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Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Associate,
I have been working with ICIMOD since 2018 as a Remote Sensing & GIS Associate with the country office in Afghanistan. I am responsible for geographic and geo-spatial data collection, management and mapping of tabular data, which supports activities related to development projects of the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock and its monitoring and evaluation information management system. I produce maps using ESRI ArcGIS, ENVI and Erdas Imagine software and use interpolation techniques of climatic and other point data to create weather, precipitation and crop maps. I calculate various agricultural indices using Landsat/sentinel images in ArcGIS or Erdas Imagine using Python and Java. I also train field data collectors in field data collection using a GPS camera for various crops.
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
I am quite passionate regarding the protection of the pulse of the planet and am quite confident that I play a role protecting the pulse of planet because weather, climate and agriculture are all essential elements to the health of the planet and mapping those elements helps us to understand the changes that are happening and those that may be needed to further protect these assets.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
My designation in the area of geo-spatial solutions is interesting and a source of enjoyment for me, as are the related tasks and working in collaboration with the ICIMOD family.
What are you passionate about?
I am quite passionate about the Pulse of our Planet and how to conserve and restore it since our earth seems to me to be on a negative journey.
I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Geomatics (GIS/RS) from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan in December, 2017 and started my professional career after that. I spent some time with the Urban Unit in Lahore, Pakistan as an intern and served as a mapping assistant at the Ministry of Refugees & Repatriation, Afghanistan.