.

Van Beusekom, A.E., Hay, L.E., Viger, R.J., Gould, W.A., Collazo, J.A., and Khalyani, A.H., 2014, The Effects of Changing Land Cover on Streamflow Simulation in Puerto Rico, Journal of the American Water Resources Association. [Link]

Viger, Roland J. and Bock, Andrew, 2014, GIS Features of the Geospatial Fabric for National Hydrologic Modeling, US Geological Survey, http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.5066/F7542KMD. [Link]

Bristol, R. Sky; Euliss, Ned H., Jr.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Burkardt, Nina; Diffendorfer, Jay E.; Gesch, Dean B.; McCallum, Brian E.; Miller, David M.; Morman, Suzette A.; Poore, Barbara S.; Signell, Richard P.; Viger, Roland J., 2013. U.S. Geological Survey core science systems strategy: characterizing, synthesizing, and understanding the critical zone through a modular science framework. U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1383-B, vi, 33 p. [Link]

LaFontaine, Jacob H.; Hay, Lauren E.; Viger, Roland J.; Markstrom, Steve L.; Regan, R. Steve; Elliott, Caroline M.; Jones, John W., 2013. Application of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in the southeastern United States. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2013-5162, ix, 118 p. [Link]

Bristol, R.S., Euliss, N.H., Jr., Booth, N.L., Burkardt, Nina, Diffendorfer, J.E., Gesch, D.B., McCallum, B.E., Miller, D.M., Morman, S.A., Poore, B.S., Signell, R.P., and Viger, R.J., 2012, Science strategy for Core Science Systems in the U.S. Geological Survey, 2013–2023: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1093, 29 p. [Link]

Blodgett, David L.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Kunicki, Thomas C.; Walker, Jordan I.; Viger, Roland J., 2011. Description and testing of the Geo Data Portal: Data integration framework and Web processing services for environmental science collaboration. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1157, iv, 9 p. [Link]

Blodgett, David L.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Kunicki, Thomas C.; Walker, Jordan I.; Viger, Roland J., 2011. Description and testing of the Geo Data Portal: Data integration framework and Web processing services for environmental science collaboration. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1157, iv, 9 p. [Link]

Gellis, A., M. Pavich, A. Ellwein, S. Aby, I. Clark, M. Wieczorek, and R. Viger, 2011, Erosion, storage, and transport of sediment in two subbasins of the Rio Puerco, New Mexico, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull.124(5-6), 817–841, doi:10.1130/B30392.1. [Link]

Viger, Roland J.; Hay, Lauren E.; Jones, John W.; Buell, Gary R., 2010. Effects of including surface depressions in the application of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System in the Upper Flint River Basin, Georgia. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5062, viii, 37 p. [Link]

Viger, Roland J., 2008. An Overview of the GIS Weasel. Geological Survey (U.S.) Fact Sheet 2008-3004, 2 p. [Link]

Stevens, Michael R.; Bossong, Clifford R.; Litke, David W.; Viger, Roland J.; Rupert, Michael G.; Char, Stephen J., 2008. Estimated Probability of Post-Wildfire Debris-Flow Occurrence and Estimated Volume of Debris Flows from a Pre-Fire Analysis in the Three Lakes Watershed, Grand County, Colorado. Geological Survey (U.S.) Scientific Investigations Map 3009, Map Sheet: 40 x 40 inches [Link]

Viger, R.J., 2008, The GIS Weasel: an interface for the treatment of geographic information in modeling: Computers & Geosciences, v. 34, no. 8, p. 891–901.

Viger, Roland J.; Leavesley, George H., 2007. Section 4. The GIS Weasel User's Manual. Geological Survey (U.S.) Techniques and Methods 6-B4, viii, 201 p. [Link]

Hay, L.E., Leavesley, G.H., Clark, M.P., Markstrom, S.L., Viger, R.J., and Umemoto, M., 2006, Step wise, multiple objective calibration of a hydrologic model for a snowmelt dominated basin: Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v. 42, no. 4, p. 877-890.

Romme, W., Floyd-Hanna, L., Chew, J., Leavesley, G., San Miguel, G., Turner, C., Miller, M., Cobb, N., Viger, R.J., Ironside, K., and Zirbes, R., 2006, Potential Influence of Cheatgrass Invasion on the Fire Regime in Mesa Verde National Park— Addendum to the Park's Draft Fire Management Plan: U.S. Forest Service, 11 p.

Bales, Jerad D.; Costa, John E.; Holtschlag, David J.; Lanfear, Kenneth J.; Lipscomb, Stephen; Milly, Paul C.; Viger, Roland; Wolock, David M. , 2005. Design of a national streamflow information program. Open-File Report 2004-1263, 48 p. [Link]

Mennis, J., Viger, R., and Tomlin, C.D., 2005, Cubic map algebra functions for spatio-temporal analysis: Cartography and Geographic Information Science, v. 32, no. 1, p. 17–32.

Viger, R.J., 2004, GEOLEM: Improving the Integration of Geographic Information in Environmental Modeling Through Semantic Interoperability: Boulder, University of Colorado, Master's, 135 p.

Leavesley, G.H., Hay, L.E., Viger, R.J., and Markstrom, S.L., 2003, Use of a Priori Parameter-Estimation Methods to Constrain Calibration of Distributed-Parameter Models, in Duan, Q., Sorooshian, S., Rousseau, A., and Turcotte, R., eds., Calibration of watershed models: Washington, D.C., American Geophysical Union, p. vi, 345.

Leavesley, G.H., Markstrom, S.L., Restrepo, P.J., and Viger, R.J., 2002, A modular approach to addressing model design, scale, and parameter estimation issues in distributed hydrological modelling: Hydrological Processes, v. 16, no. 2, p. 173–187.

Leavesley, G.H., Markstrom, S.L., and Viger, R.J., 2002, A decision support system for impact analysis of wildland fires, in Coffelt, J.L., and Livingston, R.K., eds., Second U.S. Geological Survey Wildland Fire Workshop : Los Alamos, New Mexico, October 31-November 3, 2000: U. S. Geological Survey: Open-File Report 2002-11, p. 109.

Barrett, A.P., Leavesley, G.H., Viger, R.L., Nolin, A.W., and Clark, M.P., 2000, A comparison of satellite-derived and modelled snow-covered area for a mountain drainage basin: Remote Sensing and Hydrology, no. 267, p. 569–573.

Costa, J.E., Bales, J.D., Holtschlag, D.J., Lanfear, K., Lipscomb, S., Milly, P.C.D., Viger, R., Wolock, D.M., and Holland, L., 2000, An initiative for a U. S. Geological Survey national streamflow information program, Special Publication - University of Colorado, Boulder. Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, vol. 37, p. 263–267.

Pollastro, Richard M.; Karshbaum, Amy S.; Viger, Roland J., 1999. Maps showing geology, oil and gas fields and geologic provinces of the Arabian Peninsula. The Survey ; Information Services [distributor], Open-File Report 97-470-B, 1 computer optical disc :col. ;4 3/4 in. [Link]

compiled by Schenk, C. J.; Viger, R. J.; Anderson, C. P., 1999. Maps showing geology, oil and gas fields, and geological provinces of South America. The Survey, Open-File Report 97-470-D, 1 computer laser optical disc :col. ;4 3/4 in. [Link]

Pollastro, Richard M.; Viger, Roland J., 1998. Maps showing hydrocarbon plays of the Florida peninsula, USGS Petroleum Province 50. Oil and Gas Investigation Map 226, 5 maps :col. ;76 x 62 cm. and 43 x 32 cm., on sheet 102 x 140 cm., folded in envelope 30 x 24 cm. +1 pamphlet (8 p. ; 28 cm.) [Link]

Leavesley, G.H., Markstrom, S.L., Brewer, M.S., and Viger, R.J., 1996, The Modular Modeling System (MMS) - The physical process modeling component of a database-centered decision support system for water and power management: Water Air and Soil Pollution, v. 90, no. 1–2, p. 303–311.

Schenk, C.J., and Viger, R.J., 1996, East Texas Basin (048) and Mississippi-Louisiana Salt Basins provinces (049), Region 6—Gulf Coast, geologic framework, in Gautier, D.L., G.L., D., Takahashi, K.I., and Varnes, K.L., eds., 1995 National Assessment of United States Oil and Gas Resources—Results, Methodology, and Supporting Data, Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-30 (http://pubs.usgs.gov/dds/dds-030/): (2 ed.) Denver, CO, U.S. Geological Survey. [Link]

Schenk, C.J., and Viger, R.J., 1996, Western Gulf Coast Province (047), in Gautier, D.L., G.L., D., Takahashi, K.I., and Varnes, K.L., eds., 1995 National Assessment of United States Oil and Gas Resources—Results, Methodology, and Supporting Data, Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-30 (http://pubs.usgs.gov/dds/dds-030/): (2 ed.) Denver, CO, U.S. Geological Survey. [Link]

Leavesley, G., Markstrom, S.L., and Viger, R.J., 1995, USGS Modular Modeling System (MMS) - Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS),in Singh, V.P., and Frevert, D., eds., Computer models of watershed hydrology: (Rev. ed.) Boca Raton, FL, Taylor & Francis Group, p. xiv, 1130.

Science and Products

Publications

Filter Total Items: 16
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Year Published: 2015

Community for Data Integration 2014 annual report

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) researches Earth science to help address complex issues affecting society and the environment. In 2006, the USGS held the first Scientific Information Management Workshop to bring together staff from across the organization to discuss the data and information management issues affecting the integration and delivery of Earth science research and investigate the...

Langseth, Madison L.; Chang, Michelle Y.; Carlino, Jennifer; Birch, Daniella D.; Bradley, Joshua; Bristol, R. Sky; Conzelmann, Craig; Diehl, Robert H.; Earle, Paul; Ellison, Laura E.; Everette, Anthony L.; Fuller, Pam L.; Gordon, Janice M.; Govoni, David L.; Guy, Michelle R.; Henkel, Heather S.; Hutchison, Vivian B.; Kern, Tim; Lightsom, Frances L.; Long, Joseph W.; Longhenry, Ryan; Preston, Todd M.; Smith, Stan; Viger, Roland J.; Wesenberg, Katherine; Wood, Eric C.
Langseth, M.L., Chang, M.Y., Carlino, Jennifer, Birch, D.D., Bradley, Joshua, Bristol, R.S., Conzelmann, Craig, Diehl, R.H., Earle, Paul, Ellison, L.E., Everette, A.L., Fuller, Pam, Gordon, J.M., Govoni, D.L., Guy, M.R., Henkel, H.S., Hutchison, V.B., Kern, Tim, Lightsom, F.L., Long, J.W., Longhenry, Ryan, Preston, T.M., Smith, Stan, Viger, R.J., Wesenberg, Katherine, and Wood, Eric, 2015, Community for Data Integration 2014 annual report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1184, 40 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151184.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2015

Community for Data Integration 2013 Annual Report

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducts earth science to help address complex issues affecting society and the environment. In 2006, the USGS held the first Scientific Information Management Workshop to bring together staff from across the organization to discuss the data and information management issues affecting the integration and delivery of earth science research and investigate the use...

Chang, Michelle Y.; Carlino, Jennifer; Barnes, Christopher; Blodgett, David L.; Bock, Andrew R.; Everette, Anthony L.; Fernette, Gregory L.; Flint, Lorraine E.; Gordon, Janice M.; Govoni, David L.; Hay, Lauren E.; Henkel, Heather S.; Hines, Megan K.; Holl, Sally L.; Homer, Collin G.; Hutchison, Vivian B.; Ignizio, Drew A.; Kern, Tim; Lightsom, Frances L.; Markstrom, Steven L.; O'Donnell, Michael S.; Schei, Jacquelyn L.; Schmid, Lorna A.; Schoephoester, Kathryn M.; Schweitzer, Peter N.; Skagen, Susan K.; Sullivan, Daniel J.; Talbert, Colin; Warren, Meredith Pavlick
Chang, M.Y., Carlino, Jennifer, Barnes, Christopher, Blodgett, D.L., Bock, Andy, Everette, A.L., Fernette, G.L., Flint, L.E., Gordon, Janice, Govoni, D.L., Hay, L.E., Henkel, H.S., Hines, M.K., Holl, S.L., Homer, Collin, Hutchison, V.B., Ignizio, D.A., Kern, Tim, Lightsom, F.L., Markstrom, S.L., O'Donnell, Michael, Schei, J.L., Schmid, L.A., Schoephoester, K.M., Schweitzer, P.N., Skagen, S.K., Sullivan, D.J., Talbert, Colin, and Warren, M.P., 2015, Community for data integration 2013 annual report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1005, 36 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151005.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2015

PRMS-IV, the precipitation-runoff modeling system, version 4

Computer models that simulate the hydrologic cycle at a watershed scale facilitate assessment of variability in climate, biota, geology, and human activities on water availability and flow. This report describes an updated version of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System. The Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System is a deterministic, distributed-parameter, physical-process-based modeling system...

Markstrom, Steven L.; Regan, Robert S.; Hay, Lauren E.; Viger, Roland J.; Webb, Richard M.; Payn, Robert A.; LaFontaine, Jacob H.
Markstrom, S.L., Regan, R.S., Hay, L.E., Viger, R.J., Webb, R.M.T., Payn, R.A., and LaFontaine, J.H., 2015, PRMS-IV, the precipitation-runoff modeling system, version 4: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 6, chap. B7, 158 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/tm6B7.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2014

The effects of Missouri River mainstem reservoir system operations on 2011 flooding using a Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System model: Chapter K in 2011 Floods of the Central United States

In 2011 the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System (Reservoir System) experienced the largest volume of flood waters since the initiation of record-keeping in the nineteenth century. The high levels of runoff from both snowpack and rainfall stressed the Reservoir System’s capacity to control flood waters and caused massive damage and disruption along the river. The flooding and resulting damage...

Haj, Adel E.; Christiansen, Daniel E.; Viger, Roland J.
The effects of Missouri River mainstem reservoir system operations on 2011 flooding using a Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System model: Chapter K in <i>2011 Floods of the Central United States</i>; 2014; PP; 1798-K; 2011 Floods of the Central United States (Professional Paper 1798); Haj, Adel E.; Christiansen, Daniel E.; Viger, Roland J.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2013

Application of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in the southeastern United States

LaFontaine, Jacob H.; Hay, Lauren E.; Viger, Roland J.; Markstrom, Steve L.; Regan, R. Steve; Elliott, Caroline M.; Jones, John W.
Application of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in the southeastern United States; 2013; SIR; 2013-5162; LaFontaine, Jacob H.; Hay, Lauren E.; Viger, Roland J.; Markstrom, Steve L.; Regan, R. Steve; Elliott, Caroline M.; Jones, John W.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2013

U.S. Geological Survey core science systems strategy: characterizing, synthesizing, and understanding the critical zone through a modular science framework

Bristol, R. Sky; Euliss, Ned H.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Burkardt, Nina; Diffendorfer, Jay E.; Gesch, Dean B.; McCallum, Brian E.; Miller, David M.; Morman, Suzette A.; Poore, Barbara S.; Signell, Richard P.; Viger, Roland J.
U.S. Geological Survey core science systems strategy: characterizing, synthesizing, and understanding the critical zone through a modular science framework; 2013; CIR; 1383-B; Bristol, R. Sky; Euliss, Ned H., Jr.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Burkardt, Nina; Diffendorfer, Jay E.; Gesch, Dean B.; McCallum, Brian E.; Miller, David M.; Morman, Suzette A.; Poore, Barbara S.; Signell, Richard P.; Viger, Roland J.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2011

Description and testing of the Geo Data Portal: Data integration framework and Web processing services for environmental science collaboration

Blodgett, David L.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Kunicki, Thomas C.; Walker, Jordan I.; Viger, Roland J.
Description and testing of the Geo Data Portal: Data integration framework and Web processing services for environmental science collaboration; 2011; OFR; 2011-1157; Blodgett, David L.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Kunicki, Thomas C.; Walker, Jordan I.; Viger, Roland J.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2011

Description and testing of the Geo Data Portal: Data integration framework and Web processing services for environmental science collaboration

Blodgett, David L.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Kunicki, Thomas C.; Walker, Jordan I.; Viger, Roland J.
Description and testing of the Geo Data Portal: Data integration framework and Web processing services for environmental science collaboration; 2011; OFR; 2011-1157; Blodgett, David L.; Booth, Nathaniel L.; Kunicki, Thomas C.; Walker, Jordan I.; Viger, Roland J.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2010

Effects of including surface depressions in the application of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System in the Upper Flint River Basin, Georgia

Viger, Roland J.; Hay, Lauren E.; Jones, John W.; Buell, Gary R.
Effects of including surface depressions in the application of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System in the Upper Flint River Basin, Georgia; 2010; SIR; 2010-5062; Viger, Roland J.; Hay, Lauren E.; Jones, John W.; Buell, Gary R.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2008

Estimated Probability of Post-Wildfire Debris-Flow Occurrence and Estimated Volume of Debris Flows from a Pre-Fire Analysis in the Three Lakes Watershed, Grand County, Colorado

Stevens, Michael R.; Bossong, Clifford R.; Litke, David W.; Viger, Roland J.; Rupert, Michael G.; Char, Stephen J.
Estimated Probability of Post-Wildfire Debris-Flow Occurrence and Estimated Volume of Debris Flows from a Pre-Fire Analysis in the Three Lakes Watershed, Grand County, Colorado; 2008; SIM; 3009; Stevens, Michael R.; Bossong, Clifford R.; Litke, David W.; Viger, Roland J.; Rupert, Michael G.; Char, Stephen J.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2008

An Overview of the GIS Weasel

Viger, Roland J.
An Overview of the GIS Weasel; 2008; FS; 2008-3004; Viger, Roland J.
[title_1]
Year Published: 2007

Section 4. The GIS Weasel User's Manual

Viger, Roland J.; Leavesley, George H.
Section 4. The GIS Weasel User's Manual; 2007; TM; 6-B4; Techniques and Methods Book 6, Chapter B; Viger, Roland J.; Leavesley, George H.