Two world leading globe experts have joined the Open Digital Earth Foundation as Science Advisers.

Professor Chrisman and Professor Ehlers will advise the Foundation on how spatial globes can contribute to education and other social objectives, particularly in developing countries, and will seek new partnerships between research and education institutions and end users on spatial globe applications.

Nick ChrismanProfessor Nick Chrisman
Nick is the editor of the journal Cartography and Geographic Information Science, based in Bellingham, Washington.

Nick was Professor of Geospatial Science and Discipline Head at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia in 2013 for 12 months. Beforethen, Nick was Professor of Geomatics Sciences at the Université Laval, Canada with his principal assignment as Scientific Director of the GEOIDE Network from 2005.

Nick’s research has concentrated on time in GIS, data quality testing and the social and institutional aspects of Geographic Information Systems.

From 1987 until 2004 Nick was Professor of Geography at University of Washington and previously the Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nick’s early career in the 1970’s saw him as a programmer at the Harvard Lab for Computer Graphics. He participated in the design of prototype GIS software.

Nick’s PhD is from the University of Bristol (UK) for research on error and statistics applied to categorical maps, and for many decades Nick’s writing has tried to connect the technical details of GIS to larger issues of philosophy and culture.

EhlersProfessor Manfred Ehlers
Manfred is a Professor of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. He has specialties in the Integration of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems, data fusion concepts Geoinformatikkonzepte, digital imaging and processing, analytical remote sensing, integration of digital image processing and GIS analytic operators, digital photogrammetry, and environmental monitoring.

Manfred is a Founding Director of the Institute for Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing (IGF), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Osnabrück; Chairman of the Board, Association for the Promotion of Geoinformatics in Northern Germany; and President of the Society for Geoinformatics.

As a principal investigator Manfred has led and co-led more than 100 funded R&D projects and equipment grants totaling over 15 million Euro. Funding agencies include: US National Science Foundation (NSF); NASA; University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; European Union; International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), The Netherlands; German Research Foundation (DFG); German Ministry for Science and Technology (BMBF); German Ministry for Economy and Technology (BMWi); German Ministry of the Interior (BMI); German Agency for Space Applications (DARA); German Aeronautics and Space Research Centre (DLR); Ministry of Environment, Lower Saxony; Ministry of Science, Lower Saxony, German Environmental Foundation (DBU); Federal Commission for Education and Research (BLK); and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ).

Manfred has published more than 300 papers on GIS, mapping, digital image processing, remote sensing, geoinformatics, digital photogrammetry and environmental monitoring. He has also given over 350 presentations at scientific and professional meetings and conferences including keynote addresses.