Professor Crystal Schaaf of the School for the Environment has been appointed editor in chief of Remote Sensing of Environment. The journal, which was first printed in 1969, publishes the theory, science, applications, and technology of remote sensing. The interdisciplinary journal is an important resource for scientists who study the earth, sea, and sky using satellite and aircraft sensors. Schaaf will serve on a board of four editors in chief from three different countries. The group replaces long-serving editor Marvin Bauer.
“Over the years, Remote Sensing of Environment has grown steadily not only in impact, but also in size. As a result, the number of submissions has increased from 250 per year to over 1,300 in 2014,” said Elaine van Ommen Kloeke, publisher of Agronomy and Remote Sensing at Elsevier. “Both Marv and I believe this new team will do an excellent job in ensuring Remote Sensing of Environment remains the No. 1 journal in the field and move the journal to the next level for a bright future.”
“The appointment of Professor Crystal Schaaf as one of the editors in chief of this most prestigious journal is a testament of her status as a highly respected leading scholar in the discipline,” said Zong-Guo Xia, vice provost for research at UMass Boston. “Our students benefit from her teaching, mentoring, and participation in her externally sponsored research projects. UMass Boston becomes nationally and internationally distinguished through the collective accomplishments of our faculty and research scholars like Professor Schaaf.”
“It is a privilege to be able to serve the remote sensing community in this way and see the depth and breadth of the scientific applications,” Schaaf said of her new role.
Schaaf is an expert in remote sensing and has partnered with NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey on various projects that allow scientists to better understand our earth’s ecosystems. She is a member of the science teams for the MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, (MODIS) on board the Terra and Aqua satellites, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on board the Suomi-NPP satellite, and the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on board Landsat-8. Most recently, Schaaf became a collaborator on NASA’S Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation Lidar (GEDI) mission for the International Space Station. This particular mission will focus on quantifying the impacts of climate change on a global scale by observing tropical and temperate forests from above. She has been teaching and researching at UMass Boston since 2011.