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Curtis Belyea

Surfing Pushbutton; Middle Channel, Ottawa River


  • MS North Carolina State University 2003
  • BS University of Missouri-Columbia 1998

Research Interests

My primary interests include analysis of geographic data, and automation of Geographic Information Systems analysis using the Python programming language. Another major interest is cartography, including web-accessible cartography, utilizing the Keyhole Markup Language and Google Maps.

Currently, I am completing urbanization projections for the Southeast Regional Assessment Project (SERAP) using the cellular automata model SLEUTH (Slope, Landuse, Exclusion, Urbanization, Transportation and Hillshade) developed at UCSB.

In addition, I am providing volunteer cartography support, both for paper maps and online mapping, for the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

Research Publications

  • Terando, A, J. Costanza, C. Belyea, R. R Dunn, A. McKerrow, and J. A. Collazo. 2014. The Southern Megalopolis: Using the past to predict the future of urban sprawl in the Southeast U.S. PLoS ONE.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 141

Post Docs: 56

University Staff: 237

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 670

Scientific Publications: 1888

Presentations: 4154


Contact Information

Tel: (919) 513 - 7337

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey