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NASA, U.S. Feds, honor Alan Strahler for contributions to the application of remote sensing science

Alan Strahler with geography students on the roof of the College of Arts & Sciences building.
Photo by Frank Curran

Alan Strahler, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of geography and environment, was recently recognized by NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior for his contributions to remote sensing science, which have improved the fundamental understanding of the remote sensing process and its applications for observing land surface properties.

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Strahler’s early theoretical contributions in describing the interactions of light with forest trees led to realistic and quantifiable approaches employed today in many areas of remote sensing. Strahler also advanced the field of image analysis by developing new methods for incorporating spatial information. His innovative methods for incorporating spatial information such as size, shape, and texture in the interpretation of remotely sensed image data were important in the coupling of remote sensing with geographic information systems.

“Understanding of our home planet and predicting future global environmental changes require both individual technical efforts and worldwide collaborations,” said Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate. “This year’s awards acknowledge just how important sustained, decades-long efforts by individuals and nations are to Earth science, and the benefits they can bring to the world.” Read More...

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