Dr Anthony Lewis

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Emeritus Professor
Dept. of Geog. and Anth., Louisiana State University
I am now retired and living in Sagle, ID and am interesting in the geoscience applications of remotely sensed data in helping to better understand form and process of our physical environment. I have worked in this general field for over 45 years and am interested in what remotely sensed data, especially Lidar and RADAR, are available for the Inland Northwest primarily for the purpose of utilizing these data set to better understand the glacial and fluvial processes that have formed this area. My interests are coupled with my association with the Ice Age Floods Institute that is active in the Northwest US.

Having access to Lidar data in Louisiana I saw its’ value. Now that I am here in north Idaho I would like to know more about what is available for my area of interest. From the 3DEP map of Idaho it appears as though there is almost no LiDAR data covering the state. Is this true or did I mis-interpret the map?

Thank you for your assistance.


Tony Lewis

PS If you are interested in more information on my background I have included my bio sketch.


ANTHONY J. LEWIS, BS (1962) West Chester State College; MS (1968) Oregon State University; PhD (1971) University of Kansas. Dr. Lewis is Professor Emeritus of Geography at Louisiana State University and a Visiting Professor at the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Science. While teaching at Louisiana State University for almost 30 years his classes included airphoto interpretation of cultural features and physical features, environmental remote sensing, advanced remote sensing seminars in digital image processing and active microwave image analysis, and physical geography. Dr. Lewis has also taught at University of California in Santa Barbara, Oregon State University, University of Auckland (New Zealand), Gadja Mada University (Indonesia) and the National University of Singapore and has worked with governmental agencies in the United States, Mexico, Italy, New Zealand and the People’s Republic of China on the thematic mapping of natural resources and the demonstration and transfer of remote sensing technology. He served as Coordinator for LaGEA, Louisiana Geography Education Alliance, and is involved with improving K-12 geographic education in Louisiana. He has also organized and presented remote sensing/GIS workshops for industry and governmental groups.
Dr. Lewis has over 50 publications in the fields of remote sensing applications and physical and resource geography, including two translated into Chinese. He was co-editor and multiple chapter author of “Principles and Applications of Imaging Radar,” a 900-page volume of the 3rd edition of the Manual of Remote Sensing published in 1998. He has presented over 30 lectures in 12 different foreign countries (Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and Japan) and has served on five NASA committees dealing with the applications of side-looking radar and Thematic Mapper data. He has also served as a United Nations consultant to the People’s Republic of China, a United Nations expert in remote sensing to scientists from Southeast Asia and West Africa and a World Bank consultant to Indonesia.
Dr. Lewis has published articles on a variety of topics including: 1) radar detection of wetland ecosystems; 2)geomorphic history of Santa Rosa Island, Florida; 3) the identification of oilfield waste pits; 4) linear shell reefs and circular meander pools; 5) LCGISN, a Louisiana coastal GIS network; 6) the effects of multi-look direction radar and backscatter enhancement from flooded terrain; 7) change detection with Landsat TM using multi-temporal feature space; and 8) environmental assessment of coal waste mounds in Japan using remote sensing techniques. He was the Editor of the 1993 ASCM/ASPRS Annual Convention Proceedings, and English Editor for the Atlas of Remote Sensing in China (2001), the Atlas of Remote Sensing of the Wenchuan Earthquake (2010) and the Atlas of Remote Sensing for World Heritage: China (2012).
Dr. Lewis has served as advisor to the Radar Geology Group at the Institute of Remote Sensing Application in Beijing, China and on the Consultive Council for the Development of Scientific Research and Technology of the State of Campeche, Mexico. In 1992 he was awarded a research fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. From January to June 1993 Dr. Lewis was a Visiting Scientist to the Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research in New Zealand lecturing in New Zealand and Australia. He was a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore in 1996 where he taught courses in environmental impact assessment and monitoring, global change, climatology, physical geography and remote sensing. Recently he was awarded the 1998 Alan Gordon Memorial Award by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing for contributions to the field of Remote Sensing. Presently Dr. Lewis is Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University, Remote Sensing Consultant on Land Use/Land Cover for Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and Visiting Professor with the Chinese Academy Sciences. He also serves at the Letters Editor for the International Journal of Digital Earth.

He has also received over $600,000 in funding as a Principal Investigator and has been a Co-PI on grants totaling over one million dollars.

October 2013