Dr. Eman Ghoneim (Arabic: إيمان غنيم) is an Egyptian/American geomorphologist with a primary focus on the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (including multispectral, thermal and microwave radar imagery), unmanned aircraft system (UAS - drones) and the use of Hydrologic modeling in Flash flood hazard, sea level rise, drought and Groundwater exploration in arid and coastal environments.
Eman Ghoneim graduated with an honor degree and received her Master degree from the Geography Department at Tanta University, Egypt in 1997. She was awarded her PhD degree in Geography from the Geography Department at the University of Southampton, UK. She held a postdoctoral position at the Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, USA in 2003. In 2010 she joined the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at UNCW and become the director of the Remote Sensing Research Laboratory (RSRL). She has over 17 years of experience in working with Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as well as hydrologic modeling in arid regions and coastal environments. She is an expert in image processing and uses a wide array of satellite/space data including multi-spectral, hyper-spectral, thermal infrared (TIR), microwave (radar images) and digital elevation model (DEM). Ghoneim has published more than 27 peer-reviewed papers and her papers appear in premier international professional journals. She has published more than 48 conference articles and delivered a number of workshops, seminar lectures and training courses for multidisciplinary delegates in several countries (Egypt, United Arab Emirates, USA, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Sudan). Her work is well-cited (NASA, GSA, New Scientist, Live Science websites) and she was invited to speak at various meetings organized by entities such as UNDP, UN-ESCWA, and UNESCO.
In March 2006 Dr. Ghoneim joined Dr. Farouk El-Baz in a research that resulted in the discovery of the Kebira Crater, a possible impact crater (astrobleme) in the Sahara. In 2007, while processing microwave space data (radar imagery), she discovered an ancient Mega-Lake (30,750 km²) buried beneath the sand of the Great Sahara in Northern Darfur, Sudan.
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