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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:
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.
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Master of Applied Science
Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciencesincluding specializations in
Doctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciencesincluding specializations in