Rud Platt’s Lo-Fi Home Page


Welcome to my web page!  But please, also feel free to drop by in person (Gettysburg College science center 154i).



Email: rplatt “at”

Phone: 717-337-0930

Fax: 717-337-8550


Department of Environmental Studies

Gettysburg College, Box 2455

300 N. Washington St.

Gettysburg, PA 17325



ES312: Environmental Applications of GIS

ES263: Remote Sensing of the Environment

ES230: Introduction to GIS

ES121: Environmental Issues

FYS105: Sustainability or Collapse? Environmental Change and the Past, Present, and Future of Society

ES400: The Sustainable Campus

ES400: The Automobile and its effects on American Culture and Environment


Curriculum Vitae




Platt, R.V. 2014.  Wildfire Hazard in the Home Ignition Zone:  An object-oriented analysis integrating LiDAR and VHR Satellite Imagery.  Applied Geography.  51: 108-117. Download


Walter, J.A. and R.V. Platt. 2013.  Multi-temporal analysis reveals that predictors of mountain pine beetle infestation change during outbreak cycles.  Forest Ecology and Management.  302: 308-318. Download


Platt, R.V. Mapping Settlements in the Wildland Urban Interface: A Decision Tree Approach.  Professional Geographer. 62(2): 262-275. Download


Platt, R.V., T. Schoennagel, T.T Veblen, R.L. Sherriff.  Modeling Wildfire Potential in Residential Parcels: A Case Study of the North-Central Colorado Front Range.  Landscape and Urban Planning.  102: 117-126. Download


Platt, R. V. 2010. The Wildland-Urban Interface: Evaluating the Definition Effect. Journal of Forestry 108(1): 9-15. Download


Platt, R.V. and T. Schoennagel. 2009. An object-oriented approach to assessing changes in tree cover in the Colorado Front Range 1938-1999.  Forest Ecology and Management. 258: 1342-1349. Download


Platt, R.V. and T. Schoennagel. Have forests really become denser?  An object-oriented case study of a key premise in wildfire policy.  GEOBIA 2008 – Pixels, Objects, Intelligence: Geographic Object Based Image Analysis for the 21st Century, conference proceedings.  August 6-7, 2008. Calgary, Canada.  Download


Platt, R.V., T.T. Veblen, R.L. Sherriff.  2008. A Spatial Model of Mechanical Thinning Location and Forest Management Outcomes in the Wildland-Urban Interface.  Natural Hazards Review. 9(4): 199-208. Download


Platt, R.V. and L.M. Rapoza.  2008An evaluation of an object-oriented paradigm for land use/land cover classification. Professional Geographer. 60(1): 87-100. Download


Platt, R.V., T.T. Veblen, R.L. Sherriff.  2006. Are Wildfire Mitigation and Restoration of Historic Forest Structure Compatible?  A Spatial Modeling Assessment. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 93(3): 455-470. Download


Platt, R.V. 2006.  A Model of Land Use Change and Wildfire Mitigation.  Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. 33: 749-765. Download


Platt, R.V. and F.H. Goetz. 2004.  A Comparison of AVIRIS and Landsat for Land Use Classification at the Urban Fringe.  Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 70(7): 813-819. Download


Platt, R.V. 2004. Local and Global Analysis of Fragmentation in a Colorado Mountain Region. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.  101: 207-218. Download