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Zachary Langford

Environmental and Climate Sciences


Supervising Faculty: Jitendra Kumar

In May of 2013, Zach graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a M.Sc. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering having a focus on environmental remote sensing. His research studied soil moisture dynamics in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica using high-resolution satellite images. The resulting datasets provided information for the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research Program, an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in an ice-free region of Antarctica. Currently, Zach is working on sampling network representativeness and data scaling using high-resolution satellite imagery for the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment (NGEE) Arctic. NGEE Arctic seeks to improve process understanding and model representation of important ecosystem-climate feedbacks in the Arctic. Zach is applying multivariate data mining methodologies for landscape characterization, yielding useful metrics for indicating the representativeness of sites, measurements, and model parameters.


Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering - The Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Science in Earth System Science - The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Awards and Recognitions

  • Research and Study Abroad on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean


Langford, Zachary L., Michael Gooseff, and Derrick Lampkin. “Spatiotemporal dynamics of wetted soils across a polar desert landscape.” Antarctic Science. Accepted.

Langford, Zachary L., Casey Calamaio, and Robert Griffin. “Socio-Environmental Impacts of Land Cover Change in the Panama Canal Watershed.” International Astronautical Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, IAC-11,B1,5,3,x11474.

Langford, Zachary L., Casey Calamaio, and Robert Griffin. “Protecting the Panama Canal Watershed through the Exchange of Geospatial Data.” International Astronautical Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, IAC-11,B1,6,6,x11496.

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