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Andre Coleman

Andre Coleman

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Andre Coleman joined Battelle's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in August, 2000. Mr. Coleman specializes in geospatial sciences as applied to environmental and hydrologic processes. His primary specialties are in Geographic Information Sciences (GISc), GIS and hydrological model coupling, coupling of GIS and evolutionary computing/machine learning technologies, advanced terrain modeling and derivative extraction, remote-sensing, image processing, analog/digital photogrammetry, and surveying (topographic and hydrographic). Mr. Coleman brings fourteen years of experience to the science of geoinformatics applying spatial modeling, complex spatial data classifiers using artificial neural networks, real-time data harvesting, database design, GPS surveying (Real-Time Kinematic), theodolite-based surveying, single- and multi-beam bathymetry collection and processing, orthoimagery development, high-resolution photogrammetric digital terrain model development, LiDAR data processing and analysis, GIS applications development, metadata implementations, and the development of multi-agency/group data sharing cooperatives.

Other experience includes UNIX/Linux systems administration including distributed/cluster computing, hardware and software needs assessment, task automation, custom system tools development.

Research Interests

  • Integration and advancement of Geographic Information Sciences for hydrologic and hydraulic modeling
  • Machine learning, evolutionary computing, and data fusion technologies for pattern recognition, classification, and optimization of complex high-dimensional datasets
  • Landscape erosion / sediment transport
  • Watershed modeling / snow hydrology
  • Real-time data harvesting for near real-time modeling
  • Digital photogrammetry and digital terrain model development and analysis
  • Bathymetric and terrestrial high-accuracy GPS surveying
  • Distributed and cluster computing

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., cum laude, Geoinformatics, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands, 2008
  • B.S., Geography and Earth Resources, Utah State University, 1995

Affiliations and Professional Service

Awards and Recognitions

  • International Award of Academic Excellence in Geoinformatics, 2008

PNNL Publications


  • Chalishazar V.H., J.K. Westman, J.M. Deines, S. Datta, J.D. Tagestad, A. Coleman, and E.L. Barrett, et al. 2023. "Wildfire Risk Evaluation Framework for Grid Operations and Planning." In Proceedings of the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM 2023), July 16-20, 2023, Orlando, FL, 1-5. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-179533. doi:10.1109/PESGM52003.2023.10252841
  • Seiple T.E., A. Coleman, C. Bakker, C.A. Antonopoulos, and A.L. White. 2023. W-SMART Phase-I Pathway Analysis: Case Study - City of Boston, MA. PNNL-35449. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. W-SMART Phase-I Pathway Analysis: Case Study - City of Boston, MA
  • Tagestad J.D., T.M. Saltiel, and A. Coleman. 2023. "Rapid Spaceborne Mapping of Wildfire Retardant Drops for Active Wildfire Management." Remote Sensing 15, no. 2:Art. No. 342. PNNL-SA-180627. doi:10.3390/rs15020342


  • Sun N., H. Yan, M.S. Wigmosta, A. Coleman, L. Leung, and Z. Hou. 2022. "Datasets for characterizing extreme events relevant to hydrologic design over the conterminous United States." Scientific Data 9. PNNL-SA-163804. doi:10.1038/s41597-022-01221-9


  • Ou L., S. Banerjee, H. Xu, A. Coleman, H. Cai, U. Lee, and M.S. Wigmosta, et al. 2021. "Utilizing high-purity carbon dioxide sources for algae cultivation and biofuel production in the United States: Opportunities and challenges." Journal of Cleaner Production 321. PNNL-SA-161054. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.128779
  • Roegner G.C., G.E. Johnson, and A.M. Coleman. 2021. "Indexing habitat opportunity for juvenile anadromous fishes in tidal-fluvial wetland systems." Ecological Indicators 124. PNNL-SA-107548. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.107422


  • Harding S.F., A. Coleman, and G.C. Roegner. 2020. "Comparison of experimental and computational methods for discharge measurements from tidal wetlands." River Research and Applications 36, no. 9:1954-1961. PNNL-SA-151241. doi:10.1002/rra.3709
  • Seiple T.E., R.L. Skaggs, L. Fillmore, and A. Coleman. 2020. "Municipal wastewater sludge as a renewable, cost-effective feedstock for transportation biofuels using hydrothermal liquefaction." Journal of Environmental Management 270. PNNL-SA-149910. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110852
  • Sun N., R. Skaggs, M.S. Wigmosta, A. Coleman, M.H. Huesemann, and S.J. Edmundson. 2020. "Growth Modeling to Evaluate Alternative Cultivation Strategies to Enhance National Microalgal Biomass Production." Algal Research 49. PNNL-SA-145175. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2020.101939
  • Xu H., U. Lee, A. Coleman, M.S. Wigmosta, N. Sun, T.R. Hawkins, and M.Q. Wang. 2020. "Balancing Water Sustainability and Productivity Objectives in Microalgae Cultivation: Siting Open Ponds by Considering Seasonal Water-Stress Impact Using AWARE-US." Environmental Science & Technology 54, no. 4:2091-2102. PNNL-SA-145174. doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b05347
  • Yan H., N. Sun, M.S. Wigmosta, L. Leung, Z. Hou, A. Coleman, and R.L. Skaggs. 2020. "Evaluating next-generation intensity-duration-frequency curves for design flood estimates in the snow-dominated western United States." Hydrological Processes 34, no. 5:1255-1268. PNNL-SA-143219. doi:10.1002/hyp.13673


  • Coleman A., J.D. Tagestad, M.J. Henry, J.P. Almquist, J.J. Harrison, J.D. Hendry, and I.R. Herrera, et al. 2019. Multi-Formalism Modeling for Disaster Resilience, Forecasting, and Response. PNNL-29173. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Multi-Formalism Modeling for Disaster Resilience, Forecasting, and Response
  • Hou Z., H. Ren, N. Sun, M.S. Wigmosta, Y. Liu, L. Leung, and H. Yan, et al. 2019. "Incorporating Climate Non-stationarity and Snowmelt Processes in Intensity-Duration-Frequency Analyses with Case Studies in Mountainous Areas." Journal of Hydrometeorology 20, no. 12:2331-2346. PNNL-SA-132327. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-19-0055.1
  • Xu H., U. Lee, A. Coleman, M.S. Wigmosta, and M.Q. Wang. 2019. "Assessment of algal biofuel resource potential in the United States with consideration of regional water stress." Algal Research 37. PNNL-SA-138253. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2018.11.002
  • Yan H., N. Sun, M.S. Wigmosta, R. Skaggs, L. Leung, A. Coleman, and Z. Hou. 2019. "Observed Spatiotemporal Changes in the Mechanisms of Extreme Water Available for Runoff in the Western United States." Geophysical Research Letters 46, no. 2:767-775. PNNL-SA-138215. doi:10.1029/2018GL080260


  • Milbrandt A., T.E. Seiple, D. Heimiller, R. Skaggs, and A. Coleman. 2018. "Wet waste-to-energy resources in the United States." Resources, Conservation and Recycling 137. PNNL-SA-135750. doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.05.023
  • Skaggs R., A. Coleman, T.E. Seiple, and A. Milbrandt. 2018. "Waste-to-Energy Biofuel Production Potential for Selected Feedstocks in the Conterminous United States." Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 82, no. Pt. 3:2640-2651. PNNL-SA-125982. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2017.09.107


  • Seiple T.E., A. Coleman, and R. Skaggs. 2017. "Municipal Wastewater Sludge as a Sustainable Bioresource in the United States." Journal of Environmental Management 197. PNNL-SA-125058. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.04.032
  • Wigmosta M.S., A. Coleman, E. Venteris, and R. Skaggs. 2017. "Microalgae Feedstocks for Aviation Fuels." In Green Aviation: Reduction of Environmental Impact Through Aircraft Technology and Alternative Fuels, edited by ES Nelson and DR Reddy. Boca Raton, Florida:CRC Press. PNNL-SA-129394.


  • Huesemann M.H., M.S. Wigmosta, B.J. Crowe, P. Waller, A.R. Chavis, S.J. Hobbs, and S.J. Edmundson, et al. 2016. "Estimating the Maximum Achievable Productivity in Outdoor Ponds: Microalgae Biomass Growth Modeling and Climate Simulated Culturing." In Microalgal Production for Biomass and High-Value Products, edited by SP Slocombe and JR Benemann. 113-137. Boca Raton, Florida:CRC Press. PNNL-SA-105694. doi:10.1201/b19464-6
  • Langholtz M., A.M. Coleman, L. Eaton, M.S. Wigmosta, C.M. Hellwinckel, and C.C. Brandt. 2016. "Potential Land Competition Between Open-Pond Microalgae Production and Terrestrial Dedicated Feedstock Supply Systems in the U.S." Renewable Energy 93. PNNL-SA-91459. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2016.02.052


  • Coleman A.M., H.L. Diefenderfer, D.L. Ward, and A.B. Borde. 2015. "A Spatially Based Area-Time Inundation Index Model Developed to Assess Habitat Opportunity in Tidal-Fluvial Wetlands and Restoration Sites." Ecological Engineering 82. PNNL-SA-98413. doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2015.05.006
  • Moore B.C., A.M. Coleman, M.S. Wigmosta, R. Skaggs, and E. Venteris. 2015. "A High Spatiotemporal Assessment of Consumptive Water Use and Water Scarcity in the Conterminous United States." Water Resources Management 29, no. 14:5185-5200. PNNL-SA-111026. doi:10.1007/s11269-015-1112-x


  • Abodeely J., A.M. Coleman, D.M. Stevens, A.E. Ray, K.G. Cafferty, and D.T. Newby. 2014. "Assessment of Algal Farm Designs Using a Dynamic Modular Approach." Algal Research 5. PNNL-SA-99902. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2014.03.004
  • Coleman A.M., J. Abodeely, R. Skaggs, W. Moeglein, D.T. Newby, E.R. Venteris, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2014. "An Integrated Assessment of Location-Dependent Scaling for Microalgae Biofuel Production Facilities." Algal Research 5. PNNL-SA-98336. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2014.05.008
  • Venteris E.R., M.S. Wigmosta, A.M. Coleman, and R. Skaggs. 2014. "Strain selection, biomass to biofuel conversion, and resource colocation have strong impacts on the economic performance of algae cultivation sites." Frontiers in Energy Research 2. PNNL-SA-103615. doi:10.3389/fenrg.2014.00037
  • Venteris E.R., R. McBride, A.M. Coleman, R. Skaggs, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2014. "Siting algae cultivation facilities for biofuel production in the United States: trade-offs between growth rate, site constructability, water availability, and infrastructure." Environmental Science & Technology 48, no. 6:3559-3566. PNNL-SA-98419. doi:10.1021/es4045488
  • Venteris E.R., R. Skaggs, M.S. Wigmosta, and A.M. Coleman. 2014. "A National-Scale Comparison of Resource and Nutrient Demands for Algae-Based Biofuel Production by Lipid Extraction and Hydrothermal Liquefaction." Biomass & Bioenergy 64. PNNL-SA-95364. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.02.001
  • Venteris E.R., R. Skaggs, M.S. Wigmosta, and A.M. Coleman. 2014. "Regional Algal Biofuel Production Potential in the Coterminous United States as Affected by Resource Availability Trade-offs." Algal Research 5. PNNL-SA-98390. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2014.02.002


  • Venteris E.R., R. Skaggs, A.M. Coleman, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2013. "A GIS COST MODEL TO ASSESS THE AVAILABILITY OF FRESHWATER, SEAWATER, AND SALINE GROUNDWATER FOR ALGAL BIOFUEL PRODUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES." Environmental Science & Technology 47, no. 9:4840-4849. PNNL-SA-91131. doi:10.1021/es304135b


  • Diefenderfer H.L., G.E. Johnson, J.R. Skalski, S.A. Breithaupt, and A.M. Coleman. 2012. "Application of the Diminishing Returns Concept in the Hydroecologic Restoration of Riverscapes." Landscape Ecology 27, no. 5:671-682. PNNL-SA-66973. doi:10.1007/s10980-012-9713-8
  • Venteris E.R., R. Skaggs, A.M. Coleman, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2012. "An Assessment of Land Availability and Price in the Coterminous United States for Conversion to Algal Biofuel Production." Biomass & Bioenergy 47. PNNL-SA-85839. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.09.060


  • Wigmosta M.S., A.M. Coleman, R. Skaggs, and M.H. Huesemann. 2011. "National Microalgae Biofuel Production Potential and Resource Demand." Water Resources Research 47, no. 3:Article No. W00H04. PNNL-SA-73040. doi:10.1029/2010WR009966
  • Wigmosta M.S., A.M. Coleman, R. Skaggs, M.H. Huesemann, and L.J. Lane. 2011. "National Microalgae Biofuel Production Potential and Resource Demand." Water Resources Research 47. PNNL-SA-74865. doi:10.1029/2010WR009966


  • Coleman A.M. 2009. "Adaptive Classification of Landscape Process and Function: An Integration of Geoinformatics and Self-Organizing Maps." In Geospatial Crossroads at Geoinformatics Forum 2009, 11-22. Heidelberg:Wichmann-Verlag. PNNL-SA-65453.
  • Skaggs R., M.S. Wigmosta, and A.M. Coleman. 2009. "A National Resource Availability Assessment for Microalgae Biofuel Production." In AIChE 2009 Spring National Meeting, April 27-30, 2009, Tampa, Florida. New York, New York:AiChE. PNNL-SA-65250.
  • 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.
  • Diefenderfer H.L., A.M. Coleman, A.B. Borde, and I.A. Sinks. 2008. "Hydraulic Geometry and Microtopography of Tidal Freshwater Forested Wetlands and Implications for Restoration, Columbia River, U.S.A." International Journal of Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology 8, no. 2-4:339-361. PNNL-SA-59093. doi:10.2478/v10104-009-0027-7


  • Coleman A.M., and W.D. Webber. 2007. "GeoSpatial Infrastructure at the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site." Journal of Map & Geography Libraries 4, no. 1:83-95. PNNL-SA-53660. doi:10.1300/J230v04n01_05
  • Wigmosta M.S., M.K. Gill, A.M. Coleman, R. Prasad, and L.W. Vail. 2007. "A Distributed Modeling System for Short-Term to Seasonal Ensemble Streamflow Forecasting in Snowmelt Dominated Basins." In Proceedings of the 75th Annual Western Snow Conference, April 16-19, 2007, Kona, HI, edited by R Julander, 187-194. Soda Springs, California:Western Snow Conference. PNNL-SA-56074.



  • Ghan S.J., X. Bian, A.G. Hunt, and A.M. Coleman. 2002. "The Thermodynamic Influence of Subgrid Orography in a Global Climate Model." Climate Dynamics 20, no. 1:31-44. PNNL-SA-35158.

Selected Publications


  • O’Brien LE and AM Coleman (2000) Testing the Application of Digital Photogrammetry to Monitor Topographic Changes of Sandbars in the Colorado River Ecosystem. Final Report to Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center Cooperative Agreement 1425-98-FC-40-22640, Modification 002. October, 2000.

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas