Tsegaye Tadesse

Tsegaye Tadesse

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Contact Information

TitleResearch Professor of Applied Climate & Remote Sensing
Faculty RankResearch Professor
Address815 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583–0988
Phone
  • office: 402-472-3383
  • fax: 402-472-2946
  • cell: 402-202-8127
E-mailttadesse2@unl.edu
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My Story

Hello, my name is Tsegaye Tadesse and I am a research professor of applied climate and remote sensing in the School of Natural Resources (SNR), University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I am also a Geospatial coordinator of the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC). Prior to coming to Lincoln, I was in Strasbourg, France, where I received my master's degree in space studies, specializing in the use of satellite-derived Earth observation to drought monitoring. I joined UNL in 1998 as a graduate student of Ph.D. program under the supervision of Professor Don Wilhite, the founder and the first director of the NDMC. I have a Ph.D. in agro-meteorology from UNL and a bachelor's degree in physics from Addis Ababa University. I am originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

My experience and primary research interests are centered on modeling climate, remote sensing, and environmental data using geospatial and data mining techniques to monitor and predict hydro-climatic extremes (e.g., drought and flood) in support of risk management in agricultural, natural resources, and food security applications. These interests stem from the fact that integration of climate, satellite, and biophysical data such as land use/land cover better characterizes climate-vegetation and human-environment interactions, as well as natural processes such as hydrologic cycles. Since 2002, I have had the privilege of working with internationally recognized leading scientists at the NDMC, Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT), Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.K Meteorological Office College, International Center for Theoretical Physics (Trieste, Italy), Indian Meteorological Department, and National Meteorological Services in Africa (e.g., Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania) on a variety of drought, climate, agriculture, water resources, and environmental monitoring topics.

The opportunity to work at the NDMC and participate in various research projects in the Geospatial technology (GIScience) program area of the NDMC has allowed me to develop an active and diverse climate and water resources research and outreach program, particularly in the areas of drought monitoring, climate variability and change, food security, and vegetation phenology. I have established strong research collaborations with several federal agencies (e.g., NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS) and international institutes such as the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), Nairobi, Kenya; IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), Nairobi, Kenya; Korea Water Resources Corporation, Daejeon, Korea; Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India; and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal. These experiences have allowed me to broaden my research interests and develop diverse climate and remote sensing research activities focused on three main areas: 1) developing integrated drought monitoring and prediction models and early warning systems for decision making at national and international levels, 2) using a data mining approach to integrate satellite and environmental data to identify the impact of climate variability and change on agriculture and natural resources at local, national, regional, and global scales, and 3) designing holistic approaches to drought risk and watershed management for agricultural productivity and sustainable food security in Africa. Within these three topical areas, I have been involved in a wide range of multidisciplinary national and international collaborative projects, working with researchers in agronomy, climatology, ecology, hydrology, anthropology, human dimensions, data mining, and computer science. I have also been involved in numerous national and international professional services and held leadership positions within professional societies and organizations. I have also advised graduate students (over 12 Ph.D. and 8 Masters) and taught applied climate, remote sensing and geospatial technology courses at SNR/UNL.

Overall, the above mentioned collaborative efforts have helped me to develop a diverse and successful research record in terms of both publications (over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and white papers) and funding (over $20 million) for drought monitoring and prediction research and data mining and remote sensing applications that align well with the work of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) in general and the SNR in particular.

Selected Publications

Ayehu, G. T., Tadesse, T., Gessesse, B., Yigrem, Y. 2019. Soil Moisture Monitoring Using Remote Sensing Data and a Stepwise-Cluster Prediction Model: The Case of Upper Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia. Remote Sensing. 11(2), 125.Online
Bayissa, Y. A., Moges, S. A., Tadesse, T. 2019. "Does using varying length of rainfall data affect assessment of drought in data scarce areas of Africa? A case study of Upper Blue Nile basin, Ethiopia?" in Extreme Hydrology and Climate Variability: MonitoOnline
Bayissa, Y. A., Tadesse, T., Demisse, G. 2019. Building A High-Resolution Vegetation Outlook Model to Monitor Agricultural Drought for the Upper Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia. Building A High-Resolution Vegetation Outlook Model to Monitor Agricultural DroughtOnline
Bayissa, Y. A., Tadesse, T., Svoboda, M., Wardlow, B., Poulsen, C., Swigart, J., van Andel, S. J. 2019. Developing and evaluating a satellite-based combined drought indicator to monitor agricultural drought: A case study for Ethiopia. GIScience Remote SenOnline
Beyene, S., Willis, M., Mamo, M., Legesse, B., Regassa, T., Tadesse, T., Wolde-Hawariat, Y. 2019. Anthropometric Assessment of Adolescent Nutritional Status in Two Drought-Prone Areas of Ethiopia. Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences. 9(2)755: 1-8.Online
Beyene, S., Willis, M., Mamo, M., Legesse, B., Regassa, T., Tadesse, T., Wolde-Hawariat, Y., Roslan, N. F. 2019. Nutritional status of children aged 0-60 months in two drought-prone areas of Ethiopia. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2019:1-6.Online
Jongman, B., Hendriks, D., Trambauer, P., Tijjsen, A., Werner, M., Maskey, S., Svoboda, M., Tadesse, T., Velkamp, T., Funk, C., Shukla, S., Hallegatte, S. 2019. Assessing Drought Hazard and Risk: Principles and Implementation Guidance (pp. 88). World BankOnline
Jongman, B., Hendriks, D., Trambauer, P., Tijssen, A., Werner, M., Maskey, S., Svoboda, M., Tadesse, T., Veldkamp, T., Funk, C., Shukla, S., Hallegatte, S. 2019. Assessing Drought Hazard and Risk: Principles and Implementation Guidance. Washington, DC: WoOnline
Qamer, F. M., Krupnik, T. J., Pandey,, P. R., Ahmad, B., Shrestha, N., Thapa, R. B., Pedreros, D., Tadesse, T., Tripathi, P., Zaitchik, B., Ellenburg, L. 2019. Resource book - Earth observation and climate data analysis for agricultural drought monitoringOnline
Qamer, F. M., Krupnik, T. J., Pandey,, P. R., Ahmad, B., Shrestha, N., Thapa, R. B., Pedreros, D., Tadesse, T., Tripathi, P., Zaitchik, B., Ellenburg, L. 2019. Resource book - Earth observation and climate data analysis for agricultural drought monitoringOnline
Qamer, F. M., Tadesse, T., Matin, M., Ellenburg, W. L., Zaitchik, B. 2019. Earth Observation and Climate Services for Food Security and Agricultural Decision Making in South and Southeast Asia. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.Online
Vido, J., Nalevanková, P., Valach, J., Šustek,, Z., Tadesse, T. 2019. Drought analyses of the Horné Požitavie region (Slovakia) in the period 1966-2013. Advances in Meteorology. Article ID 3576285.Online
Wickham, E., Bathke, D., Bulling, D., Abdel-Monem, T., Pytlik Zillig, L., Bernadt,T., Wall, N., Stiles, C. 2019. Conducting a drought-specific THIRA (Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment): A powerful tool for integrating all-hazard mitigatOnline
Zhang, X., Chen, N., Sheng, H., Ip, C., Yang, L., Chen, Y., Sang, Z., Tadesse, T., Lim, T. P. Y., Rajabifard, A., Bueti, C., Zeng, L., Wardlow, B., Wang, S., Tang, S., Xiong, Z., Li, D., Niyogi, D. 2019. Urban Drought Challenge to 2030 Sustainable DevelopOnline
Zhang, X., Chen, N., Sheng, H., Ip, C., Ynag, L., Chen, Y., Sang, Z., Tadesse, T., Lim, T. P. Y., Rajabifard, A., Bueti, C., Zeng, L., Wardlow, B., Wang, S., Xiong, Z., Li, D., Niyogi, D. 2019. Urban drought challenges to 2030 sustainable development goalOnline
Arsiso, B. K., Tsidu, G. M., Stoffberg, G. H., Tadesse, T. (2018). Influence of urbanization-driven land use/cover change on climate: The case of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth.
Ayehu, G. T., Tadesse, T., Gessesse, B., Dinku, T. (2018). Validation of new satellite rainfall products over the Upper Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT), 11, 1921-1936
Bayissa, Y. A., Maskey, S., Tadesse, T., van Andel, S. J., Moges, S. A., Van Griensven, A., Solomatine, D. P. (2018). Comparison of the performance of six drought indices in characterizing historical drought for the Upper Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia. GeosciOnline
Bayissa, Y. A., Tadesse, T., Svoboda, M., Wardlow, B., Poulsen, C., Swigart, J., van Andel, S. J. 2018. Developing a satellite-based combined drought indicator to monitor agricultural drought: a case study for Ethiopia. GIScience & Remote Sensing. 56(5): Online
Beyene, S., Regassa, T., Legesse, B., Mamo, M., Tadesse, T. (2018). Empowerment and Tech Adoption: Introducing the Treadle Pump Triggers Farmers’ Innovation in Eastern Ethiopia. Sustainability, 10(9), 3268.
Demisse, G., Tadesse, T., Atnafu, S., Argaw, M., Nedaw, D. (2018). Vegetation condition prediction for drought monitoring in pastoralist areas: a case study in Ethiopia. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 1 - 17. https://doi.org/10.1080/01431161.201
Demisse, G., Tadesse, T., Bayissa, Y. A., Atnafu, S., Argaw, M., Nedaw, D. (2018). Vegetation Condition Prediction for Drought Monitoring in Pastoralist Areas: A Case Study in Ethiopia. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 1-7.Online
Demisse, G., Tadesse, T., Bayissa, Y. A., Haigh, T., Wall, N., Shiferaw, A. 2018. Linking Seasonal Vegetation Condition Outlook Information to Decision Makers in a Data-sparse Region: A Case Study in the Greater Horn of Africa. Remote Sensing ApplicationsOnline
Dinku, T., Funk, C., Peterson, P., Maidment, R., Tadesse, T., Gadain, H., Ceccato, P. (2018). Validation of the CHIRPS Satellite Rainfall Estimates over Eastern of Africa. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.
Liben, F., Wortmann, C., Yang, H., Lindquist, J. L., Tadesse, T., Wegary, D. (2018). Crop Model and Weather Data Generation Evaluation for Conservation Agriculture in Ethiopia. Field Crops Research, 228, 122-134.
Mariano, D. A., dos Santos, C. C., Wardlow, B., Anderson, M. C., Schiltmeyer, A. V., Tadesse, T., Svoboda, M. (2018). Use of remote sensing indicators to assess effects of drought and human-induced land degradation on ecosystem health in Northeastern Braz
Masinde, M., Mwagha, S. M., Tadesse, T. (2018). Downscaling Africa’s Drought Forecasts through Integration of Indigenous and Scientific Drought Forecasts using Fuzzy Cognitive Maps. Geosciences, 8(135), 1-25.
Nam, W.-H., Tadesse, T., Wardlow, B., Hayes, M. J., Svoboda, M., Hong, E., Pachepsky, Y., Jang, M.-W. (2018). Developing the Vegetation Drought Response Index for South Korea (VegDRI-SKorea) to assess the vegetation condition during drought events. InternOnline
Shiferaw, A., Tadesse, T., Rowe, C., Oglesby, R. J. (2018). Precipitation Extremes in Dynamically Downscaled Climate Scenarios over the Greater Horn of Africa. Atmosphere, 9(112), 1-28.
Tadesse, T. (2018). In Daniel Tsegai (UNCCD), Robert Stefanski (WMO) and Patricia Mejias Moreno (FAO) (Ed.), Strategic Framework for Drought Risk Management and Enhancing Resilience in Africa. Bonn, Germany: United Nations Convention to Combat Desertifica
Tadesse, T., Wall, N., Hayes, M. J., Svoboda, M., Bathke, D. (2018). Improving National and Regional Drought Early Warning Systems in the Greater Horn of Africa. Improving National and Regional Drought Early Warning Systems in the Greater Horn of Africa.
Trnka, M., Hayes, M. J., Jurecka, F., Bartosova, L., Anderson, M., Brazdil, R., Brown, J., Camarero, J. J., Cudlin, P., Dobrovolny, P., Eitzinger, J., Feng, S., Finnessey, T., Gregoric, G., Havlik, P., Hain, C., Holman, I., Johnson, D., Kersebaum, K. C.,
Trnka, M., Hayes, M. J., Jurecka, F., Bartosova, L., Anderson, M., Brazdil, R., Brown, J., Camarero, J., Cudlin, P., Dobrovolny, P., Eitzinger, J., Feng, S., Finnessey, T., Gregoric, G., Havlik, P., Hain, C., Holman, I., Johnson, D., Kersebaum, K., Ljungq
Zambrano, F., Vrieling, A., Nelson, A., Meroni, M., Tadesse, T. (2018). Prediction of drought-induced reduction of agricultural productivity in Chile from MODIS, rainfall estimates, and climate oscillation indices. Remote Sensing of Environment, 219, 15-3
Bayissa, Y. A., Tadesse, T., Demisse, G., Shiferaw, A. (2017). Evaluation of Satellite-Based Rainfall Estimates and Application to Monitor Meteorological Drought for the Upper Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia. Remote Sensing(9), 669.Online
Demisse, G., Tadesse, T., Atnafu, A., Hill, S., Wardlow, B., Bayissa, Y. A., Shiferaw, A. (2017). Information Mining from Heterogeneous data sources: a case study on drought predictions. Information Mining from Heterogeneous data sources: a case study on Online
Demisse, G., Tadesse, T., Bayissa, Y. (2017). Data mining attribute selection approach for drought modelling: a case study for Greater Horn of Africa. International Journal of Data Mining & Knowledge Management Process (IJDKP), 7(4), 1-16.Online
Jung, H. C., Getirana, A., Policelli, F., McNally, A., Arsenault, K. R., Kumar, S., Tadesse, T., Peters-Lidard, C. D. (2017). Upper Blue Nile Basin Water Budget from a Multi-Model Perspective. Journal of Hydrology, 555, 535-546.Online
Kifle, B., Mengistu, G., Stoffberg, H., Tadesse, T. (2017). Climate change and Population Growth Impacts on Surface water Supply and Demand of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Climate Risk Management, 18, 21-33.Online
Satti, S., Zaitchik, B., Badr, H., Tadesse, T. (2017). Enhancing Dynamical Seasonal Predictions through Objective Regionalization. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 56(5), 1431–1442.Online
Tadesse, T., Wardlow, B., Demisse, G., Bayissa, Y., Champagne, C., Hadwen, T., Brown, J. (2017). Building the Vegetation Drought Response Index for Canada (VegDRI-Canada) to monitor agricultural drought. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 54(2), 230-257.Online
Wardlow, B., Anderson, M., Hain, C., Otkin, J., Crow, W., Tadesse, T., AghaKouchak, A. (2017). Advancements in Satellite Remote Sensing for Drought Monitoring. In Donald Wilhite, Roger S. Pulwarty (Ed.), Drought and Water Crisis (pp. 223-249). Boca Raton,Online
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 FoOnline
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 SociOnline
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 SOnline
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).Online
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: Online
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. 186: 26-42.Online
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. 181: 237-250.Online
Andualem Shimeles and Tsegaye Tadesse. 2015. Evaluation of NCEP CFSV2 Forecast over the Greater Horn of Africa. National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), University of Nebraska-LincolnOnline
Bayissa, Y.A., S.A. Moges, U. Xuan, S.J. VanAndel, S. Maskey, D.P. Solomatine, A. VanGriensven, and T. Tadesse, 2015. Spatio-temporal assessment of meteorological drought under the influence of varying record length: The case of Upper Blue Nile Basin, EtOnline
Demisse, G. B., Tadesse, T., Atnafu, S. (2015). Drought Spatial Object Prediction Approach using Artificial Neural Network. Geoinformatics & Geostatistics: An Overview, 3, 1 - 7.
Nam, W.H, M.J. Hayes, M.D. Svoboda, T. Tadesse, and D.A. Wilhite, 2015. Drought hazard assessment in the context of climate change for South Korea, Agricultural Water Management, 160:106-117;Online
Nam, W.H., T. Tadesse, B.D. Wardlow, MW Jang, and S.Y. Hong, 2015. Satellite-based Hybrid Drought Assessment using Vegetation Drought Response Index in South Korea (VegDRI-SKorea), Journal of the Korean Society of Agricultural Engineers, 57(4):1-9;
Tadesse, T., B.D. Wardlow, J. Brown, M. Hayes, M. Svoboda, B. Fuchs, and D. Gutzmer, 2015. Assessing the vegetation condition impacts of the 2011 drought across the U.S. Southern Great Plains using the Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI), Journal oOnline
Tadesse, T., D. Bathke, N. Wall, J. Petr, and T. Haigh, 2015. Participatory Research Workshop on Seasonal Prediction of Hydro-climatic Extremes in the Greater Horn of Africa. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, ES139Online
Tadesse, T., G.B. Senay, G. Berhan, T. Regassa, and S. Beyene, 2015. Evaluating a satellite-based seasonal evapotranspiration product and identifying its relationship with other satellite-derived products and crop yield: A case study for Ethiopia, InternaOnline
Vido, J., Tadesse, T., Sustek, Z., Kandrik, R., Hanzelova, M., Skvarenina, J., Skvareninova, J., Hayes, M. J. (2015). Drought occurrence in central European mountainous region (Tatra National Park, Slovakia) within the period 1961-2010. Advances in Meteor
Zeng, L., B.D. Wardlow, T. Tadesse, J. Shan, M. J. Hayes, D. Li, and D. Xiang, 2015. Estimation of Daily Air Temperature Based on MODIS Land Surface Temperature Products over the Corn Belt in the US, Remote Sensing, 7(1):951-970;Online
Zeng, L., Wardlow, B., Tadesse, T., Shan, J., Hayes, M. J., Li, D., Xiang, D. (2015). Estimating daily maximum and minimum air temperature using both daytime and nighttime MODIS land surface temperature products over the Corn Belt in US. Remote Sensing, 7
Berhan, G., S. Hill, T. Tadesse, and S. Atnafu, 2014. Drought prediction system for improved climate change mitigation, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 52(7):4032-4037.Online
Harms, S., T. Tadesse, and B.D. Wardlow, 2014. Improving drought risk modelling: Using multiple periods of satellite data with ensembles of data mining algorithm, International Journal of Society Systems Science, 6 (2):143-158.
Harms, S., Tadesse, T., Wardlow, B. (2014). Improving drought risk modeling: using multiple periods of satellite data with ensembles of data mining algorithms. International Journal of Society Systems Science. 6: 143-158.
Tadesse, T., Demisse, G. B., Zaitchik, B., Dinku, T. (2014). Satellite-based Hybrid Drought Monitoring Tool for Prediction of Vegetation Condition in Eastern Africa: A Case Study for Ethiopia. Water Resources Research, John Wiley & Sons, 50, 2176–2190.Online
Tadesse, T., G.B. Demisse, B. Zaitchik, and T. Dinku, 2014. Satellite-based hybrid drought monitoring tool for prediction of vegetation condition in Eastern Africa: A case study for Ethiopia, Water Resources Research, 50: 2176-2190.Online
Demisse, G. B., Tadesse, T., Atnafu, S., Hill, S. (2013). Drought information mining from satellite images for improved climate change mitigation. Information and Communication Technologies (WICT), 2012 World Congress.Online
Berhan, G., T. Tadesse, S. Atnafu, S. Hill, and Y. Tesfatsion, 2012. Application of NDVI and SPI parameters to monitor drought at national scale: The case of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Journal of Development Research, 34(1):67-94.
Demisse, G., Tadesse, T., Atnafu, S., Hill, S., Tesfatsion, Y. (2012). Normalized Difference Vegetation Index and Standard Precipitation Index Parameters to Monitor Drought at National Scale: The Case of Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Development Research
Wardlow, B.D., T. Tadesse, K. Callahan, S. Swain, and E. Hunt, 2012. The Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI): an integration of satellite, climate, and biophysical data. Drought Mitigation Center Faculty Publications. 107Online
Berhan, G., S. Hill, T. Tadesse, and S. Atnafu, 2011. Using Satellite Images for Drought Monitoring: A knowledge discovery approach. Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability, 7(1):135-153.Online
Swain, S., B. Wardlow, S. Narumalani, T. Tadessse, and K. Callahan. 2011. Assessing Vegetation Response to Drought in Nebraska Using Terra-MODIS Land Surface Temperature and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index. GIScience & Remote Sensing, 48 (3): 432-4Online
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): 575-597Online
Tadesse, T., B.D. Wardlow, M.J. Hayes, M.D. Svoboda, and J.F. Brown, 2010. The Vegetation Condition Outlook (VegOut): A New Method for Predicting Vegetation Seasonal Greenness. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 47(1):25-52.Online
Ding, Y., K. Schoengold, and T. Tadesse, 2009. The Impact of Weather Extremes on Agricultural Production Methods: Does drought increase adoption of conservation tillage practices? Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 34(3):395-411.Online
Wardlow, B.D., M.J. Hayes, M.D. Svoboda, T. Tadesse, and K.H. Smith, 2009. Sharpening the Focus on Drought – New Monitoring and Assessment Tools at the National Drought Mitigation Center. Earthzine, In press.
Brown, J. F., B. D. Wardlow, T. Tadesse, M. J. Hayes, and B. C. Reed. 2008. The Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI): A new integrated approach for monitoring drought stress in vegetation. GIScience and Remote Sensing 45 (1):16-46.Online
T. Tadesse, M. Haile, G. Senay, B. D. Wardlow, and C. L. Knutson (2008) The need for integration of drought monitoring tools for proactive food security management in sub-Saharan Africa, Natural Resources Forum, 32:4, pp. 303-316Online
Tadesse, T., B. Wardlow, and M. Hayes, 2008. The application of data mining for drought monitoring and prediction. Data Mining Applications for Empowering Knowledge Societies, Idea Group Publishers, New York, NY, pp. 280-291.Online
Tadesse, T., M. Haile, G. Senay, B.D. Wardlow, and C. Knutson, 2008. Building integrated drought monitoring and food security systems in sub-Saharan Africa. U.N. Natural Resources Forum, 32(4):303-316.Online
Tadesse, T., M. Haile, G. Senay, C. Knutson, and B.D. Wardlow, 2008. Building integrated drought monitoring and food security systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Natural Resources Forum, 32, 265-279.Online
Tadesse, T., D.A. Wilhite, M.J. Hayes, J.F. Brown, and C.L. Knutson, 2006. Modern drought monitoring tool for decision support system. Encyclopedia of Digital Government, 3, 1212 -1218.
Brown, J., T. Tadesse, and M. Hayes, 2005. The Role of Remote Sensing in Improving Drought Decision Support. Proceedings of the Pecora Conference, Sioux Falls, SD, October 25.
Tadesse, T., D. Wilhite, M. Hayes, S. Harms, and S. Goddard. 2005. Discovering associations between climatic and oceanic parameters to monitor drought in Nebraska using data-mining techniques. Journal of Climate, 18(10): 1541-1550.Online
Tadesse, T., J.F. Brown, and M.J. Hayes. 2005. A new approach for predicting drought-related vegetation stress: Integrating satellite, climate, and biophysical data over the U.S. central plains. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 59(4):24Online
Tadesse, T., Wilhite, D.A., Harms, S.K., Hayes, M.J., and Goddard, S., 2004, Drought Monitoring Using Data Mining Techniques: A Case Study for Nebraska, USA. Natural Hazards. 33: 137-159.Online
Goddard, S., S.K. Harms, S.E. Reichenbach, T. Tadesse, and W.J. Waltman 2003. Geospatial decision support for drought risk management. Communication of the ACM. 46(1):35-37 .Online
Brown, J.F., Tadesse, T., Red, B.C. 2002. Integrating Satellite data and Climate data for US drought mapping and monitoring. Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Biometeorology and Aerobiology joint with 16th International Congress on Biometeorology. 147
Harms, S.K., Deogun, J., Tadesse, T. 2002. Discovering sequential rules with constraints and time lags in multiple sequences. 2002 National Conference on Digital Government Research. 235-241.
Harms, S.K., Li, D. Deogun, J., Tadesse, T. 2002. Efficient rule discovery in a geo-spatial decision support system. In Proceedings of the 2002 International Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems.
Tadesse, T., M. J. Hayes, D. A. Wilhite, and S.K. Harms 2002. Data mining and knowledge discovery of drought in Nebraska. In Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Biometeorology and Aerobiology joint with 16th International Congress on Biometeorology, OcOnline
Harms, S.K., Deogun, J., Saquer, J., Tadesse, T. 2001. Discovering representative episodal association rules from event sequences using frequent closed episode sets and event constraints. 2001 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, Nov. 29-Dec. 2,
Harms, S.K., Gaddard, S., Reichenbach, S.E., Waltman, W.J., Tadesse, T. 2001. Data mining in a geospatial decision support system for drought risk management. roceedings of the 2001 National Conference on Digital Government Research, May 2001, Los Angeles
Tadesse, T. 2000. Drought and its predictability in Ethiopia. Drought: A Global Assessment. Routledge Hazards and Disaster Series. University of Nebraska.
Sear, C.B., T. Tadesse, B. Bettany, P. Budgen, V. Copley, and D. Griggs, 1996. The presentation of weather information via the media in Ethiopia, Meteorological Application, 3:295-300.Online

Background

Education

DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyAgro-MeteorologyUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln2002
Master of ScienceSpace Studies/Remote SensingInternational Space University, France1998
Bachelor of SciencePhysicsAddis Ababa University, Ethiopia1982
Bachelor of SciencePhysics (Mathematics minor)Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia1982

 

Affiliations

 

Awards

TitleAwarded byYear Awarded
Faculty Fellow at the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI) at UNLDWFI2014
Faculty Fellow, Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT)CALMIT2014
UNL-IANR Omtvedt Innovation Award for exceptional service (Team award)UNL-IANR2013
Fellow for Center for Great Plains StudiesCenter for Great Plains Studies2010
Competent Leader Award for exceptional achievements in the Toastmasters International Leadership ProgramToastmasters International2009
Achievements that Influence the People TodayMarquis Who's Who2006
Outstanding work for Professionals and ExecutivesMadison Who's Who2005
Best Oral Presentation Award at the 30th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Honolulu, Hawaii2003
Graduate Assistantship AwardDepartment of Agronomy & Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1998

 

Professional Organizations

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

 

Websites

 

SNR Program Areas

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • 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

Grants

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 TitleUSDA Support of the US Drought Monitor and Hub Activities
Starting Date10/01/2020

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2023
Funding Level$2,375,000.00
Funding AgencyUS Deparment of Agriculture - OCE

 

Grant TitleDrought Information Services and Research for Ag across the US
Starting Date09/30/2020

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/29/2021
Funding Level$800,000.00
Funding AgencyUS Deparment of Agriculture - OCE

 

Grant TitleProviding Drought Information Services for the Nation: the National Drought Mitigation Center (Additional Funding)
Starting Date08/01/2020

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2021
Funding Level$808,530.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleProviding Drought Risk Management Services for the World Bank
Starting Date05/29/2020

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/24/2021
Funding Level$199,994.00
Funding AgencyWorld Bank Group

 

Grant TitleDevelopment of a Global Evaporative Stress Indes Based on Thermal and Microwave LST towards Improved Monitoring of Agricultural Water and Vegetation Stress
Starting Date01/17/2020

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2020
Funding Level$56,019.00
Funding AgencyNASA

 

Grant TitleDrought Information Services for Agriculture across the United States (Additional Funding)
Starting Date09/30/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/29/2020
Funding Level$833,384.00
Funding AgencyUSDA-OCE

 

Grant TitleDrought Risk Management in South Africa
Starting Date06/07/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/15/2020
Funding Level$40,000.00
Funding AgencyWorld Bank Group

 

Grant TitleMENA Regional Drought Management (Additional Funding)
Starting Date05/20/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2019
Funding Level$478,800.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Environmental Trust

 

Grant TitleDevelopment of a Global Evaporative Stress Index Based on Thermal and Microwave LST towards Improved Monitoring of Agricultural Water and Vegetation Stress
Starting Date07/11/2018

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2020
Funding Level$27,750.00
Funding AgencyNational Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Grant TitleGlobal ESI (Additional Funding)
Starting Date04/01/2018

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2019
Funding Level$24,114.00
Funding AgencyNational Aeronautic and Space Administration

 

Grant TitleHands-on Training on the VegDRI
Starting Date02/06/2017

Investigator(s)

Ending Date02/10/2017
Funding Level$4,258.00
Funding Agency

 

Grant TitleDrought Information Services for Agriculture across the United States (Additional Funding)
Starting Date10/01/2016

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2017
Funding Level$827,501.00
Funding AgencyUSDA - OCE

 

Grant TitlePredicting Climate Extreme GHA (additional funding)
Starting Date12/02/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date01/13/2017
Funding Level$277,065.00
Funding AgencyNational Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Grant TitleDeveloping Operational VegDRI Model
Starting Date11/09/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/18/2016
Funding Level$21,297.00
Funding AgencyAgriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Grant TitleThe Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach to Maximizing the Use of NASA Data Sets for Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date06/25/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/13/2016
Funding Level$93,169.00
Funding AgencyNational Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Grant TitleProviding Drought Information Services for the Nation: the National Drought Mitigation Center
Starting Date06/01/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date05/31/2018
Funding Level$798,885.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleThe Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach to Maximizing the Use of NASA Data Sets for Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date02/27/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/13/2016
Funding Level$93,169.00
Funding AgencyNational Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Grant TitleDevelopment of the Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centers
Starting Date02/01/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2015
Funding Level$40,052.00
Funding AgencyDeveloment Alternatives, Inc.

 

Grant TitleEastern Caribbean Drought Workshops
Starting Date01/22/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date05/20/2016
Funding Level$49,227.00
Funding AgencyOECS

 

Grant TitleImproving US Drought Monitoring - Integrating Soil Moisture Data and Developing a Drought Blends Portal
Starting Date10/01/2014

Investigator(s)

Ending Date10/30/2015
Funding Level$150,000.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of Agriculture

 

Grant TitleDrought Risk Management for the United States
Starting Date09/01/2014

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/31/2015
Funding Level$693,696.00
Funding AgencyUniversity of Oklahoma (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

 

Grant TitleThe Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach to Maximizing the Use of NASA Data Sets for Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date08/15/2014

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/13/2016
Funding Level$124,225.00
Funding AgencyNational Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Grant TitleThe Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach to Maximizing the Use of NASA Data Sets for Rapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date08/15/2014

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/13/2016
Funding Level$58,113.00
Funding AgencyNational Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Grant TitleSeasonal Prediction of Hydro-Climatic Extremes in the Greater Horn of Africa under Evolving Climate Conditions to Support Adaptation Strategies (additional funds)
Starting Date01/14/2014

Investigator(s)

Ending Date01/13/2017
Funding Level$343,462.00
Funding AgencyNational Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Grant TitleDeveloping VegDRI-Canada-Phase 2
Starting Date11/15/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2014
Funding Level$21,943.00
Funding AgencyAgriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Grant TitlePredicting Climate Extreme GHA
Starting Date11/01/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date10/31/2016
Funding Level$987,767.00
Funding AgencyNational Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Grant TitleDrought Information Service
Starting Date10/01/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2014
Funding Level$739,809.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleVegetation Drought Response
Starting Date02/21/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/28/2013
Funding Level$24,000.00
Funding AgencyAgriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Grant TitleRapid Response Drought Monitoring
Starting Date08/14/2012

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/13/2013
Funding Level$121,082.00
Funding AgencyNational Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Grant TitleRapid Response Drought Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date08/14/2012

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/13/2016
Funding Level$324,564.00
Funding AgencyNational Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Grant TitleET Mapping Over North America
Starting Date06/22/2012

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/21/2013
Funding Level$29,144.00
Funding AgencyUniversity of Maryland

 

Grant TitleFEW NET Drought Monitor in Ethiopia
Starting Date11/21/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date02/20/2012
Funding Level$5,755.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of the Interior - Geological Survey

 

Grant TitleIncorporating Remote Sensing Information into the U.S. Drought Monitor
Starting Date02/01/2007

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2010
Funding Level$54,824.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of the Interior - Geological Survey

 

Advising

Graduate Programs

Master of Applied Science

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Climate Assessment and Impacts
  • Hydrological Sciences
  • Remote Sensing

Doctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Climate Assessment and Impacts
  • Hydrological Sciences

Courses Taught

Course NumberCourse TitleFall Even YearsFall Odd YearsSpring Even YearsSpring Odd YearsSummer SessionCross Listing
NRES 312Introduction to Spatial SciencesXXXXXGEOG 312
NRES 420/820Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural ResourcesXAGRO/GEOG/GEOL 419/819, NRES 420/820