Thomas R. Jordan

Associate Director / Adjunct Faculty

Center for Geospatial Research
Department of Geography
College of Arts and Sciences
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2502

Tel: 706-542-2372
Fax: 706-542-2388

e-mail: tombob@uga.edu

 

 

 

EDUCATION

  • B.S. University of Georgia, Athens, GA 1979, Geography (Cartography and photogrammetry)
  • M.A. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1981, Geography (Analytical photogrammetry and remote sensing)
  • Ph.D. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2002, Geography (Digital photogrammetry, GIS, remote sensing)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist #R1308
  • ASPRS Certified Mapping Scientist-GIS/LIS #R184gs

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Use of satellite and aerial photographs in digital formats for mapping and map revision tasks, softcopy photogrammetry, software development related to mapping, integration of GIS and remote sensing techniques for natural resource monitoring, digital elevation model generation and analysis techniques.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Sigma Xi Research Award for the outstanding Master’s Thesis in Science at The University of Georgia, “Close Range Non-Metric Photogrammetry for Monitoring Stream Channel Erosion,” 1982.
  • Secretary, Commission IV Working Group 6 – Landscape Modelling and Visualization, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, (2000-2004).

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Tommy Jordan is Associate Director at the Center for Geospatial Research (CGR), The University of Georgia (UGA). He received his B.S. and M.A. degrees in Geography, with concentrations in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing at UGA in 1979 and 1981, respectively. In 1982, he received the Sigma Xi Research Award for the outstanding Master’s Thesis in Science at The University of Georgia for his thesis entitled, “Close Range Non-Metric Photogrammetry for Monitoring Stream Channel Erosion.” He received his Ph.D. in 2002 on the topic, “Softcopy Photogrammetric Approach to Mapping Rugged Terrain Areas,” focused on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

As one of the senior staff members at the CRMS, Tommy is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the CRMS computer systems and networks. His primary interests these days are applications of LiDAR, close range photogrammetry, data integration,  development of digital orthophotos from digital image data, including scanned aerial photographs and various types of satellite images and automated production of DEMs using stereocorrelation techniques.

He has been involved with projects which integrate softcopy photogrammetry, remote sensing, image processing and geographic information system technologies for a wide variety of applications. Some of these projects have included the development of a photogrammetric method for measuring ephemeral gully erosion, assessment of the geometric quality of Landsat and SPOT satellite image data, merging of multisensor datasets for studying tropical deforestation and modeling the hydrology of large watersheds for the quantification of non-point source pollution.

In addition to these activities, he was project manager and primary programmer for a number of commercially available software packages for mapping and image processing, including Desktop Mapping System (DMS), Flight Planner, and the Capture Digitizing Package.  He is a frequent speaker on topics in softcopy photogrammetry and mapping techniques at national and international conferences and is one of the primary instructors for CRMS-sponsored short courses.

Tommy teaches Remote Sensing of Environment (GEOG 4350/6350), Advanced Remote Sensing with GIS Applications (GEOG 8350), Analysis in Geographic Information Science (GEOG 4470/6470), and Advanced Image Analysis/LiDAR (GEOG 4430/6430).

Dr. Jordan is a member of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.

SELECTED RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS:

  • Madden, M. and T.R. Jordan, 2005. Visualization for Resource Management, Book Chapter, Geo- Hypermedia, Springer-Verlag, accepted.
  • Jordan, T.R. and L. Manglass, 2005. Automated Approaches to Coastal Feature Mapping. Proceedings of the ASPRS Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, March 9-11, 2005.
  • Jordan, T.R., L. Lund and C.P. Lo, 2005. Topographic Potentials of ASTER VNIR Data. Proceedings of the ASPRS Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, March 9-11, 2005.
  • Fleming, S.D., T.R. Jordan, M. Madden, E.L. Usery and R.A. Welch, 2004. GIS Applications for Military Operations in Coastal Zones. Prepared for submission to ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, August 2004.
  • Jordan. T.R., 2004. Control Extension and Orthorectification Procedures for Compiling Vegetation Databases of National Parks in the Southeastern United States, In, M.O. Altan, Ed., International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. 35, Part 4B: 657-662.
  • Jordan, T.R. and E.L. Usery, 2004. Implementation Of A Knowledge-Base System For Developing, Managing And Visualizing GIS Databases Of Coastal Areas, Proceedings of the ASPRS Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, May 23-28, 2004.
  • Jordan, T. R., 2002. Softcopy Photogrammetric Techniques for Mapping Mountainous Terrain: Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Doctoral Dissertation, The University of Georgia, 193 pp.
  • Welch, R., M. Madden and T.R. Jordan, 2002. Photogrammetric and GIS techniques for the development of vegetation databases of mountainous areas: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 57(1-2): 53-68.
  • Madden, M. and T.R. Jordan, 2001. Spatiotemporal analysis and visualization in environmental studies, International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. 34, Part 4/W5: 71-72.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan and M. Madden, 2000. GPS surveys, DEMs and scanned aerial photographs for GIS database construction and thematic mapping of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. 33, Part B4/3: 1181-1183.
  • Welch R., T.R. Jordan, H. Lang and H. Murakami, 1998. ASTER as a Source for Topographic Data in the Late 1990s, IEEE Transactions in Remote Sensing, Vol. 36, No. 4 (July), pp. 1282-1289.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1997. Comparative Mapping from High Resolution Satellite Images and Scanned Aerial Photographs, Technical Papers of 1997 ACSM/ASPRS Annual Convention and Exposition, Seattle, April 7-10, Vol. 3, pp.483-484.
  • Welch, R., and T.R. Jordan, 1996. Digital Orthophoto Production in a Desktop Environment, GIM Magazine, Vol. 10, No. 7 (July), pp. 26-27.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1996. Using Scanned Air Photographs. In Raster Imagery in Geographic Information Systems, (S. Morain and S.L. Baros, eds), Onward Press, pp. 55-69.
  • Welch. R, A.W. Thomas, S.S. Fung and T.R. Jordan, 1995. Photogrammetric Measurement of Ephemeral Gully Erosion, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, ARS Publication 131, May, 78 pp.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan, and J.C. Luvall, 1990. Geocoding and stereo display of tropical forest multisensor datasets, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Vol. 56, No. 10, pp. 1389-1392.
  • Thomas, A.W., R. Welch and T.R. Jordan, 1986. Quantifying concentrated-flow erosion on cropland with aerial photogrammetry, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Vol. 41, No. 4 (July-August), pp. 249-252.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan and M. Ehlers, 1985. Comparative evaluations of the geodetic accuracy and cartographic potential of Landsat-4 and Landsat-5 Thematic Mapper data, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Vol. 51, No. 9, pp. 1249-1262.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan and A.W. Thomas, 1984. A photogrammetric technique for measuring soil erosion, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Vol. 39, No.3, pp. 191-194.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan, and A.W. Thomas, 1983. Photogrammetry: a promising technique for monitoring gully erosion, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Vol. 39, No. 3 (May-June), pp. 191-194.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1983. Analytical non-metric close range photogrammetry for monitoring stream channel erosion, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Vol. 49, No. 3 (March), pp. 367-374.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan and E.L. Usery, 1983. Microcomputers in the mapping sciences, Computer Graphics World, Vol. 6, No. 2 (February), pp.33-42.
  • Jordan, T.R., 1981. Measurement of Stream Channel Erosion using Non-Metric Close Range Photogrammetry. Master’s Thesis, The University of Georgia, 114 pp.

TECHNICAL PAPERS AND REPORTS

  • Marguerite M., R. Welch, T.R. Jordan and P. Jackson, 2004.  Digital Vegetation Maps for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Final Report to U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Cooperative Agreement No. 1443-CA-5460-98-019, July 2004.
  • Welch, R., E.L. Usery, T.R. Jordan and S. Fleming, 2003.  Assessing the Ability of Commercial Sensors to Satisfy Littoral Warfare Data Requirements. Final Report to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), Cooperative Agreement NMA 201-00-1-1006, August, 38 pp.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1993. Lay Lake Land Use/Land Cover Project. Final Report to Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture, Auburn University, May, 1993, 23 pp.
  • Welch, R., N. Fernandes, and T.R. Jordan, 1993. GIS Modeling of Nonpoint Source Pollution with Remotely Sensed Data. in Proceedings of the 1993 Georgia Water Resources Conference, April 20-21, 1993, pp. 142-143.
  • Welch, R.A. and T.R. Jordan, 1991.  Image Processing Techniques for Tropical Forest Assessment.  Final Report to NASA (RTOP# 677-21-33; Contract# NAG13-10), May 22, 1991
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan and M. Ehlers, 1988. Comparative Assessment of Landsat-4/5 MSS and TM Data Quality for Mapping Applications in the Southeast. Final Report to NASA, October 30, 1988, 48 pp.
  • Jordan, T.R. and R. Welch, 1988. The Coastal Feature Mapping System. Final report to the Army Corps of Engineers, February, 1988, 62 pp.
  • Jordan, T.R. and R. Welch, 1988. Mapping coastal features with a PC. Proceedings of 1988 ACSM-ASPRS Annual Convention, Vol. 6, St. Louis, March 13-18, p.175.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan, S.S. Fung and A.W. Thomas, 1985. Photogrammetry: A revolutionary solution to the assessment of ephemeral gully erosion. Proceedings of the 1985 ASP Annual Convention, Washington D.C., pp. 873-874.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1984. Photogrammetric mapping of soil erosion from low altitude aerial photographs. In Proceedings of ASP-ACSM Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., March 13-18, p. 848.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan, A.W. Thomas and J.W. Ellis, 1983. Photogrammetric Techniques for Monitoring Soil Erosion. ARS Research Report No. IRC 093083, September, 22 pp.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1983. Microcomputer-based Photogrammetry. In Proceedings of ASP-ACSM Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., March 13-18.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1982. Simple analytical procedures for mapping terrain features from close range photographs. Proceedings of 1982 ASP Fall Technical Meeting, Hollywood, FL, September 19-23.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1981. Close range photogrammetry for monitoring stream channel erosion. Proceedings of ASP Fall Technical Meeting, San Francisco, September 9-11, pp. 420-423.

PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS

  • Jordan, T.R., 2004. Control Extension and Orthorectification Procedures for Compiling Vegetation Databases of National Parks in the Southeastern United States. (POSTER) ISPRS 30th Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, July 2004.
  • Jordan, T.R. and E.L. Usery, 2004. Implementation Of A Knowledge-Base System For Developing, Managing And Visualizing GIS Databases Of Coastal Areas, Proceedings of the ASPRS Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, May 23-28, 2004.
  • Usery, E.L., R. Welch, S. Fleming, and T.R. Jordan, 2003. Database and Symbology Issues Associated with Littoral Map Generation, ASPRS Annual Convention, Anchorage, Alaska, May 7, 2003.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan and S. Fleming, 2002. Assessing the Ability of Commercial Sensors to Satisfy Mission-Specific Littoral Requirements. Project Briefing to Project briefings at NIMA Headquarters in Reston, VA and Bethesda, MD, Sept. 26, 2002.
  • Jordan, T.R., S. Fleming and R. Welch, 2002. Design Issues for the MSDS-Littoral Database. Project Briefing at NIMA Headquarters in Reston, VA and Bethesda, MD, Sept. 26, 2002.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan and M. Madden, “Terrain Visualization Applied to Vegetation Studies of National Parks and Historic Sites”, Joint International Symposium on Geospatial Theory, Processing and Applications, Ottawa, Canada, July 9-12, 2002.
  • Madden, M. and T.R. Jordan, “Spatiotemporal Analysis and Visualization for Environmental Studies”, ISPRS Joint Workshop, Athens, Georgia, October 29-31, 2001.
  • Jordan, T.R., 2001. The Use of Aerial Photographs and Satellite Images in Geoarcheometry. Special Lecture to the Geology Department, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Jan. 23.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan and M. Madden, 2000. “GPS Surveys, DEMs and Scanned Aerial Photographs for GIS Database Construction and Thematic Mapping of Great Smoky Mountains National Park”, ISPRS Congress, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 16-23, 2000.
  • Jordan, T. R. and R. Welch, 2000. Photogrammetric Aspects of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Vegetation Mapping Project: Challenges and Solutions. Presented at the ASPRS 2000 Annual Convention, Washington, DC, May 23-26.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan and M. Madden, 1999. Softcopy Photogrammetric Techniques for Compiling Resource Maps of Rugged Terrain Areas, Presented at the 1999 ASPRS Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, May 17-21.
  • Al-Rousain, N., G. Petrie, T.R. Jordan, R. Welch and H. Lang, 1998. Geometric Accuracy of DEMs and Orthoimages Extracted from SPOT Stereo Pairs.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1997. Comparative Mapping from High Resolution Satellite Images and Scanned Aerial Photographs. Technical Papers of 1997 ACSM/ASPRS Annual Convention and Exposition, April 7-10, Seattle, Washington, Vol. 3 (Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry), pp.483-484.
  • Jordan, T.R. and R. Welch, 1996. Softcopy Photogrammetry for Digital Orthophotos and GIS Database Construction. 1996 ASPRS/ACSM Annual Convention and Exhibition, April 22-25, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1996. Desktop Mapping System: A Versatile, Low Cost Software Package for Integrated Image Processing, Mapping and GIS Applications. 1996 North Carolina Geographic Information Systems Conference, February 7-9, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1995. Integration of Space-Age Imaging and Positioning Technology for GIS Applications. International Workshop “Current Status and Challenges of Geoinformation Systems,” International Union for Surveys and Mapping Working Group on GIS/LIS, Sept. 25-28, Hannover, Germany.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan, M.M. Remillard and E.L. Usery, 1995. Workshop on “Integration of Remote Sensing/GIS for the Sustainable Development and Management of Natural Resources,” June 12-14, Tyumen, Russia.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1995. Revolutionary Developments in Softcopy Photogrammetry. 1995 ACSM/ASPRS Annual Convention and Exposition, February 27 – March 2, Charlotte, NC.
  • Jordan, T.R., 1995. “Applications of the Desktop Mapping System to Softcopy Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Research and Education,” Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, January 4-12, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Welch, R., T. R. Jordan and M.M. Remillard, 1994. Merging Satellite Images with DEMs for Terrain Visualization and GIS Applications. Workshop at EOSAT Users Conference, August 30, Baltimore, MD.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan and M.M. Remillard, 1994. Introduction to Image Processing and Geographic Information Systems, Short course, UGA Center for Continuing Education, August 9-11, Athens, GA.
  • Jordan, T.R., 1993. “What can you see from space? Remote sensing, satellites and the environment,” (Invited Speaker), Augusta East Rotary Club, Augusta, Georgia, May 19.
  • Welch, R., N. Fernandes and T.R. Jordan, 1993. GIS Modeling of Non-Point Source Pollution with Remotely Sensed Data. Presented at 1993 Georgia Water Resources Conference, Georgia Center for Continuing Education, Athens, GA. April 20-21.
  • Welch, R.A., T.R. Jordan and D. Papacharalampos, 1993. Low cost integration of softcopy photogrammetry, digital image processing and GIS. Presented at the 1993 ACSM/ASPRS Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 15.
  • Jordan, T.R., 1992. Integration of GIS and image processing on a personal computer. Presentation to the Southeastern Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, Columbus, Georgia, September 29.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1990. Geocoding of Aircraft Scanner Image Data over Tropical Forests in Costa Rica. Presented at the 1990 ACSM/ASPRS Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado, March 19.
  • Jordan, T.R. and R. Welch, 1988. Mapping coastal features with a PC. Presented at 1988 ACSM-ASPRS Annual Convention, St. Louis, March 13-18.
  • Welch, R., T.R. Jordan, S.S. Fung and A.W. Thomas, 1985. Photogrammetry: A revolutionary solution to the assessment of ephemeral gully erosion. Presented at the 1985 ASP Annual Convention, Washington DC.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1984. Photogrammetric mapping of soil erosion from low altitude aerial photographs. Presented at the ASP-ACSM Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., March 13-18.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1983. Microcomputer-based Photogrammetry. Presented at the ASP-ACSM Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., March 13-18.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1982. Simple analytical procedures for mapping terrain features from close range photographs. Proceedings of 1982 ASP Fall Technical Meeting, Hollywood, FL, September 19-23.
  • Welch, R. and T.R. Jordan, 1981. Close range photogrammetry for monitoring stream channel erosion. Presented at the ASP Fall Technical Meeting, San Francisco, September 9-11.

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