Growing demand for natural resources is driving the need for timely, accurate monitoring of ecosystems. TerraPulse develops, distributes, and analyzes geospatial data to optimize your land-use planning and investment. We mine petabytes of visible, infrared, and radar satellite imagery to produce dynamic maps of natural resources and inform your land-use decisions with the most current, accurate information. Because no one understands data like those who produce it, we analyze these geospatial data streams to monitor and compare sites, record trends, and predict site potential.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Saurabh Channan is the Co-Founder and CEO at terraPulse. Saurabh has several years of experience in managing and developing infrastructure for large scale data housing and processing. He started his journey in geospatial world at the Global Land Cover Facility at the University of Maryland. His professional career has focused on leading teams, building applications and systems, and distributing and processing large volumes of geospatial data. In 2009, he led the GLCF team that produced the world's first global tree and water cover products. In 2013, he spearheaded the acquisition and roll out of the first high performance computing platform for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at University of Maryland. Saurabh has a BS in Computer Science from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and MS from Johns Hopkins University in Information System.
Chief Scientist and Co-Founder
Joe Sexton is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of terraPulse. Following a Ph.D. in Ecology from Duke University and a postdoc at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Joe developed the machine-learning theory that produced the world’s first global, Landsat-based maps of tree-canopy and surface-water cover and the first satellite-based time-series of urban impervious surface cover. While at the University of Maryland’s Global Land Cover Facility, Sexton also developed satellite-based algorithms for monitoring forest growth and loss, plant productivity and stress, and wildlife habitat dynamics. Loyal to his roots in natural resource management, Sexton works with scientists and land managers in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America and has published his theoretical and practical solutions in the top journals in the field, including Nature Climate Change, Science Advances, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Remote Sensing of Environment.
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder
Min Feng, Dr. Feng is a Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of terraPulse. Dr. Feng completed his Ph.D. and master degrees in Cartography and Geographic Information Science. He has worked at the Global Land Cover Facility at the University of Maryland (GLCF), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and United Nations Environment Programme- Global Resource Information Database (UNEP-GRID). His research has focused on mapping and monitoring land cover dynamics through extensive integration of data and models. Dr. Feng was responsible for implementing the algorithms that produced the world's first global 30-m resolution inland water and tree cover maps. Dr. Feng is lead author or co-author of more than 50 papers published in top journals related to remote sensing, environmental sciences, and computer sciences. He is also the leading patentee of 2 patent and certified as Advanced Programmer by the Ministry of Information Industry of China.
Data drives action. We envision a world where better information drives better decisions-one where every piece of land is put to its best use to sustain the mutual health of ecosystems and economies and where the needs of today are met in balance with our responsibilities to the planet and future generations.
TerraPulse maps ecosystems. We create timely, accurate information about our changing world, and we deliver data-driven solutions to serve forestry, urban development, wildlife conservation, and watershed management, as well as real estate investment and natural resource insurance.
We value the productivity and diversity of ecosystems; and we support the health, prosperity, and freedom of the economies they sustain.
The scientists and engineers at terraPulse have led the field of geospatial data development and for nearly two decades. In the summer of 1998, the Global Land Cover Facility (GLCF) launched the "open data" movement for satellite images. Since then, GLCF has become one of the world's largest online repositories, developers, and distributors of satellite and derived data products. In 2014, the team created the world's first high- (30-m) resolution global maps of tree and water cover, as well as the world's first annual, 30-m resolution time-serial maps of impervious surface cover. Recognizing the mutual responsibility of science, governance, and industry for sustaining our planet, terraPulse was founded later that same year to provide custom geospatial data products and solutions to government, academic, and nonprofit researchers, as well as private land investors, owners, and managers.