Sita Karki

GIS Computational Scientist
MS in Geographic Information Science at Idaho State University
MS in Environmental Science and Management at Idaho State University
+353 1 524 1608 (ext 53)
NUI Galway

Sita Karki joined the Environmental Science team within ICHEC in September 2018 to work on geographic information science (GIS), GIS programming and radar remote sensing. She works on several projects awarded to ICHEC related to environmental sciences. Before joining the team, she worked with Michigan Geological Survey in Western Michigan University as GIS Specialist.

Sita is currently finishing her PhD with specialization in hydrogeology and radar remote sensing. For her doctoral research, she developed early warning system for rainfall induced landslides for mountainous areas in Saudi Arabia using radar data. For her graduate research, she also developed early warning system for harmful algal blooms using remote sensing in the coastal waters of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Sita is interested in studying natural hazards using remote sensing tools and use that knowledge to predict its occurrences. She uses her skills in GIS, remote sensing, mapping and GIS programming to accomplish environmental research tasks in computationally efficient and replicable technique.


Karki, S., Sultan, S., Sefry, S., Alharbi, H., Emil, M, Elkadiri, R and Alfadail, E. 2018 (submitted). A Remote Sensing–based Early Warning System for Rainfall-Induced Landslides in the Making, Faifa Mountains, Saudi Arabia. Landslides.

Karki, S., Nawotniak, S.K., Bottenberg, H. C., 2018 (submitted). A New Approach for Detecting Thermal Anomalies in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming and the Afar Depression in Ethiopia using Landsat ETM+ Thermal Band Data. Remote Sensing of Environment

Kehew, A.E., Esch, J.M., and Karki, S., 2017, Sediment-landform Assemblages in Southern Michigan: Implications for Basal Processes of the Saginaw Lobe of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, in Kehew, A., and Curry, B.B., eds., Quaternary Glaciation of the Great Lakes Region: Process, Landforms, Sediments, and Chronology: Geological Society of America Special Paper 530, p. 1–XXX, doi:10.1130/2017.2530(06). 

Kobs Nawotniak, S. E., Bursik, M., Jayko, A., Deming, J., Pietraszek, J., Valley, P. andKarki, S. (in revision). Geology of the Mono Lake islands, Mono County, California. USGS Open file report.

Al-Khatib, I. A., Karki, S. and Sato, C. 2015. Industrial Solid Waste Management in the Governorates of Nablus and Ramallah & Al-Bireh, Palestine. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 14(12), 2793-2807.

Karki, S.,Nawotniak, S.K., Bottenberg, H. C., McCurry Michael, M. and Welhan, J., 2014. Determination of Geothermal Anomalies through Multivariate Regression of Background Variables at Yellowstone National Park using Landsat 5 TM Thermal Band Data. GRC Transactions, 38, 503-509.