Farouk El-Baz will receive 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize

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December 21st, 2017

Farouk El-Baz, founding director of BU’s Center for Remote Sensing, will receive the 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize in recognition of contributions to NASA’s Apollo space program and search for desperately needed scarce resources on the Earth to save lives and resolve deadly conflicts. Inamori Center director Shannon French referred to Dr. El-Baz as “an international treasure.”

El-Baz is known for pioneering work in applying space images to groundwater exploration in arid lands. Based on the analysis of space photographs, his recommendations resulted in the discovery of groundwater resources in Egypt, India, China, Sudan, Sultanate of Oman, United Arab Emirates and Chad.

The Center for Remote Sensing was established at BU in 1986 as a facility for scientific research in the fields of archaeology, geography and geology. It use satellite images and other data from airborne and ground sensors to study the Earth and its resources, particularly groundwater. This includes the monitoring of environmental changes due to both natural processes and human activities. In 1997, the Center was selected by NASA as a “Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing.”