Dan Hammer

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Dan Hammer
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InstitutionUniversity of California, Berkeley, Berkeley Institute for Data Science
FieldEnvironmental Economics
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (PhD, 2017), Swarthmore College (BA, 2007)

Dan Hammer is an environmental economist and winner of both the inaugural Pritzker Award and the Mark Bingham Award for Excellence in Achievement by Young Alumni at UC Berkeley.[1][2][3][4] He is a National Geographic Fellow, and served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith in the Obama Administration.[5][6] Hammer was the Presidential Innovation Fellow that released the first API listing for NASA, amounting to the data infrastructure design for the space agency's public data.[7][8][9][10] In addition, prior to NASA, Hammer was the Chief Data Scientist at the World Resources Institute, where he helped re-launch Global Forest Watch, an open-source project to monitor deforestation.[11][12][13][14]

Notable work[edit]

Hammer was a third-round Presidential Innovation Fellow, working with the NASA Chief Technology Officer for Information Technology to design software infrastructure to access the agency's open data.[15][16][17][18][19] Prior to working at NASA and with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, he wrote the open-source algorithms that served as the initial data set for the Global Forest Watch reboot, and directed the Data Lab at the World Resources Institute.[20][21] He has published a series of peer-reviewed articles about environmental policy and conservation, which are widely cited in the popular press on issues of climate change and forest/habitat conservation.[22][23][24][25][26][27] Hammer was a Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, Faculty at Georgetown University, and works with Steve McCormick (former CEO of The Nature Conservancy) on web service infrastructure for environmental information.[28][29][30][31][32]

Hammer's recent work with satellite imagery has been used to monitor territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the Xinjiang re-education camps, and the October 2017 Northern California wildfires.[33][34][35][36]

Early work and education[edit]

Hammer was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and traveled to Polynesia to build and race outrigger canoes.[37][38][39] He graduated from Swarthmore College in 2007 with high honors in mathematics and economics, where he was a Lang Opportunity Scholar to support community firefighters in Bolivia.[40] Hammer subsequently worked as the research assistant to the current Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India, Arvind Subramanian, and the President of the Center for Global Development, Nancy Birdsall.[41][42] Hammer received his PhD in environmental economics from the University of California, Berkeley.


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  9. ^ "Meet the Fellows". Presidential Innovation Fellows. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  10. ^ Carr, David (12 November 2014). "NASA Explores New World Of Open Data". InformationWeek. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
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  12. ^ Strickland, Eliza (16 April 2014). "Google Earth Engine Brings Big Data to Environmental Activism". IEEE Spectrum.
  13. ^ Keeso, Alan (December 2014). "Big Data and Environmental Sustainability" (PDF). Smith School Working Paper Series. Oxford University. 14 (4). Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  14. ^ "Global Forest Watch" (PDF). Lighthouse Case Study. Global Solutions Network. 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  15. ^ Sharwood, Simon (15 April 2015). "NASA to put the stars in your hands with coming-soon-now API portal". The Register. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  16. ^ Chavanne, Yannick (16 April 2015). "La NASA va ouvrir ses données via un portail d'API". ICTjournal. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
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  19. ^ Shoemaker, Rene (15 April 2015). "NASA stelt API's beschikbaar voor gebruik sterrendata". Webwereld. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  20. ^ Hammer, Dan; Kraft, Robin; et al. (2012). "forma-clj". GitHub (code repository). World Resources Institute. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  21. ^ Smirnov, Evgeny (14 April 2014). "Ученые будут следить за состоянием лесов по Google Earth". CNews. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  22. ^ Hammer, Dan; Kraft, Robin; Wheeler, David (December 2014). "Alerts of forest disturbance from MODIS imagery". International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 33: 1–9. Bibcode:2014IJAEO..33....1H. doi:10.1016/j.jag.2014.04.011.
  23. ^ Wheeler, David; Hammer, Dan; Kraft, Robin; et al. (January 2013). "Economic dynamics and forest clearing: A spatial econometric analysis for Indonesia". Ecological Economics. 85: 85–96. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.11.005.
  24. ^ "50 Data Science Gurus (and 10 Organizations) You Must Follow On Twitter". Automated Insights. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  25. ^ Tarico, Valerie (24 September 2014). "The obvious relationship between climate and family planning — and why we don't talk about it". Grist. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  26. ^ Levitt, Steven; Dubner, Stephen (11 November 2010). "The Biggest Bang for the Climate-Change Buck?". Freakonomics. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  27. ^ "License to Kill" (PDF). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Greenpeace International. 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
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  30. ^ Hepler, Lauren (1 March 2016). "Earth Genome aims to help companies sequence nature's Big Data". GreenBiz. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  31. ^ O'Connor, Mary Catharine (13 March 2016). "Can you put a price on nature? A Californian nonprofit thinks it can". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  32. ^ Leman, Jennifer (14 June 2018). "Bay Area data scientist launching environmental storytelling app with access to global satellite images". The Mercury News. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  33. ^ Torode, Greg (31 May 2018). "Backstory: Using satellites to count buildings in South China Sea". Reuters. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  34. ^ "Big Picture: Flying by Fire". Breakthroughs. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
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  36. ^ Hirschberg, Peter; Scarr, Simon (29 November 2018). "Tracking China's Muslim Gulag". Reuters Investigates. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
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  38. ^ "Dan Hammer '07 Wins Watson Fellowship". Swarthmore News. 29 May 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  39. ^ Hammer, Dan (18 January 2008). "Adventures of a Boat Ranger". Feature Stories Archive. Swarthmore College. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  40. ^ "5 sophomores win Lang Opportunity Scholarships". The Daily Gazette. 30 November 2004. Retrieved 8 November 2015 – via Swarthmore College.
  41. ^ Birdsall, Nancy; Subramanian, Arvind; Hammer, Dan (14 September 2009). "Identifying a fair deal on climate change". VOX EU. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  42. ^ Birdsall, Nancy (2010). "The (Indispensable) Middle Class in Developing Countries". In Kanbur, Ravi; Spence, Michael (eds.). Equity and Growth in a Globalizing World. World Bank Publications. p. 157. ISBN 9780821381816.