Samuel N. Goward

Research Professor/Emeritus Professor

Dr. Goward pursues biophysical applications of land remotely sensed data. He has been actively involved in the land observation missions since the 1970s, specifically focused on Landsat and AVHRR. His recent research has focused on evaluating North American forest disturbance and regrowth from the historical Landsat observation record for the North American Carbon Program (NACP). He currently is serving as a member of the NACP science steering group. He served as the Landsat Science Team Leader for Landsat 7 and continues as a member of the US Geological Survey Landsat Science Team today. In addition he served as the Co-Chair for the USGS National Land Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive (NLSLRSDA) advisory committee. In recognition of his long-standing commitment to land observations and the Landsat mission, Dr. Goward has received the USGS John Wesley Powell award, the USGS/NASA William T. Pecora award and the ASPRS SAIC Estes Teaching award. He continues to serve as an associate editor for Remote Sensing of Environment.

Areas of Interest:
  • Land Remote Sensing
  • Biophysics
  • Global Change
  • BA Geography, Boston University, 1967
  • PhD Physical Geography, Indiana State University, 1979
  • MA Geography, Boston University, 1974
An empiricist at heart, Dr. Goward is captured by the beauty and complexity of land observations. In exploring the links between the Earth's environment and satellite observations he has found simplicity and elegance in Earth systems
  • Samuel N. Goward
1115 LeFrak Hall
Department of Geographical Sciences
Phone: (301) 405-2770