Dr. Magaly Koch

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Research Associate Professor

Center for Remote Sensing
Boston University
725 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215-1401

Telephone: (617)353-7302
Fax: (617)353-3200
Email: mkoch@bu.edu

Dr. Magaly Koch is a geologist specialized in the application of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems in the study of groundwater resources and environmental change of arid lands. She has conducted research on the: (i) estimation of the ground water potential in Egypt, Sudan (Darfur and Red Sea Hills), Oman and United Arab Emirates, (ii) evaluation of the geomorphic effects of the Gulf War in Kuwait using pre- and post-war satellite images, (iii) characterization of wetland degradation processes in Spain, (iv) assessment of flash flood potential of ephemeral rivers (wadis) in Egypt, Oman, and United Arab Emirates, (v) discovery of hidden Maya ruins in the thick rainforest of Guatemala, and (vi) relationship between landscape evolution and cultural development of the Axumite kingdom in N Ethiopia, and the possible causes for past and present-day land degradation problems in this region.

In recent years she has become interested in studying the relationship between land cover/use changes, hydrology and infectious diseases. She is applying her expertise in geospatial technology in a recent project that examines the role of intensive maize cultivation in epidemic and endemic malaria in the Jimma region of SW Ethiopia.

Education

  • 1993 Ph.D.in Geology, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
  • 1987 Diploma in Ground Water Hydrology, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
  • 1986 M.Sc.in Geology, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Areas of Specialization

Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems as applied to:

  • Human impact in environmental change
  • Land and water resources in arid/semiarid/tropical environments
  • Natural hazards (flash floods)

Positions Held

  • 2005 – Present, Research Associate Professor, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, USA.  Projects: “US-Egypt Cooperative Research: Assessing Natural Resources Potential for Land Use Planning and Development in West Aswan, Egypt”, NSF International Program, 2010-2013, PI M. Koch (Co-PI H. Geriesh, Suez Canal Univ., Egypt); “The Agro-ecology of Maize and Malaria in Ethiopia”, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, 2005-12, Co-Investigator (PI J. McCann, BU); “US-Ethiopia Planning Visit: Earth sciences and archaeology-An interdisciplinary approach to understanding Late Holocene human-environment relationships in Aksum, N. Ethiopia”, funded by NSF International Program, 2006-07, Principal Investigator (Co-PI M. DiBlasi, BU).
  • 2011 – Present, Lecturer, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tufts University, USA. CEE 194A/ENV 196R Introduction to Remote Sensing, CEE 194H Global Environmental Datasets.
  • 2008, Visiting Professor and Lecturer, Department of Geology and Geochemistry, Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Madrid, Spain.  Projects: “Application of ALOS Data in Arid/Semiarid Land Studies: Land Degradation, Natural Hazards and Water Resources”, and “Application of ALOS Data in the Study of Glacial, Periglacial and Morphostructural Features in the Northern Antarctic Peninsula Region”, funded by the UAM, the Spanish Ministry of Sciences & Technology, Spain, and JAXA, Japan, 2007-11, Principal Investigator, (Co-PIs J. Gumuzzio,UAM; J. Lopez, UAM; and T. Schmid, CIEMAT).
  • 1999 – 2007, Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, Boston University, USA. AR505 Remote Sensing in Archaeology.
  • 1998 – 2005,  Research Assistant Professor, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, USA.  Projects: “Use of space images for ground water exploration in the Northern United Arab Emirates”, funded by the Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority, United Arab Emirates, 2001-2006, Co-Investigator (PI F. El-Baz); and “Wadi Atlas of Oman”, funded by the Ministry of Information, Oman, 1998-2000, Co-Investigator (PI F. El-Baz).
  • 2000 – 2001, Visiting Professor, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.  Project: “Synergetic use of multispectral and hyperspectral data in characterizing change in semi-arid wetlands in Spain”. HySens project (HS-2000ES2) funded by the Autonomous Univ. of Madrid, Spain, Univ. of Nottingham, UK, and the DLR, Germany, 2000-2002, Co-Principal Investigator, (PI J. Gumuzzio, UAM).
  • 1996 – 1998, European Community Marie Curie Research Fellowship, Earth Sciences Institute “Jaume Almera”, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain. Project: “Identifying geological controls of land degradation in semi-arid regions: An integrative approach using remote sensing and GIS”, funded by the Commission of the European Communities, 1996-1998, Principal Investigator.
  • 1993 – 1996, Research Associate, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, USA.  Projects: “Environmental atlas of Kuwait from satellite images”, 1994-1996; “Remote sensing aids to groundwater exploration in Egypt’s deserts”, 1992-1995; “Damage assessment of the desert and coastal environment of Kuwait by remote sensing”, 1992-1994, Co-Investigator (PI F. El-Baz).
  • 1988-1992 Research Assistant, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston Univ., USA.  PhD thesis work under the direction of Prof. F. El-Baz. Co-Principal Investigator in the project: “Groundwater potential of the Red Sea Province, Sudan”.
  • 1983-1986, Research Assistant, Geology Department, Univ. Cologne, Germany.  Field experience: lithological and structural mapping, Cantabrian Mountains, N-Spain, 3 summers.
  • 1983, Internship, Uribante-Caparo Hydroelectric Dam Project, Venezuela (2 months).

Research Grants & Stipends

  • 2010-2013, US-Egypt Cooperative Research: Assessing Natural Resources Potential for Land Use Planning and Development in West Aswan, Egypt. NSF (US-Egypt Joint Board on Scientific and Technological Cooperation). US PI: M. Koch (Egyptian PI: H. Geriesh). Amount: $200,000 (US budget $103,196). Project duration: 3 years.
  • 2008-2011, Monitoring wetlands in semi-arid environments of Spain. SOAR RADARSAT-2 data take grant (Project # 2615), Canadian Space Agency, 10 Radarsat images (total value $40,000), PI: M. Koch, Co-PIs: J. Gumuzzio and T. Schmid.
  • 2008-2011, Antartic periglacial, glacial and geo-structural study. SOAR RADARSAT-2 data take grant (Project # 1376), Canadian Space Agency, 10 Radarsat images (total value $40,000), PI: J. López-Martínez, Co-Investigator: M. Koch.
  • 2007-2011, Advanced Land Observation Satellite (ALOS) data take grant (ALOS-RA-81) Applications of ALOS in Arid Land Studies: Land Degradation, Natural Hazards and Water Resources. Science program supported by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), 50 satellite images (total value $6,250), PI: M. Koch.
  • 2005 -2008, I+D (Research and Development) Grant (CGL2005-06458-C02-02/HID) “Geoindicators of wetland degradation processes in Mediterranean environments of Spain: multisensor remote sensing approach”. Research program supported by the Ministry of Sciences and Technology of Spain. Project duration: 3 years. Amount: 53,000 euros ($55,000). Co-Principal Investigator (PI J. Gumuzzio, UAM).
  • 2005 -2008, I+D (Research and Development) Grant (CGL2005-0356/ANT) “Geomorphology, periglacial environment and neotectonics in the northern Antartic Peninsula region: hydrological and environmental implications”. I+D (Research and Development) Grant, Ministry of Sciences and Technology of Spain. Co-Investigator (PI J. Lopez-Martinez, UAM), 90,000 euros ($95,000), 3 years.
  • 2007, Curriculum Development Grant for developing a new course in Geospatial Methods in Environmental Studies to be offered in Summer 2008 at Boston University, awarded by BU Summer Term Academic Advisory Board, $2000.
  • 2006-2007, US-Ethiopia Planning Visit: Earth sciences and archaeology. An interdisciplinary approach to understanding Late Holocene human-environment relationships in Aksum, N. Ethiopia. NSF International Program. PI: M. Koch, Co-PI: M. DiBlasi, $9,460, 1 year.
  • 2002-2005, I+D (Research and Development) Grant (REN2002-01771/CLI) “Synergetic use of multispectral and hyperspectral data for change detection in arid and semi-arid wetlands in Spain”. Research program supported by the Ministry of Sciences and Technology of Spain. Project duration: 3 years. Amount: 55,000 euros ($55,000). Co-Principal Investigator (PI J. Gumuzzio, UAM).
  • 2001-2005, ASTER data take grant (Research Program ID: AP-0072) “Land degradation monitoring in environmentally sensitive areas of Northeast and Central Spain” supported by the Earth Remote Sensing Data Analysis Center, Tokyo, Japan (Agreement no. H130022). Principal Investigator.
  • 2001-2005, ASTER data take grant (Research Program ID: AP-0075) “Flash flood hazards of active wadis in Northern Oman and U.A.E.” supported by the Earth Remote Sensing Data Analysis Center, Tokyo, Japan (Agreement no. H130024). Principal Investigator.
  • 2004, I+D Acciones Especiales (Research and Development Special Actions) Grant (REN2002-12508-E) “Application of hyperspectral data (HyMap) to the detection of soil degradation features in semi-arid environments”. Research program supported by the Ministry of Sciences and Technology of Spain. Supplementary funding for HyMap flight campaign. Amount: 15,000 euros ($15,000). Co-Principal Investigator (PI J. Gumuzzio, UAM).
  • 2003, NASA ESE Scientific Data Purchase Recipient. Two IKONOS images over the United Arab Emirates (Standard Original MSI/Pan images). SDP Tasking Request # 1560-2. Principal Investigator (Co-PI F. El-Baz).
  • 2002-2004, Vanderbilt University Discovery Grant Program (4-50-999-09037) “Archaeological and Remote Sensing Explorations at Holmul, Guatemala”. Project duration: 2 years. Amount: $50,000. Co-Principal Investigator (PI F. Estrada-Belli, Vanderbilt University).
  • 2002, NASA ESE Scientific Data Purchase Recipient. Earth Watch STAR-3i radar images and DEMs of Holmul, Guatemala. Principal Investigator (Co-PI F. Estrada Belli, Vanderbilt Univ.).
  • 2001-2002, CM Research Grant (07M/0056/2000) “Spectral and textural classification of multi-source imagery to monitor soil degradation stages in semi-arid environments”. Environmental Technology Program of the Community of Madrid (CM), Spain. Project duration: 2 years. 40,779 euros ($40,000). Co-Principal Investigator (PI J. Gumuzzio, UAM).
  • 2000-2002, HySens data take grant (HS2000ES2) “Synergetic use of multispectral and hyperspectral data in characterizing change in semi-arid wetlands in Spain” supported by the European Community – Improving Human Potential Programme: Access to Research Infrastructures at the German Aerospace Research Centre, DLR, under contract no. HPRI-CT-1999-00075. Hyperspectral DAIS 7915 and ROSIS data take of La Mancha and Chinchon test sites, Spain. Co-Principal Investigator (PI J. Gumuzzio, UAM).
  • 2000-2001, Research consultancy contract between M. Koch and The University of Nottingham as part of the HySens (HS-2000ES2) project. 6,500 pounds ($10,000).
  • 1996-1998, TMR Marie Curie Research Training Grant, Commission of the European Communities. Project duration: 2 years, 105,284 ECUs ($120,000). Principal Investigator.
  • 1996, British Council Special Visit Grant for a 3-week visit to the Geography Department of The University of Nottingham, UK. £250 ($400).
  • 1988-1990,  Research Assistantship, Boston University, Boston, USA.
  • 1987,  Postgraduate Fellowship awarded by the Spanish Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a 6-month special training program in hydrogeology at the UPC, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 1984-1986,  Research Assistantship, University of Cologne, Germany.
  • 1981-1982, Student Exchange Fellowship for a 1-year stay at the University of Salamanca, awarded by the Academic Exchange Service (Akademischer Austauschdienst) of the University of Cologne, Germany.

Teaching Experience

  • 2009 – 2012, PhD thesis co-advisor (2nd reader) of Ahmed Gaber, “Assessing the natural resources of some localities in Egypt by using the microwave remote sensing and 3-D GPR: Implication for sustainable development”, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.
  • 2011 – Present, Semester course CEE 194A/ENV 196R “Introduction to Remote Sensing”, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering , Tufts University, USA.
  • 2011, Semester course GE365 “An Introduction to GIS”, Geography & Environment Department, Boston University, USA.
  • 2006 – 2009, PhD thesis co-advisor (2nd reader) of Ignacio Meléndez Pastor, “Multi-temporal remote sensing analysis of coastal wetlands in the Province of Alicante, Spain: modeling land use changes and carbon sequestration in soils and vegetation”, doctoral thesis, Department of Agro-Chemistry and Environment, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Spain.
  • 2008, Semester course 12629 Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques in Environmental Sciences, Geology and Geochemistry Department, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • 1999 – 2007, Semester course AR505 “Remote Sensing and Archaeology”, Archaeology Department, Boston University, Boston, USA.
  • 2005, Lecturer (via videoconferencing) in the doctoral course “Remote sensing: applications in environmental studies” of the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, Spring semester.
  • 1999 – 2004, PhD thesis co-advisor (2nd reader) of Thomas Schmid: “Integrated remote sensing approach to detect changes in saline wetlands in semiarid environments of Central Spain” doctoral thesis, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Geology and Geochemistry, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.
  • 2000 – 2003, Remote sensing module of the post-graduate courses “Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of Industrial Activities” and “Geochemical Techniques and Applied Technologies for Environmental Assessment Studies”. 1 week in the Fall semester, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, with funding from the European Communities (European Social Fund).
  • 2003, Graduate course EE903 “Research in Energy and Environmental Studies”. Summer semester 2003, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University, USA.
  • 2002, Training course “Introduction to Remote Sensing: Digital Image Processing”. January 12-16, 2002, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Safat, Kuwait.
  • 2000, Graduate course GG934 “Problems in GIS” and GG938 “Problems in Remote Sensing”. Spring semester and Summer semester 2000, Geography Department, Boston University, Boston, USA.

Society Memberships

  • IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, USA.
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU).
  • The Geological Society of America.
  • The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
  • Marie Curie Fellowship Association (MCFA), European Commission.
  • The Remote Sensing Society, UK.

Publications

Journal Papers, Book Chapters and Monographs:

  • Meléndez-Pastor, I., Navarro-Pedeño, J., Koch, M., Gómez., I, and Hernández, E.I. (2013) Evaluating land degradation after forest fire with a fuzzy logic model. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, vol. 12(11), 2087-2096.
  • El-Din, M.S., Gaber, A., Koch, M., Ahmed, R.S., and Bahgat, E. (2013) Remote Sensing Application for Water Quality Assessment in Lake Timsah, Suez Canal District, Egypt. Journal of Remote Sensing Technology, vol. 1(3), 61-74.
  • Gaber, A., Koch, M., Geriesh, M.H., Sato, M., and El-Baz, M. (2013) Near-surface imaging of a buried foundation in the Western Desert, Egypt, using space-borne and ground penetrating radar. Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 40(4), 1946-1955.
  • Koch, M., Schmid, T., Reyes, M., and Gumuzzio, G. (2012) Evaluating full polarimetric C- and L-band data for mapping wetland conditions in a semi-arid environment in Central Spain. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS), vol. 5(3), 1033-1044. (DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2012.2202091)
  • Naumova, E.N., Jagai, J., Casronovo, D., and Koch, M. (2012) Remote sensing applications for assessing the seasonality of waterborne diseases. In: Morain, S.A. and Budge, A. (eds.) Environmental Tracking for Public Health Surveillance, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Publisher, 490 pp.
  • Koch, M., Gaber, A., Burkholder, B., and Geriesh, M.H. (2012) Development of new water resources in Egypt with Earth observation data: Opportunities and challenges. International Journal of Environment and Sustainability (IJES), vol. 1(3), 1-12.
  • Gaber, A., Koch, M., Geriesh, M.H., and Sato, M. (2011) SAR remote sensing of buried faults: Implications for groundwater exploration in the Western Desert of Egypt. Sensing and Imaging: An International Journal, vol. 12(3-4), 133-151.(DOI: 10.1007/s11220-011-0066-1) http://www.springerlink.com/content/b6215h56v3773056/.
  • Schmid, T., López-Martinez, J., Koch, M., Maestro, A., Serrano, E., and Linés, C. (2011) Geomorphological mapping in the Antarctic Peninsula region applying single and multipolarization RADARSAT-2 data. Special edition of the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing on RADARSAT-2, vol. 38(3), 367-382. (DOI: 10.5589/m12-029).
  • Koch, M. (2011) Book review: Allan Brimicombe, GIS, Environmental Modeling and Engineering (second edition). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2010: 378 pp. Progress in Physical Geography, vol. 35(3), 417-419.
  • Mather, P.M., and Koch, M. (2011) Computer Processing of Remotely-Sensed Images: An Introduction, Fourth Edition. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 504 pp. http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470742380.html.
  • Koch, M., and McCann, J.C. (2010) Satellite imagery, disease, and landscape history: the agro-ecology of malaria in Ethiopia. PSAE Research Series, 8, African Studies Center, Boston University.
  • Meléndez-Pastor, I., Navarro-Pedreño, J., Koch, M., and Gómez, I. (2010) Multi-resolution and temporal characterization of land use classes in a Mediterranean wetland with land cover fractions. International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 31(20), pp 5365-5389. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01431160903349065.
  • Martínez, P., Cristo, A., Koch, M., Pérez, R., Schmid, T., and Hernández, L.M., (2010) Diffused Matrix Format: a new storage and processing format for airborne hyperspectral sensor images. Sensors, vol. 10(5), pp. 4996-5013 (open access journal).
  • Meléndez-Pastor, I., Navarro-Pedreño, J., Koch, M., and Gómez, I. (2010) Applying imaging spectroscopy techniques to map saline soils with ASTER images. Geoderma, 158(1-2), (55-65) (doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2010.02.015).
  • Meléndez-Pastor, I., Navarro-Pedreño, J., Koch, M., Gómez, I., and Hernández, E.I. (2010) Land-cover phenologies and their relation to climatic variables in an anthropogenically impacted Mediterranean coastal area. Remote Sensing, 2(3), 697-716; doi: 10.3390/rs2030697 (open access journal).
  • Meléndez-Pastor, I., Navarro-Pedreño, J., Gómez, I., and Koch, M. (2010) Detecting drought induced environmental changes in a Mediterranean wetland by remote sensing. Applied Geography, 30(2), 254-262. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2009.05.006
  • Gaber, A., Koch, M., and El-Baz, F. (2010) Textural and compositional characterization of Wadi Feiran deposits, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, using Radarsat-1, PALSAR, SRTM and ETM+ data. Remote Sensing, 2(1), 52-75. doi:10.3390/rs2010052 (open access journal)
  • Schmid, T., Koch, M., and Gumuzzio, J. (2009) Application of hyperspectral imagery to map soil salinity. In: Metternicht, G. and Zinck, A. (eds.), Remote Sensing of Soil Salinization: Impact and Land Management, Chapter 7, pp. 113-139, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Publisher, Boca Raton, FL, USA.
  • Meléndez-Pastor, I., Navarro-Pedreño, J., Gómez, I., and Koch, M. (2008) Identifying optimal spectral bands to assess soil properties with VNIR radiometry in semi-arid soils. Geoderma, 147(3-4), 126-132.
  • Schmid, T., Koch, M., DiBlasi, M., and Hagos, M. (2008) Spatial and spectral analysis of soil surface properties for an archaeological area in Aksum, Ethiopia, applying high and medium resolution data. Catena (Special Issue), 75(1), 93-101.
  • Koch, M., Schmid, T., and Gumuzzio, J. (2008) Multisensor Study of Soil and Wetland Degradation in Semi-Arid Mediterranean Ecosystems. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Newsletter, 147 (June), 10-17.
  • Estrada-Belli, F., and Koch, M. (2007) Remote sensing and GIS analysis of a Maya city and its landscape: Holmul, Guatemala. In: Wiseman, J.R., and El-Baz, F. (eds.), Remote Sensing in Archaeology, Chapter 11, pp. 263-281, Springer Publishers, New York, USA.
  • Al-Sarawi, M.A., El-Baz, F., and Koch, M. (2006) Geomorphologic controls on surface deposits of Kuwait as depicted in satellite images. Kuwait Journal of Science & Engineering, 33(2), 123-146.
  • Schmid, T., Koch, M., and Gumuzzio, J. (2005) Multi-sensor approach to determine changes of wetland characteristics in semi-arid environments (Central Spain). IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 43(11), 2516- 2525.
  • Schmid, T., Koch, M., and Gumuzzio, J. (2005) Monitoring saline wetland soils in central Spain using hyperspectral and multispectral data. In: Advances in GeoEcology, 36, Catena Verlag, Germany.
  • Koch, M. (2004) Geological reconnaissance of the Red Sea coast in Egypt, Case Study Example (CSE) 1, 17 pp.; Agricultural land use change in Los Monegros, a semiarid Mediterranean environment, CSE 2, 18 pp.; Monitoring forest clearing in Holmul, an archaeological Maya site in Guatemala, CSE 3, 14 pp.; Mapping wetland features in La Mancha, central Spain, CSE 4, 15 pp. In: Mather, P.M., Computer Processing of Remotely-Sensed Images: An Introduction, Third Edition. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, CD-ROM exercises. http://homepage.ntlworld.com/paul.mather/ComputerProcessing3/Examples.html
  • Schmid, T., Koch, M., Gumuzzio, J., and Mather, P. (2004) Semi-arid wetland spectral library and its application to study wetland and soil degradation with hyperspectral and multispectral data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 25(13), 2485-2496.
  • Bard, K.A., DiBlasi, M., Koch, M., Crescenzi, L., D Andrea, A., Fattovich, R., Manzo, A., Perlingieri, C., Forte, M., Harris, M.S., Johnson, G.H., Tilia, S., and Trabassi, B. (2003). The joint archaeological project at Bieta Giyorgis (Aksum, Ethiopia) of the Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples (Italy), and Boston University, Boston (USA): Results, research procedures and preliminary computer applications. In: Forte, M., and Williams, P.R. (eds.), The Reconstruction of Archaeological Landscapes through Digital Technologies. Monograph, BAR International Series 1151, Oxford, UK, pp. 1-13.
  • Al-Rawas, G., Koch, M., and El-Baz, F. (2001) Using GIS for flash flood hazard mapping in Oman. Earth Observation Magazine, August 2001, 10(8) 18-20.
  • Koch, M. (2000) Geological controls of land degradation as detected by remote sensing: A case study in Los Monegros, NE Spain. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 21(3), 457-473.
  • Koch, M. (2000) Oil Lakes. In: Atlas of the Sate of Kuwait from Satellite Images, El-Baz, F., and Al-Sarawi, M., (eds.), Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), Safat, Kuwait, 73-76.
  • Koch, M. (1998) Drainage basin analysis using GIS. In: Ground Water Potential of the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, El-Baz, F., Kusky, T.M., Himida, I., and Abdel-Mogheeth, S., (eds.), Desert Research Center, Cairo, Egypt, 37-54.
  • Koch, M., and El-Baz, F. (1998) Identifying the effects of the Gulf War on the geomorphic features of Kuwait by remote sensing and GIS. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 64(7), 739-747.
  • Koch, M., El-Baz, F., and Abuelgasim, A. (1998) Application of a Geographic Information System (GIS) methodology to modeling geomorphological change in Kuwait’s desert. In: Sustainable Development in Arid Zones: Assessment and Monitoring of Desert Ecosystems, Omar, S.A.S., Misak, R., and Al-Ajmi, D., (eds.), A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1, 333-340.
  • Al-Dabi, H., Koch, M., El-Baz, F., and Al-Sarawi, M. (1998) Mapping and monitoring sand dune patterns in northwest Kuwait using Landsat TM images. In: Sustainable Development in Arid Zones: Assessment and Monitoring of Desert Ecosystems, Omar, S.A.S., Misak, R., and Al-Ajmi, D., (eds.), A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1, 273-279.
  • Mather, P.M., Tso, B., and Koch, M. (1998) Evaluation of Landsat TM spectral data and SAR-derived textural information for lithological discrimination in the Red Sea Hills, Sudan. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 19(4), 587-604.
  • Kusky, T.M., El-Baz, F., Morency, R.E., El-Shafei, M.K., and Koch, M. (1998) Structural and tectonic evolution of the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, using Landsat data. In: Ground Water Potential of the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, El-Baz, F., Kusky, T.M., Himida, I., and Abdel-Mogheeth, S., (eds.), Desert Research Center, Cairo, Egypt, 11-35.
  • Koch, M., and Mather, P.M. (1997) Lineament mapping for groundwater resource assessment: A comparison of digital SIR-C SAR imagery and stereo LFC photographs, Red Sea Hills area, Sudan. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 18(7), 1465-1482.
  • Al-Dabi, H., Koch, M., Al-Sarawi, M., and El-Baz, F. (1997) Evolution of sand-dune patterns in space and time in northern Kuwait using Landsat TM images. Journal of Arid Environments, 36(1), 15-24.
  • Mather, P.M., Tso, B., and Koch, M. (1997) Geological mapping using multi- sensor data: a comparison of methods. In: Neurocomputation in Remote Sensing Data Analysis, Kanellopoulos, I., Wilkinson, F., Roli, F., and Austin, J. (eds.), Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 38-46.
  • El-Baz, F., Abuelgasim, A., Koch, M., Pax-Lenney, M., Lambin. E., Al-Doasari, A., Marr, P., Ryherd, S. and Morency, R. (1994) Detection by Satellite Images of Environmental Change due to the Gulf War. In: The Gulf War and the Environment, El-Baz, F. and Makharita, R. (eds.), Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, Philadelphia, USA, 1-25.

Conference Proceedings and Abstracts

  • Gaber, A., Koch, M., Sato, M., and El-Baz, F. (2011) ALOS/PALSAR subsurface imaging of a buried foundation in the Western Desert, Egypt. The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, 9-12 October 2011, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 43, No. 5, Paper No. 48-2.
  • Bosch, I., Koch, M., Guimaraes, A., Nogueira, M., Melandri, V., Alencar, J., and Naumova, E. (2011) Analysis of landscape, weather, and mosquito vector ecology for predicting arbovirus disease spread in Pantanal, Brazil. ISPRS WG VIII/2 Symposium on Advances in Geospatial Technologies for Health, 12-13 September 2011, Santa Fe, NM, USA.
  • Gaber, A., Koch, M., and Sato, M. (2011) Assessing the potential of groundwater resources west of Aswan, Egypt, using ALOS/PALSAR polarimetric information. International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 24-29 July 2011, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Koch, M., Schmid, T., Reyes, M., and Gumuzzio, G. (2011) Monitoring wetland conditions in semi-arid environments in Central Spain applying quad-pol C and L band data. International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 24-29 July 2011, Vancouver, Canada.
  • López-Martínez, J., Balks, M.R., Cuchí, J.A., Durán, J.J., Koch, M., Maestro, A., Moreno, L., O?Neill, T.A., Ortega, J., Schmid, T., Serrano, E., and Silva, A. (2011) Aplicación de imágenes de satélite y avances en el conocimiento de la geomorfología, evolución del relieve, hidrogeología, suelos e impactos en zonas libres de hielo en el norte de la Península Antártica. VIII Simposio de Estudios Polares, 7-9 September 2011, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
  • López-Martínez, J., Schmid, T., Koch, M., Maestro, A., Serrano, E., Linés, C., and Nieto, A.B. (2011) Application of RADARSAT-2 SAR data to study periglacial geomorphology and morpho-structures in ice free areas of the Antarctic Peninsula region. 11th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences, 10-16 July 2011, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Pérez, R.M., Cristo, A., Martínez, P., Koch, M., Schmid, T., Gualtieri, A., Hernández, L.M. (2010) FLEX / Sentinel-3 data fusion by using the Diffused Matrix Format (DMF). ESA 4th International Workshop on Remote Sensing of Vegetation Fluorescence, 15-17 November 2010, Valencia, Spain.
  • Gaber, A., Koch, M., Khalaf, F., and Sato, M. (2010) Geostructural and hydrogeological setting of the Gallaba Plain in West Aswan, Egypt, as revealed by ALOS/PALSAR subsurface imaging. The 4th Joint ALOS PI Symposium, 15-17 November 2010, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Koch, M., Schmid, T., Gumuzzio, G., and Reyes, M. (2010). Characterizing an endangered wetland ecosystem in Central Spain by multipolarized Radarsat-2 data. 3rd Workshop on RADARSAT-2, Canadian Space Agency, Saint-Hubert (Quebec), Canada, 27 September – 1 October.
  • Cristo, A., Pérez, R.M., Martínez, P., Koch, M., Schmid, T., Hernández, L.M., and Carretero, J. (2010). Storage of hyperspectral sensor images, sources of error and footprint analysis. 3rd International Symposium of Recent Advances in Quantitative Remote Sensing, Torrent (Valencia), Spain, 27 September – 1 October 2010.
  • Schmid, T., Gumuzzio, J., Rodríguez, M., and Koch, M. (2010). Application of hyperspectral spaceborne data to identify sensitive wetland areas of Central Spain. ESA Hyperspectral Workshop 2010, ESA ESRIN, Frascati (Rome), Italy, 17-19 March 2010.
  • J. López-Martínez, Schmid, T., Koch, M., Serrano, E., and Linés, C. (2010). Field mapping and satellite imagery interpretation of periglacial landforms to assess permafrost distribution in the northern Antarctic Peninsula región. International Polar Year Oslo Science Conference, Oslo, Norway, 8-12 June 2010.
  • Meléndez-Pastor, I., Navarro-Pedreño, J., Gómez, I., Koch, M. (2009). Soil vulnerability to erosion assessed with remote sensing, digital elevation models and a fuzzy logic Multi-Criteria Evaluation. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, 19-24 April 2009, Vienna, Austria. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 11,
    EGU2009-11206-1, 2009.
  • Meléndez-Pastor, I., Córdoba-Sola, P., Navarro-Pedreño, J., Gómez, I., Koch, M. (2009). Assessing the effect of vegetation in the estimation of soil properties with field VNIR radiometry. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, 19-24 April
    2009, Vienna, Austria. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 11, EGU2009-10753, 2009.
  • Gaber, A., Koch, M., and Sato, M. (2009). “Multisensor Data Integration for Groundwater Exploration in the Western Desert, Egypt”. The 16th Remote Sensing Forum, 2 March 2009, Tokyo, Japan, pp 7-9.
  • Koch, M., López-Martínez, J., Schmid, T., Serrano, E., and Gumuzzio, J. (2008). Application of ALOS PALSAR for the study of periglacial features related to permafrost within the South Shetland Islands, Western Antarctica. International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 6-11 July 2008, Boston, USA.
  • Schmid, T. Domínguez, J.A., Solana, J., Gumuzzio, J., and Koch, M. (2008). Applying multi-angle hyperspectral data to detect human-induced changes causing wetland degradation in semi-arid areas (National Park Las Tablas de Daimiel, Spain). International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 6-11 July 2008, Boston, USA.
  • Gumuzzio, J., Schmid, T., and Koch, M. (2007). Multisensor approach to assess soil degradation stages in semi-arid soils (Spain). International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 23-27 July 2007, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Schmid, T., Gumuzzio, J., Koch, M., Solana, J., and Mather, P.M. (2007). Characterising and monitoring semi-arid wetlands using multi-angle hyperspectral and multispectral data. Proceedings of the ENVISAT Symposium, Montreux, Switzerland, 23-27 April 2007.
  • Koch, M., Schmid, T., Gumuzzio, J., and Mather, P.M., (2006). Wetland feature extraction and change detection study of a playa lake environment in NE Spain using hyperspectral and multispectral images. Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium of Recent Advances in Quantitative Remote Sensing, J.A. Sobrino (ed.), Torrent (Valencia), Spain, 25-29 September, 2006, 284-288.
  • Schmid, T., Gumuzzio, J., Koch, M. and Mather, P.M., (2006). Semi-arid wetlands: Assessment of their degradation status and monitoring by multi-sensor remote sensing. 4th ESA CHRIS Proba Workshop, ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, 19-21 September 2006.
  • Schmid, T., Koch, M., DiBlasi, M., and Hagos, M., (2006). Spatial analysis of land cover properties for an archaeological area in Aksum, Ethiopia, applying high and medium resolution data. Highland 2006 Symposium, Mekelle, Ethiopia, 19-24 September 2006.
  • Koch, M., Schmid, T., and Gumuzzio, J., (2006). Monitoring wetlands in semi-arid environments of Spain. RADARSAT-2 Symposium, Canadian Space Agency, Saint-Hubert (Quebec), Canada, 11-15 September.
  • López, J., Schmid, T., Koch, M., and Gumuzzio, J. (2006). Application of RADARSAT-2 for the study of periglacial, glacial and geo-structural features in the Antarctic Peninsula region. RADARSAT-2 Symposium, Canadian Space Agency, Saint-Hubert (Quebec), Canada, 11-15 September.
  • Koch, M., Inzana, J. and El-Baz, F. (2005). Applications of Hyperion hyperspectral and ASTER multispectral data in characterizing vegetation for water resources studies in arid lands. The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, USA, 16-19 October, 2005, Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 37 (7), A-107.
  • Ghoneim, E.M., Ozdogan, M., Almulla, A., Koch, M., Ahmad, K. and El-Baz, F. (2005). Thermal anomalies in eastern Arabia: implication to groundwater recharge. The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, USA, 16-19 October, 2005, Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 37 (7), A-107.
  • Koch, M., Schmid, T., Gumuzzio, J., and Mather, P.M., (2005). Use of imaging spectroscopy to assess the impact of land use changes in a semi-arid karstic landscape: Los Monegros, Spain. Proceedings of the 4th EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy, Warsaw, Poland, 27-29 April, 2005.
  • Schmid, T., Gumuzzio, J., Koch, M. and Medel, I., (2005). Field and imaging spectroscopy to determine soil degradation stages in semi-arid terrestial ecosystems. Proceedings of the 4th EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy, Warsaw, Poland, 27-29 April, 2005.
  • Koch, M., Schmid, T., Gumuzzio, J. (2004). Changes in wetland composition as detected by remote sensing: a case study in La Mancha, Spain. International Workshop on Environment, Landscape and Biodiversity, Elche, Spain, 11-12 November, 2004, Extended Abstract, pp. 4-6.
  • Schmid, T., Koch, M., and Gumuzzio, J. (2004) Application of spectroscopial, hyperspectral and multispectral data to study wetlands in semi-arid environments (Central Spain). Proceedings of the IGARSS 2004 Conference, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, 20-24 September, 2004.
  • Ghoneim, E., Koch, M., and El-Baz, F. (2004). Modeling Flash Flood Hazards in an arid region by remote sensing. Proceedings of the 32nd International Geological Congress, Florence, Italy, 20-28 August, 2004.
  • Schmid, T., Koch, M., Cirujano, S., and Gumuzzio, J. (2003). Application of hyperspectral data to study saline wetland areas in semiarid environments. In: Pérez Utrero, R., and Martínez Cobo, P. (editors) Teledetección y Desarrollo Regional. Proceedings of the X Congreso Nacional de Teledetección, Cáceres, Spain, 17-19 September, 2003, pp. 451-456.
  • Koch, M., Schmid, T., Gumuzzio, J., and Mather, P.M., (2003). Evaluation of ASTER and DAIS data for mapping semiarid wetlands in La Mancha, Spain. Proceedings of the 3rd EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy, Herrsching, Germany, 13-16 May, 2003, pp. 236-244.
  • Gumuzzio, J., Schmid, T., Koch, M., Mather, P., and Rodíguez, M. (2003). Synergetic use of multispectral and hyperspectral data in characterizing changes in semiarid wetlands in Spain. Proceedings of the 3rd EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy, Herrsching, Germany, 13-16 May, 2003, pp. 206-214.
  • Di Blasi, M., Koch, M., Manzo, A., Perlingieri, C., and Sisón, J.M. (2003). GIS Applications for Research and Archaeological Resource Management in Aksum, Ethiopia. Proceedings of the 30th CAA Conference, Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Vienna, Austria, 8-12 April, 2003.
  • Bard, K.A., DiBlasi, M., Koch, M., Crescenzi, L., D’Andrea, A., Fattovich, R., Manzo, A., Perlingieri, C., Forte, M., Harris, M.S., Johnson, G.H., Tilia, S., and Trabassi, B. (2003). The joint archaeological project at Bieta Giyorgis (Aksum, Ethiopia) of the Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples (Italy), and Boston University, Boston (USA): Results, research procedures and preliminary computer applications. In: Forte, M., and Williams, P.R. (eds.) The Reconstruction of Archaeological Landscapes through Digital Technologies. BAR International Series 1151, 2003, Oxford, England, pp. 1-13.
  • Schmid, T., Koch, M., and Gumuzzio, J. (2002). Monitoring of saline soils within wetland areas under semiarid conditions applying hyperspectral and multispectral data. International Symposium on Sustainable Use and Management of Soils in Arid and Semiarid Regions, SUMASS 2002, Murcia, Spain, 22-26 September, 2002.
  • Mather, P.M., Shafri, H.Z.M., Koch, M., Gumuzzio, J., and Schmid, T. (2002). Wavelet-based de-noising of derivative spectra. NERC EPFS meeting “Field Spectral Measurements in Remote Sensing”, Southampton, UK, 15-16 April, 2002.
  • Gumuzzio, J., Schmid, T., Koch, M., and Mather, P. (2002). Semi-arid wetland spectral library and its application to study wetland and soil degradation with hyperspectral and multispectral data. NERC EPFS meeting “Field Spectral Measurements in Remote Sensing”, Southampton, UK, 15-16 April, 2002.
  • Bard, K.A., Di Blasi, M., Koch, M., Fattovich, R., Perlingeri, C., Manzo, A, Forte, M., and Tilia, S. (2001). The BU/IUO Archaeological Project at Bieta Giyorgis (Aksum), Ethiopia: Archaeological Results and Computer Applications. Abstract of the Italy-United States Workshop: The Reconstruction of Archaeological Landscapes through Digital Technologies, Boston, USA, 1-3 November, 2001, p. 5.
  • Gumuzzio, J., Koch, M., and Schmid, T. (2001) Synergistic use of hyperspectral and multispectral data for identification and monitoring of salinity in Mediterranean environments. Abstract of the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, USA, 5-8 November, 2001.
  • Koch, M., and El-Baz, F. (2001) Application of ALOS in arid land studies: landdegradation, natural hazards and water resources. Proceedings of the 1st ALOS PI Workshop, Tokyo, Japan, 28-30 March, 2001, 190-192.
  • Koch, M., Schmid, T.F., Gumuzzio, J., and Mather, P. (2001) Synergetic use of hyperspectral and multispectral data for the study of semi-arid wetland degradation in Spain. CDROM-Proceedings of the 1st Annual Meeting of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, London, UK, 12-14 September, 2001.
  • Koch, M., Schmid, T.F., and Gumuzzio, J. (2001). The study of anthropogenic affected wetlands in semi-arid environments applying airborne hyperspectral data. In: J. Rosell Urrutia and J. Martinez-Casanovas (Editors.), Teledeteccion Medio Ambiente y Cambio Global. Universitat de Lleida – Editorial Milenio, pp. 297-301. Proceedings of the IX Congreso Nacional de Teledeteccion, Lleida, Spain, 19-21 September 2001.
  • Koch, M., and El-Baz, F. (2000) Spectral and textural classification of active wadi systems in arid lands by Landsat TM and Radarsat data. ASPRS: The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society, CDROM-Proceedings of the 2000 Annual Conference, Washington, DC, USA, 22-26 May, 2000.
  • Schmid, T.F., Koch, M., and Gumuzzio, J. (2000) A methodology to indentify soil degradation stages using remote sensing in semi-arid environments. Poster presentation in the 3rd International Congress Man and Soil at the Third Millenium, Valencia, Spain, 28 March-1 April, 2000.
  • Schmid, T.F., Gumuzzio, J., and Koch, M. (2000) Spectral and textural classification of multi-source imagery to identify soil degradation stages in semi-arid environments. Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology, Proceedings EUROPTO’00, Barcelona, Spain, 25-29 September 2000, SPIE Vol. 4171, 376-383.
  • Koch, M., Blanco-Ward, D., and El-Baz, F. (1999) Characterizing Active Wadi Channels in Arid Lands by Linear Mixture Modeling.Remote Sensing for Earth Science, Ocean and Ice Applications, Proceedings EUROPTO’99, Florence, Italy, 20-24 September 1999, SPIE Vol. 3868, 261-270.
  • Koch, M., Sole-Sugranes, L., and Mather, P.M. (1998) Identifying geo-indicators of land degradation in a semi-arid Mediterranean environment using remote sensing. Earth Surface Remote Sensing II, Proceedings EUROPTO’98, Barcelona, Spain, 21-25 September 1998, SPIE Vol. 3496, 68-77.
  • Mather, P.M., and Koch, M. (1998) Extension of the technique of principal components analysis for use in end-member selection. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Remote Sensing Society, The University of Greenwich, UK, 9-11 September 1998, 346-353.
  • Koch, M., and Sole-Sugranes, L. (1997) Characterising soils as land degradation indicators in a semi-arid Mediterranean area using a spectral unmixing methodology. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Remote Sensing Society, Reading, UK, 2-4 September, 1997, 440-446.
  • Koch, M., and Sole-Sugranes, L. (1997) Mapping the distribution of evaporitic soils in Los Monegros using spectral unmixing methods. Proceedings of the VII Congreso Nacional de Teledeteccion, Santiago, Spain, 26-28 June, 1997, 85-88.
  • Mather, P.M., and Koch, M. (1997) The use of linear mixture modelling in defining the spatial extent of landscape components in a semi-arid area. Proceedings of the First Saudi-Japanese Symposium, “Remote Sensing Application”, 19-21 October 1997, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 227-244.
  • Mather, P.M., and Koch, M. (1997) Factor and vector analysis approaches to the estimation of mixture proportions. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Remote Sensing Society, Reading, UK, 2-4 September, 1997, 448-453.
  • Mather, P.M., Tso, B., and Koch, M. (1997) Lithological mapping in semi-arid regions. Proceedings of the First Saudi-Japanese Symposium, “Remote Sensing Application”, 19-21 October 1997, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 275-283.
  • Koch, M., Leason, A., and Mather, P.M. (1996) Comparative lineament analysis using SIR-C radar, Landsat TM and stereo LFC photographs for assessing groundwater resources, Red Sea Hills area, Sudan. Proceedings of the Eleventh Thematic Conference on Geologic Remote Sensing, Las Vegas, Nevada, March, 1995, ERIM, Ann Arbor, MI, Vol. II, 269-278.
  • Mather, P.M., Koch, M., and Tso, B. (1996) Evaluation of combined spectral and textural information for lithological discrimination. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Remote Sensing Society, Durham, UK, 11-14 September, 1996, 355-361.
  • Abuelgasim, A., El-Baz, F. and Koch, M. (1996) Change Detection of war-related damage to Kuwait’s desert surface using Landsat Images. The International Conference on Desert Development in the Arab Gulf Countries, Kuwait 23-26 March 1996. Abstract, p. 13.
  • Al-Sarawi, M., El-Baz, F., Koch, M., and Abuelgasim, A. (1996) Identification of geomorphic provinces in Kuwait’s desert using multi-source and multi-date satellite data. Proceedings of the Eleventh Thematic Conference on Geologic Remote Sensing, Las Vegas, Nevada, March, 1995, ERIM, Ann Arbor, MI, Vol. I, 536-545.
  • Koch, M., and El-Baz, F. (1994) Use of GRASS to evaluate the environmental impact of oil lakes on the desert surface of Kuwait. 9th Annual GRASS GIS User’s Conference and Exhibition, Washington DC, 13-18 March, 1994. Abstract, 31-32.
  • Koch, M., and El-Baz, F. (1993) Use of satellite images to map the oil lakes in Kuwait. The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstract with Programs, Vol. 25 (6), A-120.
  • Koch, M., and El-Baz, F. (1992) Use of space photographs in deciphering the relationship between fractures and drainage in the Khor Quwab-Ashat area of eastern Sudan. Proceedings of The First International Conference, “Geology of the Arab World” (A. Sadek, editor), January 1992, Cairo University, Egypt, Vol. II, 67-83.
  • El-Baz, F., Koch, M., Mojzsis, S., and Toth, E. (1989) Hydrologic modeling of the tomb of Nefertari, Luxor, Egypt. 28th International Geological Congress (IGC), Washington DC, 9-19 July, 1989. Abstracts, Vol. 1,. 442-443.
  • Carbonell, M., Koch, M., Teran, W., Pascual, M. and Custodio, E. (1988) Estudio hidrogeologico del sector Moja-Canyelles-Pla de Jorba-Castellet, del Macizo calcareo del Garraf (Barcelona). [Hydrogeological study of the Moja-Canyelles- Pla de Jorba-Castellet zone in the Garraf Limstone Massif, N. Spain]. Proceedings of the Simposio Internacional sobre la Tecnologia de la Intrusion en Acuiferos Costeros, Almunecar (Granada), Spain, 27-42.

Dissertation

Koch, M. (1993) Relationships between hydrogeological features and geomorphic- tectonic characteristics of the Red Sea Hills of Sudan based on space images. PhD Dissertation, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, 218 pp. (Available at http://wwwlib.umi.com/dxweb/gateway – Order number 9312858)