On October 13th, world-renowned primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and UN Messenger of Peace, visited the Department of Geographical Science’s University of Maryland (UMD)-CARPE team before giving her keynote presentation to the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS). Dr. Lilian Pintea, vice president of conservation science at the Jane Goodall Institute, accompanied Dr. Goodall.
Dr. Pintea explained that JGI’s long-term strategy is to work with its partners to protect 85 percent of known chimpanzee populations and their habitat, and UMD-CARPE’s maps of African forest cover and loss are helping JGI meet this goal. Dr. Matt Hansen then showcased the development of CARPE’s Landsat/MODIS-based Congo Basin forest cover monitoring methodology and the application of these new mapping tools at multiple scales to provide information on forest extent and structure. JGI and UMD also discussed the need for real-time data delivery to local people and decision makers for effective interventions to prevent habitat destruction, as well as the value of wide dissemination of satellite-based observations for promoting transparency in natural resource management.
Photo: Dr. Matt Hansen instructs Dr. Jane Goodall and her colleague on surface reflectance anisotropy.