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ESRI and Town & Gown Redlands Forum

Dr. William Brown, President and CEO of Woods Hole Research Center and one of the foremost authorities of environmental science, and Dr. Josef Kellndorfer, associate scientist of the Center, will speak on Wednesday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. as part of the ESRI and Town & Gown Redlands Forum.

The Woods Hole Research Center is a nonprofit institute that focuses on environmental science, education and public policy. Their mission is to conserve and sustain the planet’s resources by promoting practical approaches, within human interest, to their management. The Center works in collaboration with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), research centers, enterprises, national governments and the United Nations.

Brown will be speaking on the behalf of the Woods Hole Research Center about its contributions to understanding global environmental issues. Before becoming the President and CEO of the Woods Hole Research Center in February, he was President and CEO of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, and held the same offices at the nation’s oldest natural history museum, the Academy of the Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Brown has also served as Science Advisor to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt during the Clinton Administration, is a former chairman of the Ocean Conservancy, and the former director of numerous ecological institutions, including the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Environmental Law Institute, U.S. Environmental Training Institute and the U.S. Committee for the United Nations Environment Programme.

┬áDr. Josef Kellndorfer, assistant scientist of the Woods Hole Research Center, will also be at hand to present “Shooting with a Radar Gun: Another Radiological Tool to Diagnose and Monitor Patient Earth” covering research projects using satellite imagery technology to map global forests. As co-leader of the REDD Initiative, a NASA-funded project, Kellndorfer is currently conducting research to generate the first high resolution above ground bio-mass and carbon dataset of the United State based on the integration of space shuttle radar and satellite imagery. Dr. Kellndorfer’s research primarily focuses on the monitoring and assessment of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems using remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems on a regional and global scale.


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