Analysis of time series satellite vegetation index measurements from various satellite instruments including Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), SPOT Vegetation, and NOAA's Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR). Focus on land surface response to interannual climate variability associated El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO), drought pattern analysis, inferred long-term trends and dynamics of vegetation patterns and links between climate variability and vector-borne disease outbreaks.
Dr. Assaf Anyamba is a Research Scientist III with Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR/USRA) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He received his undergraduate degree from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya in Geography and Economics (1989) and a Masters degree in Geography from Ohio University, Athens (1992). He received his Ph.D. (1997) in Geography with a focus on Remote Sensing of Land Surface Patterns of ENSO from Clark University, Worcester, MA. His research interests are in the extraction of interannual climate variability signals from remotely sensed vegetation measurements, drought pattern analysis, applications of remotely sensed data in agricultural monitoring, drought & famine early warning and the links between climate and disease outbreaks. His current work supports research and development for USDA/FAS-PECAD and USAID/FEWNET, DoD-GEIS, USDA/CMAVE and FDA Programs.