• I am currently a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Chris Mattmann in the Computer Science Department within the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering. I came to USC with a background in physical geography and geocomputation. I completed my PhD with Dr. Tom Painter, with whom I worked to develop remote sensing products that infer additional energy absorbed by the global snowpack attributed to light absorbing impurites such as mineral dust.

    My work with the Snow Data Systems team at NASA/JPL sparked my curiosity in the computational backbone that enables scientists to ask big questions about our ever changing world.

    I live in Anchorage, Alaska with cute-as-a button daughter Ellie and my wonderful husband Evan Burgess, a wiz of a glaciologist and the worlds best person to go on an adventure with.

Select Publications:

  • Wang, F., S. Miller, A.B. Burgess, and T.H. Painter (in prep) Temporally-Integrated Radiative Forcing of Aeolian Dust-Contaminated Snow Cover, Journal of Hydrometeorology.
  • Burgess, A.B. and C. Mattmann (2014) Automatically Classifying and Interpreting Polar Datasets with Apache Tika, IEEE IRI 2014 Conference.
  • Bryant, A.C., T.H. Painter, J.S. Deems, and S.M. Bender (2013) Impact of dust radiative forcing in snow on accuracy of operational runoff forecasting in the Upper Colorado River Basin, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1002/grl.50773.
  • Painter, T.H., F.C. Seidel, A.C. Bryant, S.M. Skiles, and K. Rittger (2013) Imaging spectroscopy of albedo and radiative forcing of light absorbing impurities in mountain snow, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50520, 2013
  • Painter, T.H., A.C. Bryant, and S.M. Skiles (2012) Radiative forcing by light absorbing impurities in snow from MODIS surface reflectance data, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2012GL052457.
  • Steenburgh, W.J, T.H. Painter, and A.C. Bryant (2012) Characterization of dust and pollutant loading to snow cover of wilderness areas of the Wasatch Cache National Forests. Summary Report for the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest: 10-PA-11041914-045.
  • Skiles, S. M., T. H. Painter, J. S. Deems, A. C. Bryant, and C. Landry (2012), Dust radiative forcing in snow of the Upper Colorado River Basin: Part II. Interannual variability in radiative forcing and snowmelt rates, Water Resour. Res., doi:10.1029/2012WR011986.
  • Bryant, A.C. and T.H. Painter (2010), Radiative forcing by dust in snowmelt dominated hydrologic systems using coupled satellite and in situ measurements. 78th Annual Proceedings of the Western Snow Conference, 43:47.

Open Source:

    I'm currently working on the integration of more scientific file types into Apache Tika , a fantastic open source tool that extracts metadata and structured text content from all sorts of documents. My work on this project is funded by the National Science Foundation Polar Cyberinfrastructure Program.

    I am a member of the Apache Software Foundation and an Apache TIka PMC member and have expanded Tika to extract metadata from NetCDF, Matlab, ENVI, and GRIB2 files.