The GeoEye Foundation today announced its grantee, University of California San Diego fellow Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin, will be featured on National Geographic Channel‘s broadcast, “Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan,”on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at 9:00 p.m.
“We congratulate Dr. Lin for his exciting discoveries. We are proud that GeoEye’s satellite imagery was used in this innovative and creative fashion,” said Mark Brender, executive director of the GeoEye Foundation. “His work demonstrates the immense range of applications satellite imagery can offer to historical, archeological and cultural studies.”
Dr. Lin initiated a research project in the spring of 2008, and used a newly formulated, non-invasive scientific approach to search for the tomb of legendary Mongolian leader Genghis Khan. It was then that GeoEye awarded Dr. Lin’s team a grant of high-resolution satellite imagery they used to define the landscape and create accurate maps for the expedition.
Using satellite data and non-invasive, ground-based imaging, the team could identify and study dozens of archeological sites, including ancient burial mounds. With these locations accurately established, Mongolian officials can take protective measures to safeguard these international treasures, preserve the land and protect their cultural history.
“Ultra-high resolution satellite imagery has provided a perspective of our Earth that was unimaginable only a few years ago. This project is only a small example of the power of this data revolution,” said Dr. Lin. “We are now able to map all the various ways in which we interact, inhabit and alter our world. I am grateful for the vision of the GeoEye Foundation in making these valuable resources accessible to advance my research and foster innovation.”
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