Dr. Goetz’s research focuses on ecosystem responses to environmental change, including monitoring and modeling the linkages and feedbacks between forests and climate, land use change and disturbance. Much of this research makes use of satellite imagery. Before joining the Woods Hole Research Center in 2003, where he is now a senior scientist and deputy director, he was a member of the research faculty at the University of Maryland. He also worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for 10 years and has authored, to date, more than 100 refereed journal publications and book chapters, and edited 3 special issue compilations. He has served on numerous professional panels, including for the US National Academy of Sciences, and is a member of the Science Steering Group of the North America Carbon Program and the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment. He is an Associate Editor of Remote Sensing of Environment and is on the editorial board of Environmental Research Letters. He is a past editorial board member of the Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University (BS), the University of California (MS), and the University of Maryland (PhD).

Areas of Interest

  • global environmental monitoring


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Remote Sensing

Humans have a tremendous impact on the environment that supports us. Major changes are taking place on a global scale right now. Researchers have an opportunity, if not an obligation, to conduct science that can help society address these issues and to mitigate the impacts. Your research can make a different - at the very least you should try.

If you publish you should review your peer's papers ten-fold.
Scott J. Goetz