NASA and the U.S. Department of Interior presented The
William T. Pecora Award for excellence in remote sensing to
William Krabill of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Va.

Krabill, a 35-year NASA veteran, is an investigator for
airborne lidar topographic mapping and Global Positioning
System (GPS) applications. His vision of combining airborne
laser ranging measurements and GPS has revolutionized
glaciology, coastal zone mapping and measurement of land
surface change.

His research team has provided detailed measurements, with
decimeter level accuracy, of Greenland glaciers and ice
sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. This technology
has been used to map nearly the entire coast of the
continental U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to
individuals or groups that make outstanding contributions in
the field of remote sensing and its application to
understanding the Earth. It was presented to Krabill
yesterday during the American Geophysical Union fall meeting
in San Francisco.

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