Phase I - Steering Committee

Steering Committee Profiles

Lee Allison

Lee Allison
Arizona Geological Survey
US Principal Investigator, Steering Committee Co-Chair, WP 6 Co-Lead
State Geologist & Director
United States
Lee Allison was appointed State Geologist and Director of the Ari...

Lee Allison was appointed State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey in December, 2005. Previously, he served as State Geologist in Utah (1989-1999) and Kansas (1999-2004).  During 2004-2005, he was Policy Advisor for Science and Energy to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, and chaired the Kansas Energy Council from its inception in 2002 to 2005. Research Interests: Geoscience policy (hazards, energy, minerals), geoinformatics/cyberinfrastructure, community engagement.

Lee is the US Principal Investigator and leads the US Secretariat team.

Robert Gurney

Robert Gurney
University of Reading
Project co-lead
Professor and Academic Lead for Space/Earth Observation Research
United Kingdom
Robert Gurney is Professor of Earth Observation Science in the Sc...

Robert Gurney is Professor of Earth Observation Science in the School of Maths, Meteorology and Physics at the University of Reading in the UK. He is also Director of the Environmental Systems Science Centre, and one of the Heads of the Department of Meteorology within the School. He is interested in land-atmosphere interactions and the use of Earth Observation to improve our knowledge of how processes at the land surface scale in time and space. He is also interested in using novel cloud computing for organizing observations and model output and allowing these to be compared and visualized. He has been a member of numerous science advisory bodies. Before coming to Reading in 1990, he was Head of the NASA GSFC Hydrological Sciences Branch.

Bob Samors

Bob Samors
Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
Coordination Officer
Senior External Relations Manager
Switzerland
Bob also serves as the Senior Consultant of the Association of Pu...

Bob also serves as the Senior Consultant of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), where he manages the APLU initiative to develop national measures of university contributions to regional economies. Bob has a long history and expertise in government, receiving his PhD from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and working for various state governments, senators, and Universities throughout his impressive career. His research interests include public policy and advocacy for federal research funding, formulation of national science and research programs, and federal technologies policy issues. As Associate Vice President and Director for Federal Relations at University of North Carolina, he secured more than $50M in earmarks and grants and assisted the President on national initiatives on learning innovation and other national policy issues.

GEO/GEOSS is not supporting a National Assembly Delegation as part of this effort.