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Sita Karki, Ph.D.

Earth Observation Computational Scientist
Ph.D in Geosciences, Western Michigan University (2019)
MS in Geographic Information Science, Idaho State University (2015)
MS in Environmental Sciences, Idaho State University (2012)
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Sita  joined the Earth Observation (EO) team to work on remote sensing, geographic information science (GIS) and EO programming while expanding ICHEC's research activities in the field of EO. She works on broad areas of research related to aquatic remote sensing, radar application, hydrogeology and environmental sciences. Currently, she is working on EPA funded INFER and MACRO-MAN projects mainly focused on Copernicus data and remote sensing of water. Before joining ICHEC, she worked as GIS Specialist for Michigan Geological Survey at Western Michigan University. 

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 EO research in computationally efficient technique.

When she is not working, she loves to eat spicy food, read metaphysical books or watch fantasy movies. 


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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: https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-19-1235-2019.

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.