Spring 2011

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning

Mn/DOT Road Closures Site
Economic Data
Gypsy Moth Response

Proximity Finder

Red River LiDAR

Minneapolis Predictive Crime Mapping
Anoka Co. Recreation
GIS - Core Govt. Service

Land Cover 2006
USGS Historic Topo Scanning

Higher Education
Smart Growth & Transit

Will Craig, UCGIS Fellow
Robert McMaster, UCGIS Education Award
Marv Bauer, Pecora Award


Marvin Bauer Receives Pecora Award
Adapted from USGS Press Release

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and NASA have presented the 2010 William T. Pecora Award to Marvin E. Bauer of the University of Minnesota for his pioneering work in remote sensing of natural resources. Dr. Bauer received the award on November 17, 2010 at the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing meeting in Orlando, FL.

The annual award has been presented jointly by the two agencies since 1974 in memory of Dr. William T. Pecora, whose early vision and support helped establish the Landsat satellite program.  Dr. Pecora was Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, 1965-71, and later served as DOI Undersecretary until his death in 1972.

Dr. Bauer received the individual Pecora award for his contributions to remote-sensing education, science and applications.  Early in his career he helped to define the role of remote sensing for agriculture and forestry while a research agronomist at the Purdue University Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing.  He made significant contributions to NASA’s Large Area Crop Inventory Experiment that used data from Landsat satellites to monitor croplands.

After moving to the University of Minnesota in the 1980s, Dr. Bauer continued his research in agricultural remote sensing but also investigated forestry applications.  His recent work has concentrated on monitoring lake water quality, impervious surface mapping, land cover classification, and change detection.  Dr. Bauer is currently director of the university’s Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory.

Dr. Bauer has served for 30 years as editor-in-chief of the journal Remote Sensing of Environment.  He is a recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions over the past 25 years to NASA's terrestrial remote sensing programs.

See the full press release.

Editor’s Note:  Marv Bauer received the MN GIS/LIS Consortium’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.  Congratulations on this additional award, Marv!