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Goddard Space Flight Center Engineering Colloquium

Date: Monday, September 15, 1997

Environmental Study and Monitoring with Classified Satellite Data

Speaker: Jeff Dozier


In 1989, Senator Albert Gore wrote to CIA Director Robert Gates to ask: "Could the nation's extensive investment in satellite surveillance systems for the intelligence community also help assess, study, and monitor global environmental change?" In response, the CIA recruited (in 1992) more than 60 environmental scientists into the MEDEA project to investigate the use of classified data for environmental research, monitoring, and assessment. Our analyses and experiments indeed do show that some classified systems have characteristics that augment data collected by sensors in civilian programs, and we are investigating ways to provide information derived from classified data to the scientific community. As as result of this effort, the Global Fiducials Program has identified some 500 sites worldwide where imagery will be regularly collected and archived, and where some unclassified derived products will be available.


Jeff Dozier, Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, received his B.A. from California State University, Hayward, in 1968 and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1973. He has been a faculty member at UC Santa Barbara since 1974. From 1990-1992 he was Senior Project Scientist for NASA's Earth Observing System. Jeff is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the NASA Public Service Medal. He serves on the MEDEA project that investigates the use of classified data for environmental research, monitoring, and assessment and on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel for the Director of Central Intelligence. His research interests include snow hydrology, Earth system science, remote sensing, and information systems. He is currently the Principal Investigator and leader of the Science Team on TRW's "Lewis" satellite, part of NASA's Small Satellite Technology Program; and in collaboration with computer scientists, he is a principal investigator in the University of California's End-to-End EOSDIS project that seeks to build a next-generation information system and distributed computing enterprise.

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