SatSummit 2024
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Woody Turner

Program Scientist, Biological Diversity at NASA. He/Him.


Woody Turner is the Program Scientist for Biological Diversity and co-Program Manager for Ecological Conservation in the NASA Headquarters Earth Science Division. As program scientist, he oversees the agency’s basic research efforts to use satellite-derived information to understand the relationships of biodiversity to climate, landscape/seascape change, and ecosystem function. The NASA Ecological Conservation Program is an applications activity seeking to bring together satellite observations, in-situ data, and ecological models to support decision making for conservation biology. Born in Nashville, TN, Woody graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1982 and earned master’s degrees in public affairs from Princeton University in 1987 and in conservation biology from the University of Maryland in 2001.

On the agenda

  1. Monitoring the State of Nature

    May. 16, 01:15pm
    The North Hub

    Our need to understand biodiversity pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with remote sensing. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity has set ambitious targets for every country to meet by 2030, but 75% of the indicators don’t have data to monitor them. Companies are being asked to disclose biodiversity impacts but don’t know where to start, and the reality of conservation on the ground is always more complicated. Join us for a lively discussion on the state of the art, and the need for better mapping of biodiversity, ecosystem conditions, and nature’s value to people.


    1. Francis Gassert


    1. Seamus Lombardo, PhD
    2. Michelle Sims
    3. Woody Turner
    4. Mabel Baez Schon, PhD

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  1. NASA Lifelines


  1. Element84

  2. Esri

  3. Impact Observatory

  4. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)