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Christopher J Crawford, Ph.D.

Dr. Christopher (Chris) J. Crawford is a Research Physical Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center

Dr. Christopher (Chris) J. Crawford joined the USGS in 2019 after coming to EROS in 2017 to work on Landsat project science. Prior to working at EROS, Dr. Crawford worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow and as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the University of Maryland’s Earth Systems Science Interdisciplinary Center from 2013 to 2017. During 2010 to 2013, he was a NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellow at the University of Minnesota while conducting his Ph.D. studies.

Dr. Crawford serves as the USGS Landsat 1-9 project scientist with responsibilities for Landsat 8 and Landsat 9’s operational science data acquisition. He is the principal scientist for the USGS Landsat science research and development project, and the project manager and principal scientist for the EROS-Imaging Spectroscopy Project that informs the USGS’s Sustainable Land Imaging (SLI) program for development of future Landsat missions. Dr. Crawford’s research and development focuses on the acquisition, calibration, processing, analysis, and interpretation of multi-source ground, airborne, and spaceborne remote sensing measurements in both passive optical wavelengths and active radar frequencies. Dr. Crawford co-investigates with others on basic and applied research science in fields of cryosphere, climate, hydrology, and aquatics where remote sensing measurements are a core observable.

Professional Experience

  • 2021 – present  USGS Landsat 8/9 Data Acquisition Manager, U.S. Geological Survey EROS Center  

  • 2020 – present  USGS EROS-Imaging Spectroscopy Project Manager/Principal Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey EROS Center  

  • 2019 – present  USGS Landsat Science Research and Development Project Principal Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey EROS Center  

  • 2019 – present  USGS Landsat 1-9 Project Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey EROS Center  

  • 2019 – present  USGS Research Physical Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey EROS Center 

  • 2019 – present  USGS-NASA 2018-2023 Landsat Science Team Agency Co-Chair, U.S. Geological 

Education and Certifications

  • 2013    Ph.D. (Geography), Department of Geography, University of Minnesota 

  • 2007    M.S. (Geography), Department of Geography, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) 

  • 2004    B.S. Cum Laude (Forestry), Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife, University  of Tennessee-Knoxville 

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