Mark Altaweel is a Reader in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, having held previous appointments and joint appointments at the University of Chicago, University of Alaska, and Argonne National Laboratory. Mark has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
One study recently looked at about 150,000 high resolution satellite images of cities in the United States along with census data of these areas in order to understand obesity rates in the built environment.
Tools and applications such as NASA’s Land, Atmosphere Near Real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE) program and EarthNow, a space imaging startup, are paving the way towards real-time and near real-time satellite data.
New techniques in GIS, remote sensing, and machine learning are incorporating land-based data along with temperature, precipitation and other weather factors in developing more accurate fire prediction models.