6:00 p.m. - Visit the Looking at Earth gallery and learn how satellites are improving our understanding of our environment
6:30 p.m. - FREE showing of the IMAX film Living Planet. This half-hour tour around the world shows some of nature's and man's most awesome works: aerial views of thousands of stampeding wildebeest, a snow-covered mountain range, and the majesty of Chartres Cathedral and the Taj Mahal.
7:30 p.m. - Meet the Lecturer
8:00 p.m. - Lecture
The world's vegetation is changing rapidly due to climate change and rising demand for natural resources. Remote sensing using satellites has added greatly to our knowledge of the location and pace of change, but we remain surprisingly ignorant about many aspects of forest dynamics.
Dr. John Townshend will discuss ways in which we can better monitor, understand, and protect the world's forests.
Townshend is a member of the Department of Geography and Institute for Advanced Computing Studies at the University of Maryland, specializing in landcover dynamics and remote sensing.
After the lecture, National Air and Space Museum researcher Andrew Johnston will sign his new book, Earth from Space. Copies will be available for purchase.
This lecture is free, but tickets are required. There will be free pre-lecture activities starting at 6:00 p.m. Check back often for more information.
The series continues through June.