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Dr. Matthew Hansen
Former Senior Scientist, Founding Co-Director
mhansen@umd.edu

Research Interests: Geography, global land cover mapping

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Dr. Matthew Hansen (Co-Director) is a remote sensing scientist at SDSU with a research specialization in large area land cover and land use change mapping. Dr. Hansen's research is focused on developing improved algorithms, data inputs and thematic outputs which enable the mapping of land cover change at regional, continental and global scales. Such maps enable better informed approaches to natural resource management, including deforestation and biodiversity monitoring and can also be used by other scientists as inputs to carbon, climate and hydrological modeling studies. Dr. Hansen is currently an Associate Team Member of NASA's MODIS Land Science Team, responsible for the algorithmic development and product delivery of time-series maps of global forest cover, croplands and other vegetation cover types. He also works on mapping deforestation within the Congo Basin as part of the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment, a USAID-funded project. Other current research includes improving global cropland monitoring capabilities for the Foreign Agriculture Service of the USDA. Dr. Hansen entered the field of remote sensing after serving with the Peace Corps in Zaire and has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Maryland, M.A. in Geography and M.S.E. in Civil Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.

Example Projects

NASA global forest cover loss project

USAID/NASA CARPE Congo Basin forest mapping

NASA boreal Landsat mapping

NASA/USDA FAS global cropland mapping

FAO-FRA project


Percent land cover map of North America in three components:... more



Hot spots of change map for forest cover in South... more