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Robert A. Norheim: Thesis

Is there an answer to mapping old growth?

An examination of two projects conducted with remote sensing and GIS

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"We have not succeeded in answering all your problems. The answers we have found only serve to raise a whole set of new questions. In some ways we feel we are as confused as ever, but we believe we are confused on a higher level and about more important things."

I am pleased to report that I am the winner of the 1997 Edward L. Ullman prize, awarded by the Geography Department each year for excellence of the thesis, overall scholarship, and service to the department.

My paper Dueling databases is a nice digest of many of the institutional context issues I brought up in the thesis.

The paper Why so different goes further into a comparison of the technical details of the two projects.

The paper Distinguishing positional and attribute error in two old growth forest mapping projects is a further exploration into the geometric and topological nature of the disagreements betweeen the two projects' results.

Here are several goodies from my thesis:

The University of Washington issued a press release about my thesis and the "Dueling Databases" paper.

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Last updated: August 2, 1999