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Mapping Wildfires from Space

The following “Mapping wildfires from space – Turning remotely sensed observations into knowledge products” was presented by Professor David Roy to the MSU Board of Trustees on September 6, 2019.

David Roy is a professor in the department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Science in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. He recently joined MSU as part of the Global Impact Initiative after serving 13 years at the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence at South Dakota University.

He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in the U.K. in 1994. In Europe, he held post-doctoral research fellowships at the Natural Environment Research Council Unit for Thematic Information Systems, University of Reading, U.K., and at the Space Applications Institute, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy.
He moved to the U.S. in 1998 to join the Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland (where he remains an Adjunct Professor) and led the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Land Data Operational Product Evaluation group at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for eight years.

He is currently co-lead of the USGS NASA Landsat Science team and a member of several other NASA science teams. His research is concerned with development of satellite remote sensing and advanced computing methods to map and characterize terrestrial global change, big satellite data processing, and the causes and consequences of land cover and land use change.

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