- Management of the activities of the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing. The Center is a scientific research organization affiliated with the Departments of Archaeology, Earth Sciences, and Geography and Environment. Its management includes handling of research programs, scientific publications, research funds, and personnel and graduate student matters.
- Conducting and directing basic scientific research in the field of remote sensing. Emphasis is placed on arid lands, because less is known about them than humid regions of the Earth, and particularly the use of remote sensing in the location of groundwater resources. Research is also conducted on surface features of solar system planets as part of comparative planetology. Photogeologic interpretations are supported by data from geophysical sensors and field work. Research results are disseminated in the form of books, articles, lectures, and exhibits.
- Preparation and submission of proposals to funding agencies for the sponsorship of scientific research at the Center for Remote Sensing. This also includes the motivation of faculty and staff members of the Departments of Archaeology, Earth Sciences, and Geography and Environment to submit proposals for the funding of scientific research projects.
- Interaction with the international academic and scientific research communities, particularly in the training of interns in remote sensing, supervision of graduate research, and editing of professional journals in remote sensing.
- Planning and preparation of exhibits at educational institutions and scientific conferences that deal with space science topics. This includes creation of concepts, evaluation of scripts, and preparation of posters.
- Participation in scientific research committees for the planning of research and the reviewing of research proposals in remote sensing applications to archaeology, geography, geology, and environmental sciences.
- Providing advice to U.S. Government agencies, professional societies and the scientific community at large. This is done through membership of advisory committees to various agencies, and acting as liaison with professional societies and educational institutions and organizations in the U.S. and abroad.