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Abdel-Hamid, Ayman

Junior Researcher

Research interests:
  • Remote sensing of vegetation
  • SAR Remote sensing in environmental studies
  • Natural resources management
  • Earth observation
  • Impacts of climate change and land use change
  • Land use/land cover change analysis
Study Areas:
  • Egypt
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
  • South Africa
  • since 2016: Junior Researcher, Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL), University of Bonn.
  • 2014 - 2015: Research Associate, National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences NARSS, Egypt.
  • 2012 - 2013: Research Associate, Center for Environment and Development.
  • 2010 - 2011: Research Fellow, Institute of Ecology, TU-Berlin, Germany.
  • 2007 - 2009: M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, Suez Canal University, Egypt.
  • 2005 - 2007: Research assistant, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Egypt.
  • 2001 - 2005: B.Sc. in Botany, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Egypt.
Current projects:
  • EvIDENz Project, Earth Observation based information products for drought risk reduction on the national level.
  • Spaceborne SAR remote sensing for mapping and monitoring of vegetation dynamics in arid and semi-arid environment
Closed projects:
  • 2014 - 2016: Planning for sustainable development of Halaib-Shalatin area in South Eastern Desert, using remote sensing and GIS, National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences NARSS, Egypt.
  • 2013 - 2014: Quantitative analysis of hyperspectral remote sensing for characterization of the water properties of the Nile River, National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences NARSS.
  • 2011 - 2012: Monitoring long-term vegetation dynamics in arid and semi-arid ecosystems and interrelated climate change processes.
  • 2009 - 2010: Long-term conservation of Crataegus x sinaica, a valuable underutilized medicinal plant grows on South Sinai Mountains, Joint science and technology fund.
  • 2007 - 2008: Status of medical plants as a source of income and job creation for local community residents in WGHPA and related areas.
  • 2004 - 2007: Conservation and sustainable use of Moringa peregrina, an economically valuable medicinal plant in Egypt, joint science and technology fund.
  • 2004 - 2006: ‘’National surveys, conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants in arid and semi-arid ecosystems of Egypt’’, EEAA, UNDP, and GEF.
Other activities:

Member of:

DesertNet International (DNI).

Alexander von Humboldt Network (AvH Network).

African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE)

The Egyptian Society for Environmental Sciences (ESES).

Recent publications:
  • Abdel-Hamid, A., Dubovyk, O., Abou El-Magd, I., & G. Menz (2018): Mapping Mangroves Extents on the Red Sea Coastline in Egypt using Polarimetric SAR and High Resolution Optical Remote Sensing Data. Sustainability 2018, 10, 646.
  • Abdel-Hamid A., Dubovyk O., Abou El-Magd I., and Menz G. (2017). Integration of SAR and Optical Remote Sensing data for mapping of mangroves extents on the Red Sea Coastline in Egypt. In: Environmental Informatics. EnviroInfo 2017. Neimenster Abbey, Luxemburg.
  • Graw, V.; Ghazaryan, G.; Dall, K.; Delgado Gómez, A.; Abdel-Hamid, A.; Jordaan, A.; Piroska, R.; Post, J.; Szarzynski, J.; Walz, Y. & O. Dubovyk (2017): Drought Dynamics and Vegetation Productivity in Different Land Management Systems of Eastern Cape, South Africa—A Remote Sensing Perspective. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1728.
  • Moustafa A.A., Abd El-Wahab R.H., Seleem T.A., and Zaghloul M.S., and Abdel-Hamid A. (2015). Spatial variation in long-term population change detection of Acacia tortilis subsp. raddiana in arid environment using RS and GIS. CATRINA (2015), 14 (1): 67-75.
  • Abdel-Hamid A. (2014). Remote sensing for conservation of Acacia trees in arid Environment. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, ISBN 978-3-659-49414-7.
  • Abd El-Wahab R.H., Seleem T.A., Zaghloul M.S., El- Rayes A., Moustafa A.A., and Abdel-Hamid A. (2013). Anthropogenic effects on population structure of Acacia tortilis subsp. raddiana along a gradient of water availability in South Sinai, Egypt. African Journal of Ecology. DOI 10.1111/aje.12121.
  • Seleem T.A., Abd El-Wahab R.H., Zaghloul M.S., Moustafa A.A., and Abdel-Hamid A. (2013). Risk assessment mapping of Acacia tortilis subspecies raddiana growing in South Sinai, Egypt, using integrated field survey, remote sensing and GIS. International Journal of applied sciences, 2(5): 378-395.
  • Abdel-Hamid A. (2009) Change detection of Acacia tortilis populations using remote sensing and GIS, Southern Sinai, Egypt M.Sc. Thesis, Botany Department, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, 206 pp.
Conferences, and Training courses:
  • EnviroInfo2017 Conference “International conference on leading environmental information and communication technologies”, September 13-15, 2017, Luxembourg.
  • EARSeL2016 Conference, European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories, June 20 - 24, 2016, Bonn, Germany.
  • Training course on "RADAR Polarimetry" December 7 - 11th 2014, Canada Center for Remote Sensing, and National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, Cairo.
  • Humboldt Kolleg on "Managing Scarce Resources in Africa" September 29 to October 1st 2014, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
  • Workshop on “Wetlands in Berlin-Brandenburg and their Role for Climate Protection", July 7th 2011, Werbellin Lake wetland, Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture at Humboldt University, Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany.
  • Advanced training course on "Knowledge Transfer for Effective Climate Protection Policies" March 26 to April 8, 2011, AvH, CIPSEM, and BfN, at Vilm Island, Berlin, and Dresden, Germany.
  • Second National Workshop "EnMAP- user workshop", November 25-26th 2010, The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Fourth international workshop on "Remote Sensing of Vegetation Fluorescence", November 15-17th 2010, European Space Agency ESA, and Valencia University, Spain.
  • "Introduction to Renewable Energies Technologies", November 2-4th 2010, Renewables Academy RENAC, Berlin, Germany.
  • The first International Conference on "International Climate Protection and Resource Conservation", 30th August 2010, Bonn, Germany.
  • First international conference "Global Climate Change - Approaches to International Collaboration", May 18-21st 2010, Humboldt Foundation, DAAD, BDI, DBU, GTZ, and RENAC, Bonn, Germany.
  • Fourth international conference on "Impacts of Climate Change on Natural Resources", November 10-11th 2009, SCU, ESES, DAAD, and AAU, Egypt.
  • Workshop on "Proposal Writing for International Funding" December 16-17th 2008, University of Ulster UK, British Council and the Supreme Council of Universities, Cairo.
  • Workshop on "Construction of Vegetation Data Bank, Analysis and Classification of Ecological Data Using TurboVeg Software" November 25-26th 2008, provided by Wageningen University.  
  • Training course on "Fundamentals and applications of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems GIS", January 13-17th 2008, National Authority of Remote Sensing and Space Sciences.
  • First international conference on "Conservation and Management of Natural Resources", June 18-19th 2006, SCU, ESES, and ACGSSR, Egypt.
  • Second training course on "Field Ecology and Taxonomy", July 27-30th 2004. Egyptian British Biological Society, UNDP, and GEF, Egypt.


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