Giuseppe Molinario

Senior Faculty Specialist & Doctoral Student

Giuseppe's research investigates Land Cover and Land Use Change (LCLUC) in the Congo Basin; in particular the forest cover dynamics of shifting cultivation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His research is funded by USAID CARPE.

In 2010 Giuseppe earned his M.A. in Geography from this department, focusing on near real-time satellite remote sensing of fire working on the NASA Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS). His final master's thesis was on the characterization of the spatio-temporal dynamics of fire in Ethiopia. Before UMD he worked as a freelance environmental and geospatial consultant for FAO, the Italian Ministry of the Environment, and both private and non-governmental organizations.

Other than research, on the CARPE team he has worked on web and webGIS development, data sharing initiatives and a social media strategy. He's involved with the acquistion, archiving, pre-processing and dissemination of high resolution satellite imagery. His professional interests also include open source GIS/RS solutions, environmental sustainability, social and environmental external cost quantification and GIS/RS applied in early warning systems, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response. 

  • MA Geography, UMD
  • BA Environmental Studies

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

Campus -   Green Office Representative for Hartwick 401/410 suite
Campus -   Geography Sustainability Task Force (GSTF) Member
  • Giuseppe Molinario
4321 Hartwick Rd.
Department of Geographical Sciences
Phone: (301) 405-8895