Director of Space and Drone Remote Sensing Lab (SDRS)
Academic Editor at Remote Sensing
Dr. Ghoneim received her PhD in 2002 from the School of Geography, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. In 2003, she joined the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, USA and worked as Research Assistant Professor until summer 2010. Her primary interest is in the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing and the use of hydrologic modeling in Flash flood hazard, Groundwater exploration in desert environments and present Sea Level Rise simulation. She has conducted research on the flash flood potential and vulnerability in the arid Red Sea coast of Egypt. She has worked on projects for groundwater exploration in the northern United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sudan, Libya and southwestern Egypt. Dr. Ghoneim also uses satellite images (thermal infrared data) for detecting groundwater discharge inland and into the sea in the Arabian Peninsula. She is currently involved in the reconstruction of the Paleohydrological map of the Great Sahara using numerous remote sensing techniques and satellite data such as SRTM and SAR radar imagery data.
Dr. Ghoneim is on the editorial board of the Remote Sensing Journal and the Journal of Geography, Environment and Earth Science International. In 2017, Dr. Ghoneim received “The 2017 Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award” from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and was recognized during the Egyptian Woman Can Summit. She has published more than 77 peer-reviewed and conference articles and delivered a number of workshops, seminar lectures and training courses for multidisciplinary delegates in several countries (Egypt, United Arab Emirates, USA, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Sudan). Her research outcomes are well-cited and recognized by many international organizations such as NASA and the Geological Society of America (GSA). Among her well-cited discoveries are the ancient mega lake in the desert of Sudan and the ancient Kufrah mega river system in Libya and Egypt. These places are potential sites for massive groundwater reservoirs as well as natural gas and oil. She was invited to speak at various meetings organized by entities such as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), and UNESCO.