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Geo-information Systems and Remote Sensing Analyst,
I started working within various team both in the country office in Afghanistan, with the SERVIR-HKH initiative, and with the Geoospatial Solution theme in December 2017 as a GIS and Remote Sensing Analyst. I have worked on wheat mapping for Afghanistan and currently I’m responsible for developing a national land cover monitoring system for Afghanistan using Google Earth Engine and capacity building of our government partners like universities and ministries in Afghanistan.
Sayed Burhan Atal
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
I protect the pulse of the planet through various contributions, such as my current work on a national land cover monitoring system for Afghanistan. Land cover plays an important role in providing crucial information for studying and monitoring ecosystems and their services for natural resource management. Assessment of land cover dynamics is essential for the sustainable management of natural resources, environmental protection, and food security. The land cover maps are primary data required for various other models including hydrology, ecosystem services, and weather forecast. Since national development plans use land cover as a basis for understanding changes in a country’s natural capital, there are important policy impacts. When effective policies are in place, we can all work together to protect the pulse.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
I am very comfortable working at ICIMOD with Geospatial Solution theme colleagues because they are skilled and supportive. I’ve found ICIMOD to be a center of opportunities for new and updated learning related to Earth observation data and technology.
What are you passionate about?
I am very passionate about doing social activities like empowering or helping others. I am extremely enthusiastic about the new creativity in the field of Earth observation and adventure tours.
I completed a Bachelor’s of Science Studies degree in Geomatics (GIS/RS) from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. In 2016, I joined the State Ministry for Disaster Management, Afghanistan as a GIS/RS expert. In that position, I was responsible for preparing hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment maps which included various raster and vector data analyses and manipulation.