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Lillesand, Thomas (1946–)

  • By: Nicole Simons
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Thomas M. Lillesand has long been a major figure in the development of remote sensing techniques, applications, and policies. He is a professor emeritus of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the department of forest ecology and management, and the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW).

Lillesand grew up in Wisconsin and obtained degrees in civil engineering from the UW (BS, 1969; MS, 1970; PhD, 1973). He began his career as a remote sensing educator in 1973, as a faculty member at the State University of New York (SUNY), Syracuse, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. From 1978 to 1982, he taught at the University of Minnesota and directed that university's Remote Sensing Laboratory. He joined the faculty at ...

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