Category: People

Forest Watch science and education strive to halt climate change

Portrait Dr. Barrett N. “Barry” RockAs the international remote sensing community readies the 2009 IGARSS in Cape Town, South Africa this July, Earthzine recalls last summer’s conference in Boston, Massachusetts with this Featured Person interview with Dr. Barrett N. “Barry” Rock, professor of forestry, botany and remote sensing in the Complex Systems Research Center and the Department of Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire. Barry Rock exemplifies IEEE’s mission to put science and technology to work for the benefit of humanity and Earth. He has “grown” a network of hundreds of students and teachers in Forest Watch, the outreach program he founded in 1991 in order to scientifically track the effects of U.S. efforts to diminish the damage of air pollution on human health and vegetation. In Boston, he demonstrated the Forest Watch model of university/K-12 partnership and IEEE scientific/community outreach at the 2008 IEEE International Geosciences and Remote Sensing Symposium.

Climate Change in Africa: Personal Observations and Second Hand Narrations from a Returned US Peace Corps Volunteer

Cropped image of the author with Raphael and familyIn 2005, Stephen Andersen took a leave of absence from IBM and traveled to Africa on a Peace Corps mission. Here he shares several of his personal experiences related to climate in Mali and Kenya and how it is changing the way of life for friends he made during his mission.

Indigenous Perspectives in GEOSS: An Interview with Dr. Gregory Cajete

Cropped image of Dr. Gregory CajeteEarthzine’s Editor-In-Chief Paul Racette speaks with Dr. Gregory Cajete – a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico and author of five books on Native American education, history and philosophy – about Native American science and the role Indigenous perspectives have in realizing an integrated Earth observing system.

The IEEE President’s Sustainability Initiative

Image of an illustrated city ckylineMost readers of Earthzine are well aware of the concept of sustainability and its two major themes, environmental protection and social equity. Within the engineering community, the idea of sustainability as an element of modern engineering is also gaining in acceptance.

About Roy Gibson

Cropped image of Roy GibsonIntroduction to Roy Gibson, former director of ESA, at the 50th Anniversary of the Space Age held by the International Astronautical Federation on 21 March 2007 at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris, France.

European Union Research Framework Moves GEOSS Forward

Cropped portrait of Dr. Zoran StancicIn Part 2 of Earthzine’s interview with Dr. Zoran Stančič, Earthzine probes how Europe’s current research initiatives support GEOSS. Dr. Stančič, Deputy Director General for research in the European Commission, shares his knowledge, experience and insight of EC’s support for GEOSS.

An Earthzine interview with Zoran Stančič, Deputy Director General of the European Commission Directorate-General for Research

Cropped image of Doctor Zoran StancicEarthzine presents Part 1 of an exclusive interview with Dr. Zoran Stančič. Dr. Stančič, Deputy Director General for research in the European Commission since 2004, brings a wealth of experience and insight into the EC’s support for GEOSS. Earthzine asks Dr. Stančič about the EC’s contribution to GEOSS and the benefits it brings to Europe.

Halting Biodiversity Loss: An Earthzine Conversation with Kalemani Joseph Mulongoy

Cropped image of Kalemani Joseph MulongoyFor perspective on biodiversity loss and the data management challenges facing the CBD, Earthzine contributor Peter Fairley interviewed Kalemani Joseph Mulongoy by telephone at the CBD Secretariat in Montreal. Since 1999, Mr. Mulongoy has served as Principal Officer in charge of the Secretariat’s Scientific, Technical and Technological Matters Division.

The Globally-Aware Island: An Earthzine Conversation With Japan’s Shin Aoyama

Cropped image of Deputy Director-General of Japan’s MEXT, Mr. AoyamaEarthzine speaks with Japan’s Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Mr. Aoyama, who represents Japan within GEO.

An Earthzine Conversation With Michael H. Freilich

Cropped image of Michael Freilich“It’s almost a golden age of Earth observation because these many missions which are flying at the same time are all measuring different aspects of the system at the same time, and most with global extent. This is giving us, for the first time, the fodder for assembling an integrated view of the Earth.”