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EgyptsatA research paper by Boston University Professors Farouk El-Baz and Eman Ghoneim has been awarded the “Best Letter Award” by the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society of the United Kingdom. The paper: “Largest crater shape in the Great Sahara revealed by multi-spectral images and radar data” was published in the International Journal of Remote Sensing in 2007 [Vol. 28 (2) p. 541-548].


The paper discusses a circular feature in southwestern Egypt along the border with Libya. The complex structure appears to have escaped recognition in the past because it is geologically old and partly denuded. It is also very large, 31 km in diameter, while investigations to search for circular features have concentrated on structures that are a few kilometers in diameter. One of the data sources that assisted in mapping of the feature is the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), which allows measurement of elevations in three dimensions.


El-Baz was invited to the Awards Ceremony of the society’s Annual Conference at the University of Exter’s Cornwall Campus near Falmouth, UK. The “Taylor & Francis Best Letter Award” for research papers includes a certificate and a one-year subscription to the International Journal of Remote Sensing, the premier publication in the field.


The Boston University Center for Remote Sensing is a research facility that was established under the direction of Dr. El-Baz in 1986. Researchers at the Center apply techniques of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) to research in the fields of archaeology, geography and geology. In 1997, the Center was recognized by NASA as a “Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing.”


Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. It has 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school's research and teaching mission.


See also Crater Discovery by El-Baz


-by Jennifer Stacy at the Boston University News

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