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Mir Abdul Matin

Theme Leader, Geospatial Solutions, Geospatial Solutions

My role at ICIMOD

My role is to provide scientific leadership to the Geospatial Solutions Theme team to build and promote innovative and user-oriented geospatial applications for decision making. I lead and coordinate innovative practical research focusing on the application of geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and information communication technologies (ICT) to reduce climate change impacts on mountain ecosystems and livelihoods. I coordinate with a large network of scientists and researchers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the U.S., as well as from U.S. universities and scientific institutes to ensure the highest quality of science is used to build the applications.

Mir Abdul Matin

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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Before we can do anything to protect the pulse, we need to measure and monitor the pulse. With my team, I help to measure and monitor the pulse through conducting research using Earth observation, ground data and models to assess the current state, and past and future trends of land surface and climatic variables related to the mountains and impacted areas. My work developing information services helps make people aware of changes and helps equip them with tools to analyse those changes for making science-based decisions.

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What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

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My favorite part of work at ICIMOD is the interaction with multidisciplinary teams and meeting with partners from our regional member countries. I enjoy working with highly diverse teams from various backgrounds, countries and ethnicities and I feel ICIMOD is the best platform to promote the use of geospatial technology which contributes to improving the livelihoods of a large number of people.

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What are you passionate about?

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I’m passionate about understanding the history of nature and human beings. I love to interact with people to learn from them and to contribute to enhancing capacities of our partner agencies.

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My qualifications

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I hold a Ph.D. in remote sensing, GIS and hydro-ecological modelling from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. I also have an M.Sc. in geoinformatics from ITC, University of Twente, the Netherlands, an M.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and an MBA in digital technology management from Royal Roads University, Canada.

I have over 25 years of experience across various regions and countries. Before joining ICIMOD, I worked for three years for the International Water Management Institute where I was responsible to manage the GIS/remote sensing and database unit and for managing research data for their Challenge Programme for Water and Food. Prior to that, I worked in Bangladesh as the head of the GIS and remote sensing division of the Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services, the largest GIS setup in the country. I worked there for 10 years and was involved as a key specialist in many large projects with a multidisciplinary team to provide guidance and technical support for applying geospatial tools and analysis for solving water, environment and agriculture-related issues.

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