Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Asner, Gregory P.
Location Arizona State University
Primary Field Human Environmental Sciences
Secondary Field Environmental Sciences and Ecology
 Election Citation
Asner has transformed the use of remote sensing for ecological and geographical sciences. He has pioneered the development of non-optical remote sensing to examine changes in terrestrial carbon stocks, invasive species and other phenomena. The work is fundamental to monitoring and understanding the impact of human activities on ecological processes.
 Research Interests
Combining extensive field research, computer modeling, and airborne and satellite remote sensing, Greg Asner studies the interactions between land use, climate, and ecosystem functioning. Asner's research has uncovered ecological degradation and biodiversity change in remote forest, savanna and desert regions of the world. He has worked with numerous governments to rapidly assess changing environmental conditions, such as forest carbon stocks and emissions, invasive species, and animal habitats. Asner also maintains a career-long research program on the chemical evolution of plants and its relationship to Earth spectroscopy measured with airborne and orbital remote sensing instrumentation. His work includes technology development for large-scale conservation and climate change assessments, and scientific capacity building of government, non-government and academic institutions worldwide.

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