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Peter C. Beeson
Visiting Scientist
USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Bldg. 007, Rm. 104, BARC-West
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350 USA
Voice: (301) 504-8902
Fax: (301) 504-8931

Research Interests:

  • Developing and applying remote sensing techniques to improve the spatial and temporal responses of the SWAT-APEX model to predict current and future changes in water quality, soil erosion and runoff across landscapes in agricultural watersheds.
  • Creating a decision support system for operational and management planning for the increase in corn production as a result of biofuel production goals.


  • 1999 B.S. Department of Geology, Bates College, Lewiston, ME.
  • 2003 M.S. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
  • 2009 Ph.D. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

Professional Experience:

  • 01/00 - 08/01: Post-Baccalaureate UGS Technician, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.
  • 08/01 - 08/03: Graduate Research Assistant, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.
  • 08/03 - 05/09: Graduate Research Assistant, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
  • 10/09 - Present: Research Physical Scientist, USDA-ARS-Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, MD.

Professional Memberships:

  • 1999 - Present: Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society Southern Maine Chapter
  • 2000 - 2005: American Geophysical Union
  • 2010 - Present: Soil and Water Conservation Society
  • 2010 - Present: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Professional Service:

  • 09/06 - 04/07: Expert Report Preparation, Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center

Selected Publications:(please contact the author to determine reprint availability)

(view author's publications/interpretive summaries/technical abstracts since 1999)

Beeson, P.C., Daughtry, C.S.T., Hunt, E.R. Jr., Akhmedov, B., Sadeghi, A.M., Karlen, D.L., and Tomer M.D. (2013). Mapping Tillage Practices using Multispectral Satellites in a Central Iowa Watershed. Soil Tillage Research. (in press).

Zhang, X., Beeson, P.C., Link, R., Manowitz, D., Izaurralde, R.C., Sadeghi, A.M., Thomson, A.M., Shahajapal, R., Srinivasan, R., and Arnold J.G. 2013. PP-SWAT: A Python-based parallel computing software for efficient multi-objective calibration of swat. Environ. Model. Softw. (in press).

Tomer, M.D., Beeson, P.C., Meek, D.W., Moriasi, D.N., Rossi, C.G., and Sadeghi, A.M. (2013). Identifying Tools to Evaluate Simulations of Daily Discharge from Large Watersheds. Transactions of the ASBAE. (in press).

Beeson, P.C., Sadeghi, A.M., Lang, W.M., and Tomer, M.D. (2013). Sediment Delivery Estimates in Water Quality Models Altered by Resolution and Source of Topographic Data. Journal of Environmental Quality. SWAT Conference Special Issue. (in press).

Daughtry, C.S.T., Hunt E.R. Jr., Beeson, P.C., Lang, M.W., Serbin G., Alfieri, J.G., McCarty, G.W., and Sadeghi, A.M. (2012). Remote Sensing of Soil Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Dynamics across Agricultural Landscapes. Chapter within Managing Agricultural Greenhouse Gases. Liebig, M, Franzluebbers, A.J., and Follett, R.F. editors. Academic Press, Waltham, MA. p.576.

Beeson, P.C., Doraiswamy, P.C., Sadeghi, A.M., Di Luzio, M., Tomer, M.D., Arnold, J.G., and Daughtry, C.S.T. (2011). Treatments of Precipitation Inputs to hydrologic Models. Transactions of the ASBAE. Vol. 54(6): 2011-2020.

Daughtry, C.S.T., Beeson, P.C., Milak, S., Akhmedov, B., Hunt, E.R. Jr., Sadeghi, A.M., and Tomer M.D. (2011). Remote Sensing of Soil Tillage Intensity in a CEAP Watershed in Central Iowa. Proceedings of the Fourth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds, 26-30 September 2011, Fairbanks, AK.

Beeson, P.C., Miller, D.A. and Duffy, C.J. (2011). Identifying Ephemeral and Perennial Stream Reaches Using Apparent Thermal Inertia of an Ungauged Basin in Central New Mexico. GeoCarto International. Vol. 26, No. 3, pp.183-194.

Urgeghe, A.M., Breshears, D.D., Martens, S.N., and Beeson, P.C. (2010). Redistribution of Runoff Among Vegetation Patch Types: On Ecohydrological Optimality of Herbaceous Capture of Runon. Rangeland Ecology and Management Forum. Vol. 63, No. 5, pp. 497-504.

Beeson, P.C. (2009). Integrated Hydrologic Modeling in an Ungauged Ephemeral Watershed: Rio Salado, New Mexico. Doctoral Dissertation in Civil Engineering. Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA.

Beeson, P.C. (2003). The Role of Groundwater Models in Closing Long Term Water Balances of River Basins: The Whitewater River Watershed, KS. Master Thesis in Civil Engineering. Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA.

Beeson, P.C., Martens, S.N., and Breshears, D.D. (2001). Simulating Overland Flow Following Wildfire: Mapping Vulnerability to Landscape Disturbance. Hydrological Processes. v.15(15), p.2917-2930.

Wilson, C.J., Carey, J.W., Beeson, P.C., Gard, M.O., and Lane, L.J. (2001). A GIS-based Hillslope Erosion and Sediment Delivery Model and its Application in the Cerro Grande Burn Area. Hydrological Processes. v.15, no.15, p.2995-3010.

Beeson, P.C. (1999). Local Groundwater Flow Model of Zimap?n, Mexico. Bachelor Honors Thesis in Geology. Bates College. Lewiston, ME.

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