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World-known NASA scientist to speak at NMSU's Water Lecture Series

Compton J. Tucker, a senior earth scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, will give three separate lectures during New Mexico State University's spring 2009 Water Lecture Series.


Tucker's first lecture, "Observing Climate with Satellites: Is it Changing and Are We on Thin Ice," will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11. His lecture, "Spectral Vegetation Indices," will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, and a final lecture, "Predicting Infectious Disease Outbreaks with Satellites," will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Each lecture will be held at NMSU's Wooton Hall, Room 105.

Tucker is part of the Biospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. and is currently working with the Climate Change Science Program Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

His research involves measuring tropical deforestation, climatically-linked diseases, glacier variations over time and studying global net primary production - the production of organic compounds, primarily through photosynthesis. He is the author of 150 journal articles on the use of satellite data to study the earth.

This event is sponsored by NMSU's Water Task Force, the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service, NMSU's Department of Civil Engineering and NMSU's Water Resource Research Institute. For further information, contact Leeann DeMouche at (575) 646-3973 or ldemouch@nmsu.edu.