William Matthew Cushing

Biography

William Matthew Cushing (Matt) began his career at EROS as a contractor in 2002 and joined USGS in 2010.  His work has been primarily to support international work, assisting developing countries in building their spatial data infrastructures. Matt's focus is on geographic information systems (GIS) and the integration of this technology with the science of remote sensing.  Much of this international work focused on activities in West Africa, Latin America, and Afghanistan.  In West Africa, he supports the development of land cover trends, analyzing data from 1975 to the present.  In Latin America, Matt collaborated with the Pan-American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH), CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, and Latin American countries to support their efforts in spatial data infrastructure (SDI) development. Under this collaboration, he created and designed several online tools to enhance their data distribution and data discovery methods. In Afghanistan, he supports the Afghanistan Geological Survey in a similar capacity, providing training and technical support to advance their SDI to improve the commercial viability of the minerals extractive industry. In 2019 Matt joined the Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) Program. Under CoNED, Matt splits his time assisting the team in processing and validating high resolution topographic and bathymetric datasets and managing CoNED's online data distribution strategy.