Chris 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 (to the renamed Department of Geographical Sciences). Dr. 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 Co-Chair of the NASA LANCE User Working Group . He is a member of the international GOFC/GOLD-Fire Implementation Team. Dr. Justice is co-chair of the GEOGLAM Initiative.  Dr. Justice's current research is on land cover and land use change, land observations and data products, global agricultural monitoring, and their associated information technology and decision support systems.

Areas of Interest

  • Global Change Research
  • Land Use and Land Cover Change
  • Satellite-based Agricultural Monitoring
  • Satellite-based Fire Monitoring
  • Terrestrial Observing Systems/Remote Sensing


  • Ph.D
    Geography, Reading University, UK, 1977
  • BA
    Honors Geography, Reading University, UK 1973
  • International
    Co Chair, the International GEOGLAM Initiative
  • International
    Project Scientist, NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Program
  • National
    NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Program Scientist
  • Co Chair NASA LANCE User Working Group

Current Students

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  • Meghavi Prashnani
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