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Dr. Hesham El-Askary

Professor, Director, Computational and Data Science Graduate Programs
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Computational and Data Science
Expertise: Global Climate Change; Earth Systems; Remote Sensing; Aerosols; Natural Disasters; Marine Habitats
Office Location: Keck Center for Science and Engineering 295
Phone: (714) 289-2053
Affiliations:
First-year Foundations Program
Education:
Alexandria University, Bachelor of Science
George Mason University, Master of Science
George Mason University, Master of Science
George Mason University, Ph.D.

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Biography

Dr. El-Askary views himself as an earth system scientist with a major interest in natural hazards, atmospheric events and using renewable energy as the only way to address global climate change issues. His research interests include dust storms monitoring and detection using different remote sensing technologies as well as studying other extreme events. He is also involved in studying air pollution problems over megacities due to natural and man-made effects as well as climate change and its impacts on sea-level rise and coral reefs for coastal areas. His research included using earth observations in studying the impact of severe dust storms anomalous chlorophyll outbreaks in the marine environment, hurricanes intensification as well as transport of microbes causing Kawasaki disease outbreaks. Recently Dr. El-Askary has been focusing on using earth observations for water resources management, precision agriculture, along with sustainable development goals.

He is the 2015 recipient of the Chapman University's elite Senior Wang-Fradkin Professorship award. In 2016, he was named as the regional coordinator on a $3 million euro grant from the European Union’s (EU) Horizon 2020. The three-year project, known as GEO-CRADLE, deals with coordinating and integrating state-of-the-art earth observation activities in the regions of North Africa, Middle East and Balkans and developing links with GEO-related initiatives toward GEOSS. Through this work, his research team was able to deliver the first analytical solar Atlas of Egypt that is now considered to be the official document of the government for solar investment. This work was recently presented at Planet Earth Institute at the Royal Society in London during a seminar that discussed the future of solar energy in Africa.

Dr. El-Askary has published over 100 refereed research publications, conferences full papers and book chapters in these research areas. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, United States Department of Agriculture and the European Union. Dr. El-Askary has received the Saudi Arabia award hosted by the Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO) affiliated with the League of Arab states for the best-published article in Environmental Management among 150 articles in 2006. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), AGU, EGU, COSPAR, and Phi Beta Delta Honor Society.

Dr. El-Askary has been featured in the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Website

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Hesham El-Askary, Wenzhao Li, Maram El-Nadry, M. Awad and Alaa R. Mostafa “Strong interactions Indicated between Dust Aerosols and Precipitation related Clouds in the Nile Delta”, Springer Proceedings of the 1st Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences (CAJG-1), 12-15, November, Tunisia 2018.
Luciano Rodriguez, Cyril Rakovski, Mohamed Allali, and Hesham El-Askary, “Long-Term Ground Based Precipitation Data Analysis in California: Spatial and Temporal Variability”, Springer Proceedings of the 1st Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences (CAJG-1), 12-15, November, Tunisia 2018.
Wenzhao Li, Hesham El-Askary, Mohamed Qurban, Mohamed Allali and K. P. Manikandan, “On the drying trends over the MENA Countries using Harmonic Analysis of the Enhanced Vegetation Index” Springer Proceedings of the 1st Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences (CAJG-1), 12-15, November, Tunisia 2018.
Clare M. Goodess, Maureen D. Agnew, Christos Giannakopoulos, Debbie Hemming, Skander Ben Salem, Marco Bindi, Mohamed Nejmeddine Bradai, Letizia Congedi, Camilla Dibari, Hesham El-Askary, Mutasem El-Fadel, Mohamed El-Raey, Roberto Ferrise, Dimitra Founda, José M. Grünzweig, Ali Harzallah, Maria Hatzaki, Gillian Kay, Piero Lionello, César Mösso Aranda, Theib Oweis, Joan Pau Sierra, Basil Psiloglou, Marco Reale, Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla, Mohamed Senouci, Annalisa Tanzarella, Konstantinos V. Varotsos, Chapter 5 “Integration of the Climate Impact Assessments with Future Projections”, Integration of the climate impact assessments with future projections. Advances in Global Change Research Volume 52, 2013, pp 105-162, Regional Assessment of Climate Change in the Mediterranean: A. Navarra, L. Tubiana (Eds.) Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
Debbie Hemming, Maureen D. Agnew, Clare M. Goodess, Christos Giannakopoulos, Skander Ben Salem, Marco Bindi, Mohamed Nejmeddine Bradai, Letizia Congedi, Camilla Dibari, Hesham El-Askary, Mutasem El-Fadel, Mohamed El-Raey, Roberto Ferrise, José M. Grünzweig, Ali Harzallah, Abdallah Hattour, Maria Hatzaki, Dina Kanas, Piero Lionello, Mark McCarthy, César Mösso Aranda, Theib Oweis, Joan Pau Sierra, Basil Psiloglou, Marco Reale, Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla, Mohamed Senouci, Annalisa Tanzarella, Chapter 4 “Climate Impact Assessments”, Integration of the climate impact assessments with future projections. Advances in Global Change Research Volume 52, 2013, pp 61-104, Regional Assessment of Climate Change in the Mediterranean: A. Navarra, L. Tubiana (Eds.) Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
Maureen D. Agnew, Clare M. Goodess, Debbie Hemming, Christos Giannakopoulos, Skander Ben Salem, Marco Bindi, Mohamed Nejmeddine Bradai, Camilla Dibari, Hesham El-Askary, Mutasem El-Fadel, Mohamed El-Raey, Roberto Ferrise, José M. Grünzweig, Ali Harzallah, Abdallah Hattour, Maria Hatzaki, Dina Kanas, Effie Kostopoulou, Piero Lionello, Theib Oweis, Cosimo Pino, Basil Psiloglou, Salah Sahabi Abed, Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla, Mohamed Senouci, Mohamed Zoheir Taleb, Annalisa Tanzarella, Chapter 3 “Physical and Socio-economic Indicators”, Integration of the climate impact assessments with future projections. Advances in Global Change Research Volume 52, 2013, pp 39-60, Regional Assessment of Climate Change in the Mediterranean: A. Navarra, L. Tubiana (Eds.) Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
Kaskaoutis, D. G., Prasad, A.K., Kosmopoulos, P.G., Sinha, P.R., Kharol, S.K., Gupta, P., El-Askary, H.M., and Kafatos, M., “Synergistic use of remote sensing and modeling for tracing dust storms in the Mediterranean” Advances in Meteorology, Volume 2012, Article ID 861026, doi:10.1155/2012/861026 2012.
El-Askary, H.M., Allali, M., Rakovski, C., Prasad, A.K., Kafatos, M., and Struppa, D., “Computational Methods for Climate Data”, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, WIREs Comp Stat. doi: 10.1002/wics.1213, 2012.
Goodess C.M., Agnew M.D., Giannakopoulos C., Hemming D., Bindi M., Bradai M. N., Congedi L., Dibari C., El-Askary H., El-Raey M., Ferrise R., Founda D., Grünzweig J., Harzallah A., Hatzaki M., Kay G., Kostopoulou E., Lionello P., Mösso C., Oweis T., Psiloglou B., Reale M., Salem S. B., Sanchez-Arcilla A., Senouci M., Tanzarella A. and Varotsos K. 2011. Integration of the climate impact assessments with future projections. In Regional Assessment of Climate Change in the Mediterranean: A. Navarra, L. Tubiana (Eds.) Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. (In Press)
El-Askary H., Prasad A.K., Kallos G., El-Raey M., and Kafatos M., Analyzing Black Cloud Dynamics over Cairo, Nile Delta Region and Alexandria using Aerosols and Water Vapor Data Chapter 12 in InTECH open access publisher Book: Air Quality-Models and Applications, ISBN 978-953-307-307-1, 2011. http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/analyzing-black-cloud-dynamics-over-cairo-nile-delta-region-and-alexandria-using-aerosols-and-water-
Prasad A.K., El-Askary H., Asrar G.R., and Kafatos M., “Accelerated Melting of Major Glaciers in Himalayas: Regional Implications of Climate Variability and Change” Chapter X in InTECH open access publisher Book: Global Warming, ISBN 978-953-308-97-6, 2011 (In Press)
Agustin Sanchez-Arcilla, Cesar Mosso, Joan Pau Sierra, Marc Mestres, Ali Harzallah, Mohamed Senouci, Mohamed El Raey and Hesham El-Askary, “Erratum to: Climatic drivers of potential hazards in Mediterranean coasts”, Journal of Regional Environmental Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10113-011-0206-0, 2011. The online version of the original article can be found under doi:10.1007/s10113-010-0193-6.
Gerasopoulos, E., Amiridis, V., Kazadzis, S., Kokkalis, P., Eleftheratos, K., Andreae, M.O., Andreae T.W., El-Askary, H., Zerefos, C.S., “Three-year ground based measurements of Aerosol Optical Depth over the Eastern Mediterranean: the urban environment of Athens” Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 11, 2145–2159, doi:10.5194/acp-11-2145-2011, 2011.
Marey, H. S., Gille, J. C., El-Askary, H. M., Shalaby, E. A., and El-Raey, M. E.: Aerosol Climatology over Nile Delta based on MODIS, MISR and OMI satellite data, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 11, 10449-10484, doi:10.5194/acpd-11-10449-2011, 2011.
Al-Agamii D., Ramadan A., El-Raey M., El-Askary H., El-Wadaii A.A., Hadad A., Ashaa B.O., and Tawfik M.A., “Atmosphere,” Chapter 7 in “The Environment Outlook for the Arab Region” United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Press, United Nations (UN), 2010. (Arabic Version released, but the English version (In Press) http://www.unep.org/dewa/westasia/eoar/)
Marey H., Gille J., El-Askary H., Shalaby S., and El-Raey M., “Study of the formation of the "Black Cloud" and its dynamics over Cairo, Egypt using MODIS and MISR sensors”, Journal of Geophysical Research 115, D21206, doi:10.1029/2010JD014384, 2010.
Prasad A. K., El-Askary H., and Kafatos M., “High altitude dust transport over Nile Delta during biomass burning season”, Environmental Pollution 158, 3385-3391, 2010 doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2010.07.035.
El-Askary H., Farouk R., Ichoku C., and Kafatos M., “Inter-continental transport of dust and pollution aerosols across Alexandria, Egypt” Annales Geophysicea, 27, 2869–2879, 2009
Prasad A. K. K.-H. S. Yang, El-Askary H., and M. Kafatos M., “Melting of major Glaciers in the western Himalayas: evidence of climatic changes from long term MSU derived tropospheric temperature trend (1979-2008)” Annales Geophysicea, 27, 4505–4519, 2009.
El-Askary H., and Kafatos M, “Dust Storm and Black Cloud Influence on Aerosol Optical Properties over Cairo and the Greater Delta Region, Egypt” International Journal of Remote Sensing 29(24): 7199–7211, 2008, doi: 10.1080/01431160802144179
El-Askary H., and Kafatos M, “Natural and Anthropogenic Aerosol-Related Hazards Affecting Megacities,” Chapter 10 in “Large-Scale Disasters: Prediction, Control and Mitigation” Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Agarwal A., El-Askary H., El-Ghazawi T., Kafatos M., and Le-Moigne J., “Efficient PCA Fusion Techniques for MISR Multi-angle Observations with Applications to Monitoring Dust Storms” IEEE .Geosc. and Remote Sensing Letters, 4(4): 678-682, 2007, doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2007.904467.
El-Askary H., “Air pollution Impact on Aerosol Variability over mega cities using Remote Sensing Technology: Case study, Cairo,” Egyptian Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Science, V. 9, 31-40, 2006.
El-Askary H., Gautam R., Singh R. P., and Kafatos M., “Dust Storms Detection over the Indo-Gangetic basin using multi sensor data,” Advances in Space Research Journal, 37: 728-733, 2006, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2005.03.134.
El-Askary H., Sarkar S., Chiu L., Kafatos M., and El-Gahzawi T., “Rain Gauge Derived Precipitation Variability over Virginia and its Relation with the EL NINO Southern Oscillation (ENSO),” Advances in Space Research Journal, 33: 338-342, 2004, doi:10.1016/S0273-1177(03)00478-2.
El-Askary H., Gautam R., and Kafatos M., “Remote Sensing of Dust Storms over the Indo-Gangetic Basin,” Indian Journal of Remote Sensing, 32(2): 121-124, 2004, doi:10.1007/BF03030869
El-Askary H., Sarkar, S., Kafatos, M., and El-Gazawi, T., “A Multi-Sensor Approach to Dust Storm Monitoring over the Nile Delta,” IEEE Trans. Geosc. Remote Sensing, 41(10): 2386-2391, 2003, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2003.817189.