International Centre for Remote Sensing Education
Tim Foresman is a senior Science, Engineering, and Education leader. He has been active in helping organizations reach their full potential and address the challenging issues of better stewardship of Earth’s biodiversity.
He has been a steadfast advocate for protecting endangered species in harmony with managing human and ecological resources, while focusing on the goals for sustainable and higher living standards with reduced carbon footprints. Previously, he served as the United Nations’ chief environmental scientist with the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. He has continued his post-UN activities consulting, teaching, and conducting workshops worldwide on the challenges of creating a carbon-conscious world, foundations for sustainability, and community based decision support to promote healthy and environmentally sound development.
He has been a technology leader in the use of scientific visualization and spatial information systems for community decision support with notable highlights, such as the Smart Growth program under former Maryland Governor Glendening, and the calibration/validation of satellite monitoring data for NASA. He has testified before Congress on satellite technology and Earth monitoring for carbon cal/val and sustainable development. He served at NASA Headquarters as the national manager for the Digital Earth Initiative under Vice President Al Gore, which led to many developments, including Google Earth, and the establishment of the International Society for Digital Earth with a Beijing, China secretariat.
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