Center of Intelligent Spatial Computing for Water/Energy Science; George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
The Center of Intelligent Spatial Computing for Water/Energy Science (CISC) is established on March 1, 2006 within the College of Science (COS), and under the direction of Dr. Chaowei Yang and Dr. Paul Houser (Co-Directors). CISC is established on our research of spatial computing and water/energy studies and collaborations with our domestic and international academic or industry agencies/partners. Domestically, we are collaborating with NASA, NSF, NPS, EPA, USGS/FGDC, NOAA, ESRI, Microsoft, Intergraph and Visual Learning System. Internationally, the center is being jointly established with our Chinese partners, such as Peking University, Wuhan University, Nanjing Normal University, Heilongjiang Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, and National Geomatics Center of China. We are establishing joint efforts with other international leaders, such as Chinese Academy of Sciences. We also have collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China. Targeted to be an international innovator and leader, CISC’s research is focused on spatial computing technologies and the water/energy sciences.
Dr. Houser in an internationally recognized expert in local to global land surface-atmospheric remote sensing, in-situ observation and numerical simulation, development and application of hydrologic data assimilation methods, scientific integrity and policy, and global water and energy cycling. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona in 1992 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Houser's previous experience includes internships at the U.S. Geological Survey and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Houser joined the NASA-GSFC Hydrological Sciences Branch and the Data Assimilation Office (DAO/GMAO) in 1997, served as manager of NASA’s Land Surface Hydrology Program, and served as branch head of the Hydrological Science Branch. In 2005, he joined the George Mason University Climate Dynamics Program and the Geography and Geoinformation Sciences Department as Professor of Global Hydrology, and formed CREW (the Center for Research for Environment and Water). Dr. Houser has also teamed with groundwater development and exploration companies (EarthWater Global and Geovesi) and has served as Science Advisor to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Dr. Houser has led numerous scientific contributions, including the development of Land Data Assimilation Systems (LDAS), the Hydrospheric States Mission (Hydros/SMAP), the Land Information System (LIS), the NASA Energy and Water cycle Study (NEWS), and the Water Cycle Solutions Network (WaterNet).
Leave a Reply