Giuseppe Molinario

Senior Faculty Specialist & Doctoral Student

Giuseppe is a Faculty Research Assistant and PhD student funded by USAID's CARPE grant. His research investigates Land Cover and Land Use Change (LCLUC) in the Congo Basin, and in particular the forest cover dynamics of shifting cultivation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

In 2010 Giuseppe earned his M.A. in Geography from the Department of Geographical Sciences, focusing on near real-time satellite remote sensing of fire working as a Graduate Research Assistant funded by the NASA and UN-FAO Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS). His final thesis paper was on the characterization of the spatio-temporal dynamics of fire in Ethiopia.

He earned his undergraduate degree (B.A.) in 2001 at Tufts University with a double major in Environmental Studies and Philosophy and minor in Studio Art. Between 2001 and 2008 he worked as a freelance environmental and geospatial consultant for several organizations, among which the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Italian Ministry of the Environment, and several private and non-governmental organizations active in the geospatial, land use planning, IT and environmental science fields.

As an FRA he has worked on developing the current CARPE website, WebGIS sites , a metadata repository tool (CARPE Data Explorer) and social media strategy and tools. He's involved with the acquistion, archiving, pre-processing and dissemination of large quantities of satellite imagery to facilitate access to these datasets from researchers and operational partners in the Congo Basin. He's also involved in the development of mobile data collection systems for fieldwork based on the Android platform and in various GIS/RS communities. 

Other than LCLUC and fire, his professional interests include open source software in GIS/RS, environmental sustainability, social and environmental external cost quantification and GIS/RS applied to early warning systems, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian issues. 

Degrees
  • MA Geography, UMD
  • BA Environmental Studies
Research:
Land Cover and Land Use Change (LCLUC) in the Congo Basin; investigating how to make more detailed and accurate remote sensing based maps, what the drivers of LCLUC are, and how the human/environment interface can be detected and monitored more clearly in
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Phone: (301) 405-8895
Email: gmolinar@umd.edu