Tom has been working with satellite and airborne remotely sensed data since his time serving as a ship’s navigator in the late 1980s. Initially, he mainly utilized the meteorological data including the three years he worked as a typhoon forecaster for the western Pacific and Indian Ocean region while stationed on Guam.
Tom began working with land remote sensing data in the mid 1990s specializing in coastal and riverine projects. He has also served in the position of GIS coordinator and was part of a GIS response team while helping Guam recover from the extensive damage caused by Super-typhoon Pongsongwa in 2002.
Tom has been involved in international collaborative efforts including the Committee on Satellite Earth Observation Satellites to help make remotely sensed data more readily usable by all. He is currently serving as a member of the Outreach and Collaboration Team within the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Land Imaging Program, proudly working with the USGS and NASA teams to help ensure continued success of the Landsat satellite missions.