2008 ASPRS Fellow Award Winners
Allan Falconer, Peggy J. Harwood, Frank L. Scarpace and Bernard “Barney” Schur have been named the 2008 ASPRS Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines). The designation of Fellow is awarded for professional excellence and for service to the Society. Candidates are nominated by other active members, recommended to the Fellows Committee, and elected by the ASPRS Board of Directors. Up to 0.3 percent of the Society’s active members may be elected as Fellows in any one year. The nominees must have made outstanding contributions in a recognized Society specialization whether in practice, research, development, administration, or education in the mapping sciences. Members of the Fellows Committee and the Executive Committee are ineligible for nomination. This year’s awards will be given in April at the ASPRS 2008 Annual Conference in Portland Oregon.
Falconer worked on the early days of the ERTS A & B (Landsat) simulation program using aircraft and satellite data to study the hydrology of the Lake Ontario Basin. He used Landsat data for image mapping in Ontario and worked with quick-look data to map Eco-regions and monitor Arctic pipeline routes. He participated in a multi-disciplinary study of the harp seal using Landsat data to track the movement of ice in the St. Lawrence estuary. During this time, he was at the University of Guelph in Canada and served on the Canadian Advisory Committee on Remote Sensing and chaired its Geography Working Group. In Australia, he used Landsat data for many purposes including the mapping of functional Ecological units, defining habitat regions and analyzing agricultural production. In Nairobi, Kenya, under his supervision, more than 1,000 Eastern and Southern African scientists participated in training courses. Additionally this program created image maps of Swaziland and Lesotho and portions of Sudan, Uganda and Kenya. Image maps were used to provide the first surveys of land cover and forest reserves since independence in a number of East African countries.
PEGGY J. HARWOOD
FRANK L. SCARPACE