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Terry Slonecker

Researcher
Geography
The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands

Biography

Terry Slonecker is a Research Geographer with the USGS/Eastern Geographic Science Center. He specializes in remote sensing and other geospatial analyses of hazardous waste and other fugitive contaminants. His current research interest include VIS/NIR/FTIR spectroscopy and imaging spectroscopy, especially as it relates to hazardous substances. He holds a Master’s degree in Geography and a Doctorate in Environmental Science, both from George Mason University. With 30+ years of experience with the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey, he has served on many special assignments including the Gore-Chernomrydin Commission, the U.S. Group on Earth Observations, the Civil Application Committee, the Spring Valley World War 1 chemical weapons cleanup and has recently served as a remote sensing instructor in Afghanistan. He has participated in several emergency response efforts including Three Mile Island, Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Oil Spill and has served, on several occasions, as an expert witness on remote sensing for the Federal government.

Research Interest

land surface characteristics contamination and pollution remote sensing image spectroscopy land use change

Publications

  • Slonecker, E.T., Milheim, L.E., Roig-Silva, C.M., and Malizia, A.R. 2013, Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Sullivan and Wyoming Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004–2010: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2013–1261, 33 p., available at

  • Milheim, L.E., Slonecker, E.T., Roig-Silva, C.M., and Malizia, A.R., 2013, Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Armstrong and Indiana Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004–2010: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2013–1263, 35 p.

  • Slonecker, E.T., and Fisher, G.B., 2014, An evaluation of remote sensing technologies for the detection of fugitive contamination at selected Superfund hazardous waste sites in Pennsylvania: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1081, 23 p

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