K. Adem Ali, PhD

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Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences
College of Charleston

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Dr. K. Adem Ali is currently an Assistante Professor of Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at College of Charleston. Dr. Ali earned his PhD in 2011 from Kent State University. Dr. Ali’s research focuses on developing satellite based algorithms that can accurately retrieve biogeochemical constituents in optically complex aquatic environments. Aquatic sensing using satellite observations will increase the capacity to understand real time aquatic processes at a wide variety of scales that will contribute to climate research. Moreover, the technology will enhanced the capability to understand the role of marine primary production and dissolved organic carbon in the global carbon budget and the couplings between physical and biological processes. Dr. Ali has carried out a comprehensive research on methodologies that can retrieve optical characteristics of the various biogeochemical constituents in the optically complex aquatic environments including Western Basin of Lake Erie and the coastal water of South Carolina. The developed satellite algorithms may be used by resource managers to monitor and quantify the physical and biological constituents of the Lake at real time. One critical local application is monitoring the seasonal Harmful algal blooms. Dr. Ali is currently using various space based optical sensors including HICO, VIIRS, MODIS, OLI, MERIS, and SeaWiFS.

Research Interest

Dr. K. Adem Ali's research interests include: Aquatic remote sensing Water quality of the Great Lakes Geostatistics

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