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To foster an understanding of remote sensing science. Emphasis is placed on developing a meaningful dialogue among geographers interested in understanding and applying remote sensing technology in research, instruction, public service, and private enterprise.

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Outstanding Contribution Award

Sponsored by the RSSG since 1992, this Award seeks to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of remote sensing and to the geographic community through their remote sensing research, teaching, and/or outreach. The award will be announced at the RSSG Business Meeting and at the Association of American Geographer (AAG) Honors Luncheon. The recipient(s) will be awarded a plaque designed by the RSSG. Eligibility is limited to RSSG members. Nominations is made by email to the Chair of RSSG, by the middle of February each year, and the nomination letter should include name, affiliation, and contact information of the nominee, and describes his/her outstanding contributions in remote sensing research, teaching, and/or outreach. Nominations can be made only by a member of the RSSG.

Past Winners

  • 2020 - No recipient
  • 2019 - Karen Seto, Yale University
  • 2018 - J. Ronald Eastman, Clark University
  • 2017 - Chris Justice, University of Maryland
  • 2016 - Soe Myint, Arizona State University
  • 2015 - Dr. Waleed Abdalati, University of Colorado
  • 2014 - Gregory Asner, Carnegie Institute for Science
  • 2013 - Dr. Dar A. Roberts, U. C. – Santa Barbara
  • 2012 - No recipient
  • 2011 - Qihao Weng, Department of Geography & Center for Urban and Environmental Change, Indiana State University
  • 2010 - Curtis E. Woodcock, Department of Geography and Environment, Boston University
  • 2009 - Stan Morain, University of New Mexico
  • 2008 - Peng Gong, U.C. Berkeley
  • 2007 - Donald Rundquist, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • 2006 - Timothy Warner, West Virginia University
  • 2005 - John Townshend, University of Maryland
  • 2004 - Douglas Stow, San Diego State University
  • 2004 - Nina Lam, Louisiana State University
  • 2003 - No recipient
  • 2002 - Thomas R. Loveland, USGS EROS Data Center
  • 2001 - Chor-Pang Lo (deceased), University of Georgia
  • 2000 - Paul W. Mausel (deceased, 10/1/2013), Indiana State University
  • 1999 - Dale A. Quattrochi (deceased), National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • 1998 - Samuel N. Goward, University of Maryland
  • 1998 - James W. Merchant, University of Nebraska (deceased)
  • 1998 - Robert K. Holz, University of Texas
  • 1997 - Stephen J. Walsh, University of North Carolina
  • 1997 - James B. Campbell, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 1996 - Kamlesh P. Lulla, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • 1995 - M. Duane Nellis, West Virginia University
  • 1994 - John E. Estes, University of California-Santa Barbara (deceased)
  • 1994 - John R. Jensen, University of South Carolina
  • 1993 - Benjamin F. Richason, Jr, Carroll College (deceased)
  • 1993 - Alan H. Strahler, Boston University
  • 1992 - David S. Simonett, University of California-Santa Barbara (deceased)