Dr. Jeff Marshall
Undergraduate Research Advising

 

Student:

Peter Piestrzeniewicz

Research Project:

Digital terrain analysis of an active tectonic landscape using ArcGIS, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

 

 

Peter Piestrzeniewicz in San Franciso’s China Town during Cal Poly Pomona Geology Club San Francisco Earthquake Centennial field trip along the San Andreas Fault (March 2006)

ArcGIS DEM created by Peter Piestrzeniewicz showing the Río Morote incised below Pleistocene alluvial terraces of the La Mansión surface, near Fila Jesús, central Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.

 


 

Images:  Project photos and illustrations

 

Project Overview:

Peter Piestrzeniewicz’s senior thesis research is a GIS-based study of tectonic geomorphology and landscape morphometry along Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. He is using newly available TERRA digital topographic data for Costa Rica to generate digital elevation models and to analyze morphometric indices. The goal of this project is to develop a new digital terrain data base for evaluating active tectonics along the Costa Rican Pacific margin. This project is part of a larger regional investigation of Nicoya Peninsula neotectonics and paleogeodesy directed by Dr. Marshall.

 

Research Abstracts:

2008 GSA Annual Meeting Abstract: Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, 2008

2008 NSF MARGINS Program SEIZE Workshop: Seismogenic Zone Experiment: The next decade, Mt. Hood, Oregon, 2008

2008 Central American Geologic Congress Abstract: Congreso Geológico de América Central, San José, Costa Rica, 2008

 

Senior Thesis:

Piestrzeniewicz, P., in progress, Digital terrain analysis of an active tectonic landscape using ArcGIS, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica: [B.S. Thesis] Cal Poly Pomona University, Pomona, California.

 

Honors and Awards:

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