» Dr. Hesham El-Askary
Associate Professor, Director, Hazards, Global and Environmental Change and Computational Science Programs

Schmid College of Science and Technology
Physics, Computational Science and Engineering
Dr. Hesham El-Askary
Office Location:
Hashinger Science Center 209
Phone:
(714) 289-2053
Email:
Website:
http://sites.chapman.edu/elaskary/
Education
Alexandria University, Bachelor of Science in Geology
George Mason University, Master of Science
George Mason University, Master of Science
George Mason University, Ph.D.
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Biography
Research Interests:
  • Atmospheric pollution over megacities
  • Visualizing and Analyzing Earth Science data
  • Interdisciplinary studies in Earth system science, including precipitation and climate Phenomena coupling.
  • Dust storms monitoring using multisensor approaches.
  • Change detections and Land use/land cover assessments.
  • Model coupling with remote sensing for dust storms detection.
  • Remote sensing of marine pollution and coral reefs.
  • Studying climate trends and climate change impact on sea level rive over lowlands.

Honors/Awards:

  • Saudi Arabia Prize for Best Published Article in Environmental Management among 150 articles from the Arab Administrative Development Organization, affiliated with the League of Arab States, 2006
  • Faculty of Science Award for winning the Saudi Arabia Prize for the best article in Environmental Management, 2006
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Earth Observing and Space Research George Mason
    University, 2004–2005
  • Medal in the Honor Society of International Scholars (Phi Beta Delta), 2002
  • Governmental Scholarship for Doctoral Degree in Environmental physics and Remote Sensing from George Mason University, USA, 2000
  • University medal for graduating as the first of Faculty of Science among all departments and highest score ever in the history of the Faculty of Science, 1997

Educational and Professional Activities:

  • Reviewer, IEEE transactions Geosciences and Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of the Environment, and others.
  • Member of the Honor Society of International Scholars (Phi Beta Delta).
  • Associate member of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
  • Member of the Egyptian nonprofit organization "Friends of the Environment"
  • Member of the Sensors committee through NARSS for research and development
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
A. Vukovic, M. Vujadinovic, G. Pejanovic, J. Andric, M. J. Kumjian, V. Djurdjevic, M. Dacic, A. K. Prasad, H. M. El-Askary, B. C. Paris, S. Petkovic, W. Sprigg, and S. Nickovic, “Numerical Simulation of “An American Haboob””, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 3211-3230, 2014.
El-Askary H., Hamdy S., J. Li, Hattab M., and El-Raey M., “Change Detection of Coral Reef Habitat Using Landsat-5 TM, Landsat-7 ETM+ Data and Landsat-8 OLI in the Red Sea (Hurghada, Egypt)”, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 35(6): 2327–2346, 2014.
Sora Kim, Anup Prasad, Hesham El-Askary, Woo-Kyun Lee, Doo-Ahn Kwak, Seung-Ho Lee, and Menas Kafatos “Application of the Savitzky–Golay Filter to Land Cover Classification using Temporal MODIS Vegetation Indices”, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 80 (7), 675-685, 2014.
William Sprigg, Slobodan Nickovic, John N Galgiani, Goran Pejanovic, Slavko Petkovic, Mirjam Vujadinovic, Ana Vukovic, Milan Dacic; Scott DiBiase, Anup Prasad and Hesham El-Askary “ Regional dust storm modeling for health services: the case of valley fever”, Journal of Aeolian Research (In Press, 2014)
Clare M. Goodess, Maureen D. Agnew, Debbie Hemming, Christos Giannakopoulos, Marco Bindi, Camilla Dibari, Hesham El-Askary, Mutasem El-Fadel, Mamdouh El-Hattab, Mohamed El-Raey, Roberto Ferrise, José M. Grünzweig, Ali Harzallah, Dina Kanas, Piero Lionello, César Mösso Aranda, Theib Oweis, Joan Pau Sierra, Marco Reale, Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla, Mohamed Senouci, Rolf Sommer, Annalisa Tanzarella, Chapter 6 “Synthesis and the Assessment of Adaptation Measures”. Advances in Global Change Research Volume 52, 2013, pp 163-201, Regional Assessment of Climate Change in the Mediterranean: A. Navarra, L. Tubiana (Eds.) Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
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.
Maureen D. Agnew, Clare M. Goodess, Debbie Hemming, Christos Giannakopoulos, Marco Bindi, Camilla Dibari, Hesham El-Askary, Mamdouh El-Hattab, Mohamed El-Raey, Roberto Ferrise, Ali Harzallah, Maria Hatzaki, Effie Kostopoulou, Piero Lionello, Salah Sahabi Abed, Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla, Mohamed Senouci, Rolf Sommer, Mohamed Zoheir Taleb, Annalisa Tanzarella, Chapter 2 “Stakeholders”, Integration of the climate impact assessments with future projections. Advances in Global Change Research Volume 52, 2013, pp 23-37, 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, Letizia Congedi, Camilla Dibari, Hesham El-Askary, Mutasem El-Fadel, Roberto Ferrise, José M. Grünzweig, Ali Harzallah, Abdallah Hattour, Maria Hatzaki, Dina Kanas, Effie Kostopoulou, Piero Lionello, Theib Oweis, Cosimo Pino, Marco Reale, Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla, Mohamed Senouci, Chapter 1 “Introduction”, Integration of the climate impact assessments with future projections. Advances in Global Change Research Volume 52, 2013, pp 3-21, Regional Assessment of Climate Change in the Mediterranean: A. Navarra, L. Tubiana (Eds.) Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
Y. Aboel Fetouh, H. El Askary, El Raey, M. Allali, W. A. Sprigg, and M. Kafatos “Annual Patterns of Atmospheric Pollutions and Episodes over Cairo Egypt” Advances In Meteorology, vol. 2013, Article ID 984853, doi:10.1155/2013/984853, 2013.
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.