Image acquired by the VENµS satellite, 2018, over the Zin Valley, Negev Desert, Israel
 
 

Personnel

 
 
 

Faculty

 
 
 
 
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Prof. Arnon Karnieli
 
Head of Laboratory
 
 
Remote sensing of drylands with respect to desertification and climate change processes
 
 
 

 

Current students

 

Post-Docs

 
 
 
Micha Silver
 
Post-Doc
 
MA Cum laude
 
 
 
 
Micha Silver
 
 
 

PhD dissertation title

 
Simulation of flooding in arid regions using a hydro-meteorolgical model (WRF-Hydro)
 

Prizes

 
  • Zin (Negev) Fellow (2017)
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Timea Ignat
 
Post-Doc
 
 
 
Timea Ignat
 
 
 

Post-Doc research

 
Linking ecological and plant physiology applications with spectral methodologies
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Shayli Dor-Haim
 
Post-Doc
 
 
 
Shayli Dor-Haim
 
 
 

Post-Doc research

 
The effect of climate change on the structure and function of the critical zone in ‎drylands
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arun Pattathal Vijayakumar
 
Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay, India
 
 
 
 
 
Arun P. Vijayakumar
 
 
 
 

Post-Doc research

 
Machine learning framework for within-season field-level monitoring and crop yield prediction using VENµS time-series data
 

Prizes

 
  • The SIDEER Fellowship for an Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PhD STUDENTS

 
 
 
Klil Noy
 
MA Student
 
 
 
 
 
Klil Noy
 
 
 
 

Master thesis title

 
Spatio-temporal analysis of albedo and biocrusts across the Israel - Egypt borderline
 

Prizes

 
  • Excellence Award for the Master’s studies (2019)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nathan Levi
 
PhD Student
 
 
 
 
 
Nathan Levi
 
 
 
 

PhD Dissertation Title

 
Using reflectance spectroscopy for detecting and mapping land-use effects on soil quality in dryland
 

Prizes

 
  • Zin (Negev) Fellow (2020)
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arti Tiwari
 
PhD Student
 
M. Tech
 
 
 
 
 
Arti Tiwari
 
 
 
 

PhD dissertation title

 
Object-Based Image Procedures for Classification and Differentiation Between Structures
 

Prizes

 
  • Zin (Negev) Fellow (2020)
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christian Dost
 
PhD Student
 
 
 
 
 
Christian Dost
 
 
 
 

PhD dissertation title

 
Water balance model and multispectral imaging for automated determination of the plant water status
 
 
 
 

Master students

 
 
 
Neil Manspeizer
 
MA Student
 
 
 
 
 
Neil Manspeizer
 
 
 
 

Master thesis title

 
Geoacheology / Agricultural Heritage
 
Analyzing potential cliff erosivity from ERS SAR satellite imagery (1997)
 
 
 
2001
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Julius Bamah
 
MA Student
 
 
 
 
 
 
Julius Bamah
 
 
 
 

Master thesis title

 
-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tarik Medosevic
 
MA Student
 
 
 
 
 
 
Julius Bamah
 
 
 
 

Master thesis title

 
-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Former

 

Post-Doc

 
 
 
Dr. Noa Levi-Ohana
 
Post-Doc
 
MA Cum laude
 
 
 
 
Noa Levi-Ohana
 
 
 

Post-Doc research

 
Spatio-temporal analysis of remote sensing data
 

PhD dissertation title (2017)

 
The effects of climate change and land cover changes on rainfall-runoff relation in coastal watersheds
 

Prizes

 
  • Prize for outstanding PhD dissertation on environment and sustainability from Green Campus (2017)
 
  • Ilan Ramon Scholarship (2013)
 
  • Rieger Foundation Prize (2013)
 
  • Water Authority Scholarship (2012)
 
  • Daniel Falkner Prize for Excellence in Desert Studies (2012)
 
  • Zin (Negev) Fellow (2012)
 
 
 
2015
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
2018
 
 
 
 
2018
 
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Noa Hillel
 
Post-Doc
 
 
 
Noa Hillel
 
 
 

Post-Doc research

 
Remote sensing applications for ecological restoration
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Jisung Chang
 
Post-Doc
 
 
 
 Jisung Chang
 
 
 

Post-Doc research

 
Mapping canopy biodiversity along rainfall gradient of Israel, using imaging spectroscopy
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Tamir Caras
 
PhD
 
Post-Doc
 
 
 
 
 
Tamir Caras
 
 
 
 

PhD dissertation title (2015)

 
Marine benthos mapping at the Gulf of Eilat using hyperspectral remote sensing imagery
 

Prizes

 
  • EARSeL best paper award (2013)
 
 
 
2011
 
 
 
 
2013
 
 
 
 
2015
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Dani Varghese
 
PhD
 
Post-Doc
 
 
 
Dani Varghese
 
 
 

Post-doc research

 
Implementing climatic growth-limiting factors over Europe
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Charles Ichoku
 
PhD
 
Post-Doc
 
 
 
Charles Ichoku
 
 
 

Post-doc research

 
Geomatic, automatic extraction of geomorphological features
 
 
 
 
1996
 
 
 
 
1996
 
 
 
 
1996
 
 
 
 
1996
 
 
 
 
1997
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1998
 
 
 
 
1999
 
 
 
 
2001
 
 
 
 
2002
 
 
 
 
2002
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Francis Okeke
 
PhD
 
Post-Doc
 
 
 
Francis Okeke
 
 
 

Post-doc research

 
Methods for fuzzy classification and accuracy assessment of historical aerial photographs for vegetation change analyses
 
 
 
2006
 
 
 
 
2006
 
 
 
 
2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PhD STUDENTS

 
 
Dr. Tal Rapaport
 
PhD
 
 
 
Tal Rapaport
 
 
 
 

PhD dissertation title (2017)

 
Developing physiologically-based multi-spectral tools for the monitoring of wine vine water status
 

Prizes

 
  • The Whole Organism Scholarship for Outstanding PhD Students (2015)
 
  • The Negev (Zin) Scholarship for Outstanding PhD Students (2014)
 
  • Daniel Falkner Prize for Excellence in Desert Studies (2013)
 
 
 
2014
 
 
 
 
2015
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Tarin Paz-Kagan
 
PhD
 
 
 
Tarin Paz-Kagan
 
 
 
 

PhD dissertation title (2015)

 
Effects of landuse on soil quality and plants productivity for assessing land degradation and ecosystem services in semi-arid regions of Israel
 

Prizes

 
  • Postdoctorate scholarship for outstanding women from the Planning & Budgeting Committee (2015)
 
  • Haim Molcho Foundation scholarship (2012)
 
  • Ilan Ramon Scholarship (2015)
 
 
 
 
2014
 
 
 
 
2014
 
 
 
 
2014
 
 
 
 
2015
 
 
 
 
2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
2018
 
 
 
 
2018
 
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Ittai Herrmann
 
PhD
 
 
 
 
 
Ittai Herrmann
 
 
 
 

PhD dissertation title (2012)

 
Exploring remote sensing methods for precision agricultural applications (2012)
 

Prizes

 
  • Pratt Foundation Scholarship (2015)
 
  • Haim Molcho Foundation scholarship (2007, 2009)
 
 
 
 
2010
 
 
 
 
2010
 
 
 
 
2011
 
 
 
 
2012
 
 
 
 
2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2013
 
 
 
 
2013
 
 
 
 
2014
 
 
 
 
2016
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
2019
 
 
 
 
2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Offer Rozenstein
 
PhD
 
MA Cum laude
 
 
 
 
 
Offer Rozenstein
 
 
 
 
 

PhD dissertation title (2014)

 
Remote sensing and spectroscopy of biological soil crusts (2014)
 

Master thesis title (2010)

 
Comparison of combined rs&gis land-use classification methods in the Northern Negev, Israel
 

Prizes

 
  • Mukadi Award for outstanding PhD dissertations, Israel Society of Soil Science (2015)
 
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, 2015 Joint Assembly AGU-GAC-MAC-CGU, Montreal, Canada (2015)
 
  • Tim Casgrain Water Resource Research Award for student exchange, McGill University (2014-2015)
 
  • Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, International Education Grant (2013)
 
  • Best presentation award, KAMGI, Israeli Geomorphological Society Conference (2013)
 
  • Pratt Foundation Scholarship (2012)
 
  • Jewish National Fund (KKL) Prize for Ecological Studies (Roberto Valubra Fund) (2010)