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Ramesh Silwal

SSA - Remote Sensing Associate (Ecosystems), Geospatial Solutions

My role at ICIMOD

My role focuses on satellite image processing, image classification and validation using in-situ data. I also work on targeted wildlife habitat suitability and corridor modeling; ecosystems vulnerability and multi-hazard risk assessment; geospatial analysis on mountain agriculture transformation and food security; monitoring, mapping, and modeling land use and land cover change; vegetation type mapping and harmonization; spatial and time-series remote sensing data analysis; climate envelope modeling for distribution of high value flora; GIS mapping of heritage sites and tourism routes; preparing digital databases and metadata for landscape planning and management; and writing manuscripts for peer reviewed journals and working paper.

Ramesh Silwal

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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My role in promoting the use of Earth observation and geospatial technologies contributes to science and enhances our understanding of biophysical and geophysical process including ecosystems. I protect the pulse through this generated information in the form of maps and statistical datas, which can be used to benefit society and ecosystems.

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

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I love the working environment of ICIMOD which is extremely diversified e.g. multi-cultural, multi-linguistic, multi-expertise and a multi-country set of colleagues.

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What are you passionate about?

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My passions are diverse and dynamic. I never tire visiting natural sites and exploring adventures in the wilderness. I’m passionate about trekking and hiking, cannoning, bird watching, wildlife photography, swimming, listening to music and playing sports.

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My qualifications

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I joined ICIMOD as a Remote Sensing Associate (Ecosystems)-SSA under the Geospatial Solution Theme and have been responsible to deliver geospatial work for the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) and the Landscape Initiative for Eastern Himalayas (HI-LIFE). I have about 8 years of professional work experience in the field of ecosystems, remote sensing and geospatial technology. Before joining ICIMOD, I served in a number of different roles within government and non-governmental institutions in Nepal including as a Sustainable Landscape Management and REDD+ Coordinator; within the Hariyo Ban Program; as an Ecologist within the Forest Resource Assessment, Department of Forest Research and Survey; and as a Community Forestry Assistant in the Strengthened Action for Governance in Utilization of Natural Resources (SAGUN) Program. I also worked in the National Reconstruction Authority where was a Soil Conservation and Watershed Management Expert for relocation of vulnerable settlements in the aftermath of the Gorkha earthquake 2015. My computational skills mostly associated to remote sensing and geographic information system tools include ArcGIS, QGIS, ERDAS IMAGINE, ENVI, FRAGSTAT, MaxEnt, Google Earth Engine and R, JavaScript and Python basic programing languages. I’ve authored few peer reviewed journal articles. I have also presented papers at various national and international conferences. I completed an M. Sc. Forestry from the Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal and a post graduate degree in remote sensing and GIS from the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, ISRO Dehradun, India.