Geo-Wiki Cropland Validation

I recently came across this great idea for validation of Land Cover data to improve global land cover maps. The Geo-Wiki Project allows volunteers to review and validate land cover by looking at Google Earth images and determining whether the classification is correct or not, based on visual interpretation and/or local knowledge. The plan is then to use…

Who are we writing for?

I started thinking about my project and who it will benefit (apart from me). Who do I want to be interested in my research? And when I’ve decided who I want it to benefit, does that affect my research questions? My research do not really cover the most pressing issues of Iraqi Kurdistan right now,…

Renaming time series files

I’ve sometimes come across problems while working with remote sensing data and software, where the data that I’ve downloaded is not readable in the software because its file name contains an unwanted character, such as “-“.  Today I had a time series of 612 GIMMS files that needed to go from data1_15_Apr_1982 to data19820401 (for…

The Data Library

One of the best discoveries during my two years as a PhD student has been the International Research Institute for climate and society (IRI)’s Data Library. While overwhelming at first, once you get the hang of what to look for and how to look for it, it is a great data source that seems rather…

The Anfal Genocide in Kurdistan

One of the issues that I thought wouldn’t be much part of my research, but that has come to have an increasingly stronger relevance in this project is the Anfal genocide. Anfal refers to a sura in the Qur’an and literary means “the spoils of war”, but was also the code name for the genocide campaign carried out…

Project structure

This project is inductive in the sense that I didn’t know what to expect when I started. So the first step was to collect data through a survey that gave information about people in the area. What they were working with, if they were doing agriculture, their struggles in life, the environmental problems they were…