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Chris Justice

Professor and Chair, Department of Geographical Sciences

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Chris Justice is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Geographical Sciences. His current research focuses on land cover and land use change, satellite-based agricultural and fire monitoring, global change research and terrestrial observing systems/remote sensing.

Justice received his Ph.D. from the University of Reading, United Kingdom, in 1977. In 2001 he became a Professor and Research Director of Geography at the University of Maryland, and in 2010, became the Department Chair (of the renamed "Department of Geographical Sciences"). Justice is a Program Scientist for NASA's Land Cover Land Use Change (LCLUC) Program. He is the Land Discipline Leader for the NASA Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and the Soumi-NPP VIIRS Science Team and is responsible for the MODIS Fire Product. Justice is Chair of the NASA LANCE User Working Group . He is a member of the international GOFC/GOLD-Fire Implementation Team. Justice is co-chair of the GEOGLAM Initiative and Chief Scientist for NASA HARVEST.

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