Wentworth B Clapham (W. B. (Pete) Clapham), Ph.D
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 Title: Professor
 Dept: Biology, Geology, Environmental Science
 Office: SR G70
 Phone: 216-687-4820
 Email: W.CLAPHAM@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. SR G70, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Science, Environmental Geology
 
Education:
Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago, 1968
B.A., Geology, Amherst College, 1963
 
Brief Bio:
I think, therefore I am.
 
Creative and Activities:
Prior to my concentration on remote sensing, I conducted research into hazardous wastes, their geological implications with regard to contamination of ground water, surface water, and the land itself. In conjunction with this research, I served as the 'geologist from the State University System' appointed by the governor to the state's Hazardous Waste Facility Board, the agency responsible for considering applications and issuing permits for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal sites throughout Ohio. I have also carried out research into similar aspects of solid wastes in northeastern Ohio. Throughout this research, I have been mainly interested in the link between the scientific and policy dimensions of dealing with environmental problems. This provides a practical aspect to scientific research that requires not only that science be valid, but that its context be clear.
 
Research Interests:
My research interests span a wide range of environmental activities.  The tool used throughout my research is remote sensing, or the application of satellite and airborne imagery to environmental problems.  This involves the use of Geographic Information Systems and Image Processing software to extract information from multispectral images and processing of that information to a point where it can be used to visualize its environmental significance.  

The primary focus of this work is in the Cuyahoga River Watershed, where my work brings together issues of biology, geology, and related areas to study the Cuyahoga River and its tributaries, as well as various smaller watersheds in northeast Ohio.  I have been characterizing land uses and estimating parameters to model processes at the watershed level throughout this area, I anticipate that this work will prove to be the primary vehicle for me to unify the work I have done throughout my career in geology, environmental science, aquatic ecosystems, and hazardous and solid wastes.

My research is extending to a study of land cover in the western United States as part of a major effort to assist the U.  S.  Bureau of Reclamation to improve management of water resources in the West, to assure adequate water supplies into the year 2025.

I am also involved in a project, collaborating with Bowling Green State University, Central State University, Kent State University, the Medical College of Ohio, the University of Toledo, and Youngstown State University, in studying the distribution and effects of the application of municipal wastewater treatment sludge to agricultural fields.  This practice is quite widespread in the state, and it appears to have some rather negative consequences.