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Christy-Ann Archuleta


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Masters of Applied Geography, Texas State University, May 2001

B.A. in Geography (Minor in Archaeology), University of Texas at Austin, May 1998


Current Position

Standards Specialist

Geographer-National Geospatial Technical Operations Center of the USGS National Geospatial Program, October 2011-Present


Previous Position with the USGS

GIS Analyst


Geographer-Texas Water Science Center, May 2005-October 2011

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Arundel, S.T., Archuleta, C.M., Phillips, L.A., Roche, B.L., and Constance, E.W., 2015, 1-meter digital elevation model specification: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 11, chap. B7, 25 p. with appendixes, [Link]

Archuleta, Christy-Ann M.; Gonzales, Sophia L.; Maltby, David R., II, 2012. Automated delineation and characterization of watersheds for more than 3,000 surface-water-quality monitoring stations active in 2010 in Texas. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1077, vi, 12 p.; Glossary; Appendices [Link]

Gary, Robin H.; Wilson, Zachary D.; Archuleta, Christy-Ann M.; Thompson, Florence E.; Vrabel, Joseph, 2009. Production of a National 1:1,000,000-Scale Hydrography Dataset for the United States - Feature Selection, Simplification, and Refinement. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5202, vi, 22 p. [Link]

Archuleta, Christy-Ann M.; Eames, Deanna R., 2009. Web Application to Access U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works and Restoration Projects Information for the Rio Grande Basin, Southern Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2009-3104, 2 p. [Link]


 Archuleta, C.M., Heidemann, H.K., Terziotti, S., Yamamoto, K., 2016, "U.S. Geological Survey Elevation-Hydrography Breakline Specifications," 2016 ASPRS Imaging and Geospatial Technology Forum (IGTF), Fort Worth, TX, May 2016.


Archuleta, C.M., Fishburn, K.A., McNinch K.L., Walter, J.L., Liu, L., 2015, “Introduction to the USGS Standards Database Explorer,” 2015 ASPRS Imaging and Geospatial Technology Forum (IGTF), Tampa, FL May 2015


Archuleta, C.M., Maltby, D.R., 2010, “Automated High-Resolution Delineation and Basin Characterization Methods using GIS,” 2010 Texas GIS Forum, Austin, TX October 2010


Archuleta, C.M., 2010, “Albuquerque Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works and Restoration Website,” 2010 ESRI International User Conference, San Diego, CA July 2010


Archuleta, C.M., 2010, “Binational Water Quality Data Warehouse,” Binational Technical Work Group of the U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program (Border 2012), Juarez, Mexico September 2008


Archuleta, C.M., 2008, “Border Environmental Health Initiative and the Binational Water Quality Data Warehouse,” Lower Rio Grande Water Quality Initiative Technical Workgroup, Harlingen, TX October 2008


Archuleta, C.M., 2008, “Map Production Streamlining Techniques,” 2008 USGS Biennial GIS Workshop, Denver, CO 2008


Archuleta, C.M., and Gary, R.H., 2008, “Illustrations for ReportsThe role of spatial data in projects,” Texas Water Science Center Reports Training Series, June-July 2008


Archuleta, C.M., 2007, “GIS Interactive Map Service to Display IBWC Stream Gage Data”, ITAC, November 2007


Archuleta, C.M., 2007, “GIS Interactive Map Service to Display IBWC Stream Gage Data”, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 2007


Archuleta, C.M., Humberson, D.G. 2006, “An introductory example of how to use Model Builder and/or simple Python Script to customize ArcMap,” 2006 Texas GIS Forum, Austin, TX May 2006


Wilson, Z.D., Gary, R.H., Parcher, J.W., Buckler, D., Stefanov, J.E., Archuleta, C.M., Page, W.R., and Hubbard, B.E., 2006, “U.S. Geological Survey U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Health Initiative: Binational Integration of Geospatial and Environmental Data,” Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 38, No. 1, p. 7


Archuleta, C.M., and Showalter, P.S., “Using GIS to Estimate Flood Risk to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Brazoria County, Texas.” Papers and Proceedings of the Applied Geography Conferences 2001, VOL 24, pages 130-139



My Science Topics

Science Topic
Geographic Analysis and Mappingcartography
Geographic Analysis and Mappinggeospatial analysis
Geographic Analysis and Mappingmaps and atlases
Geographic Analysis and Mappingremote sensing
Geographic Analysis and Mappingspatial analysis

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Data Integration & Interoperability

Research Interests

Image of Current Focus for Research Interests

Current research interests include data standards and specifications, GIS, Web mapping applications, remote sensing of vegetation, and cartography.

Recent Projects


Standards and specifications I have worked on:

Arundel, S.T., Archuleta, C.M., Phillips, L.A., Roche, B.L., and Constance, E.W., 2015, 1-meter digital elevation model specification: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 11, chap. B7, 25 p. with appendixes,

Heidemann, Hans Karl, 2014 Lidar Base Specification Version 1.1, U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 11, section B, chapter 4, 124 pages; available at .

National Atlas and Global Map 1:1M Datasets

In cooperation with the National Atlas of the United States®, the USGS produced a 1:1,000,000-scale (1:1M) networked drainage dataset from the existing 1:100,000-scale (1:100k) National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) for the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Other 1:1,000,000-scale datasets that were created include boundaries, transportation, and other map reference themes. The final datasets will be available through the USGS National Map in shapefile and geodatabase formats ( and through the Global Mapping Project (

TCEQ Watershed Characterization Project

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), is currently (2010) delineating watershed boundaries and calculating watershed characteristics for over 3,000 monitoring sites in the State of Texas.

Rio Grande Data Project and Web Mapping Application

In cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this project will design and implement a Web mapping application to provide public access to restoration and civil works project information, general base data, and fire-related datasets in the Rio Grande Watershed in New Mexico. The public will be able to search project information based on spatial location and tabular data.

·         Project Web page:

Other GIS, Remote Sensing, and Spatial Analysis Activities in Texas


Contact Information

Christy-Ann Archuleta
1400 Independence
Rolla, MO 65401
573-308-3652 - Fax
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