Christopher Justice
Professor & Dept. Chairman
Chris Justice
Chris Justice
Chris Justice
2181A LeFrak Hall
Department of Geographical Sciences
(301) 405-1600

Professor Justice received his Ph.D. from the University of Reading, United Kingdom, in 1977. In 2001 he became Professor and Research Director in the Geography Department of the University of Maryland and in 2010 became Dept Chair. He is a member of the NASA Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Science Team and is responsible for the MODIS Fire Product. He is CoChair of the NASA LANCE User Working Group. He is a member of the NASA JPSS/NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) Science Team. He is co-chair of the GOFC/GOLD-Fire Implementation Team, a project of the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS), and a member of the Integrated Global Observation of Land (IGOL) Steering Committee. He is on the Strategic Objective Team for USAID's Central Africa Regional Project for the Environment. He is Co-Chair of the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring Task. His current research is on land cover and land use change, the extent and impacts of global fire, global agricultural monitoring, and their associated information technology and decision support systems.

Areas of Interest:
  • Global Change Research
  • Land Use and Land Cover Change
  • Satellite-based Agricultural Monitoring
  • Satellite-based Fire Monitoring
  • Terrestrial Observing Systems/Remote Sensing


Ph.D Geography, Reading University, UK, 1977
BA Honors Geography, Reading University, UK 1973
International Co Chair GEO Agricultural Monitoring Task
International Co Chair GOFC GOLD Fire Implementation Team
National Co Chair NASA LANCE UWG
National NASA Land Cover Land Use Change Program Scientist