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Breakthrough Map of Antarctica Lays Ground for New Discoveries
11.27.07
 
A team of researchers from NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation and the British Antarctic Survey unveiled today a newly completed map of Antarctica that provides a realistic look at the continent in 10 times greater detail than ever before and offers the most geographically accurate, true-color, and high-resolution views of the continent possible.

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Robert Bindschadler, NASA, Science Monitor

Photo of Bob Bindschadler Robert Bindschadler is a chief scientist of the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. He is a Senior Fellow of the Goddard Space Flight Center, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, is a past president of the International Glaciological Society, chairs the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Initiative, sits on both the U.S. and International Planning Groups for the International Polar Year, and is an Editor for the Journal of Glaciology. Bindschadler has maintained an active interest in the Antarctic for over 25 years, specifically in the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets, primarily on Earth, investigating how remote sensing can be used to improve our understanding of the role of ice in the Earth's climate.

Scott Borg, NSF

Photo of Scott Borg Scott Borg is the director of the Division of Antarctic Sciences in the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation. His research background is primarily in geology and geochemistry but during his last 15 years in the Office of Polar Programs, Borg has worked to foster all Antarctic research by ensuring that the best possible tools are available for modern geosciences study. Borg was instrumental in the early formulation of the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) and worked to secure funding that made the mosaic possible. He has received two NSF Director's Awards; one for development and implementation of the International Cape Roberts Project, a scientific drilling program for paleoclimate research, and another for his role on the development of the Life in Extreme Environments program.

Ray Byrnes, USGS

Photo of Ray Byrnes Ray Byrnes is the liaison for satellite missions for the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Land Remote Sensing Program in Reston, Va. He has worked in the Landsat Program for more than 25 years, including management roles in both government and the private sector. As liaison, his duties require constant interaction with program managers at NASA Headquarters, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., the Department of the Interior, and within the USGS to coordinate interagency roles for operating satellite missions such as Earth Observing-1, Landat 5, and Landsat 7. Most recently, Byrnes is responsible for coordinating USGS efforts in partnership with NASA to develop the upcoming Landsat Data Continuity Mission (Landsat 8), to be launched in 2011 and operated by the USGS. He also served recently on the Future of Land Imaging Interagency Working Group established by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to create a plan for a sustainable, long-term U.S. land imaging capability.

Andrew Fleming, BAS

Photo of Andrew Fleming Andrew Fleming, is the Remote Sensing Manager at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in Cambridge, England. He coordinates all Earth observation data, and the development of new applications of remote sensing within the science and operational divisions of BAS. In this role, he has managed the development of the U.K. contribution to the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA). He also manages the Polar View sea ice monitoring program in the Antarctic and is a member of the Natural Environment Research Council’s Earth Observation Advisory Board and Earth Observation Data Analysis Service Steering Committee.