Center for Remote Sensing
725 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215-1401
E-mail: mostafa [at] bu.edu
Dr. Mostafa AbuBakr is a geologist primarily interested in the application of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to the study of renewable groundwater resources and natural hazards in arid environments. He has conducted research on: (i) constructing hydrological models for ephemeral rivers in the North Eastern Sahara; (ii) assessing the renewable water recourse in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula; (iii) proposing a strategy for using seasonal rainfall and renewable groundwater resources to establish sustainable agriculture development in North Sinai; (iv) detecting the locations of Paleoriver courses and paleolakes in North Sinai using space-borne radar images; (v) estimating and mitigating the flash flood hazard in Wadi El-Arish, Egypt; (vi) identifying thermal anomalies in arid lands and their implications on groundwater accumulation.
Recently, he has joined/submitted several research projects targeting sustainable development in Middle Eastern and African countries. For instance, a current project with the Egyptian government identifies renewable water resources and harvests rainwater for sustainable development in North Sinai. In addition, he is working on projects utilizing space image data for groundwater exploration in Djibouti and Chad. He also worked with Dr. Farouk El-Baz on modifying and remodeling the proposed Development Corridor in Egypt. Furthermore, Dr. AbuBakr has joined a National Science Foundation project aimed to assess natural resource potential for land use planning and development in west Aswan, Egypt.
2014: Ph.D. in Remote Sensing, Al-Azhar University, Egypt with 4 years residency at the Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, US (Dissertation: Hydrological modeling by Remote sensing, GIS and subsurface geological data integration for groundwater exploration and flash flood estimation in northern Sinai. Adviser: Dr. Farouk El-Baz.)
2005: MS in Geology, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt
1999: BS in Geology, Al-Azhar University, Egypt (Excellence with Honor Degree)
Appointments and Work Experience
2014 – present: Assistant Professor, Geology Department, Al-Azhar University, Egypt
2012 – 2014: Research Scientist, Center for Remote sensing, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
2009 – 2012: Visiting Scholar, Center for Remote sensing, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
2005-2009: Assistant Lecturer, Geology Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Assiut, Egypt
2000- 2005: Demonstrator, Geology Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, Egypt
1999 – 2000: Geologist, Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), Cairo, Egypt
2009 – 2011: Two-year grant from the Egyptian Government to conduct graduate research in the United States.
1999: “Best student of the year,” Al-Azhar University, Assiut, Egypt
1999: A letter of thanks from the Egyptian President and employment award as a research assistant in the National Research Center (NRC), Giza, Egypt
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, USA
Geological Society of America (GSA)
Egyptian Geological Society
2000 – 2008: Scientific Team Member, Al-Azhar University, Assiut, Egypt
Abubakr, M. and El-Baz, F., (2014). Applications of Radar and Thermal Remote Sensing to Identifying Renewable Groundwater Resources in North Sinai: Implications to Sustainable Development. International Journal of Environment & Sustainability Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.63-71. Ajman International conference for Environment (AICE).
Ghoneim, E., Mashaly, J., Gamble, D., Halls, J., AbuBakr, M., (In press). The use of automated shorelines to assess the response of pre- and post-beach protection and projected shoreline change in the Rosetta Promontory, Nile Delta. Journal of Remote Sensing of Environment.
Abubakr, M., Ghoneim, E., El-Baz, F., Zeineldin, M., and Zeid, S., (2013). Use of radar data to unveil the paleolakes and the ancestral course of Wadi-El-Arish, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. Geomorphology 194, 34-45.
Koch, M., Gaber, A., Gereish, M., Zaghloul, E., Arafat, S., AbuBakr, M., (2013) Multisensor Characterization of Subsurface Structures in a Desert Plain Area in Egypt with Implications for Groundwater Exploration. SPIE 8887, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XV, 888712 (October 16, 2013); doi:10.1117/12.2029086.
Abubakr, M., El-Baz, F., Gereish, H., Gabr, S., Ghoneim, E., Zeineldin, M., and Zeid, S., (2012) Delineation of paleo-channels as indicators of groundwater accumulation in northern Sinai, Egypt. Geological Society of America, abstracts with programs. Vol. 44, No. 7, p.551.
Abubakr, M., Ghoneim, E., El-Baz, F., Zeineldin, M., and Zeid, S., (2011). Use of radar data to unveil the structurally controlled paleolakes along the ancestral channel of Wadi-El-Arish, Sinai, Egypt. Geomorphology Journal, (submitted).
Abubakr, M., Ghoneim, E., El-Baz, F., Zeineldin, M., and Zeid, S., (2010). Remote Sensing Data Integration and Runoff Modeling to Estimate Flash Flood in El-Arish, Sinai, Egypt. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 316.
Zeid, S., Abubakr, M., El-Baz, F., and Hassan, T., (2011). Assessment of the Groundwater-Bearing Formations For Sustainable Development in Wadi El-Asyuti, Eastern Desert, Egypt. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 43, No. 5, p.79.
Abubakr, M., Ghoneim, E., and El-Baz, F., (2011). Remote Sensing Indications of Potential Renewable Groundwater Locations in Arid Lands. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 43, No. 5, p.600.
Abubakr, M., Kaiser, M., and El-Baz, F., (2011) Remote Sensing Indications of Recent Drainage Reversal of Wadi Water, Eastern Sinai Peninsula. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 43, No. 5, p.600.
Abubakr, M., Ghoneim, E., El-Baz, F., Zeineldin, M., and Zeid, S., (2011). Hydrological Modeling with Remote Sensing Data Integration to Estimate the Flash Floods in El-Arish, Sinai, Egypt. Journal of Hydrological (Submitted).