Pete is the Director for the Earth Resources and Observation Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. EROS is part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI). The USGS mission is to monitor, analyze, and predict current and evolving dynamics of complex human and natural Earth-system interactions and to deliver actionable information.
The EROS mission is to develop and operate Landsat satellites, and provide land change science data to support our understanding of the changing Earth. The Sustainable Land Imaging collaboration between NASA and the Dept. of the Interior/USGS enables the long-term planning and development of a multi-decade spaceborne system that will provide users worldwide with high-quality, global, land-imaging measurements compatible with the existing record dating back to 1972.
Pete began his career in geospatial data science in 1990, which has included positions with the federal government, a national lab, and the private sector. Pete’s vision is to advance the use of spatial data science to better explain, model and predict changes to the Earth's land surface through time using harmonized Earth observation data and deep learning methods. His past activities include research & development in remote sensing, machine learning, computer vision, spatial analysis, and uncertainty quantification.
Education and Certifications
Ph.D. in Spatial Information Science & Engineering (UMaine); M.S. in Geomatics (Purdue); B.S. in Physics (UMaine).