Dr Matthew C Hansen is a Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. His graduate degrees include a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering and a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Doctoral degree in Geography from the University of Maryland. His research specialisation is in large area land cover monitoring using multi-spectral, -temporal and –resolution remotely sensed data sets. He is an Associate Member of the MODIS Land Science Team and a member of the GOFC-GOLD Implementation Working Group.