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Poonam Tripathi

Geospatial Training Analyst, Geospatial Solutions

My role at ICIMOD

I joined the thematic area Geospatial Solutions team in December, 2018 as a Capacity Building Training Analyst and I work with the SERVIR-HKH initiative to enhance the capacity of regional governments and stakeholders on the use of Earth observation (EO) information, products and tools across the HKH region. I support capacity building events through designing training materials and exercises, conducting trainings, and acting as a resource person in the trainings. Capacity building is a key strength of ICIMOD to disseminate innovative and advanced approaches of geoinformation technology (GIT) and EO data.

Poonam Tripathi

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How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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My work promotes bridging knowledge gaps in geoinformation technology and Earth observation to achieve workforce parity in the HKH countries with balanced gender involvement. This role strengthens and accelerates individual, institutional and infrastructure capacity and assists people to use advanced technology and innovations for decision making. This work helps to provide options in bridging science and policy gaps, which is esstential to protecting the pulse for sustainable development of the HKH.

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

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I enjoy developing and employing new and innovative ideas in capacity building activities. Working with the diverse expertise of ICIMOD which covers such vast knowledge makes me more motivated and enthusiastic to develop my skills.

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What are you passionate about?

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I am passionate about diverse music forms, especially soft music like Ghazals that soothe the inner soul. In addition, I like to hike, observing and interacting with nature for peace.

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My qualifications

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I received my Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur after defending my dissertation titled “Ensemble modelling of plant biodiversity in Indian biogeographic zones,” that focuses on evaluating and predicting species diversity in different biogeographic regions of India. I had also received an M.Tech degree in remote sensing and geo-information systems from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, located in Dehradun after defending my thesis titled “Net primary productivity assessment of forest plantations using field measurements and terrestrial biospheric models.”

I have seven years of research experience in diverse fields of ecology as I was also involved as senior research fellow in several projects related to ecological science, carbon dynamics and land use land cover change dynamics and hydrological modeling during my PhD studies. I have also published my work in peer-reviewed journals and have communicated my work at international and national conferences and seminars.