Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Special Seminar: My career in land remote sensing: from little to big analysis of satellite terrestrial information

Special Seminar: My career in land remote sensing: from little to big analysis of satellite terrestrial information

Dr. David Roy's research interests include the development of remote sensing and advanced computing methods to map and characterize terrestrial change, global Petabyte volume satellite data processing and visualization, and the causes and consequences of land cover and land use change.


He is co-chair of the USGS NASA Landsat Science Team, and a member of the NASA MODIS land, NASA Land-Cover/Land-Use Change, and the GOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation science teams. He is chair of the US Land Processes (LP) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) User Working Group (UWG) and a member of the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) UWG. He has led research grants that total more than $12 million as principal investigator and more than $11 million as a co-investigator. He has an h-index >30 and his research has been cited >7000 times.

David has a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography, Cambridge University U.K. (1994), an M.Sc. in Remote Sensing and Image Processing from the Department of Meteorology, University of Edinburgh (1988), and a B.Sc. in Geophysics from the Department of Environmental Science, University of Lancaster (1987). He held post-doctoral research fellowships at the U.K. Natural Environment Research Council Unit for Thematic Information Systems, University of Reading, and at the Space Applications Institute, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy. Before moving to South Dakota State University, where he is a professor in the Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence, he was an associate research scientist in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland and led the MODIS Land Data Operational Product Evaluation group at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for eight years.

Abstract: Dr. Roy will talk about his research, where it has come from, and where it is going with an emphasis on the generation of consistent global long-term satellite data records and prospects for near real-time land surface monitoring, the emerging relevance of the commercial sector, and the need for advocacy for space agency continuity of satellite environmental remote sensing systems.