Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

David K Arctur

David K Arctur
Research Scientist, Center for Water and the Environment, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Research Fellow, Center for Integrated Earth Systems Science, Jackson School of Geosciences


Email: david.arctur@utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 471 1506
Office: EPS , CWE
Mailcode: R8000

Dr. David Arctur joined UT Austin in 2012. From 2012-2016, he worked to advance international water resources data exchange and cross-domain interoperability, through NSF and NASA funded projects. Since 2016, he has been primarily working on mapping floods and flood risk in Texas.

He is also interested in digital preservation of physical geoscience samples, and is working to bring together mutual interests and talents from both the UT School of Information and the Jackson School for projects, such as to improve digital preservation of paleontology samples.

Before joining UT Austin, Dr. Arctur was Director of Interoperability Programs at the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international standards organization. In this role he managed international, interagency, public-private-academic testbeds to help advance standards in geospatial data exchange. He has been involved in OGC standards development since 1996 as a delegate from Laser-Scan and Esri GIS software companies, before joining OGC staff.

Dr. Arctur earned his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida, and his BS and MS degrees in the study of electrical power systems from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Arctur is a member of AAAS, GSA, Senior Member of IEEE, and Life Member of AGU and EGU.

Areas of Expertise

Geographic Information Systems and Database Management Systems, with focus of interest in standards for interoperability of data and models for multidisciplinary geosciences research (water resources, climate, and geohazards in particular). Data and model semantics, and digital preservation of physical samples are crosscutting subthemes of interest.


Current Research Programs & Projects

Enhancement of mutual discovery, search, and access of data for users of NASA and GEOSS-cataloged data systems (NASA ROSES ACCESS, 2014-2016)

Texas Flood Response System (2016-2018)


Select Past Research

EarthCube Building Block on Integrating Discrete and Continuous Data (DisConBB) (NSF, 2013-2015)

Bridging the Digital Divide between Discrete and Continuous Space-Time Array Data to Enhance Accessibility to and Usability of NASA Earth Sciences Data for the Hydrological Community (NASA ROSES ACCESS, 2012-2015)

Dr. David Arctur is a Research Affiliate-Research Fellow involved in the multidisciplinary Center for Integrated Earth System Science (CIESS).