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W. Fredrick Limp

W. Fredrick Limp

Fred Limp as imaged by an AGEMA 570 camera which uses a focal plane array, uncooled microbolometer with 320x240 pixel resolution. The spectral range is 7.5 - 13 micrometers (infrared range). Image distance 1.5 meters. Photo courtesy of Jay Johnson, University of Mississippi.

Leica Geosystems Chair and University Professor

Ph.D. Anthropology, Indiana University 1983
M.A. Anthropology, Indiana University 1977
B.A. Anthropology, Indiana University 1973

Computer applications, Economic anthropology, Midwestern archeology

Dr. Limp's CV

Summary of Experience

Leica Geosystems Chair in  Geospatial Imaging (2005-Present)

Director, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (1991-2009)

University Professor, Departments of Anthropology, GeoScience and Environmental Dynamics Program, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (2004-Present)

Other Professional Positions

Fred Limp was a founder and served on the Board of the Open Geospatial Consortium, as well as the Intergraph Geospatial Executive's Board, AmericaView, SPOT Image Academic Advisory Board, the National Consortium for Rural Geospatial Innovations Board, Oracle North America Users Forum, Sam M. Walton College of Business Information Technology Research Institute Board, the UA's RFID Center Steering Committee and the OGC Interoperability Institute. He was appointed by Governor Tucker to the Arkansas Mapping and Land Records Modernization Board and by Governor Huckabee to the Arkansas State Land Information Board. He is co-author of two legislative acts. He was elected as Treasurer of the Society of American Archaeology and served on the Board of the Foundation for American Archaeology and the University Consortium for Preservation Technology. He served as Co-Director for the Center for American Archaeolgy's Contract Archaeology Program 1978-1979 and as Assistant and Interim Director, Arkansas Archaeological Survey 1979-1990.

He has a participated in a range of research projects throughout the US, Central America, Peru, Italy, Egypt and (forth coming) Israel and Greece. 

Limp was a contributing editor for GeoWorld magazine, a contributor to Earth Imaging Journal and writes and lectures extensively on spatial technology issues. Articles on his work have been featured in the popular press including USA Today, Omni, New Scientist, Americas, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Delta Sky, ComputerWorld, eWeek, InformationWeek, Wall Street Journal as well as in National Geographic books, and on US National Public Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and German Public Television.

Selected Honors and Awards

GAIA Award, Fulbright College Master Researcher Award, University of Arkansas Alumni Distinguished Research Award, University of Arkansas Alumni Distinguished Service Award, Arkansas GIS Users Forum Lifetime Achievement Award, Arkansas Computing Academy Inductee.


Limp has written or edited 9 books and more than 95 journal articles and edited chapters. He has published more than 100 articles in national and international professional magazines, served as keynote or plenary session speaker at ten conferences, presented more than 80 professional papers, and organized six professional meetings.

Selected recent scholarly publications:

A. Payne, K. Cole, K. Simon, C. Goodmaster and W. F. Limp. In press"Desiging the next generation virtual museum."  Proceedings, CAA 2009, Making History Interactive.Williamsburg VA.

Cothren, J., D. Frederick, W.F. Limp, T. deNoble, A. Barnes, C. Goodmaster, C. Stevens. In Press. "Visualizing the Roman City: Viewing the past through multidisciplinary eyes." Proceedings of the 36th (2008) Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Budapest.

Cothren, J. C.Goodmaster, A. Barnes, E. Ernenwein, A. Vranich, W.F. Limp, A. Payne, In Press. "Fusion of3-dimensional data at Tiwanaku: An approach to spatial data integration." Proceeding of the 36th (2008) Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods inArchaeology, On the Road to Reconstructing the Past. Budapest.

Limp. W. F. 2007 "GIS" in Eiteljorg, H. An introduction to archaeological computing. Center for the Study of Archaeology and Architecture. Bryn Mawr. PA.

Tullis, J , J.Cothren, D. E. Irwin, C. Yeager, W. F. Limp, J. Wilson, B. Gorham and S Ogle.  2007 Yearly Extraction of Central America's Land Cover for Carbon Flux Monitoring. GIScience & Remote Sensing, 2007, 44, No. 4, p. 334-355.

Cothren, J, A. Payne, A. Vranich and W. F. Limp. 2006. A modern survey of ancient ruins. GeoWorld. February page 22-26.

Limp, W. F. 2005 "Data curation" in H. Maschner and C. Chippendale (eds.) Handbook of Archaeological Methods. Altamira Press. pp: 1270-1305.

Nigro, J., F. Limp, K. Kvamme, D. Ruiter and L. Berger 2002 The creation and potential application of a 3-dimensional GIS for the early hominin site of Swartkrans, South Africa. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology CAA02 Tempus Reparatum Oxford pp 121-133.

Limp, W. F. 2000 "Geographic information systems in historic preservation" in Scientific methods in historic preservation, Ray Williamson editor. Advances in Archaeological and Museum Science 4 , Kluwer Academic Press, New York. pgs 231-248.

Brooks, T., D. Melman, R. Roca, A. Jahn, W. Limp and K. Smith (1999). Conservation priority setting for birds in Latin America, The Nature Conservancy. Washington DC.

Zuccotti, L. F., M. D. Williamson, W. F. Limp, and P. S. Ungar 1998 Modeling primate occlusal topography using Geographic Information System Technology. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 107(1):137-142. Wiley-Liss Inc., New York.

Limp W. F and D. Harmon 1998 Inside GeoMedia. High Mountain Press, Santa Fe, NM, 600 pp.

Smith, K., R. Dzur, D. G. Catenzaro, M. Garner and W. Limp 1998 Arkansas GAP Analysis Project, Special Publication of the US Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division. Washington, DC. Compact disk.

W. F. Limp 1997 "Developing methodologies in the analysis of spatially referenced data and their impact on archaeological method and theory" in Bietti, A., A. Cazella, A. Johnson  and A. Voorrips, eds., XIII International Congress of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences. Colloquia Vol. 1 Theoretical and Methodological Problems, pgs 115-125.

Gisiger, A., E. S. Cooper, Y. Yuan and W. F. Limp 1997 Development and implementation of a rapid low-cost photogrammetric data archival system for artifact and osteological inventory. In Archaeological applications of GIS: Proceedings of Colloquium II, UISPP XIIIth Congress. Edited by M. North and I. Johnson. Sydney University Archaeological Methods Series Volume 5. Sydney, Australia.

Dzur, R. S., M. E. Garner, K. G. Smith, W. F. Limp, D. G. Catanzaro, and R. L. Thompson 1996 "Cooperative accuracy assessment strategies for sampling a natural land cover map of Arkansas." In Spatial accuracy assessment in natural resources and environmental sciences: Second International Symposium. (Eds.) Mowrer, H. T., R. L. Czaplewski, and R. H. Hamre. Pp. 517-526. Fort Collins, Colorado.

Limp, W. F 1989 The Use of Multispectral Digital Imagery in Archeology. Arkansas Archeological Survey Research Series No. 34. 122pp.

Extramural Funding

Limp has directly received, as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator, total external funding awards exceeding $31,500,000 in the period June 1983 to the present.

Selected Grant Awards

Collaborative Research: Cyberinfrastructure for Transformational Scientific Discovery in Arkansas and West Virginia (CI TRAIN). 2009-2012.Total $5,056,430 NSF $3,370,951  State of Arkansas $1,686,476. ESP-091897. Co-PI. A. Apon,  D. Spearot, L. Bellaiche  S. Ramaswamy and W. Limp.

Digital Antiquity:Enabling and Enhancing Preservation and Access to Arcaheological Information. 2009-2011. $1,293,673. Mellon Scholarly Communications Program. Co-PI.  Keith K, J Howard, J. Ashtul, T. Kohler, F. Limp and D. Snow.

Development of a high accuracy/resolution site and structure mapping system. 2003-2005 $449,000.  NSF BCS-0321286. Senior co_PI with S Bajwa, S. Burian, S. Beaupre and K. Kvamme.Computing and

Retrieving 3D Archaeological Structures from Subsurface Surveying. 2004-2007. $1,555,227. NSFIIS-0431070. Co-PI. K. Faniilidis, G. Biros, J. Shi, A. Vranich and F. Limp.

New Approaches to the Use and Integration of Multi-Sensor Remote Sensing for Historic Resource Identification and Evaluation. 2002-2006. $840,000.Strategic Environmental Defense Research Program. Senior Co-PI. F. Limp, K. Kvamme, T. Sever. and M. Hargrave.

Digital Antiquity: Planning a Digital Information Infrastructure for Archaeology. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 2007-2008 $152,000. Senior Co-PI F. Limp,  K. kintigh, D. Snow, T. Kohler and J. Ashtul.

Streamlined Archaeo-Geophysical Data Processing And Integration For DoD Field Use. Environmental Security Technology Certification Program 2006-2009. $915,000. Co-PI. M. Hargrave, J. Cothren, F. Limp and W. Johnson.

Probabilistic Risk Based Decision Support for Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Facilities in Sensitive Ecosystems. $496,554. 2007-2008. US Department of Energy. Co- PI. G. Thoma, K. Khursheed,  J. Cothren and F. Limp.

GeoSpatial & Visualization Support & Training for EAST Initiative EAST Initiative. Total award $1,200,000+. 1998-2007. PI Limp, W. F and M. Williamson.

National Center for Resource Innovations (NCRI) and National Consortium for Rural Geospatial Innovation (RGIS) in America. Total award $2,080,000+, 1991-2007. USDA-CSREES. Senior Co-PI. F. Limp, J. Cothren and B. Culpepper.

Computation architecture supporting carbon sequestration modeling for Central America. 2003-2006. NASA-World Bank. $365,000. Co-PI with J Cothren.

Central and South America avian conservation habitat analysis using AVHRR and other data sources and Mapping North American avian habitat and conservation requirements with AVHRR . The Nature Conservancy and its cooperators. Total Award $295,000. 1997-1999 Co-PI K. Smith.

Automated mapping and reporting system. 2005-2007 and 2007-2009. $440,000.Arkansas Natural Resource Commission. Co-Pi with R. Davis.

Mapping vertebrate distributions using TM imagery (GAP project). USGS-BRD 5 year project. $468,000. Co-PI Kimberly Smith.

Agricultural land use mapping for the Mississippi Delta and Inundation mapping using TM imagery $290,000. 1997-1999. Arkansas Soil and Water Commission. Co-PI B. Gorham.

Statewide land use land cover mapping project. Arkansas Legislature special appropriation. Total award $527,000 1999-2000. 2003-2004, 2005-2007. co-PI B. Gorham.

Enhancing delivery of soils data using web systems, use of NRI, resource methodologies (multiple awards). USDA-NRCS 1993-present. Total award to date $180,000. Co-PI with J. Farley

Development of an on-line economic development information system using framework data. 2000, USGS-FGDC. Award $75,000. Co-PI with J. Farley.