Ricardo Lopez-Torrijos has over 30 years of experience with mapping technologies ranging from environmental analysis to hydrography and floodplain studies. With formal certifications as both a photogrammetrist and a floodplain manager, Ricardo has a broad background in storm water analysis, FEMA and USGS mapping standards, and EPA storm water permit requirements.
He has worked both as a lead scientist and a program manager supporting statewide floodplain mapping and national hydrographic data update programs. Ricardo spent nearly 20 years supporting New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) mapping programs in integrating high resolution aerial photography and LIDAR data into FEMA DFIRM and USGS hydrographic data updates. He led the development of specifications for remote sensing data capture requirements and managed the derivation of detailed mapping data to support several statewide initiatives.
His focus the past 10 years has been to provide consulting services to government agencies with water resource management responsibilities, both at the local and federal level, on the development of geospatial data models and digital decision support infrastructure. As a member of the National Hydrography Data (NHD) Executive Management Team, he helped advise the US Geological Survey on best practices for the integration of airborne LiDAR in hydrographic mapping. As the Floodplain Mapping Section Chief, he led NYSDEC and FEMA efforts in New York to establish a statewide community mapping update program. A past president of the Central New York Chapter of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, he has also been a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of the American Water Resources Association and is currently vice-chair of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association.
Ricardo is an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist (CP), ASFPM Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) and and a certified GIS Professional (GISP). He has a degree in Physics from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain; and an MS in Atmospheric Physics from SUNY Albany, NY.