The first image of Earth from space was taken on October 24, 1946 using a 35 mm camera from a V-2 missile. Since 1946 imaging of Earth and planets from space has revealed the amazing capabilities remote sensing can provide to the understanding of Environmental issues. Viewing a borderless Earth and the ability to compare processes on Earth to those on other planets is intriguing and exciting.
As a philosophy I believe that working with graduate students is the key to successful science research and education outreach programs is the key to successful dissemination of our work and the development of young leadership. My current research focuses on the use of remote sensing to study environmental issues in the Middle East and Central Asia, and the development of algorithm for anomaly detection and polarimetric interfeometery.