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David W. Allen (Fed)

David Allen has been working at NIST for over 20 years. Current research interests include advancing hyperspectral imaging for critical applications related to medicine, defense, and the environment. This effort encompasses the development of end-to-end analysis methodology that integrates standards and best practices for hyperspectral imager performance metrics. Recent work has focused on the collection of spectral signatures and the examination of their inherent variability. Earlier work included establishing, maintaining and improving national scales of reflectance and transmittance in the NIST spectrophotometry program.

He is a member of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), the Council for the Optical Radiation Measurements (CORM), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Research projects


  • 2023 PML Excellence in Scientific/Engineering Leadership Award
  • 2018 Bronze Medal
  • 2011 Bronze Medal
  • 2002 NASA Customer Service Excellence Award
  • 1996 Hood College Leah B. Allen Astronomy Award


Shifts in belowground processes along a temperate forest edge

Rose Abramoff, Jeffrey Warren, Jessica Harris, Sarah Ottinger, Sarah Garvey, Joy Winbourne, Andrew Reinmann, David W. Allen, Lucy Hutyra, Margaret Torn, Melanie Mayes
Forests are increasingly fragmented and as a result most forests in the United States are within 1 km of an edge. Edges change environmental conditions of the
Created April 23, 2019, Updated August 23, 2023