New publication: From Producers to Consumers: The Challenges and Opportunities of Agricultural Development in Iraqi Kurdistan

A paper that I’ve been working on since 2014 is finally done. Some papers take longer than others to mature, especially when they integrate different disciplinary perspectives. This paper is about agriculture in the Duhok governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan, the area i focused on in my PhD thesis. So in a way, this is an…

Guess which border!

I’ve downloaded a bunch of Landsat 8 data over the Middle East that I am planning to use to create training data for land use classification (like I did in this paper). Exploring satellite data is very useful for finding interesting research questions. In this False Color Composite from summer 2015 it’s quite evident that…

Cropland classification in Iraq: an investigation of MODIS LCP and scale issues

Just a few days after publishing my latest paper I came across a similar paper that had been published recently: “Sociopolitical influences on cropland area change in Iraq, 2001–2012” by Gibson, Campbell and Zipper. This article investigates changes in cropland area in Iraq and their connections to the sociopolitical situation in the country during this…

Corona Atlas of the Middle East

Yesterday I discovered the CORONA Atlas of the Middle East where you can look at old spy satellite images. The images below show Duhok city in 1967 and the same area, approximately 40 years later. Things have certainly changed. There was no Duhok dam in 1967 and Duhok city was not really a city.