Connecticut recently became the newest Affiliate member of the AmericaView consortium, following a unanimous vote by the AmericaView Board of Directors. Mr. James Hurd, Jr., Research Associate, is the ConnecticutView Principal Investigator and the Director of the Laboratory for Earth Resources Information Systems (LERIS) in the Center for Land use Education And Research (CLEAR), Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. James works closely with Dr. Dan Civco, Professor and Director of CLEAR. Mr. Michael Howser, GIS Librarian in the Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC), is also a major ConnecticutView participant.
CLEAR and LERIS have strong connections to remote sensing education and applied research. Both James and Dan have extensive experience with coastal wetland and estuary ecosystem mapping, and have worked in forest landscape and urban systems mapping and assessment. ConnecticutView already has two academic partners, the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Wesleyan University in Middletown, and the Center for Earth Observation at Yale in New Haven. Mr. Hurd, Dr. Civco, and Mr. Howser bring strong theoretical and applied remote sensing and mapping skills to the consortium, and have identified additional academic, government, and non-profit partners to complement and enhance what promises to be a very strong and diverse statewide consortium.
James, Dan, and Michael, welcome to AmericaView!