Remote sensing scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and Research Fellow at Northwestern Argonne Institution of Science and Engineering (NAISE). Dr. Hamada develops remote sensing methodologies, image processing algorithms, and environmental sensing systems to detect, quantify, and monitor land surface changes and ecosystem functions. Applications include surface hydrology characterization, plant community monitoring, wildlife impact assessment, erosion risk evaluation, and near-surface carbon flux monitoring. Dr. Hamada leads technology development that would allow the energy industry and regulatory agencies to proactively examine wildlife responses to renewable energy development at an early planning stage. She also leads the EcoSpec project (ecospec.evs.anl.gov) for monitoring of photosynthesis and respiration near real time and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Avian-Solar project for developing computer vision and machine learning models to monitor bird interactions with solar energy facility infrastructure (AI-enabled bird monitoring; WIRED).
Dr. Hamada received her Ph.D. in Geography from San Diego State University and University of California, Santa Barbra with an emphasis on biophysical remote sensing. She is a board member of SpecNet.