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Jerry Tagestad

Jerry Tagestad

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Scientist or race car driver. That's what Jerry listed as his top potential vocations in a fifth grade essay. His science path was set after earning a degree in biology, then working in environmental data collection and sensor technology. He joined the lab in 2000 after attaining an advanced degree in geography, with an emphasis in geospatial technology. Recent experience in the commercial sector provided him in-depth experience in hyperspectral analysis for vegetation dynamics, setting a course for applied research across the energy, national security and environmental domains. As a data scientist in the Ecology Group Jerry applies remote sensing expertise, advocates spatial process integration, and provides project management capabilities. By delivering science technology solutions that add value to sponsor missions, he continues to bring science, wit, and resolve to national challenges. And one day hopes to become a race car driver.

Research Interests

  • Remote Sensing of human and natural systems
  • Geospatial big data applications
  • Vegetation Mapping and Monitoring
  • Machine learning for geographic discovery

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., Geography with emphasis in GIS/Remote Sensing, Utah State University. 1999
  • B.S., Biology, North Dakota State University, 1990

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Society of Range Management
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

PNNL Publications


  • Tagestad J.D., K.B. Larson, and P.D. Royer. 2017. Analysis of Remotely Sensed Datasets to Detect Changes in Waste Sites. PNNL-27157. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


  • Copping A.E., S.A. Breithaupt, J.M. Whiting, M.E. Grear, J.D. Tagestad, and G.A. Shelton. 2016. "Likelihood of a Marine Vessel Accident from Wind Energy Development in the Atlantic." Wind Energy 19, no. 9:1557-1566. PNNL-SA-108588. doi:10.1002/we.1935
  • Tagestad J.D., M.L. Brooks, V.I. Cullinan, J.L. Downs, and R. McKinley. 2016. "Precipitation regime classification for the Mojave Desert: Implications for Fire Occurrence." Journal of Arid Environments 124. PNNL-SA-107574. doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.09.002


  • Larson K.B., J.D. Tagestad, C.J. Perkins, M.R. Oster, W.M. Warwick, and S.H. Geerlofs. 2015. A Technical and Economic Optimization Approach to Exploring Offshore Renewable Energy Development in Hawaii. PNNL-24639. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Venteris E.R., J.D. Tagestad, J.L. Downs, and C.J. Murray. 2015. "Detection of Anomalous Crop Condition and Soil Variability Mappping Using a 26 Year Landsat Record and the Palmer Crop Moisture Index." International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 39. PNWD-SA-10365. doi:10.1016/j.jag.2015.03.008


  • Johnson G.E., H.L. Diefenderfer, R.M. Thom, G.C. Roegner, B.D. Ebberts, J.R. Skalski, and A.B. Borde, et al. 2012. Evaluation of Cumulative Ecosystem Response to Restoration Projects in the Lower Columbia River and Estuary, 2010. PNNL-20296. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


  • Duberstein C.A., J.D. Tagestad, and K.B. Larson. 2011. Assessment of Technologies Used to Characterize Wildlife Populations in the Offshore Environment. PNNL-20984. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Roesijadi G., A.M. Coleman, C. Judd, F.B. Van Cleve, R.M. Thom, K.E. Buenau, and J.D. Tagestad, et al. 2011. Macroalgae Analysis A National GIS-based Analysis of Macroalgae Production Potential Summary Report and Project Plan. PNNL-21087. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


  • Brown R.S., C.R. Duguay, R.P. Mueller, L. Moulton, P.J. Doucette, and J.D. Tagestad. 2010. "Use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) to Identify and Characterize Overwintering Areas of Fish in Ice-Covered Arctic RIvers: A Demonstration with Broad Whitefish and their Habitats in the Sagavanirktok River, Alaska." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139. PNNL-SA-74135.
  • Matzner S., A.R. Maxwell, J.R. Myers, K.A. Caviggia, J.L. Elster, M.G. Foley, and M.E. Jones, et al. 2010. "Small Vessel Contribution to Underwater Noise." In Oceans 2010 MTS/IEEE Seattle. Piscataway, Nj:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). PNNL-SA-74289. doi:10.1109/OCEANS.2010.5663818
  • Tagestad J.D. 2010. Analysis and Mapping of Vegetation and Habitat for the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. PNNL-19437. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Tagestad J.D. 2010. Analysis and Mapping of Vegetation and Habitat for the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. PNNL-19438. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


  • Becker J.M., J.D. Tagestad, C.A. Duberstein, and J.L. Downs. 2009. Sage-Grouse and Wind Energy: Biology, Habits, and Potential Effects from Development. PNNL-18567. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Wigmosta M.S., L.J. Lane, J.D. Tagestad, and A.M. Coleman. 2009. "Hydrologic and Erosion Models To Assess Land Use and Management Practices Affecting Soil Erosion." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 14, no. 1:27-41. PNNL-SA-53368.


  • Coleman A.M., M.S. Wigmosta, L.J. Lane, J.D. Tagestad, and D. Roberts. 2008. "A GIS-based Adaptive Management Decision Support System to Develop a Multi-Objective Framework: A case study utilizing GIS technologies and physically-based models to archieve improved decision making for site management." Journal of Map & Geography Libraries 4, no. 2:269 - 284. PNNL-SA-50845.
  • Tagestad J.D., J. Bolte, M. Guzy, D.L. Woodruff, K. Humes, V. Walden, and M.S. Wigmosta, et al. 2008. PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGIONAL COLLABORATORY ANNUAL REPORT FOR SYNERGY VII (2007). PNNL-17271. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


  • Tagestad J.D., and J.L. Downs. 2007. Landscape Measures of Rangeland Condition in the BLM Owyhee Pilot Project: Shrub Canopy Mapping, Vegetation Classification, and Detection of Anomalous Land Areas. PNNL-17209. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


  • Petrie G.M., J.D. Tagestad, K.L. Steinmaus, M.S. Wigmosta, and C. Read. 2001. "Multidata analysis for automatic river extraction." In International Symposium on Remote Sensing and Hydrology, edited by Owe, M., 267, 427-432. Wallingford, Oxfordshire, :IAHS. PNWD-SA-4683.


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