Michael Budde


Mike Budde is a geographer with the US Geological Survey (USGS) at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD. He has utilized satellite remote sensing to monitor vegetation dynamics, surface energy balance, snow cover, and other landscape processes for more than 20 years. Budde is currently a member of the Early Warning for Food Security focus area of the Integrated Science and Applications Branch of USGS EROS. His primary responsibility is acting as a technical lead on the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) project. FEWS NET specializes in remote and field-based monitoring of crop and pastoral conditions to provide early warning of food insecurity in the developing world to the US Agency for International Development.

In addition to FEWS NET responsibilities, Budde acts as the USGS Liaison to the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. The Charter is a worldwide collaboration, through which satellite data are made available for the benefit of disaster management. His role as an Executive Secretariat member and authorized user allows him the ability to activate the Charter on behalf of emergency managers, both domestic and foreign, and guide the operational Charter functions on behalf of USGS.