Chris Justice received his Ph.D. from the University of Reading, UK in 1977. In 2001 he became a professor and research director of the Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, and in 2010, became the department chair.
Chris is the chief scientist for NASA HARVEST and co-chair of the GEOGLAM Initiative. He is the project scientist for NASA's Land Cover Land Use Change (LCLUC) Program and the Land Discipline Leader for the NASA Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and the Soumi-NPP VIIRS Science Team. He is also a co-chair of the international GOFC /GOLD Program.
Currently, Chris’ research is focused on global agricultural monitoring, its associated information technology and decision support systems, as well as land cover, land use change and land observations and data products.