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Chief Scientist and Senior Consultant

Ran Goldblatt, Ph.D., is a Chief Scientist and a Senior Consultant at New Light Technologies. He is a remote sensing scientist, with extensive experience in geospatial analysis and image processing. Ran’s work supports disaster response through the development of innovative methods for data fusion, image processing, management and consolidation of multi-sources imagery, at FEMA, as well as other NLT clients. As a chief scientist in the company, he’s establishing relationship with leading universities and academic institutions such as UCSD and General Assembly, has organized and chaired international conferences and initiated a summer internship program in partnership with the School of Global Policy and Strategy, UCSD. He is also developing academic courses, curricula and training in the geospatial science domain, for academic institutions and international organization. Over the years, Ran has been involved in several research projects in developing countries, and is actively seeking new opportunities for NLT to support the geospatial caof   

Ran joined the company after completing three years as a postdoctoral researcher and a lecturer at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. He completed his Ph.D. in Geography and the Human Environment at Tel-Aviv university, Israel, where he also earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (both with distinction).

His research interests lie in the area of remote sensing and geospatial analysis at scale, and in utilizing Remote Sensing tools to understand the relation between LCLU changes and economic development, primarily in developing countries. He’s done extensive work throughout his career mapping the world’s built-up environment, understanding industrialization processes in developing countries, measuring land degradation in the semi-arid tropics and developing remote sensing tools for monitoring coral bleaching events.