Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Marvin E. Bauer (2006)
Marvin E. Bauer is the Professor of
Remote Sensing at the University of Minnesota, a position he has held since
1983, and director of the University’s Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis
Laboratory. He has been a major contributor to the state and the nation in many
- As a teacher, he has helped hundreds
of student to understand the techniques, applications and value of remote
sensing and geospatial information. He been advisor to numerous students in
Natural Resources and the Master of Geographic Information Science program
who have gone on to work in geospatial information science and applications,
providing expertise to government, academia, and the private sector.
- As a researcher, he is one the world
leaders in developing applications of satellite sensing for resource
inventory and monitoring. He has made major contributions to crop and forest
inventory, monitoring lake water quality, impervious surface mapping, and
land cover change detection and analysis.
- As an applied researcher, he has
formed partnerships with numerous state and local agencies to help answer
their questions. He has solved major problems for the Minnesota Pollution
Control Agency, monitoring water quality for 10,000+ lakes across the state
and statewide mapping of land cover and impervious surface area. For the
Metropolitan Council, he has mapped land and water resources. In a current
project, he is helping to model the spatial and temporal patterns and
processes of urban land development.
- As a professional, he is a Fellow of
the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and has received
the Distinguished Public Service Medal award from NASA. Since 1980 he has
served as editor-in-chief of Remote Sensing of Environment, the
number one rated remote sensing journal.
- As a friend of GIS/LIS in Minnesota
he regularly attends the state conference, usually giving a state-of-the-art
- As a citizen, he strives to make his
work available to all Minnesotans. The results of his land cover
classification and water quality monitoring projects are available in
web-based mapping applications at http://land.umn.edu
and http://water.umn.edu. The “LakeBrowser”
enables users to search for water quality information on lakes across the
state and has over 20,000 visits a month.
Minnesota has every reason to be proud
of Marvin Bauer and grateful for his contributions to our state.
Marv's Lifetime Achievement Award
plaque reads: "Marvin E. Bauer, Remote sensing scientist; partner
with the public"
2006 Lifetime Award recipient Marv Bauer
with Robert McMaster.
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