USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

Jason T. Knowles

Jason T. Knowles

Adjunct Associate Professor of the Practice

  • 2008: Ph.D., Geography, Louisiana State University
  • 2004: M.Sc., Geography, Louisiana State University
  • 2000: B.A., Geography, Louisiana State University

Jason T. Knowles, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Practice with the Spatial Sciences Institute in the University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Knowles has been a practitioner of geospatial sciences for more than 18 years, incorporating the use of geospatial technologies in local municipal, commercial, military, intelligence, and academic communities.

He is the CEO and founder of GeoAcuity, a geospatial consulting firm that specializes in providing high quality geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) solutions to the environmental, municipal, and research sectors. His expertise includes skills in 3D modeling and visualization, pattern and predictive analytics, complex geospatial modeling and design, spatio-temporal and multi-variate analysis, cost surface modeling, remote sensing (air photo and satellite imagery) analysis, cartographic visualization, field GPS data collection and support, GEOINT analysis, and enterprise GIS design and implementation.

He has conducted field research throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean, Kenya, and China.

Prior to joining the Spatial Sciences Institute and founding GeoAcuity, Knowles worked as a senior geospatial scientist at U.S. Special Operations Command and its subordinate theater components. In that role, he oversaw production of multi-layered, fused, geospatial predictive intelligence analysis and modeling in direct support of USSOCOM’s irregular warfare (IW) and unconventional warfare (UW) missions supporting counter-narcotics, human terrain analysis, and counter-terrorism efforts.

He is certified as a Geographic Information Science Professional (GISP) by the Geographic Information Science Certification Institute (GISCI) and holds a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) remote pilot certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Knowles serves as the president of the Nu Theta Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International geographic honor society chartered by the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California.

Selected Works

Knowles, J.T. Advanced Geospatial Analysis Supporting DoD: LRA Case Study. Paper presented at the CETCOM/SOCOM Defense and Intelligence User Group Meeting, Tampa, Florida, 2012.

McCloskey, T.A. & Knowles, J.T., Migration of the Tropical Cyclone Zone throughout the Holocene. In Elsner, J.B. & Jagger T.H. (Eds.), Hurricanes and Climate Change. New York: Springer, 2009.

Knowles, J.T. & Leitner, M., Visual Representations of the Spatial Relationship Between Bermuda High Strengths and Hurricane Tracks. Cartographic Perspectives, 56, 16-30, 2007.

Knowles, J.T., Coastal Lake-Sediment Records of Prehistoric Hurricane Strikes in Honduras and Turks and Caicos Islands of the Caribbean Basin. Louisiana State University. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2004.

Thompson, M. V., Palma, B., Knowles, J. T. & Holbrook, N. M., Multi-annual climate in Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar, Atacama Desert, Chile. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural, 76, 235-254, 2003.

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