CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

University of Houston
Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
N107 Engineering Building 1
Houston, TX 77204-4003
Phone: 713-743-4250
Fax: 713-743-4260
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Faculty

Ramesh L. Shrestha, Ph.D.

Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor

UH Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Room 351 - Cullen Performance Hall, Houston, TX 77204‐5059

Phone: 832-842-8882 | Fax: 713-743-0186
Email: rlshrestha [at] uh [dot] edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin, 1983
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 1979
  • B.S. (with Honors) in Land Surveying Sciences, North East London Polytechnic, London, England, 1976
  • Bachelor of Science, Math., Physics and Statistics, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1971

Professional Experience

2010–present Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Houston
1997–2010 Professor, Dept. of Civil & Coastal Engineering, University of Florida (UF)
1991–97 Associate Professor (Tenured), Dept. of Civil & Coastal Engineering (CCE), UF
1986–91 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil & Coastal Engineering, UF
1983–86 Assistant Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology.
1988–91 Graduate Status Faculty, Dept. of Civil & Coastal Engineering, UF
1991–2010 Doctorate Research Faculty, Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering, UF
Professional Activities
  • Co‐Convener (2009) , “Airborne Geodetic Imaging: Advances in Instrumentation and Methods”, Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco, CA.
  • Co‐Convener (2007) , “Geodetic Laser Scanning: Technologies and Methods for Data Acquisition and Processing I”, Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco, CA.
  • Co‐Convener (2007) , “Geodetic Laser Scanning: Technologies and Methods for Data Acquisition and Processing II”, Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco, CA.
  • Member (2006), Committee on Floodplain Mapping Technologies, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies
  • Co‐Convener (2004), “Emerging Earth Science Applications of ALSM: Geodesy, Hydrology, and Tectonophysics,” 2004 Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco, CA.
  • Chair, Local Organizing Committee, American Geophysical Union’s “Chipman Conference” An International Conference on Microgal Gravimetry: Instruments, Observations and Applications sponsored and funded by NSF, NASA, NOAA, IFAC (Institute of Applied Geodesy, Germany), and University of Florida; St. Augustine, Florida, March 3‐6, 1997.
  • Chairman: Multi‐Purpose Cadastre (MPC) Sub‐Committee, Geographic Information Management Systems (GIMS) Committee, American Congress on Surveying Mapping (ACSM) and American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), 1987‐89.
  • Journal Paper Review: Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, 1986‐1989, 1995‐96
  • Book Review Editor: Surveying and Mapping Editorial Review Board, the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, 1987 ‐ 1991.
  • Session Chair: "Teaching Methods and Techniques," XVth. North American Geomatics Teachers Conference, Quebec, Canada, May 29‐31, 1995.
  • Session Chair: "Continuing Professional Competency," The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Technical Sessions, ACSM/ASPRS '95 Annual National Convention and Exposition, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 2, 1995.
  • Newsletter Editor: The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), Florida Region, 1995 present.
  • CoOrganizer: “XIVth North American Surveying and Mapping Teachers Conference," Gainesville, FL, May 17 20, 1993.
  • Session Chair: “Future Vision of Surveying and Mapping Education," XIVth North American Surveying and Mapping Teachers Conference, Gainesville, May 18, 1993.
  • Panelist: "Forum for Multi‐Purpose Geographic Database Guidelines for Local Governments," ASPRS Panel Discussion, ACSM/ASPRS Convention, Sept. 1988, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Member: American Geophysical Union (AGU).
Student Related Activities (UF)
  • Faculty Advisor Surveying and Mapping Student Chapter at UF (1990‐93)
  • Reach‐Out And Recruit (ROAR) Director (1990‐1993): Responsibilities included formulating policies to increase undergraduate student enrollment by integrating community colleges students, high school students, surveying and mapping societies, local chapters, industries, professionals and individuals in Florida
  • Conference Chair and Organizer; ROAR Conference 1993
  • Conference Chair and Organizer; ROAR Conference 1994
  • Plaque and Citation by the UF Surveying and Mapping Student Chapter for an "Outstanding Support to the Student Chapter," 1992.

Awards and Honors

  • Feature Article (with Carter and Slatton), "Geodetic Laser Scanning ,Physics Today, Dec., 2007.
  • Winner of Cover Page Image, “Topography Unveiled,Physics Today, Dec., 2007.
  • Named semifinalist in the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge (2007), sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Journal of Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  • Recipient of: John I. Davidson President’s 2nd Place Award for Best Practical Paper (with Parris, and Tuell), “Configuring an Airborne Laser Scanner for Detecting Airport Obstructions,” Journal of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), 2006.
  • Recipient of: Intergraph Award for Best Scientific Paper in Spatial Data Standards for an outstanding merit that advances knowledge of spatial standards (with Stanislawaski, and Dewitt), “Estimating Positional Accuracy of Data Layers Within a GIS Through Error Propagation,”, Journal of the American Society for Photogrammetry and RemoteSensing, 1996.
  • Merit Award, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), 1996.
  • Region Newsletter of the Year Award (2nd Place), 1996, ASPRS.
  • Presidential Citation for Exceptional Service for an outstanding contribution to the land surveying profession and the Florida Society of Professional Land Surveyors, 1993 .
  • Plaque and Citation by the UF Surveying and Mapping Student Chapter for an "Outstanding Support to the Student Chapter," 1992.

Research Interests

Research Narrative

My primary research focus is in the applications of new and evolving technologies such as laser scanning and digital mapping technology to provide research‐grade data to scientists all across the country. As the Director of NCALM, my responsibility includes extensive interaction with academic researchers all across the country to assist them in the development of their research proposals for submission to NSF. Once projects are approved, I lead the preparation of a schedule to deploy UH laser mapping instrument, which is mounted in a Cessna 337 aircraft. I also manage the day to day activities of the staff and graduate students reducing and analyzing the laser mapping data to provide the highest possible “research” grade data to Principal Investigators. So far NCALM has provided such data for to over 25 Universities in the nation, including UC Berkeley, MIT, Sanford University, Stanford University, Caltech, Penn State, University of Colorado, Ohio State University, University of Southern California, University of Texas‐ Austin and Purdue.

Major Accomplishments
  • Co‐Founder and Director of NSF National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM), 2003 ‐ 2013. Instrument and Facility, Division of Earth Sciences NSF, provides base funding for NCALM operation to collect, reduce and deliver research‐grade ALSM data to Principal Investigators awarded grants under the NSF competitive peer review process (http://www.ncalm.org). In addition, other NSF Programs that have funded NCALM are listed in Table 1. The table also shows other federal and state agencies that have funded UF and NCALM for LiDAR research.
    NCALM is jointly operated by the CEE Department at UH and the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley.
     
    Table 1. Research Grant Sponsor List
    # NSF Programs Supporting NCALM Federal Gov. & Military State & Others
    1 Division of Earth Sciences Office of Naval Research Florida DEP
    2 Biocomplexity USGS Florida DOT
    3 Civil and Mechanical Systems USDA Pinellas County
    4 Continental Dynamics US National Park Service Broward County
    5 EarthScope NASA Lake County
    6 Geology and Paleontology US ARMY Miami‐Dade County
    7 Geomorphology & Land Use Dynamics NOAA Alachua County
    8 Hydrologic Sciences (SGER) US Forest Service Florida International University
    9 Mathematical Geosciences FAA San Francisco Public Utilities
    10 Petrology and Geochemistry Joint Precision Strike Force Tennessee DOT
        Demonstration, VA State of FL Division of Forestry
    11 Science and Technology Center Grant US DOT Georgia DOT
    12 Tectonics   University of Georgia
    13     Swiss Federal
    14     CA Water Quality Control Board
    15     South FL Water Man. Dept.
    16     St. Johns Water Man Dept.
    17     SW FL Water Man. District
    18     Jones $ Edmunds Associates, Inc.
    19     Sabina & Waters, Inc.
    20     Nova Digital
    Corporation
    Currently, 31 Principle Investigators nationwide have been funded by NSF and are participating with NCALM in the use of research‐grade LiDAR data in a varieties of research.
  • Founder of Optech Center of Excellence in Laser Mapping, 2002 (UF)
    Supported by Optech, Inc. Canada, the major hardware and software manufacturers of airborne and land lasers.
  • Founder and Director of the Geosensing Engineering and Mapping (GEM) Research Center for Natural Disasters, 2001 (UF)
  • Founder of Multi‐Disciplinary GSE Graduate Program, 2003 (UF)
    The GSE graduate program established in 2003 offers unique graduate studies with approved courses from 9 UF Departments in four colleges: Agriculture and Biological Engineering, Astronomy, Civil and Coastal Engineering. Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE), Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), Geography, Geological Science, Mathematics, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and Urban and Regional Planning.
Graduate Student Supervision

Name

Undergraduate Degree in

Nationality

Diploma and Grad. Year

Dept.

Status

Ryan Morrison Geomatics US MS 2001 CCE Chair
Anders Ryerson Chemistry US MS 2001 CCE Co‐Chair
Devin Drake Geomatics US MS 2002 CCE Chair
J. Hong Geography S. Korea MS 2003 CCE Chair
Juan Fernandez (Fulbright Scholar) Aerospace & Electrical Engineering Honduras MS 2007 CCE Chair
Abhinav Shinghania Civil Engineering India MS 2007 CCE Chair
Raghav Vemula Civil Engineering India MS 2007 CCE Chair
Capt. William Wright Geography US MS 2006 CCE Chair
Kittipat (Bot) Kampa Electrical Engineering Thailand MS 2008 ECE Member
Sai Sudha Geoinformatics India MS 2009 CCE  
J. Y. Park Oceanography S Korea Ph.D. 2001 CCE Co‐Chair
Mark Lee Computer Science US Ph.D. 2002 CCE Co‐Chair
Brian Luzum Astronomy &Physics US Ph.D. 2004 CCE Co‐Chair
Sirish Bhat Hydrology Nepal Ph.D. 2004 CCE Member
Heezin Lee Electrical Engineering S. Korea MS/Ph.D. 2008 ECE member
Mike Starek Coastal Engineering US Ph.D. 2009 CCE Chair
John Caceres (Fulbright Scholar) Computer Engineering Columbia Ph.D. 2009 CCE Chair
Sweung Cheung Electrical Engineering S. Korea MS/Ph.D. 2009 ECE Member
Hyun‐chong Cho Electrical Engineering S. Korea MS/Ph.D. 2009 ECE Member
Tristan Cossio Electrical Engineering US MS/Ph.D. 2009 ECE Member

Presentations

International Conferences and Expositions
  • Shrestha, R.L.; “Differential GPS and Airborne Laser Swath Mapping,” Key Note Speaker, International Symposium on Integrated Nutrient Management Systems in Banana Production, EARTH, Costa Rica, May 3‐ 8, 1999.
  • Carter, W.E. and R.L. Shrestha and, Leatherman, S.L., Keqi Zhang, Dean Whitman, William Robertson and, International Hurricane Center, FIU, “Combining ALSM and Color Digital Photography to rapidly Map and Evaluate Storm Damage in Coastal Areas,” 1st International Global Disaster Information Network (GDIN) Information Technology Exposition and Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct. 9‐11, 2000.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "Consideration of DGPS Options in Highway Traffic Accident Location," the Differential Satellite Navigation Systems (DSNS) 1993 Conference, April 18‐22, 1994, London England; abstract published in DSNS '94 Archived Conference Proceedings.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "Use of Real‐Time DGPS Base Station Concept to Collect Point Location Data for a GIS," Vehicle Navigation and Information Systems (VNIS) International Conference, Oct. 12‐15, 1993, Ottawa, Canada; Abstract in the proceedings of VNIS '93 Conference, in page 460.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "Surveying and Mapping Undergraduate Education and the Profession in the United States,"
  • XIVth North American Surveying and Mapping Teachers Conference, Gainesville, FL, 1993.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "Florida's Reach‐Out And Recruit (ROAR) Campaign," XIVth North American Surveying and Mapping Teachers Conference, Gainesville, FL, 1993.
National Conferences and Symposiums
  • Shrestha, R.L., W.E. carter, K.C. Slatton and M. Starek, “Case studies of university research projects in Florida,” Governor’s Hurricane Conference, Tampa, FL 2005.
  • Carter, W.E., R.L. Shrestha and K.C. Slatton; “Defining and Verifying Research Grade Airborne Laser Swath Mapping (ALSM) Observations,” Abstract, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Dec., 2004.
  • Shrestha, R.L., W.E. Carter, and B. Dietrich; “NCALM: NSF supported Center for Airborne Laser Mapping,” Abstract, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA Dec., 2003.
  • Carter, W.E., R.L. Shrestha, D. Bloomquist, and M. Sartori, “Airborne Laser Swath Mapping: First and Second Epoch Surveys of Landslide Areas in South Dakota,” Abstract, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA Dec., 6‐10, 2002.
    Shrestha, R.L. G.Tuell, W. E. Carter, D. Bloomquist, M. Sartori (UF) and V. Schaefer, South Dakota State University, “Combining Airborne and Ground Based Laser Observations to Improve Spatial Coverage, Resolution and Accuracy of Selected Topographic Features,” Abstract, AGU Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C., May 28‐31, 2002.
  • Shrestha, R.L. W.E. Carter, R. Morrison and M. Sartori, “Comparison of NOAA and UF/FIU Airborne Laser Swath Mapping Data in Clearwater Beach, Pinellas County, Florida,” Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Coastal GeoTools Conference, Charleston, SC, Jan. 8‐11, 2001.
  • Raabe, E.A. (USGS), M. Harris, W.E. Carter and R.L. Shrestha, “Airborne Laser Swath mapping of a Coastal Florida Wetland,” Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Coastal GeoTools Conference, Charleston, SC, Jan. 8‐11, 2001.
    Raabe, E A (USGS), M.S. Harris, M.P. Sartori, and R.L. Shrestha, “Ground Surface Derivation of a Coastal Florida Wetland from Airborne Laser Data,” Special Session: Innovation on Geodetic Instrumentation I, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Dec. 15‐19, 2000
  • Park, J.Y., R.L. Shrestha, W.E. Carter, and G.H. Tuell, “Land‐cover Classification using Combined LIDAR and Color Digital Photography,” ASPRS conference, St. Louis, Missouri, Apr. 23‐27, 2001.
  • Park, J.Y., R.L. Shrestha, and W.E. Carter; “Rapid Mapping and Classification Using ALSM system,” National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology, Orlando, Florida, Feb. 7‐9, 2001.
  • Shrestha, R.L. and W.E. Carter, “Bare Earth Digital Terrain Model from Airborne Laser Swath Mapping,”Special Session: Innovation on Geodetic Instrumentation II Posters, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Dec. 15‐19, 2000.
  • Shrestha, R.L., W.E. Carter, S.L. Leatherman (FIU), “Comparison of NOAA and UF/FIU Airborne Laser Swath Mapping Data In Clearwater Beach, Pinellas County, Florida,” Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Coastal GeoTools Conference, Charleston, SC, Jan. 8‐11, 2001.
  • Shrestha, R.L.”Airborne Laser Swath Mapping: A New Technology for Surveying, Mapping and GIS,” Annual Conference, National Association of County Engineers, Niagra Falls, NY, April 26‐30, 1999.
  • Carter, W E, R. L. Shrestha and M. Sartori, “Airborne Laser Swath Mapping (ALSM): Exploiting Return Intensity Values,” Special Session: Innovation on Geodetic Instrumentation I, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Dec. 15‐19, 2000.
  • Shrestha, R.L., W.E. Carter and D. Hamilton “Airborne Laser Swath Mapping: Digital Terrain Modeling in Marsh Areas,” the 5th International Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments, 5‐7, October, 1998, San Diego, CA.
  • Raabe, E.A., R.L. Shrestha, R.P. Stumpf, and N.J. Martin; "Establishing and Evaluating Precise Vertical Network for Marshes Along the Gulf Coast of Florida," the ASPRS/ACSM National Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, 1995.
  • Sartori, M. and R. L Shrestha; "Commercially Available Differential GPS and Positional Accuracy," the ACSM/ASPRS '95 Annual Convention and Exposition, Charlotte, North Carolina, Feb. 27 March 2, 1995.
    Stanislawski, L., B. Dewitt, and R. Shrestha; "A Technique for Estimating Absolute and Relative Positional Accuracy of Data Layers Within a Vector‐Based GIS," ACSM/ASPRS Annual Convention and Exposition, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 15‐18, 1993.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "Surveying and Mapping Undergraduate Education and Profession in the United States," A REPORT, ACSM/ASPRS Annual Convention and Exposition, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 15‐18, 1993, pp. 1‐29.
    Shrestha, R.L. and S.E. Dicks; "Plane Coordinate Conversion Between the North American Datums of 1927 and 1983 ‐ A Comparison of Results from NADCON and TRANSPACK," GIS/LIS '90 Annual Conference and Exposition, Nov. 7‐10, 1990, Anaheim, California.
  • Shrestha, R.L., et al.; "Preliminary Results for the Florida High‐Precision GPS Network," ASPRS‐ACSM Fall Convention, Cleveland, OH, Sept. 17‐22, 1989
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "GEOPRO: Survey Data Processing and Adjustment Package," ASPRS/ACSM/Auto‐Carto 9 Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, April 2‐7, 1989.
Regional/State Conferences and Expositions
  • Shrestha, R.L.; Invited Speaker, "Differential GPS and Its Applications to LIS/GIS," Annual State Conference of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS), Sept.1995.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; Invited Speaker, "Education, Career and Profession in Geomatics," 1995 Trig‐Star Awards of North Central Florida of FSMS, Apr, 25, 1995.

Selected Publications

Books
  • Michael J. Starek, M.J. (Graduate student), Slatton, K.C., Shrestha, R.L., and Carter, W.E., Airborne Lidar Measurements to quantify Change in Sandy Beaches (Chapter 10), Laser Scanning for the Environmental Sciences , publisher: Wiley Blackwell, 2008 (in press). Maidment. D., Edelman, S., Heiberg III, E., Jensen, J., Maune, D., Schuckma, K. and Shrestha, R.; “Base Map Inputs for Floodplain Mapping,’ Committee on Floodplain Mapping Technologies, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, National Research Council of the National Academies, The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2007.
Refereed
  • Raabe, E., M.S. Harris, R.L. Shrestha, and W.E. Carter; “Determination of Ground Surface and Vegetation in a Coastal Florida Wetland with Airborne Laser Technology,” OpeFile report 20081125, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1125/, 2008.
  • Carter, W. E., R. L. Shrestha and K.C. Slatton; “Geodetic Laser Scanning ,” Feature Article, Physics Today, pp.41‐47, Dec. 2007.
  • Slatton, C., W. E. Carter, R. Shrestha; "Airborne Laser Swath Mapping: Achieving the resolution and accuracy for geosurficial research,”, Special Section, Geophysical Research Letter, Vol 34, L23S10, Dec. 2007
  • Shrestha, R.L. W. E. Carter, M. Sartori, B. Luzum, and C. Slatton “Airborne Laser Swath Mapping: Quantifying Changes in Sandy Beaches Over Time Scales of Days to Decades,” (invited) Journal of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing,, Vol. 59, pp. 222‐232, 2005.
  • Luzum, B. J., Slatton, K. C., Shrestha, R. L., 2004, “Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Stability of Airborne Laser Swath Mapping Data in Feature Space,” IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 53, No. 6, pp. 1403‐1420, June 2005.
  • Parish, C., G. Tuell, B. Carter and R. Shrestha; “Configuring an Airborne Laser Scanner for Detecting Airport Obstructions,” Winner of ASPRS 2006 John I. Davidson President’s 2nd Place Award for Best Practical Paper,
  • Journal of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), Vol. 71, No. 1, pp. 37‐ 46, 2005.
  • Carter, W.E., R. L. Shrestha, and K. C. Slatton, “Photon Counting Airborne Laser Swath Mapping (PC―ALSM),” Gravity, Geoid and Space Missions, edited by C. Jekeli, L. Bastos and J. Fernandes (Eds), published by Springer, IAG International Association of Geodesy Symposia, Vol. 129, pp. 214 217, 2005.
  • Slatton, K.C., K. Nagarajaan, V. Aggarwal, H. Lee, W. Carter and R. Shrestha, “Multiscale Estimation of Terrain Complexity Using ALSM Point Data on Variable Resolution Grids,” Gravity, Geoid and Space Missions, edited by C. Jekeli, L. Bastos and J. Fernandes (Eds), published by Springer, IAG International Association of Geodesy Symposia, Vol. 129, pp. 224 229, 2005.
  • Brian J. Luzum, K. Clint Slatton, and Ramesh L. Shrestha, "IdentiWcation and Analysis of Airborne Laser Swath Mapping Data in a Novel Feature Space", IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, vol. 1 , no. 4, pp. 268 ‐ 271, 2004.
  • Carter, W.E., R. L. Shrestha, G. Tuell, D. Bloomquist, and M. L Sartori ‘Airborne Laser Swath Mapping: Shining New Light on Earth Topography,” The EOS Transaction, American Geophysical Union, Vol. 82, No. 46, pp. 550‐555, Nov. 13, 2001.
  • Shrestha, R.L., W.E. Carter, M. Lee, P. Finer and M. Sartori; “Airborne Laser Swath Mapping: Accuracy Assessment for Surveying and Mapping Applications,” Journal of American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Vol. 59, No. 2, pp. 83‐94, 1999.
  • Gutelius, G, W.E. Carter, R. L. Shrestha, E. Medvedev, R. Gutierez, and J.G. Gibeaut, “Engineering Applications of Airborne Scanning Lasers: Reports from the Field,” HIGHLIGHT ARTICLE, PE&RS, Journal of American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. LXIV, No. 4, pp. 246‐253, 1998.
  • Raabe, E.A., R.P. Stumpf, N.J. Marth, and R.L. Shrestha; “A Precise Vertical Network: Establishing New Orthometric Heights With Static GPS Surveys in Florida Tidal Marshes,” Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. 200‐211, 1996.
  • Sartori M. and R. Shrestha; "Commercially Available Differential GPS and Horizontal Positional Accuracy," GPS Solutions, Journal of GIA, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Vol.1, No.3, pp. 25‐30, 1996.
  • Stanislawski, L.V., B.A. Dewitt & R. S. Shrestha; "Estimating Positional Accuracy of Data Layers Within a GIS Through Error Propagation," Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Journal of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol.62, No. 4, pp. 429‐433, 1996, Recipient of Intergraph Award for Best Scientific Paper in Spatial Data Standards for an outstanding merit that advances knowledge of spatial standards.
  • Shrestha, R.L., J. Cameron and M. Wilson; "GPS Solutions for the Verification and Resolution of GIS Coordinate Database," GPS Solutions, Journal of GPS International Association (GIA), published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Vol. 1, No.2, pp. 129‐138, 1995.
  • Shrestha, R.L., B. Dewitt, and M. Wilson; "Consideration and Effect of a Local Base Station Range in Horizontal Position Determination by GPS Techniques," Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), Vol 55, No. 1, pp. 39‐49, 1995.
  • Shrestha, R.L. and J. Reilly; "Evaluation of Azimuths Determined by Kinematic GPS," Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of ACSM, Vol. 55, No.3, pp. 125‐135, 1995.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "Traffic Accident Vehicle Position Location in Florida's Highways Using Differential GPS," Refereed Proceedings of the ION GPS94," the Seventh International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation, Vol. 1, pp. 547‐554, 1994.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "Four‐Year Surveying and Mapping Undergraduate Education in the United States," Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of ACSM, Vol. 54, No.4, pp. 210‐218, 1994.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "Size of the Land Surveying Profession in the United States and Its Territories," Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of ACSM, Vol. 54, No. 3, pp. 131‐146, 1994.
  • Shrestha, R.L., M. Campbell and A. Piazza; "A Global Positioning System Base Station and Session Length for One‐Meter Accuracy," Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of ACSM, Vol. 54, No. 1, pp. 51‐57, 1994.
  • Shrestha, R.L., A. Nazir, B. Dewitt, and S. Smith; "Surface Interpolation Techniques to Convert GPS Ellipsoid Heights to Elevations," Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Vol. 53, No. 3, pp. 133‐144, 1993.
  • Moussa, O.M., S.E. Smith and R.L. Shrestha; "An Hydrologic Regression Sediment ‐ Yield Model for Two Ungaged Watershed Outlet Stations in Africa," Environmental Geology and Water Sciences, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 177‐183, 1991.
  • Shrestha, R.L. and S.E. Dicks; "Coordinate Transformation Between NAD27 and NAD83: A Comparison of Results from NADCON and TRANSPACK," Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 98‐104, 1991.
  • Shrestha, R.L. and S. Dicks; "Comparison of NAD27 to NAD83 State Plane Coordinate Transformation Models," Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Vol. 51, No. 1, pp. 41‐48, 1991.
  • Shrestha, R.L., R. Taylor, S. Smith, and L. Stanislawski; "Preliminary Results for the Florida High‐Precision GPS Network," Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Vol. 50, No.4, pp.299‐302, 1990.
  • Shrestha, R.L. and S.E. Dicks; "NAD27 & NAD83 State Plane Coordinates and Transformation Parameters Data Base For a Geographic Information System," Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Vol. 50, No.4, pp. 279‐285, 1990.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "Formats and Specifications for an Electronic Field Book and Data Processing System,"Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Vol. 50, No. 3, pp. 215‐224, 1990.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "An Overview of the Development of an Electronic Field Book and Data Processing System,"Surveying and Land Information Systems, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Vol. 50, No. 3, pp. 209‐214, 1990.
  • Shrestha, R.L. and B.A. Dewitt; "An Evaluation of NAD‐27 to NAD‐83 Plane Coordinate Transformations for the State of Florida," Surveying and Mapping, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 179‐183, 1989.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "NAD‐83 Geodetic and State Plane Coordinate Computations"; Surveying and Mapping, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 87‐93, 1989.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "Coordinate Transformation from NAD‐27 to NAD‐83"; Surveying and Mapping, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Vol. 47, No. 4, pp. 295‐300, 1987.
  • Shrestha, R.L. and T.S. McGrath; "Astronomic Azimuth from Kern E2 Electronic Theodolite"; Surveying and Mapping, Journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 323‐328, 1986.
  • Mezera, D.F. and R.L. Shrestha; "Three‐Dimensional Adjustment Computations Model"; American Society of Civil Engineers, Journal of Surveying Engineering, Vol. 110, No. 1, pp. 74‐93., 1984.
Archived Proceedings
  • Prentice, C.S., D. A. Phillips, K. P. Furlong, K P, A. Brown, C.J. Crosby, M. Bevis, R. Shrestha, M. Sartori, T. M. Brocher and J. Brown (2007), “High‐Resolution LiDAR Topography of the Plate‐Boundary Faults in Northern California,” Eos Trans. AGU, 88(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract G43D‐06.
  • Starek, M. J., R. K Vemula, K. Slatton, R. L. Slatton, B. Carter (2007), “Automatic Feature Extraction from Airborne Lidar Measurements to Identify Cross‐Shore Morphologies Indicative of Beach Erosion,” Eos Trans. AGU, 88(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract G43D‐02.
  • Eos Trans. AGU, 88(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract G43D‐06.
  • Slatton, K.C., W. Carter, and R. Shrestha, “A Simulator for Airborne Laser Swath Mapping via Photon Counting,” SPIE Defense and Security Symposium, Vol. 5794, pp. 12‐20, 2005.
  • Slatton, K.C., M. Coleman, W. Carter, R. Shrestha, M. Sartori, “Control Methods for Merging ALSM and Ground―‐Based Laser Point Clouds Acquired Under Forest Canopies," Proceedings of SPIE, 4th International Asia―Pacific Environmental Remote Sensing Symposium, vol. 5661, pp. 96‐103, 2004.
  • Carter, W.E., R. Shrestha, K. C. Slatton, "Photon‐counting airborne laser swath mapping (PC‐ALSM)", Proceedings of SPIE, 4th International Asia―Pacific Environmental Remote Sensing Symposium, invited, vol. 5661, pp. 78‐85, 2004.
  • Shrestha, R.L. W. E. Carter, M. Sartori and B. Luzum, “Airborne Laser Swath Mapping: Quantifying Changes in Sandy Beaches Over Time Scales of Days to Decades.” International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 10 14, 2003.
  • Carter, W.E., R.L. Shrestha,, M. Sartori and B. Luzum, “Airborne Laser Swath Mapping: Interpreting Artifacts in the Processed Data Provide Important Information about the Quality of the Observations,” the 30th. International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 10 14, 2003.
  • Carter, W.E., R.L. Shrestha, D. Bloomquist, and M. Sartori, “Airborne Laser Swath Mapping and High Resolution Digital Photography: Detecting Invasive Exotic Plants,” A Workshop & Conference on: Detecting Invasive Exotic Plants: Approaches for the Florida Landscape, Feb. 12 14, Miami Fl, pp. 1‐ 8, 2003.
  • Carter, W.E., R.L. Shrestha, D. Bloomquist, and M. Sartori, “Airborne Laser Swath Mapping: First and Second Epoch Surveys of Landslide Areas in South Dakota,” Abstract, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA Dec., 6‐10, 2002.
  • Carter, W. E., R.L. Shrestha and S. P. Leatherman, “Airborne Laser Swath Mapping: Applications to Shoreline Mapping,” proceedings of International Symposium on Marine Positioning (INSMAP ‘98), FIT, Melbourne, FL, pp. 323‐333, 1998.
  • Carter, W.E., and R. L. Shrestha, “Airborne Laser Swath Mapping: Results from Project Laser,” Proceedings of the International Society for Optical Engineering, Laser Radar Technology and Applications III, pp. 270‐268, Orlando Florida, 1998.
  • Shrestha, R.L. and W.E. Carter, “Instant Evaluation of Beach Storm Damage Using Airborne Laser Terrain Mapping,” EOM, The Magazine for Geographic, Mapping, and Earth Information, pp. 42‐44, March, 1998.
  • Shrestha, R.L., W.E. Carter, P.Y. Thompson, R.G. Dean and H. Harrell; “Coastal and Highway mapping by Airborne Laser Swath Mapping Technology,” In Proceedings of the Third International Airborne Remote Sensing Conference and Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM), P.O. Box 134001, Ann Arbor, MI 48113‐4001, USA, Vol. I, pp. 632 ‐ 639, 1997.
  • Carter, W.E. and R. Shrestha; “Airborne Laser Swath Mapping: Instant Snapshots of Our Changing Beaches,”Fourth International Conference: Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments,Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM), P.O. Box 134001, Ann Arbor, MI 48113‐4001, USA, Vol. I, pp. 298 ‐ 307, 1997.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "Traffic Accident Vehicle Position Location in Florida's Highways Using Differential GPS," Refereed Proceedings of the ION GPS‐94," the Seventh International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation, Vol. 1, pp. 547‐554, 1994.
  • Nash, Louis D. and R. L. Shrestha; "GPS Techniques for the GIS User"; the archived refereed proceedings of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing/American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, pp. 179‐187, 1992.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "University of Florida Completes Preliminary Adjustment of the Florida High‐Precision GPS Network," GPS Bulletin, Commission VIII, International Coordination of Space Techniques for Geodesy and Geodynamics, International Association of Geodesy, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, National Geodetic Survey, 11400 Rockville Pike, Rm, 419, Rockville, MD 20852, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 5‐8, 1990.
  • Hintz, R.J., W.J. Blackham and R.L. Shrestha; "Integration of Total‐Station Observations with The Global Positioning System"; American Congress on Surveying and Mapping/the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, pp. 59‐66, 1987.
  • Shrestha, R.L.; "Surveying and Mapping Research Efforts and Perspective at University of Florida"; XIIth National Surveying Teacher's Conference Proceedings, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, pp. 220‐226, 1987.
  • Shrestha, R.L. and D.F. Mezera; "Comparisons of Three Dimensional and Classical Adjustments of Local and Geodetic Networks"; proceedings of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping/the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, pp. 355‐362, 1984.
  • Shrestha, R.L. and D.F. Mezera; "Comparisons of Three Dimensional and Classical Adjustments of Local and Geodetic Networks"; the archived refereed proceedings of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping/the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, pp. 355‐362, 1984.
  • Shrestha, R.L. and D.F. Mezera; "Least Squares and Singular Value Decomposition"; the archived refereed proceedings of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping/the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, pp. 525‐533, 1983.
  • Shrestha, R.L. and D.F. Mezera; "Comparisons of Three Dimensional Geodetic Adjustments of Local Networks"; the archived refereed proceedings of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping/the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, pp. 27‐37, 1983.