William J. Emery received his Ph.D. degree in physical oceanography from the University of Hawaii in 1975. After working at Texas A&M University, he moved to the University of British Columbia in 1978 where he created a satellite oceanography facility and education/research program. He was appointed as a Full Professor at Aerospace Engineering Sciences, the University of Colorado, in 1987. He is active in the analysis of satellite data for oceanography, meteorology, and terrestrial physics (vegetation, forest fires, sea ice, urban change detection, etc.). His research focus areas are satellite sensing of sea surface temperature, mapping ocean surface currents (imagery and altimetry), sea ice characteristics/motion, and terrestrial surface processes. He has recently started working on urban change detection and image classification using high-resolution optical imagery with students from Rome where he is an Adjunct Professor of informatics at Tor Vergata University. He also works with passive microwave data for polar applications to ice motion and ice concentration/thickness. In addition, his group writes image navigation and analysis software and has established/operated data systems for the distribution of satellite data received by their own antennas. Moreover, he is an Associate Member of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), an Affiliate Member of NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Earth Science (CIRES), and a Founding Member of the Program in Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (PAOS), and now of the Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences (ATOC). He is a coauthor of 2 textbooks on physical oceanography, has translated 3 oceanographic books (German to English), and has authored over 140 refereed publications. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Member of the administrative committee of the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society of the IEEE, and the Founding Editor of Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (GRSL).
Biography Updated on 14 August 2008