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Senior Geospatial Research Associate

Selamawit Ghebremicael is a Senior Geospatial Research Associate supporting numerous client projects. These include Flood Plain Mapping of St. Mary County in Maryland as well as calculating vegetation indices from remotely sensed satellite imagery with the World Bank. She has also supported efforts with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) for the Google Earth Engine User Manual.

Selamawit has a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil and Water Conservation from Eritrea and a Master of Science degree in Applied Environmental Sciences specializing in GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She has almost 20 years of experience as a GIS and remote sensing specialist. Selamawit has worked as a GIS data analyst, researcher, and tutor. Her experience as a GIS analyst is multidisciplinary. She has hands-on experience on the application of Remote Sensing and GIS for natural resources mapping and management, mineral exploration, land use landcover mapping, urban infrastructure development, and land & water resources assessment.

With her strong background in applied environmental sciences and research, Selamawit has been part of many humanitarian agencies like Center for Development and Environment University of Bern Switzerland, the International Commission of the Red Cross (ICRC) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) focusing on fundamental social and economic development projects. As a researcher, she has publications in the areas of remote sensing for vegetation cover mapping, appraisal of surface water resources, identification of conservation structures from remotely sensed images, livelihood and food security assessment, and more.

She has longtime experience as a college instructor teaching the principles and software of GIS and remote sensing as well as offering on job training. She is fluent in ESRI’s ArcGIS, QGIS, ERDAS Imagine and Google Earth Engine. To automate and upskill her knowledge, she is currently taking some Data Science courses focusing on programming, visualization, and big data analysis.

Selamawit is a dedicated mother of three children.