Dr. Robert Griffin

Associate Dean, College of Science, Atmospheric Science Department


Dr. Robert Griffin is an applied Earth scientist, environmental anthropologist, and a remote sensing and GIS specialist. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 2012 having received a graduate fellowship from NASA, and he is certified as both a GIS Professional through GISCI and a Certified Mapping Scientist in Remote Sensing (CMS/RS) through ASPRS.

His research interests span across disciplinary boundaries and focus on the use of technology (geographic information systems and satellite remote sensing) to solve complex problems and build end-user capacity. Dr. Griffin has received research funding from NASA, NSF, and WCS, and he has conducted fieldwork on human-environment interactions across Latin America. He principally serves as the Science and Educational Partnerships Lead and PI for the NASA SERVIR UAH science team, the Science Advisor for the NASA DEVELOP at Marshall Space Flight Center, the Science and Missions Operations Director for the Sally Ride ISS EarthKAM project, and as the PI for the NSF REU Site, Remote Sensing of Land-Atmosphere Systems.

Dr. Griffin teaches a range of courses at UAH, from introductory survey courses to advanced graduate level coursework. He encourages and supports student research, mentors students through professional development, and actively funds both graduate and undergraduate students. He serves the local community as a board member for both GEOHuntsville and the Huntsville Air Pollution Control Board, and as a founder and director of the Alabama Remote Sensing Consortium (ARSC), an industry-higher education consortium focused on innovation in advanced satellite remote sensing. In addition to teaching courses, conducting research, and performing service, Dr. Griffin also consults with local industry in the area of geospatial information analysis.

Dr. Robert Griffin's Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Robert Griffin's ResearchGate Profile


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Penn State University, 2012
  • M.A., Anthropology, Penn State University, 2005
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Virginia, 2002

Classes Taught


  • American Association of Geographers (AAG)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
  • Society of American Archaeology (SAA)
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  • Western North America InSAR (WInSAR) Consortium


  • Kotikot, S., A. Flores, R. Griffin, J. Nyaga, J. Case, R. Mugo, A. Sedah, E. Adams, A. Limaye, D. Irwin (2019). Statistical Characterization of Frost Zones: Case of Tea Freeze Damage in the Kenyan Highlands. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 84. doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2019.101971
  • Weigel, A., R. Griffin, K. Knupp, A. Molthan, T. Coleman (2019). A Spatial Pattern Analysis of Land Surface Heterogeneity and its Relationship to Low Intensity Tornadogenesis. Earth Interactions, 23. doi: 10.1175/EI-D-18-0010.1.
  • Cherrington, E., A. Flores-Anderson, R. Thapa, K. Herndon, A. Wahome, P. Oduor, K. Mubea, E. Ouko, N. Hanh Quyen, D. Saah, M. Bako, P. Bartel, F. Mensah, S. Ofori-Ampofo, E. Anderson, E. Adams, R. Muench, A. Markert, A. Nicolau, W.L. Ellenburg, K. Markert, B. Hernandez Sandoval, A. Limaye, R. Griffin, D. Irwin. (2019). Perspectives on the Future Application of SAR in Forest and Environmental Monitoring. In SAR Handbook: Comprehensive Methodologies for Forest Monitoring and Biomass Estimation, A. Flores, K. Herndon, R. Thapa, E. Cherrington (eds.). NASA. doi:10.25966/p7xd-0a19
  • Dunning, N., A. Anaya Hernandez, T. Beach, C. Carr, R. Griffin, J. Jones, D. Lentz, S. Luzzadder-Beach, K. Reese-Taylor, I. Sprajc (2018). Margin for Error: Anthropogenic geomorphology of Bajo edges in the Maya Lowlands. Geomorphology. doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.09.002
  • Markert, K., R. Griffin, A. Limaye, R. McNider (2018). Spatial Modeling of Land Use/Land Cover Change and its Effects on Hydrology within the Lower Mekong Basin. In Land-Atmosphere Research Applications in South and Southeast Asia, K. Vadrevu, T. Ohara, C. Justice (eds.). Springer Remote Sensing/Photogrammetry. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-67474-2_29
  • Markert, K., F. Chishtie, E. Anderson, D. Saah, R. Griffin (2018). On the merging of optical and SAR satellite imagery for surface water mapping applications. Results in Physics 9. doi:10.1016/j.rinp.2018.02.054.
  • Anderson, E., R. Griffin, D. Irwin (2016). Implications of different digital elevation models and preprocessing techniques to delineate debris flow inundation hazard zones in El Salvador. In Characterizing Uncertainties in Natural Hazard Assessment: Modeling and Decision Support (eds.). AGU Press. doi:10.1002/9781119028116.ch11.
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  • Dunning, N., R. Griffin, T. Sever, W. Saturno, J. Jones (2016). The Nature and Origins of Linear Features in the Bajo de Azúcar, Guatemala: Implications for Ancient Maya Adaptation to a Changing Environment. Geoarchaeology 32(1). doi:10.1002/gea.21568.
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  • Dunning, N., R. Griffin, J. Jones, R. Terry, Z. Larsen, C. Carr (2015). Life on the Edge: Tikal in a Bajo Landscape. In Tikal, Paleoecology of an Ancient Maya City, D. Lentz, N. Dunning, V. Scarborough (eds.). University of Colorado Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139227209.007.
  • Griffin, R., T. Sever, R. Oglesby, U. Nair (2014). Agriculture, Deforestation, and Drought Severity. In The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context, G. Iannone (ed.). University of Colorado Press.
  • Markert, K., C. Schmidt, R. Griffin, A. Flores, A. Poortiga, D. Saah, R. Muench, N. Clinton, F. Chistie, P. Someth, K. Kityuttachai, E. Anderson, A. Aekakkarungroj, D. Ganz (2018). Historical and Operational Monitoring of Suspended Sediment in the Lower Mekong Basin using Landsat and Google Earth Engine Cloud Computing. Remote Sensing. 10(909).
  • Kotikot, S., A. Flores, R. Griffin, A. Sedah, J. Nyaga, R. Mugo, A. Limaye, D. Irwin (2018). Mapping threats to agriculture in East Africa: Performance of MODIS LST for frost identification in Kenya’s tea plantations. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation.
  • Mishra, V., W.L. Ellenburg, R. Griffin, C. Hain, M. Anderson (2018). An Initial Assessment of SMAP Soil Moisture Disaggregation Scheme Using TIR Surface Evaporation Data over the Continental United States. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 68.
  • Cole, T., D. Wanik, A. Molthan, M. Roman, R. Griffin (2017). Synergistic Use of Nighttime Satellite Data, Electric Utility Infrastructure, and Ambient Population to Improve Power Outage Detections in Urban Areas. Remote Sensing 9(286).
  • Griffin, R., J. Cruise, W. Ellenburg, M. Al-Hamdan, C. Handyside (2017). Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Hydrology. In *The Handbook of Applied Hydrology*, V. Singh (ed.). McGrawHill Education.