■ Research Interests:
Community sustainability, Green energy and engineering societal transitions.
Dr. Foresman, with academic credentials in biology, ecology, engineering, and geography, has pursued a career dedicated to harnessing spatial information technologies to improved assessments, impact analysis, and early warning for environmental and human induced threats facing humans and the planet. He has championed the use of Digital Earth mapping tools to stimulate community-based dialogs for sustainability planning by citizens and decision makers around the globe.
He has been a pioneer introducing GIS, remote sensing, and integrated field survey techniques to major US and international agencies, including the UN and the United Nations Environment Programme, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Headquarters, in Washington, D.C., (where he led the US Digital Earth program as national manager). He is a founding member of the International Society of Digital Earth, sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Editorial Board for the International Journal for Digital Earth.
He served as a principal investigator while serving a professor of geography and a professor of engineering at the University of Maryland on a variety of scientific research programs sponsored by NASA, US. EPA, US. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and other state and local agencies. He served as the first GIS Manager for the Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada. His real-world experience of over three decades includes private consulting, county government, federal government, university, and international service. He has over 80 professional publications, including the definitive book on "The History of Geographic Information Systems," as well as book chapters, scientific papers, and over two hundred talks and keynote speeches.