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James Hiebert

Lead, Computational Support

James Hiebert joined PCIC in October 2009 as a member of the computation support group. He was previously a Physical Scientist in the Coast Survey Development Lab of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in Washington, DC. James earned his master's degree in computer science from the University of Oregon, focusing on peer-to-peer networking and Internet routing. Following his graduate studies, James sought to apply computer science to more ecological and environmental problems leading him to his three year term as a Physical Scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), supporting NOAA's ocean mapping efforts and the development of its hydrographic techniques. James draws on his multi-disciplinary computer science experience to support PCIC's work on climate change and variability impacts. Much of James's free time is devoted to hiking, climbing, camping, running and generally exploring wild places.

  • MSc Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon
  • BA Computer Science, Goshen College
Selected Publications: 
  • Web delivery of giant climate data sets to facilitate open science. James Hiebert. Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial North America, May 2013. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Web services for open meteorological data in British Columbia. James Hiebert, Faron Anslow. Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, December 2012. San Francisco, CA.
  • Improved climate monitoring in British Columbia. Dave Rodenhuis, E.J. Weick, J. Hiebert, A. Soux, L. Pitt. 23rd Conference on Climate Variability and Change, January 2011. Seattle, WA.
  • Estimation of Sounding Uncertainty from Measurements of Water Mass Variability. Jonathan Beaudoin, Brian Calder, James Hiebert, Gretchen Imahori. International Hydrographic Review, November 2009.
  • Uncertainty Wedge Analysis: Quantifying the Impact of Sparse Sound Speed Profiling Regimes on Sounding Uncertainty. Jonathan Beaudoin, James Hiebert, Brian Calder, Gretchen Imahori. US Hydrographic Con- ference, May 2009. Norfolk, VA.
  • Sound Speed Uncertainty Modeling (presentation). James Hiebert. NOAA Field Procedures Workshop, January 2009. Norfolk, VA.
  • Digital DR - A metadata-based approach to documenting hydrographic surveys (presentation). Jeremy McHugh, James Hiebert, John Tucker. NOAA Field Procedures Workshop, January 2009. Norfolk, VA.
  • An Algorithm for Estimating the Sound Speed Component of Total Depth Uncertainty. Gretchen Imahori, James Hiebert. Canadian Hydrographic Conference, May 2008. Victoria, BC.
  • The digital descriptive report: a metadata-based approach to documenting hydro surveys. Jeremy McHugh, James Hiebert, John Tucker, Dan Neumann. Canadian Hydrographic Conference, May 2008. Victoria, BC.