Compton J. Tucker

Compton J. Tucker

  • SENIOR SCIENTIST, EARTH
  • 301.614.6644 | 301.614.5666
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.9
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Positions/Employment

    1975 - 1977

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    National Academy of Sciences, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
    1977 - Present

    Physical Scientist

    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

    Education

    1969, B.S. in Biology, Colorado State University
    1973, M.S., College of Forestry, Colorado State University
    1975, Ph.D., College of Forestry, Colorado State University

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Tucker specializes in studying the earth with satellite data. He was among the first researchers to employ coarse-resolution satellite data to exploit the time domain for studying global photosynthesis on land, determining land cover, monitoring droughts, providing famine early warning, and predicting ecologically-coupled disease outbreaks. He has also used large quantities of Landsat data to study forest condition, deforestation, and forest fragmentation in temperate, subtropical, and tropical forests; and to study glacier extent. From 2005 to 2010, he was on NASA detail to the U.S. Global Change Program where he was the co-chairperson of two Interagency Working Groups, for Observations and for Land Use and Land Cover Change. He was active in NASA’s Space Archaeology Program and has conducted ground-based radar and magnetic surveys at Troy, the Granicus River Valley, and Gordion in Turkey, with University of Cincinnati and University of Pennsylvania projects working at these locations from 2001 to 2012. Since 2014, he has been active in mapping land and forest degradation and attempting to quantify arid and semi-arid woody biomass using Landsat, MODIS, and large volumes of commercial satellite data.

     

    Teaching Experience

    Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland, 1995–2021

    Taught Introduction to Remote Sensing 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2003


    Consulting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2005–2021

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Tucker specializes in studying the earth with satellite data. He was among the first researchers to employ coarse-resolution satellite data to exploit the time domain for studying global photosynthesis on land, determining land cover, monitoring droughts, providing famine early warning, and predicting ecologically-coupled disease outbreaks. He has also used large quantities of Landsat data to study forest condition, deforestation, and forest fragmentation in temperate, subtropical, and tropical forests; and to study glacier extent. From 2005 to 2010, he was on NASA detail to the U.S. Global Change Program where he was the co-chairperson of two Interagency Working Groups, for Observations and for Land Use and Land Cover Change. He was active in NASA’s Space Archaeology Program and has conducted ground-based radar and magnetic surveys at Troy, the Granicus River Valley, and Gordion in Turkey, with University of Cincinnati and University of Pennsylvania projects working at these locations from 2001 to 2012. Since 2014, he has been active in mapping land and forest degradation and attempting to quantify arid and semi-arid woody biomass using Landsat, MODIS, and large volumes of commercial satellite data.

     

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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