Boston University


Boston University
Professor of Geography Department Chair, Geography

Dr. Curtis Woodcock is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment. He earned his PhD in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986. His primary area of research is remote sensing, particularly the use of optical imagery for mapping forest resources and monitoring environmental change. He has published over 70 peer reviewed journal articles and authored over 15 book chapters. His recent work has focused on monitoring land use and land cover change and has included projects in a number of locations: Egypt to monitor agricultural expansion, urbanization, and agricultural productivity; China to monitor urban growth; Turkey to monitor expansion of agriculture and its impacts on hydrology; California to monitor forest mortality due to drought. His current research involves efforts to understand how land use change in the countries surrounding the Black Sea (Georgia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Turkey) influences the terrestrial carbon budget. He served on the NASA Landsat Science Team from 1996-2001; is a member of the GOFC/GOLD Forest Characteristics and Chance Implementation Team; the NASA Land Cover and Land Use Science Team and the Northern Eurasia Earth Science Information Partnership (NEESPI) Science Team. He has taught helped establish Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing.


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Next Landsat spacecraft would launch two years sooner under White House plan

February 10, 2016

SpaceNews Curtis Woodcock, College of Arts & Sciences The Obama administration is proposing to accelerate efforts to build the Landsat 9 satellite and launch it in 2021 instead of 2023 as currently planned… Expert quote: “Continuity of observations has always been a top priority for the Landsat Program. The irregular timing of past launches has […]

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Feature: How tiny satellites spawned in Silicon Valley will monitor a changing Earth

April 13, 2015

Science Curtis Woodcock, College of Arts & Sciences Vats of homebrewed porter and brown ale ferment under a lunchroom table… Expert quote: “It’s becoming more volatile and has shifted earlier in many places as a result of changing climate.” View full article

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Landsat Senses a Disturbance in the Forest – NASA

February 11, 2013

Directions Magazine Robert Kennedy, College of Arts & Sciences Curtis Woodcock, College of Arts & Sciences A new way of studying and visualizing Earth science data from a NASA and U.S. Geological Survey satellite program is resulting in, for the first time, the ability to tease out the small events that can cause big changes […]

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U.S. Government Looking To Lower Landsat Costs

January 20, 2012

Space News Curtis Woodcock, College of Arts & Sciences U.S. government agencies are working together to look for ways to reduce the cost of future Landsat missions as a result of congressional direction included in the 2012 budget passed in December… View article

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