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Robert Wright
Director, Hawaiʿi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology

Robert Wright is the Director of the Hawaiʿi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, at the University of Hawaiʿi at Mānoa. His research focuses on i) using satellites to study volcanoes, including lava flows hazards and the composition of volcanic gases and ii) developing hyperspectral thermal sensors for Earth observation, and Cube satellite technology. He has authored/co-authored 60 peer-reviewed papers covering these topics. He obtained his Ph. D in Earth Science from the Open University (U.K) prior to which he studied at the University of London (Imperial College and University College). He was a member of NASA’s EO-1 Science Team, MODIS Science Team, and HyspIRI Science Study Group. He is a member of NASA’s ASTER and MODIS/VIIRS Science Teams, and PI for NASA’s HyTI CubeSat mission. He teaches courses in Geological Remote Sensing, and Space Science and Instrumentation at the University of Hawaiʿi at Mānoa, where he has worked since 1999.

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