Mr. Thomas Stanley

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Mr. Thomas Stanley

  • Scientist
  • 301.614.5618
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 617
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: USRA
  • Brief Bio

    After completing field camp in Wyoming, Thomas Stanley graduated from Northland College in 2004 with a bachelors of geoscience. Later that year, he began work at the civil engineering firm of Rummel, Klepper, and Kahl (now RK&K). For nine years, he participated in field investigations for highways, railways, water lines, and other major projects in Maryland, Delaware, and other Midatlantic States. He discovered an interest in geotechnical databases and the art of writing queries. As a result, he enrolled at the University of Maryland, obtaining a masters of geographical information sciences. In 2013, he began working at Goddard Space Flight Center on the Global Landslide Catalog, a unique dataset, and a landslide susceptibility map of the Caribbean region. 

    Research Interests

    Geotechnical databases

    Geotechnical databases store and retrieve data acquired through drilling or geophysical methods. Site investigations are very costly; soil and rock samples are often retained for only a short period of time; so it behooves the agency that collects the data to store it in such a way  that it maximizes the potential for reuse. A database's ease of access, granularity, and interoperability are crucial--and often overlooked--contributors to long-term value. A full implementation of versioning and quality assurance tools may be very useful, not only to engineers, but also to personnel managers. 

    Landslides

    Slope failure is a widespread, even ubiquitous phenomenon. Landslides can occur on the plains of Kansas or in the mountains of Nagaland. The damage to human lives and livelihoods ranges from neglible to catastrophic. Yet the phenomenon remains difficult to predict and expensive to mitigate. Even a comprehensive list of historic landslides exists only for some small areas. Remote sensing offers the possibility of better record-keeping, monitoring, and prediction at a fraction of the cost of field investigations, but its potential has not been reached as yet. 

    Positions/Employment

    11/2013 - Present

    Scientist

    USRA/GESTAR, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

    Landslide nowcasting and susceptibility mapping of Central America and the Caribbean Region.

    Compilation and editing of Global Landslide Catalog.

    Global landslide nowcasting and susceptibility mapping.

    10/2004 - 11/2013

    Geologist

    RK&K, 81 Mosher Street, Baltimore, Maryland Conducted geological field investigations prior to major infrastructure projects, including the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the Baltimore Red Line.
    Redesigned geotechnical databases to enable data retrieval for a wider range of purposes. 
    6/2003 - 8/2003

    Forest Soils Technician

    Itasca County Land Department, Grand Rapids, Minnesota Collected soil samples and described woody debris for a study of long-term forest health. 

    Teaching Experience

    2004 - Teaching Assistant for Sediments and Soils.

    Education

    M.P.S. in Geographical Information Systems - University of Maryland, 2014

    B.S. in Geoscience - Northland College, 2004

    Other Professional Information

     Intermediate written and spoken Spanish. 

    Publications

    Refereed

    Kirschbaum, D., and T. Stanley. 2018. "Satellite-Based Assessment of Rainfall-Triggered Landslide Hazard for Situational Awareness." Earth's Future, [10.1002/2017ef000715]

    Monsieurs, E., D. B. Kirschbaum, J. Tan, et al. J.-C. Maki Mateso, L. Jacobs, P.-D. Plisnier, W. Thiery, A. Umutoni, D. Musoni, T. M. Bibentyo, G. B. Ganza, G. I. Mawe, L. Bagalwa, C. Kankurize, C. Michellier, T. Stanley, F. Kervyn, M. Kervyn, A. Demoulin, and O. Dewitte. 2018. "Evaluating TMPA Rainfall over the Sparsely Gauged East African Rift." Journal of Hydrometeorology, 19 (9): 1507-1528 [10.1175/jhm-d-18-0103.1]

    Stanley, T., and D. B. Kirschbaum. 2017. "A heuristic approach to global landslide susceptibility mapping." Natural Hazards, 1-20 [10.1007/s11069-017-2757-y]

    Stanley, T., D. B. Kirschbaum, G. J. Huffman, and R. F. Adler. 2017. "Approximating Long-Term Statistics Early in the Global Precipitation Measurement Era." Earth Interactions, 21 (3): 1-10 [10.1175/ei-d-16-0025.1]

    Stanley, T. A., and D. B. Kirschbaum. 2017. "Effects of inventory bias on landslide susceptibility calculations." Landslides: Putting Experience, Knowledge And Emerging Technologies Into Practice, AEG Special Publication No. 27, 794-806, ISBN: 978-0-9897253-7-8.

    Kirschbaum, D. B., T. Stanley, and S. '. Yatheendradas. 2016. "Modeling Landslide Susceptibility over Large Regions with Fuzzy Overlay." Landslides, 13: 485-496 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1007/s10346-015-0577-2]

    Kirschbaum, D. B., T. Stanley, and J. M. Simmons. 2015. "A Dynamic Landslide Hazard Assessment System for Central America and Hispaniola." Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 15 (10): 2257-2272 [Full Text (Link)] [10.5194/nhess-15-2257-2015]

    Kirschbaum, D. B., T. Stanley, and Y. Zhou. 2015. "Spatial and temporal analysis of a global landslide catalog." Geomorphology, 249 (Geohazard Databases): 4-15 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.03.016]

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    A New Landslide Susceptibility Map for Central America and the Caribbean Islands 5 / 14 / 2014
     Poster session given by GIS masters students at the University of Maryland

    Brief Bio

    After completing field camp in Wyoming, Thomas Stanley graduated from Northland College in 2004 with a bachelors of geoscience. Later that year, he began work at the civil engineering firm of Rummel, Klepper, and Kahl (now RK&K). For nine years, he participated in field investigations for highways, railways, water lines, and other major projects in Maryland, Delaware, and other Midatlantic States. He discovered an interest in geotechnical databases and the art of writing queries. As a result, he enrolled at the University of Maryland, obtaining a masters of geographical information sciences. In 2013, he began working at Goddard Space Flight Center on the Global Landslide Catalog, a unique dataset, and a landslide susceptibility map of the Caribbean region. 

    Publications

    Refereed

    Kirschbaum, D., and T. Stanley. 2018. "Satellite-Based Assessment of Rainfall-Triggered Landslide Hazard for Situational Awareness." Earth's Future [10.1002/2017ef000715]

    Monsieurs, E., D. B. Kirschbaum, J. Tan, et al. J.-C. Maki Mateso, L. Jacobs, P.-D. Plisnier, W. Thiery, A. Umutoni, D. Musoni, T. M. Bibentyo, G. B. Ganza, G. I. Mawe, L. Bagalwa, C. Kankurize, C. Michellier, T. Stanley, F. Kervyn, M. Kervyn, A. Demoulin, and O. Dewitte. 2018. "Evaluating TMPA Rainfall over the Sparsely Gauged East African Rift." Journal of Hydrometeorology 19 (9): 1507-1528 [10.1175/jhm-d-18-0103.1]

    Stanley, T., and D. B. Kirschbaum. 2017. "A heuristic approach to global landslide susceptibility mapping." Natural Hazards 1-20 [10.1007/s11069-017-2757-y]

    Stanley, T., D. B. Kirschbaum, G. J. Huffman, and R. F. Adler. 2017. "Approximating Long-Term Statistics Early in the Global Precipitation Measurement Era." Earth Interactions 21 (3): 1-10 [10.1175/ei-d-16-0025.1]

    Stanley, T. A., and D. B. Kirschbaum. 2017. "Effects of inventory bias on landslide susceptibility calculations." Landslides: Putting Experience, Knowledge And Emerging Technologies Into Practice, AEG Special Publication No. 27 794-806

    Kirschbaum, D. B., T. Stanley, and S. '. Yatheendradas. 2016. "Modeling Landslide Susceptibility over Large Regions with Fuzzy Overlay." Landslides 13 485-496 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1007/s10346-015-0577-2]

    Kirschbaum, D. B., T. Stanley, and J. M. Simmons. 2015. "A Dynamic Landslide Hazard Assessment System for Central America and Hispaniola." Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 15 (10): 2257-2272 [Full Text (Link)] [10.5194/nhess-15-2257-2015]

    Kirschbaum, D. B., T. Stanley, and Y. Zhou. 2015. "Spatial and temporal analysis of a global landslide catalog." Geomorphology 249 (Geohazard Databases): 4-15 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.03.016]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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