Geography 2050

Dr. Jerome Dobson

American Geographical Society

Dr. Dobson has been a supporter for the American Geographical Society (AGS) for several decades. He has been a fellow of AGS since 1997, and was President from 2002 until 2016; he currently holds the role of President Emeritus. Beyond AGS, he was also President of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. For many years, he taught as a professor of geography at the University of Kansas and was a Jefferson Science Fellow with the National Academies and U.S. Department of State. Dr. Dobson previously served as a Distinguished Research and Development Staff Member at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and later as a senior scientist in the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Dobson is known for his staunch passions for geography and GIS. Three distinguished career awards honor him as a pioneer of the geographic information revolution and practicing advocate of geographic analysis in energy and environmental studies. He has focused mainly on water availability for energy, large area change analysis based on satellite remote sensing, testing and improving new technology for mapping minefields without having to physically traverse them, and understanding aquaterra the lands that were repeatedly inundated and exposed during the ice ages. He was instrumental in designing and promulgating two current world standards: one for estimating populations at risk and another for representing land mines, minefields, and mine actions on maps. Dobson and Martin J. Pasqualetti co-founded the Energy Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, where they enhanced energy and environmental research by promoting communication and interaction among geographers, encouraging greater contributions by geographers, and developing related educational curricula.