Dr. Kiana Zolfaghari

Remote Sensing Scientist

E-mail: kiana.zolfaghari@uwaterloo.ca

Research interests

Kiana Zolfaghari

My research interests are mainly in the application of remote sensing methods for biogeochemical characterization of waterbodies, more specifically on the investigation of algal blooms and water turbidity. I study the potential of satellite-derived lake optical parameters for improving lake models used as parameterization schemes in numerical weather forecasting models.

<--break->My current work as a member of the core technical team of Global Water Futures focuses on the design of a multispectral/hyperspectral microsatellite water mission; integration of satellite-derived water quality parameters into numerical models to study 1D and 3D algal distribution in lakes; and investigation of the impact of physical and chemical limnology of lakes and rivers in modeling patterns of algal bloom population growth.


  • PhD, 2016, Geography (Geomatics/Remote Sensing), University of Waterloo, Canada
  • MSc, 2011, Surveying and Geomatics Engineering (Remote Sensing), Faculty of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • BSc, 2009, Surveying and Geomatics Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran
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