Dr. Lance D. Yarbrough, P.E., RPG

Areas of Expertise

Engineering geology, geohazard investigation and remediation, energy exploration and infrastructure management, geospatial information science and technology, small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS)

GeoData Analysis Laboratory (GDAL)

Recent Projects

Slope stability and monitoring

Mass movement of earth material account for billions of dollars of damage to valuable infrastructure each year in the United States. The ability to quickly investigate and characterize these phenomena are critical to reducing their negative effect on society. New methods of collecting and analyzing data are currently under development. Volume estimates and perceived movement can be obtained from 3-D point clouds using UAS (unmanned aerial system) and various sensor payloads. One such methods involves Structure-from-Motion (SFM) routines and are analogous to those employed in machine vision (sub-discipline in robotics).

Advanced well logging methods

New methods are developed to investigate the nature of downhole rock units. In additional to typical geophysical logging, elemental chemical signatures using x-ray fluorescence (XRF) are becoming a useful diagnostic tool. By collecting and cataloguing core samples, a baseline can be created for specific well, fields or geologic regions. This baseline assists in lithologic and stratigraphic interpretations as well as serves as a comparator when preforming high-precision geosteering during directional drilling operations.


Perkins, Dexter, Kevin R. Henke, Adam C. Simon, and Lance D. Yarbrough, 2019. Earth Materials: Components of a Diverse Planet, 1st Edition. CRC Press, pp. 532. ISBN 9780367185947.
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Yarbrough, L.D., R. Engle, and G. Easson, 2019. Chemostratigraphy of the Upper Jurassic (Oxfordian) Smackover Formation for Little Cedar Creek and Brooklyn Fields, Alabama. Geosciences, 9 (269), doi:10.3390/geosciences9060269.
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Yarbrough, L.D., Russell J. Carr, and Nicholas Lentz, 2019. X-ray fluorescence analysis of the Bakken and Three Forks Formations and Logging Applications. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 172C pp. 764–775. 26 Aug 2018 (Online), January 2019 (Print). doi: 10.1016/j.petrol.2018.08.070.
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Dietz, Eleanor and Yarbrough, L.D., 2019. Evaluating the Use of sUAS-Derived Imagery for Monitoring Flood Protection Infrastructure. Presented at 2019 Mississippi Water Resources Conference, 02–03 April 2019, Hilton Conference Center in Jackson, MS.

Yarbrough, L.D. and Eric Skonberg, 2017. Reducing Risk in Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) in Soft Sedimentary Environments, Abstract EP53B-1747 presented at 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 11–15 Dec.

Yarbrough, L.D., Greg Easson, and Eleanor Dietz, 2017. Google Earth Engine for Eigenspace Spectral and Temporal Transforms of Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 Data Sets, presented at Pecora 20-American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, November 13–16, Sioux Falls Convention Center, Sioux Falls, SD.

Yarbrough, L.D. 2015, Expert report on ground conditions for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) in an undisclosed location of southwestern Mississippi. CONFIDENTIAL REPORT for AAA Arbitration submitted to Biggs, Ingram, Solop & Carlson, PLLC of Jackson, Mississippi.

Carr, R., Yarbrough, L., Lentz, N., Neset, K., Lucero, B., & Kirst, T. 2014. On-Site XRF Analysis of Drill Cuttings in the Williston Basin. In SPE/AAPG/SEG Unconventional Resources Technology Conference. Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Yarbrough, L.D., 2014. Use of RUSLE and historical imagery for claims of sedimentation of lakes and streams. Environmental Forensics, Taylor & Francis Publishing. 08 Aug 2014 (Online), 27 Aug 2014 (Print). doi: 10.1080/15275922.2014.930936.

Yarbrough, L.D., Kumar Navulur and Rachana Ravi, 2014. Presentation of the Kauth-Thomas Transform for WorldView-2 Reflectance Data. Remote Sensing Letters, 5 (2) pp. 131–138. February doi:10.1080/2150704X.2014.885148.

Yarbrough, L.D., 2013. Impact of flipping and partial flipping course content in mixed mode delivery on curriculum development and student learning. In Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 45 (7). October.

Yarbrough, L.D., and K. Katzenstein, 2012. Development of teaching modules for geology and engineering coursework using terrestrial LiDAR scanning systems. EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 90(52), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract IN43B-1523.

Carr, Russell, L.D. Yarbrough, Nicholas Lentz and Steve Benson, 2012. Development of a Well Logging Laboratory for Cutting Edge Petroleum Research, presented at North Dakota EPSCoR Conference, 18 September 2012, Alerus Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Benson, Steve, J. Nasah, C. Thumbi, S. Patwardham, L.D. Yarbrough and S. Srinivasachar, 2012. Field Report: Project 1, Evaluation of scrubber additives and carbon injection to increase mercury capture. CONFIDENTIAL REPORT, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Yarbrough, L.D., G. Easson, and J.S. Kuszmaul, 2012. Proposed workflow for improved Kauth-Thomas Transform derivations. Remote Sensing of Environment. 124, pp. 810–818. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2012.05.003.

Yarbrough, L.D., Van Oploo, Angelle, Padgett, Alexander, and Krieger, Amanda, 2011. Use of Smartphones (related devices and applications) in Field Geology. 2011 Geologic Society of America Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN (9–12 October 2011). GSA Abstracts with Programs 43 (5), Paper #44-5.

Ries, Adam, and L.D. Yarbrough, 2011. Characterization of Banks and Slope Failures along the Shoreline of Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota, USA. 2011 Geologic Society of America Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN (9–12 October 2011). GSA Abstracts with Programs 43 (5), Paper #180-16.

Crowell, Anna, W. Gosnold, and L.D. Yarbrough, 2010. Identifying Potential Geothermal Resources from Co-Producing Fluids Using Existing Data From Drilling Logs: Williston Basin, North Dakota. GSA Abstracts with Programs, 42 (5), Geological Society of America Annual Meeting & Exposition, 31 October–3 November 2010. Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado.

Yarbrough, L.D., S.Korom, and Z. Zeng, 2010. Surviving ABET assessment and still having time to grow your engineering program: Keeping the focus on the students. Proceedings of the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) North Midwest Sectional Conference, 20–22 October 2010, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota.

Rahman, S., A. C. Bagtzolgou, F. Hossain, L. Tang, L. D. Yarbrough, and G. Easson, 2009. Investigating Spatial Downscaling of Satellite Rainfall Data for Stream Flow Simulation in a Medium-sized Basin, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 11, pp. 1063–1079 (doi:10.1175/2009JHM1072.1).

Yarbrough, Lance D., 2009. Use of Synthetic Aperture Radar in Cold Climate Flood Response. EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 90(52), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract NH43C-1342.

Yarbrough, Lance D., 2009. Remote Sensing Data for Emergency Response/Disaster Management and the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters", presented at 2009 North Dakota GIS User's Conference, Alerus Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 02–04 November 2009. (Session III-A Moderator-GIS in Emergency Management 1).

Yarbrough, Lance D., 2008. Recent Research Efforts Using the Next-Generation NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Proxy Data, presented at Joint Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAU) Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division and American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Upper Midwest Chapter, University of North Dakota, 12–13 September 2008. (Session III-B Moderator-Environmental Applications Geospatial Technologies).

Yarbrough, L.D., 2009. Analysis of Sedimentation and Impact of Plantation Lake, Olive Branch, Mississippi (Supplemental-Soil Lose Analysis). CONFIDENTIAL REPORT Submitted to the Law Office of Greer, Pipkin, Russell, Dent & Leathers, Tupelo, Mississippi.

Yarbrough, L.D., 2008. Analysis of Sedimentation and Impact of Plantation Lake, Olive Branch, Mississippi. CONFIDENTIAL REPORT Submitted to the Law Office of Greer, Pipkin, Russell, Dent & Leathers, Tupelo, Mississippi.

Rahman, S., A.C. Bagtzoglou, L.D. Yarbrough, and F. Hossain, 2007. Investigating Satellite Rainfall Based Flood Modeling in Anticipation of GPM: Understanding the Worth of Spatial Downscaling and Satellite Rainfall Uncertainty. Eos Trans. AGU, Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract IN43B-1176.

Harris, A. , S. Rahman, F. Hossain, L. D. Yarbrough, A. C. Bagtzolgou and G. Easson, 2007. Satellite-based Flood Modeling using TRMM-based rainfall products and Statistical Downscaling, Sensors, 7, pp. 3416–3427. (invited paper)

Yarbrough, L.D., and G.L. Easson, 2007. Geocoding techniques and effects of error on results from risk management decision support systems, presented at Mid-South Area Engineering and Sciences Conference (MAESC), The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, May 17–18, 2007. CD-ROM.

Easson, G., J. S. Kuszmaul, L.D. Yarbrough, D. Irwin, E. Cherrington, 2006. Rapid Prototyping of Simulated VIIRS Data in the SERVIR Fire Rapid Response System. Eos Trans. AGU, 87(52), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract IN32A-01.

Easson, G.L., F. Faruque and L.D. Yarbrough, 2005. Rating the Shrink/Swell Behavior of the Porters Creek Formation, Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, 11 (2), pp. 171–176. doi: 10.2113/11.2.171

Yarbrough, L.D., G. Easson, and J.S. Kuszmaul, 2005. Using At-Sensor Radiance and Reflectance Tasseled Cap Transforms Applied to Change Detection for the ASTER Sensor, presented at IEEE Third International Workshop on the Analysis of Multi-temporal Remote Sensing Images, 16–18 May 2005, Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA, 5 pages, CD-ROM.

Yarbrough, L.D., G. Easson, and J.S. Kuszmaul, 2005. Tasseled Cap Coefficients for the QuickBird2 sensor: A comparison of methods and development, presented at Pecora 16-American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, October 23-27, Sioux Falls Convention Center, Sioux Falls, SD, 10 pages, CD-ROM.

Yarbrough, L.D. and G. Easson, 2005. Eye of the Storm—Google Earth Assists Katrina Response and Recovery, GeoWorld, 18 (11), pp. 24–27.

Yarbrough, L.D. and G. Easson, 2005. Eye of the Storm—Google Earth Assists Katrina Response and Recovery (reprint), Geomatica, 59 (4), pp. 451–453.

DeLozier, S.A., L.D. Yarbrough and G.L. Easson, 2004. GIS in a Small Town. GeoWorld, 12 (3), pp. 42–45.

Aten, M.L., L.D. Yarbrough and G.L. Easson, 2004. Stable Band Set Selection for the Preprocessing of AVIRIS and Hyperion Hyperspectral Data. Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VIII–Proceedings of SPIE, Gran Canaria, Spain, 13–15 September, 5570, pp. 589–594.

Yarbrough, L.D., G.L. Easson, and J.S. Kuszmaul, 2004. DN Based Tasseled Cap Transform Coefficients for the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Sensor Level 1-B Data. American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Fall Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri.

Yarbrough, L.D., G.L. Easson, 2003. Comparison of Techniques for Deriving Bathymetry of Remotely Sensed Data, Oceanology International and Alliance of Marine Remote Sensors, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Easson, G.L. and L.D. Yarbrough, 2002. The Effects of Riparian Vegetation on Bank Stability. Environmental & Engineering Geoscience. 8 (4), pp. 247–260.

Easson, G.L. and L.D. Yarbrough, 1999. The Use of GIS in Determining Root Area Ratio. Program with Abstracts, Association of Engineering Geologist. 26–29 September 1999. Salt Lake City, Utah.