RAN at the summit of Mt. Rainier
Columbia Crest, Summit of Mt. Rainier (14,411'), 8 a.m. July 10, 1994

Robert A. Norheim's work web pages

Time spent mapping mountains will
not be deducted from your life.

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Overview: Affiliations | Current Projects | Past Projects | Background | Masters Thesis | Contact Info

My work consists of supporting the research programs listed below with cartography, spatial analysis/GIS, remote sensing, field work, software testing, fire modeling, software development, data analysis, and more. I work in conjunction with research faculty and staff, graduate students, and Forest Service researchers who study climate change, landscape ecology, and fire ecology, and who need to effectively communicate their research with maps.

Affiliations at University of Washington College of the Environment

You may ask, how did I get all these affiliations at UW?

Our projects are funded by a wide variety of federal, state, and local agencies, including the US Forest Service, Joint Fire Science Program, USGS Global Change Research Program (Western Mountain Initiative), NOAA, State of Washington Departments of Ecology, Fish and Wildlife, and Transportation, National Science Foundation, NASA, Great Northern and North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, USGS Pacific Northwest Climate Science Center, State of Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Sound Transit, King County, NBII, FGDC, and others.

Here's a list of publications that I have spawned along the way as an author or co-author.

Maps I have prepared have appeared in:

I have also produced all of the maps for a number of books and multi-chapter reports. Having all of the maps done by one cartographer helps give the book a more coherent feel. These include:

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Current and Upcoming Projects (2018)

Continuing Projects

Recent Projects (2008-17)

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Past Projects

Maps, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and field work for projects and publications:

Technical Assistance for National Parks:

FGDC and NBII funded projects:

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For more background details, see my resume and my publications.


Professional Memberships:

Some places I used to work:

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Masters Thesis:

My thesis examined two geographic datasets that were put together at about the same time that map old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. The first is the dataset put together by Pacific Meridian Resources for the USDA Forest Service. The second was put together by The Wilderness Society . Not suprisingly, the two datasets disagree. The amount of disagreement is surprising, however, considering that the datasets ostensibly map the same thing. I examined the differences in techniques and definitions the two organizations used, as well as looking into the agendas of the two institutions to see how the differing outlooks may have contributed to the way the datasets were put together.

I have finally managed to get a publication from my thesis published in a journal: How institutional context affects results: Comparing two old growth forest mapping projects. Cartographica 38:3/4

This page has some information about my thesis, including an abstract, results, references, maps, and more.


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Contact Information:

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Last updated: September 11, 2018