Kamel Didan
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering
(520) 621-8514
PhD, Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, and Modelling, ABE Dept., University of Arizona, 1999

The broad objectives and motives of my research derive from the questions surrounding global and climate change and their impact on vegetated land surfaces. We focus on the development of algorithms and data records using remote sensing, analytics, and models in order to generate highly calibrated time series data that inform climate-related and land use change influences on vegetation, carbon and nutrient cycles, ecosystem composition and function, and plant health and phenology over a wide range of biomes. A derivative of this research is the application of these data and methods to precision land surface mapping and agriculture.

I also teach a hybrid engineering and science course on small drones for the precision observation of the environment. This work is concerned with drone design, image processing algorithms, and the innovative applications of this technology in support of remote sensing data validation, precision agriculture and observation, and environmental work.

Research Themes: 
Land use change
Modeling and simulation
Natural resource management
Climate and Adaptation
Adaptation
Climate change
Drought
Dynamics
Ecosystem management
GIS
Impacts
Land use
Phenology
Remote sensing
Sciences
Water quality
Food Systems and Security
Deforestation
Desertification
International development
Water resource management
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Algorithm development
Data analysis
Data cleaning and information extraction
Data management
Data mining
Data visualization
Data-fusion technology
Mapping
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Carbon cycling
Ecosystem disturbances
Ecosystem ecology
Ecosystem services
Riparian ecology
Terrestrial ecology
Decision support
Geography
Urban Environment
Water
Agriculture
Arid lands
Climate change impacts
Ecohydrology
Engineering
Hydrology
Water distribution systems

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