Tsegaye Tadesse

Tsegaye Tadesse

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Title Climatologist
Address 816 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0988
Phone 402-472-3383
FAX 402-472-2946
Cell 402-202-8127
E-mail ttadesse2@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Tsegaye Tadesse, and I'm a research associate professor and climatologist in the School of Natural Resources with the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC).

Prior to coming to Lincoln, I was in Strasbourg, France, where I received a master's degree in space studies, specializing in remote sensing applied to drought. I joined UNL in 1998 as a graduate student under Dr. Don Wilhite, then the director of the NDMC. I have a Ph.D. in agro-meteorology from UNL and a bachelor's in physics from Addis Ababa University. I am originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and I became a U.S. citizen in 2005.

My main research interest is identifying drought characteristics and their association with satellite and oceanic indices using data mining techniques. I am part of the GIScience and analysis team at the NDMC that is working to develop a suite of drought monitoring tools that provide information to a diverse user community, to support drought planning and mitigation activities. In collaboration with scientists at the National Center for Earth Resources Observation & Science and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the team is developing a new drought monitoring tool called the Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI). The VegDRI maps and products represent a bi-weekly snapshot of vegetation stress due to drought across the United States. At present this tool covers the central and western United States and is expected to cover the remaining areas of the eastern United States in the spring of 2009.

The other model that I am developing in collaboration with my colleagues is called the Vegetation Outlook (VegOut) model, which will provide general vegetation condition information several weeks in advance. This model is based on climate, satellite, oceanic and biophysical observations.

My research interests also include applying data mining techniques to drought; climate change issues, specifically on monitoring and impact assessment at global, regional and local scales; and impacts of drought on food security. I'm also working on a NASA project entitled "Incorporating Remote Sensing Information into the U.S. Drought Monitor" with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and other scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the NDMC.

Another project involved with is "The Impact of Weather Extremes on Agricultural Production Methods: Does Drought Increase the Adoption of Conservation Tillage Practices?" The objective of this project is to improve agricultural practices to mitigate the economic impacts of drought.

Selected Publications

Otkin, J., Anderson, M. C., Hain, C., Svoboda, M., Johnson, D. M., Mueller, R., Tadesse, T., Wardlow, B., Brown, J. (2016). Assessing the evolution of soil moisture and vegetation conditions during the 2012 United States flash drought. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.
Tadesse, T., Haigh, T., Wall, N., Shiferaw, A. S., Zaitchik, B., Beyene, S., Demisse, G., Petr, J. 2016. Linking Seasonal Predictions into Decision-making and Disaster Management in the Greater Horn of Africa. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 97(4):ES89 - ES92. Online
Tadesse, T., Haigh, T., Wall, N.., Andualem, S., Zaitchik, B., Shimelis, B., Demisse, G. B., Jacob, P. 2016. Linking Seasonal Predictions into Decision-making and Disaster Management in the Greater Horn of Africa. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Online
Taye, M. T., Tadesse, T., Senay, G. B., Block, P. 2016. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: a Source of Cooperation or Contention? Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 142(11).
Vido, J., Strelcova, K., Nalevankova, P., Lestianska, A., Kandrík, R., Pastorova, A., Skvareninova, J., Tadesse, T. (2016). Identifying the relationships of climate and physiological responses of a beech forest using the Standardized Precipitation Index: a case study for Slovakia. J. Hydrol. Hydromech., 64(3).
Zambrano, F., Wardlow, B., Tadesse, T., Lillo-Saavedra, M., Lagos, O. 2016. Evaluating satellite-derived long-term historical precipitation dataset for drought monitoring in Chile. Atmospheric Research.
Zeng, L., Wardlow, B., Wang, R., Shan, J., Tadesse, T., Hayes, M. J., Li, D. 2016. A Hybrid Approach for Detecting Corn and Soybean Phenology with Time-Series MODIS Data. Remote Sensing of Environment. 181:237-250. Online
Zeng, L., Wardlow, B., Wang, R., Tadesse, T., Shan, J., Hayes, M. J., Li, D. 2016. A hybrid approach for detecting corn and soybean phenology with time-series MODIS data. Remote Sensing of Environment.
Ryu, J.H., M.D. Svoboda, J.D. Lenters, T. Tadesse, and C.L. Knutson (2010) Finding Potential Extents for ENSO-Driven Hydrologic Drought Forecasts in the United States, Climatic Change, 101(3-4): 575-597

 

Selected Presentations

Seasonal Prediction of Hydro-Climatic Extremes in the Greater Horn of Africa Under Evolving Climate Conditions to Support Adaptation Strategies
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 12/16/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: The 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, California
Drought Monitoring and Early Warning: Building Monitoring and Prediction models for the US and abroad
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 11/14/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: Presented to IBCA visitors (Drs. Rachael McDonnell, Rashyd Zaaboul, and Karim Bergaoui), NDMC, 901 Hardin Hall, UNL, Lincoln, NE,
Harvesting Data from African Farmers: A Report and Discussion on 3 Years of Field-Gathered Data Used to Drive Irrigation Strategies of Smallholder Farmers in Africa
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 10/22/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: The 2014 Global Water for Food Conference, Side event, International Development Enterprises (iDE), Seattle, WA (Moderator: T. Tadesse)
International experience in understanding the role and influence of users and stakeholders in establishing local drought monitoring
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 10/19/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: The 2014 Global Water for Food Conference, Side event, International Development Enterprises (iDE), Seattle, WA
Satellite data continuity for drought monitoring in the VegDRI and QuickDRI models and products
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 10/19/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: Pecora 19: “Sustaining Land Imaging: UAS to Satellites”, ASPRS, Denver, CO
National Drought Mitigation Center: Delivering Drought Information Services
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 9/17/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: Environmental Characterization Workshop, UNL, 901 Hardin Hall, UNL, Lincoln, NE.
Monthly prediction of the vegetation condition: a case for Ethiopia
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 8/12/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: NASA IDS GHA: The first participatory research and project meeting, NASA/UNL/NMA/AAU, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Introduction to the NASA-GHA project: Seasonal Prediction of Hydro-Climatic Extremes in the GHA
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 8/11/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: NASA IDS GHA: The first participatory research and project meeting, NASA/UNL/NMA/AAU, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Canadian Vegetation Drought Response Index Pilot Study
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 6/18/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation:
IDS Africa Presentation on seasonal forecast of extremes
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 6/17/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: First Project Workshop of the IDS 2013 NASA Research, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD.
The National Drought Mitigation Center: Translating Research into Usable Information
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 4/24/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: Climate Impact Collaborative Meeting at UNL, 901 Hardin Hall, UNL, Lincoln, NE.
Chat Away: A Multipurpose Plant in the Ethiopian Highlands
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 3/18/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: Society for Applied Anthropology, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Ups and Dows in the Ethiopian Highlands: Farming in the Highest Altitudes Yields Poor Nutrition and Heath Status
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 3/18/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: Society for Applied Anthropology, Albuquerque, NM.
Recently Developed Operational and Experimental Drought Monitoring Tools: VegDRI and VegOut
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 2/28/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: Remote sensing tools in drought monitoring workshop, CzechGlobe, Brno, Czech Republic.

Educational Background

  • BS - Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, Physics (1982)
  • MS - International Space University, France, Space Studies/Remote Sensing (1998)
  • PhD - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Agro-Meteorology (2002)
  • BS - n/a

Awards

  • – Faculty Fellow, Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT) awarded by CALMIT 
  • – Faculty Fellow at the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI) at UNL awarded by DWFI 
  • – UNL-IANR Omtvedt Innovation Award for exceptional service (Team award) awarded by UNL-IANR 
  • 2010 – Fellow for Center for Great Plains Studies awarded by Center for Great Plains Studies 
  • 2009 – Competent Leader Award for exceptional achievements in the Toastmasters International Leadership Program awarded by Toastmasters International 
  • 2006 – Achievements that Influence the People Today awarded by Marquis Who's Who 
  • 2005 – Outstanding work for Professionals and Executives awarded by Madison Who's Who 
  • 2003 – Best Oral Presentation Award at the 30th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Honolulu, Hawaii 
  • 1998 – Graduate Assistantship Award awarded by Department of Agronomy & Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Affiliations (index)

Professional Organizations

  • American Meteorologic Society
    • Member 2002-Present
  • DesertNet International - European Network for Global Desertification Research
    • Member 2007-Present
  • Ethiopian Meteorological Society
    • Coordinator for North America 
  • International Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) of the Advances in Knowledge Communities and Social Networks (AKCSN) Book Series
    • Member 2006-Present
  • NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Satellite Applications Working Group
    • Member 2009-Present
  • National Geographic Society
    • Member 2002-Present
  • National Phenology Network (NPN) Land Surface Phenology and Remote Sensing Working Group
    • Member 2009-Present

Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • Drought monitoring
  • Seasonal weather prediction
  • Natural resource management
  • Team leadership and development
  • Climate change and variability
  • Human impacts on the environment
  • Remote sensing/GIS
  • Data mining and risk management
  • Weather
  • Hydrogeology
  • Land Use / Land Cover

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Hands-on Training on the VegDRI
Starting Date 2/6/2017
Principal Investigators
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 2/10/2017
Funding Level $4,258.00
Funding Source

 
Grant Title Drought Information Services for Agriculture across the United States (Additional Funding)
Starting Date 10/1/2016
Principal Investigators
Brian Fuchs
Co-PIs
Deb Bathke
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 9/30/2017
Funding Level $827,501.00
Funding Source USDA - OCE

 
Grant Title Eastern Caribbean Drought Workshops
Starting Date 1/22/2015
Principal Investigators
Brian Fuchs
Co-PIs
Mike Hayes
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 5/20/2016
Funding Level $49,227.00
Funding Source OECS

 
Grant Title Developing Operational VegDRI Model
Starting Date 11/9/2015
Principal Investigators
Tsegaye Tadesse
Co-PIs
Brian Wardlow
Ending Date 3/18/2016
Funding Level $21,297.00
Funding Source Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 
Grant Title Predicting Climate Extreme GHA (additional funding)
Starting Date 12/2/2015
Principal Investigators
Tsegaye Tadesse
Co-PIs
Gui Baigorria
Mike Hayes
Brian Wardlow
Ending Date 1/13/2017
Funding Level $277,065.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title The Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach to Maximizing the Use of NASA Data Sets for Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/15/2014
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/13/2016
Funding Level $58,113.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title The Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach to Maximizing the Use of NASA Data Sets for Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date 6/25/2015
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/13/2016
Funding Level $93,169.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Providing Drought Information Services for the Nation: the National Drought Mitigation Center
Starting Date 6/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Deb Bathke
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 5/31/2018
Funding Level $798,885.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Development of the Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centers
Starting Date 2/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Kelly Smith
Ending Date 12/31/2015
Funding Level $40,052.00
Funding Source Develoment Alternatives, Inc.

 
Grant Title The Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach to Maximizing the Use of NASA Data Sets for Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date 2/27/2015
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/13/2016
Funding Level $93,169.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title The Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach to Maximizing the Use of NASA Data Sets for Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/15/2014
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/13/2016
Funding Level $124,225.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Seasonal Prediction of Hydro-Climatic Extremes in the Greater Horn of Africa under Evolving Climate Conditions to Support Adaptation Strategies (additional funds)
Starting Date 1/14/2014
Principal Investigators
Tsegaye Tadesse
Co-PIs
Gui Baigorria
Shimelis Beyene
Mike Hayes
Brian Wardlow
Ending Date 1/13/2017
Funding Level $343,462.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Drought Risk Management for the United States
Starting Date 9/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Deb Bathke
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/31/2015
Funding Level $693,696.00
Funding Source University of Oklahoma (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

 
Grant Title Improving US Drought Monitoring - Integrating Soil Moisture Data and Developing a Drought Blends Portal
Starting Date 10/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 10/30/2015
Funding Level $150,000.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture

 
Grant Title Predicting Climate Extreme GHA
Starting Date 11/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Tsegaye Tadesse
Co-PIs
Gui Baigorria
Shimelis Beyene
Mike Hayes
Brian Wardlow
Ending Date 10/31/2016
Funding Level $987,767.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Developing VegDRI-Canada-Phase 2
Starting Date 11/15/2013
Principal Investigators
Tsegaye Tadesse
Co-PIs
Brian Wardlow
Ending Date 3/31/2014
Funding Level $21,943.00
Funding Source Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 
Grant Title Drought Information Service
Starting Date 10/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 9/30/2014
Funding Level $739,809.00
Funding Source US Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
Grant Title Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/14/2012
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Co-PIs
Brian Fuchs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/13/2016
Funding Level $324,564.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Vegetation Drought Response
Starting Date 2/21/2013
Principal Investigators
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 3/28/2013
Funding Level $24,000.00
Funding Source Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 
Grant Title ET Mapping Over North America
Starting Date 6/22/2012
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Co-PIs
Mark Svoboda
Brian Fuchs
Tsegaye Tadesse
Karin Callahan
Ending Date 6/21/2013
Funding Level $29,144.00
Funding Source University of Maryland

 
Grant Title Rapid Response Drought Monitoring
Starting Date 8/14/2012
Principal Investigators
Brian Wardlow
Co-PIs
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/13/2013
Funding Level $121,082.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title FEW NET Drought Monitor in Ethiopia
Starting Date 11/21/2011
Principal Investigators
Tsegaye Tadesse
Co-PIs
Bruce Dvorak
Ending Date 2/20/2012
Funding Level $5,755.00
Funding Source US Department of the Interior - Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Incorporating Remote Sensing Information into the U.S. Drought Monitor
Starting Date 2/1/2007
Principal Investigators
Mark Svoboda
Co-PIs
Brian Wardlow
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 9/30/2010
Funding Level $54,824.00
Funding Source US Department of the Interior - Geological Survey

 

Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Water Science
Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts
  • Remote Sensing

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts