Dr. Stephen Coulson - European Space Agency (ESA)
Stephen Coulson has 30 years' experience in the field of Earth Observation and its applications, the last 25 of which have been with the European Space Agency. He was the founder of the ERS Fringe group back in 1991, and led many of the ESA activities that pioneered INSAR applications and services over the last two decades with the ERS-1, ERS-2 and ENVISAT missions. Since 2000, he has been managing an ESA program to support the development of the European EO downstream services industry, addressing a wide range of EO-derived products & information services for both public & Private sector. Over the last 5-8 years, Stephen had been developing ESA cooperation with the main International Development Banks in order to integrate and mainstream EO-based environmental information into the working practices of Official Developemt Assistance (ODA). He has a degree in physics from University of Durham (UK) and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Southampton (UK).
Prof. Stephen Stehman, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY USA
Dr. Steve Stehamn is Professor of Biometry at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York. He received his PhD in Biometry from Cornell University after completing his undergraduate degree in Biology at Penn State University and his M.S. in Statistics at Oregon State University. Dr. Stehman’s research has focused on sampling theory and methods for environmental monitoring, with the primary applications addressing land-cover monitoring using remotely sensed data. Sampling design and estimation methods for assessing map accuracy have been a prominent component of this research activity. Dr. Stehman maintains ongoing research collaborations with the US Geological Survey, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Forest Service, and the University of Maryland. His current work with is focused on investigating methods to incorporate remote sensing and accuracy assessment in near real-time monitoring of land cover (US Geological Survey), estimating area of forest disturbance (US Forest Service, University of Maryland), and estimating crop area (University of Maryland)
Dr. Chris Hopkinson - University of Lethbridge, Canada
Dr. Hopkinson is a Campus Alberta Research Chair in Terrestrial Ecosystems Remote Sensing in the Department of Geography, University of Lethbridge, Canada. He directs the ARTeMiS Research laboratory, which currently hosts 11 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conducting studies into in situ and remote sensing data fusion techniques, ecosystem change and online natural resource monitoring frameworks. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing and is a Vice President of the International Commission on Remote Sensing within the International Association of Hydrological Sciences. Prior to Joining the University of Lethbridge, he was an environmental research scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industry Research Organisation, where he worked on terrestrial, airborne and satellite lidar data scaling and integration for forest biomass and carbon assessment. Hopkinson’s most notable achievement, however, was the initiation and leadership of the Canadian Consortium for Lidar Environmental Applications Research (C-CLEAR) from 2000 to 2011, where he facilitated and coordinated international airborne lidar research operations; usually on a shoestring and always through highly leveraged pooling of resources and stakeholder networking. Given the frequent need to modify partner expectations, C-CLEAR might not have been possible if it were not for Hopkinson’s youthful experiences attempting to meet his quota as a door-to-door free-range chicken salesman!