Tuesday Noon Balloon with Chris Small


Infrared Earth

Christopher Small

Tuesday February 1st
Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall


Summary: What can satellites see? What can't satellites see? What does Earth look like in infrared light? What can decades of visible and infrared satellite imagery tell us about how Earth has changed over the last 30 years? A global overview of remote sensing, optics and change.

Christopher SmallDr. Chris Small is Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Lamont Research Professor in the Marine Geology and Geophysics division at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.  Chris' broad research interests include marine geophysics, remote sensing, and population and environment. Although he is a trained geophysicist, applying geophysics, remote sensing and high dimensional analysis to the study of the Earth system, Chris has found that the tools and concepts of geophysics can be applied to a wider range of questions.  He has participated in a number of cross-disciplinary collaborations ranging from tropical deforestation monitoring to urban growth mapping. His current research interests center on the use of satellite remote sensing to quantify changes in Earth's surface and the causes and consequences of these changes. These interests and the need for field validation to calibrate remotely sensed measurements, have taken Chris all over the world, including to the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta, the North Fiji Basin and Hebrides Trench, the Galapagos Archipelago, the Belize River Basin and the Peruvian Andes.

Chris received his B.S. in Geophysics and Geology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his M.A. in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.  He completed his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences/Geophysics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, in 1993 and came to Lamont as a post-doctoral fellow that same year.

Future talks are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm in Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall.  Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

All are welcome to attend!