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Dr. Morain is Emeritus Professor of Geography and Retired Director of the Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC) at the University of New Mexico. He has pursued a career in geography, remote sensing, and spatial analysis through teaching, research, and application projects. Since 1973 he has consulted and contracted with the United Nations/Food and Agriculture Organization (UN/FAO), UNDP, and with the United States Agency for International Development (US/AID) on projects aimed at inserting modern spectral and spatial analysis techniques into developing countries. He has assisted in program design, implementation, and evaluation in many countries of Asia, Africa, and Central America, usually in the role of project team leader, chief-of-party, or chief technical advisor.
Professionally, Dr. Morain has served the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in several roles. He is a past National President of ASPRS; past Chairman for both the Remote Sensing Applications Division and Joint ASPRS/ACSM Education Committees; past Secretary of the Inter-Society Liaison Committee; past ASPRS liaison with AAAS (Geology & Geography Section); and past member of the Joint Satellite Mapping and Remote Sensing Committee. Currently, Dr. Morain is serving on the ASPRS Committees on Ethics and Professional Conduct, and Data Preservation and Archives. At the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Congress in Amsterdam, he was elected President of Commission-I (Platforms, Sensors and Imagery) for the period 2000-2004. He has also been elected to serve as Chairperson of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Distributed Actice Archive Center (GSFC DAAC) User Working Group, 2000-2002.