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Curtis Price

Physical Scientist

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Curtis Price is located at the South Dakota Water Science Center, in Rapid City, South Dakota.  He is a member of the USGS Enterprise GIS team, which supports geospatial applications across the USGS, and is the lead Python developer for the High-Resolution National Hydrography Set -- Plus ("HR NHDPlus") project.

His primary research interests are landscape characterization and effective Enterprise GIS implementation.

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Selected Publications

Valder, J.F., Delzer, G.C., Kingsbury, J.A., Hopple, J.A., Price, C.V., and Bender, D.A., 2014, Anthropogenic organic compounds in source water of select community water systems in the United States, 2002–10: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5139, 129 p.,

Nakagaki, Naomi, Hitt, K.J., Price, C.V., and Falcone, J.A., 2012, Methods to characterize environmental settings of stream and groundwater sampling sites for National Water-Quality Assessment: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5194, 56 p. [online-only]

Valder, J.F., Delzer, G.C., Bender, D.A., and Price, C.V., 2011, Percent recoveries of anthropogenic organic compounds with and without the addition of ascorbic acid to preserve finished-water samples containing free chlorine, 2004-10: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1295, 65 p. [online-only]

Price, C. V., Nakagaki, Naomi, and Hitt, K. J., 2010, National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Area-Characterization Toolbox, Release 1.0: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1268. [online-only] 
Unofficial ArcGIS 10-compatible version:

Rowe, Barbara L., Price, Curtis V., Zogorski, John S., and Moran, Michael J., 2010, Vulnerability of Drinking Water Supply Wells to VOCs, AWWA Journal, 102:5, May 2010, p. 133-143.

Nakagaki, Naomi, Price, Curtis V.; Falcone, James A.; Hitt, Kerie J.; Ruddy, Barbara C., 2007, Enhanced National Land Cover Data 1992 (NLCDe 92), U.S. Geological Survey Sacramento, CA [online-only digital data set]

Rowe, Barbara L, Toccalino, Patricia L., Moran, Michael J., Zogorski, John S., and Price, Curtis V., 2007, Occurrence and Potential Human-Health Relevance of Volatile Organic Compounds in Drinking Water from Domestic Wells in the United States. Environmental Health Perspectives, November 2007, 155:11, pp. 1539-1546.

Price, Curtis V.; Nakagaki, Naomi; Hitt, Kerie J.; Clawges, Rick M., 2007, Enhanced historical land-use and land-cover data sets of the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 240, [online only - document and data files] 

Price, Curtis V., Negri, Mark, 2006, ArcGIS Software Deployment Using External Hard Drives,  Proceedings: ESRI 2006 International User Conference, San Diego,  Calif.,  [online conference proceedings]

Price, C., Nakagaki, N., Hitt, K., and Clawges, R., 2003, Mining GIRAS: Improving on a national treasure of land use data. Proceedings: ESRI 2003 International User Conference, San Diego,  Calif., July 7-11, 2003.  [online conference proceedings]

Clawges, Rick M.; Price, Curtis V., 1999, Digital data sets describing principal aquifers, surficial geology, and ground-water regions of the conterminous United States, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-77, [online only]

Squillace, P. J.; Price, C. V., 1996, Urban land-use study plan for the National Water-Quality Assessment Program, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 96-217, 19 p.

Ellis, William H., Jr.; Price, Curtis V., 1995, Development of a 14-digit hydrologic coding scheme and boundary data set for New Jersey, U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 95-4134, 1 map : col. ; 113 x 67 cm., folded in envelope 31 x 23 cm.

Dunne, Paul; Price, C. V., 1995, Geographic information system programs for use in the water-supply-allocation permitting process, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 95-157, 31 p.

Squillace, Paul J.; Pope Daryll A.; Price, Curtis V., 1995, Occurrence of the gasoline additive MTBE in shallow ground water in urban and agricultural areas, U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 114-95, 4 p.

Wolock, David. M. and Price, Curtis V., 1994, Effects of digital elevation model map scale and data resolution on a topography-based watershed model. Water Resources Research 30:11 p. 3041-3052.

White, D.A., Smith, R.A., Price, C.V., Alexander, R.B., and Robinson, K.W., 1992, A Spatial Model to Aggregate Point-Source and Nonpoint- Source Water Quality Data Over Large Areas. Computers and Geosciences, Vol 18, No. 8, pp. 1055-1073.

Price, C.V., Wolock, D.M., and Ayers, M.A., 1989, Extraction of Terrain Features from Digital Elevation Models. Hydraulic Engineering '89 Proceedings, National Conf. on Hydraulic Engineering/HY Div/ASCE, New Orleans, LA, August 14-18,1989. p. 845-850.

Westman, W. E., and Price, C.V., 1988, Detecting Air Pollution Stress in Southern California Vegetation Using Landsat Thematic Mapper Band Data, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 54:9, September 1988, p. 1305-1311.








My Science Topics

Science Topic
Geographic Analysis and Mappingspatial analysis
Techniques and Methodscomputational methods
Techniques and Methodsgeographic information systems (GIS)
Techniques and Methodsstatistical analysis
Information Technologyimprovement of scientific data usability
Water Resourceswater quality
Water Resourceswater use
Geographic Analysis and Mappingtopography
Information Technologymetadata management
Information Technologysoftware application development

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

A Water Census of the United States

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Data Integration & Interoperability

Landscape Characterization

Image of Current Focus for Landscape Characterization

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology may be used to characterize the earth's landscape and its interaction with human activities.

Enterprise GIS

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Enterprise GIS (GIS information and capability coordinated across an organization) plays an important role in many USGS mission areas, as most USGS programs and data holdings have a geospatial (locational) component.

Contact Information

Curtis Price
1608 Mountain View Rd
Rapid City, SD 57702
605-355-4523 - Fax
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