Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

Geographic information science, Web development, National Climate Assessment Phone: 828.271.4570 Email: katharine.johnson@ncsu.edu Orcid: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7530-762X

Biography

Katharine (Kate) Johnson has more than thirteen years of experience with geographic information systems (GIS). She earned a PhD in Geography from the University of Connecticut in 2016. Her dissertation research examined the applications of Light Detection and Ranging (lidar) data for analyzing the spatial distribution and magnitude of topographically extant historical land use features in southern New England and reconstructing associated historical forest cover. She received her GIS Certificate and MA in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Johnson’s research interests broadly include understanding the dynamics between human settlement/land-use patterns and the environment and how these complex feedbacks can be mapped, analyzed, and visualized using remote sensing, geographic information systems, and web data visualization tools. Dr. Johnson joined NCICS as a Research Associate in GIS in October 2019. She supports the National Climate Assessment and sustained assessment activities as a GIS specialist and web developer.

Publications

Witharana, C., W.B. Ouimet, and K.M. Johnson, 2018: Using LiDAR and GEOBIA for automated extraction of 18th-late 19th century relict charcoal hearths in southern New England. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 55 (2), 183-204. https://doi.org/10.1080/15481603.2018.1431356

Johnson, K.M. and W.B. Ouimet, 2018: An observational and theoretical framework for interpreting the landscape palimpsest through airborne LiDAR. Applied Geography, 91, 32-44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.12.018

Raab, T., F. Hirsch, W. Ouimet, K.M. Johnson, D. Dethier, and A. Raab, 2017: Architecture of relict charcoal hearths in northwestern Connecticut, USA. Geoarchaeology, 32 (4), 502-510. https://doi.org/10.1002/gea.21614

Beach, T., K.M. Johnson, M.M. Hill, S. Munoz, and M. Peros, 2016: The view from the ‘Anthropocene’: new perspectives in human-induced environmental change. Anthropocene, 15: 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2016.09.004

Johnson, K.M. and W.B. Ouimet, 2016: Physical properties and spatial controls of stone walls in the northeastern USA: implications for Anthropocene studies of 17th to early 20th century agriculture. Anthropocene, 15: 22-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2016.07.001

Johnson, K.M. and W.B. Ouimet, 2014: Rediscovering the lost archaeological landscape of southern New England using airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). Journal of Archaeological Science, 43, 9-20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2013.12.004

Trigg, Heather B., D. Bolender, K.M. Johnson, M. Patalano and J. Steinberg, 2009: Note on barley found in dung in the lowest levels of the farm mound midden at Reynistadur, Skagafjordur, Iceland. Archaeologia Islandica, 7, 64-72.

Presentations

Johnson, K.M., D.R. Easterling, and K.E. Kunkel 2018. Developing a website for the National Climate Assessment’s Climate Science Special Report. Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers Meeting, New Orleans, LA. April 2018.

Ouimet, W.B. and K.M. Johnson, 2018. Reconstructing 17th to early 20th century forest cover and land use dynamics in the northeastern US using airborne LiDAR. Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers meeting, New Orleans, LA. April 2018.

Johnson, K.M. and W.B. Ouimet, 2017. Anthropocene landscape change and land use dynamics in post-17th century southern New England. Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers meeting, Boston, MA. April 2017.

Johnson, K.M. and W.B. Ouimet, 2016. Investigating the spatial distribution of 18th to early 20th land use dynamics in Connecticut and implications for the Anthropocene in southern New England. Poster presented at the American Association of Geographers meeting, San Francisco, CA. April 2016.

Johnson, K.M. and W.B. Ouimet, 2015. Impacts of terrain roughness on 18th-20th century land use distribution and sediment mass transfer in southern New England. GSA Abstracts with Programs 47(7): 239. Paper presented at the Geological Society of America national meeting, Baltimore, MD, Nov.2015

Ouimet, W.B., D.P. Dethier, K.M. Johnson, M. Kotikian, and W. Wicherski, 2015. Quantifying 18th to early 20th century human impacts on hillslopes and sediment mobilization in southern New England Colorado Front Range. GSA Abstracts with Programs 47(7): 240. Paper presented by W.B. Ouimet at the Geological Society of America national meeting, Baltimore, MD, November 2015.

Johnson, K.M. and W.B. Ouimet, 2015. Quantifying the Anthropocene: physical and cultural controls on stone wall construction in southern New England. Paper presented at the American Association of Geographers meeting, Chicago, IL. April 2015.

Johnson, K.M., W.B. Ouimet, and Z. Raslan, 2015. Geospatial and LiDAR-based analysis of 18th to early 20th century timber harvesting and charcoal production in southern New England. GSA Abstracts with Programs 47(3): 65. Paper presented at the Geological Society of America Northeastern Section meeting, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. March 2015.

Johnson, K.M. and W.B. Ouimet,2014. “Butted and bounded as followeth”: LiDAR and the historical division of the landscape in southern New England. Paper presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology annual meeting, Quebec City, Canada. January 2014.

Johnson, K.M. and W.B. Ouimet, 2013. Uncovering the past: GIS analysis of archaeological features under New England forests using high resolution topographic data (LiDAR). Poster presented at the Northeast ArcGIS User group meeting, Amherst, MA. May 2013.

Johnson, K.M. and W.B. Ouimet, 2013. Archaeological applications of LiDAR in southeastern New England. GSA Abstracts with Programs 45(1): 101.Paper presented at the Geological Society of America Northeastern Section meeting, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. March 2013.