Keith Clarke

Keith Clarke
Director, 2013-2017

Department of Geography
1720 Ellison Hall
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060

Keith Clarke is a research cartographer and professor at UCSB. He holds the B.A. degree with honours from Middlesex Polytechnic, London, England, and the M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of Michigan, in Geography, specializing in Analytical Cartography. He joined the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1996, and chaired the department of Geography from 2000-2006. He is a past president of CaGIS (2001), and helped with the CaGIS Journal transition to on-line. Dr. Clarke's research has been on environmental simulation modeling, on modeling urban growth using cellular automata, on terrain mapping and analysis, on wearable and mobile computing for GIS, and on the history of the CORONA remote sensing program. Dr. Clarke is the former North American Editor of the International Journal of Geographical Information Systems, and series editor for the Prentice Hall Series in Geographic Information Science. He is the author of the textbooks, Analytical and Computer Cartography (2 editions) (Prentice Hall, 1995), Getting Started with GIS (1997) (5 editions), the forthcoming Maps and Web Mapping (2013) and over a hundred book chapters, journal articles, and papers in the fields of cartography, remote sensing, and geographic information systems. Since 1997, he has been the Santa Barbara Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis. A former two term chair of the National Academy of Sciences Mapping Sciences Committee, Dr. Clarke chaired National Research Council studies on the National Map, on Research Priorities and on Workforce for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. He has served on the NRC’s Board on Earth Science Resources, and currently the Board on Research Data and Information. For his work on the USGS Geography Discipline long-term science planning team he received the John Wesley Powell award from the USGS in 2005, that organization's highest level of recognition for those outside of the Federal government. Since 2006, he has been a member of the National Geographic Society’s Committee on Research and Exploration, the Society’s grant-making board.