IRI Adjunct Research Scientist
Monica Garcia is an agricultural engineer with a PhD in Remote Sensing of the Environment from the Technique University of Madrid. She also obtained a master’s of science in International Agricultural Development at the University of California, Davis. She has experience in the private and public sectors in remote sensing applications using remote sensing data to improve decision making in agriculture and conservation biology.
She has worked in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Spain with remote sensing models of evapotranspiration and surface energy balance with the aim of developing indicators for land degradation, desertification and monitoring of ecosystem services.
Currently she is an assistant professor at Denmark Technical University-Environment (DTU) in water resources engineering with an adjunct position as a research scientist at IRI. Her current activities at IRI include the development of remote sensing products for estimating daily evapotranspiration and drought in the Sahelian region with minimum use of climatic inputs. Some of her research publications have been featured in Nature Geosciences, the New Scientist, and Reuters.