Dr. Robert Griffin



Dr. Robert Griffin

Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Science Department
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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 in 2012, having received graduate support from PSU and a NASA GSRP fellowship as well as a research position through UAH’s Earth System Science Center.

Dr. Griffin is a founder and director of the Alabama Remote Sensing Consortium (ARSC), an industry-higher education consortium focused on innovation in advanced satellite remote sensing, as well as the founder and director of the interdisciplinary Human Dimensions, Discovery, and Decision-Making (HD3) Lab at UAH. He has conducted fieldwork in areas across Latin America, including Panama, Peru, and Guatemala where his research has focused on the complex interactions between human societies and their environments. His research relies heavily on GIS and advanced image processing techniques for satellite remote sensing, and he plays an active role in the GIS/RS and Earth System Science degree programs within the Atmospheric Science Department.

Dr. Griffin manages the Mission Operations Center (MOC) for the SallyRide EarthKAM project, a STEM-education initiative focused on ISS utilization, and participates in a wide range of NASA-funded research projects. He also teams closely with researchers at NASA SERVIR to assist in integrating remote sensing and geospatial analyses into more effective decision-making for environmental management. Dr. Griffin encourages and supports student research (undergraduate and graduate), mentors students, and teaches courses on GIS, remote sensing, and land cover change in the Department of Atmospheric Science.

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)


  • In Press. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Hydrology.
  • In *The Handbook of Applied Hydrology*, V. Singh (ed.). McGrawHill Education. (*R. Griffin*, J. Cruise, W. Ellenburg, M. Al-Hamdan, C. Handyside)
  • In Press. 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. (E. Anderson, *R. Griffin*, D. Irwin)
  • 2016. The Nature and Origins of Linear Features in the Bajo de Azúcar, Guatemala: Implications for Ancient Maya Adaptation to a Changing Environment. *Geoarchaeology*. DOI: 10.1002/gea.21568 (N. Dunning, *R. Griffin*, T. Sever, W. Saturno, J. Jones)
  • 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. (N. Dunning, *R. Griffin*, J. Jones, R. Terry, Z. Larsen, C. Carr)
  • 2014. Agriculture, Deforestation, and Drought Severity. In *The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context*, G. Iannane (ed.). University of Colorado Press. (*R. Griffin*, T. Sever, R. Oglesby, U. Nair)