Department of Geographical Sciences
Douglas Morton is a Physical Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Morton studies land use change in tropical forests, including deforestation, forest degradation, and agricultural land uses that replace tropical forest. He is also part of the research team for the Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED, globalfiredata.org), an effort to combine multiple sources of satellite data to better understand fire activity, greenhouse gas emissions from fires, and changes in savanna and tropical forest ecosystems following fire events. Dr. Morton is actively engaged in international negotiations to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries (REDD+), and serves as a technical adviser to SilvaCarbon, a US-Government initiative to build capacity in tropical forest countries to monitor and manage their forest resources. Dr. Morton has been working in the Brazilian Amazon since 2000, in collaboration with scientists at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) and the Instituto do Homen e Meio Ambiente (Imazon).