Sita Karki Ph.D

GIS Computational Scientist
Ph.D in Geosciences, Western Michigan University, 2019
MS in Geographic Information Science at Idaho State University
+353 1 524 1608 (ext 53)
NUI Galway

Sita Karki joined the Earth Observation team within ICHEC in 2018 to work on geographic information science (GIS), GIS programming and radar remote sensing. Currently, she works on projects related to earth observation, aquatic remote sensing, radar application, hydrogeology and environmental sciences. Before joining the team, she worked as GIS Specialist at Michigan Geological Survey. 

Sita completed her PhD with specialization in hydrogeology and radar remote sensing. For her doctoral research, she developed an early warning system for rainfall induced landslides for mountainous areas in Saudi Arabia using radar data. During the same time, she developed early warning system for harmful algal blooms using remote sensing in the coastal waters of Florida. 

Sita is interested in studying natural hazards using remote sensing techniques and use that understanding to predict its occurrences. She uses her skills to conduct environmental research in computationally efficient technique.


Karki, S., Sultan, M., Alsefry, S., Alharbi, H., Emil, M. K., Elkadiri, R., and Alfadail, E. A., 2019, A remote-sensing-based intensity–duration threshold, Faifa Mountains, Saudi Arabia. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 19(6), 1235-1249, doi:

Karki, S., Sultan, M., Elkadiri, R. and Elbayoumi, T., 2018. Mapping and forecasting onsets of harmful algal blooms using MODIS data over coastal waters surrounding Charlotte County, Florida. Remote Sensing, 10(10), p. 1656, doi:10.3390/rs10101656.

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. and Karki, 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.