Christopher J Crawford, Ph.D.

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

Biography

Dr. Christopher (Chris) J. Crawford joined the USGS in 2019 after coming to EROS in 2017 to work on Landsat project science as a support services contractor. 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’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 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, hydrology, climate, and aquatics where remote sensing measurements are a core observable. 

 

Professional Preparation 

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 

 

Professional Experience 

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

2020 – present      USGS Land Satellite Data Systems (LSDS) EROS-Imaging Spectroscopy Project (EROS-ISP) Manager/Principal Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey EROS Center 

2019 – present      USGS LSDS Science Research and Development (LSRD) 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 – 2021          USGS-NASA 2018-2023 Landsat Science Team Agency Co-Chair, U.S. Geological Survey EROS Center

2019                      USGS Landsat 9 Project Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey EROS Center 

2018 – 2019          USGS-NASA 2018-2023 Landsat Science Team Agency Co-Chair Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC)  Federal InuTeq/Data Solutions, contactor to the U.S. Geological Survey EROS Center 

2017 – 2019          USGS Landsat 9 Deputy Project Scientist, ASRC Federal InuTeq / Data Solutions, contractor to the U.S. Geological Survey EROS Center 

2017                      Landsat Science Team Scientist, ASRC Federal InuTeq, contractor to the    U.S.  Geological Survey EROS Center 

2015 – 2017          Postdoctoral Research Associate, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), University of Maryland-College Park / Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) 

2013 – 2015          NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, Oak Ridge Associated Universities  (ORAU) / Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA/GSFC 

2010 – 2013          NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow, Department of Geography, University  of Minnesota 

2008 – 2010          Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Geography, University of  Minnesota 

2008                      Lecturer, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina-Charlotte 

2007 – 2008          Remote Sensing/GIS Research Assistant and Lab Coordinator, Center for Applied Geographic Information Science Laboratory (CAGIS) / Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina-Charlotte 

2007                      Adjunct Instructor, Department of Education, Kings College 

2006 – 2007          Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

2005                      Fuels Technician/Helitack, U.S Forest Service, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Salmon, Idaho 

2004                      Forestry Technician, U.S. Forest Service, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Salmon, Idaho 

2003                      Forestry Technician, U.S. Forest Service, White River National Forest, Carbondale, Colorado