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Chris J. Johannsen

Professor Emeritus of Agronomy
Director Emeritus of LARS

Department of Agronomy
Lilly Hall of Life Sciences
Purdue University
915 W State St.
West Lafayette, IN, 47907-2054

OFFICE: LILY, Room 3-365
TELEPHONE: 765-494-6248
FAX: 765-496-2926

Professional Contributions:

Directed the Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing (LARS) research and academic programs of remote sensing, geographic information systems and global position systems involving over 35 faculty and 60 graduate students in data acquisition, information processing and resource applications. Personal research relates remote sensing and GIS applications to precision farming, soil pattern influences on reflectance, spatial/spectral/temporal resolution impacts and land degradation. In 1988-96 appointed as Director of the Natural Resources Research Institute (renamed Environmental Sciences and Engineering Institute in 1994) which provided the leadership in directing research and educational activities to environmental and natural resources concerns.

At Purdue Agricultural Data Network, directed staff of 15 people in developing techniques, programs, approaches and training for University faculty and staff within the School of Agriculture in computer automation of data and information.

At the University of Missouri, Extension program was recognized for emphasis in soil survey, remote sensing, resource data base development, strip mine reclamation, and municipal waste utilization.

Principal Investigator for numerous research, educational and application grants totaling over $11M from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, US Department of Agriculture, Corps of Engineers, Department of Energy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation and Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Senior Editor of book titled Remote Sensing for Resource Management. Contributor to 12 book chapters and author or co-author of over 230 papers and articles. Traveled and worked in over 54 countries on remote sensing applications, land use changes, land degradation, soil conservation, precision farming and similar land resources topics.

Instrumental in organization of Missouri Geographic Resources Center (1980) at University of Missouri-Columbia. Served as the GRC Director from 1981-1984.

Developed one of the first Agronomy Extension land use programs (Purdue University, 1963-65). Consulted with numerous other states in establishing criteria for land use educational programs.

Assisted in the organization of the Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing (LARS) at Purdue University (1965). Designated LARS Project Coordinator for the Corn Blight Watch Experiment (1970-71). Appointed as LARS Director after its reorganization (1985-2003).

Developed and taught Agronomy 490, Contamination of Air, Soil and Water. Taught same course on educational TV live to nine different locations.   Organized and coordinated Agronomy 598G Remote Sensing Seminar, which was broadcast by close circuit TV to 5-9 Universities (1989-2004). Taught Agronomy 545, Remote Sensing of Land Resources, (1998-2004).

Taught numerous workshops and short courses on soil surveys, municipal waste and remote sensing topics. Served as key lecturer for FAO Training Course on "Remote Sensing for Improving Food Production" in Nairobi, Kenya (Nov. 28-Dec. 16, 1983); FAO/UNRO/WMO/ESA Training Course on "Remote Sensing Applications to Agricultural Drought and Desertification" in Rome, Italy (June 29 - July 10, 1989); Ministry of Agriculture and Water Training Course on "Principles of Remote Sensing and Use of Computers in Processing Remotely Sensed Derived Data" in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (March 25 - April 6, 1988) and "Exploring Precision Farming" Workshop, 1st and 2nd International Conference on Geospatial Information for Agriculture and Forestry, Lake Buena Vista, FL. (1998, 2000), "Site Specific Farming," Cooperative Extension Service, Mississippi State University (2001), "Spatial Technology," Diagnostic Training Center, Purdue University (2001, 2002), "Spatial Technology for CCA," Springfield, IL and Kendalville, IN (2003); Precision Ag Workshop, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2006).

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