Climate Science Background and Experience

Below is a synopsis of several different climate science projects I have worked on over the past 10 years @ the University of Idaho.  I have particular experience…


Hi – my name is Erich Seamon.  I have extensive experience in information technology, GIS, and project management.  I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) , Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP), as well as Infrastructure Library Information Library Foundation certified (ITILF).

GIS Background and Experience

I have a background in geographic information systems (GIS), using ArcGIS desktop, ArcGIS server, python, R, as well as managing spatial data within several flavors of databases (SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, MongoDB). I regularly deploy GIS-based web services, manage geodatabases, and use modeling efforts to understand spatial patterns and relationships.


My research interests are described, including work with GIS, agricultural insurance crop loss, as well as a line of work in GIS and child psychology.

Data Science Example: Agricultural Commodity Loss

In the attached R Markdown notebook, I explore agricultural insurance crop loss data in comparison to climate data, looking at basic exploratory analyses.

Data Science Example: Climate Data Extraction

In the attached Python Jupyter notebook, data from two distinct sources are used: 1) stream temperature observational locations, taken from the USFS NorWEST regional stream temperature database, and 2) gridded climate data from the University of Idaho’s GridMET team (led by University of Idaho’s Dr. John Abatzoglou).

Data Science Example: Landslide Analysis in Oregon and Washington

In the Python Jupyter notebook below, landslide data from oregon is extracted, analyzed, and run thru a series of analysis techniques including decision trees/random forest analysis.

Secure Research Status

A secure page that provides a status of my research to related colleagues and mentors.

Data Science Example: Daily Climate Change Wordclouds

This is a Twitter wordcloud, constructed daily, using the phrase “climate change”. The most recent 500 tweets from the time of the run (2pm) that contain the phrase “climate change” are organized in a corpus and then a term document sparse matrix.

GitHub Repositories

Github repositories of all my R, python, javascript, and shell scripting work. Each repository has a readme that describes the overall project and code file descriptions.

Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) Data Mining Stream

The Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) is a research organization funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide policy makers, resource managers, and fellow researchers with the best available science covering the changing climate of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and western Montana.