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Giorgos Mountrakis

Giorgos  Mountrakis

Giorgos Mountrakis


419 Baker Lab



  • Dipl. Eng. National Technical University of Athens, 1998
  • M.S., University of Maine, 2000
  • Ph.D., University of Maine, 2004


  • Space Balloon Project
    A package that was launched from the ESF campus and lifted a pair of cameras some 17 miles above Earth was recovered in Poughkeepsie, providing a group of students with stunning photographs and a lesson in remote sensing.

Research Interests

  • environmental monitoring using remote sensing methods (e.g. impervious surface/vegetation structure using satellite image analysis, uncertainty analysis, context-based image classifiers),
  • environmental modeling using geographic methods (e.g. climate pattern analysis, national forest consolidation dynamics, biodiversity responses to climate/land cover changes, urban growth prediction), and
  • environmental decision systems (e.g. optimal placement of wildlife mitigation structures).

Research stats: 38 journal manuscripts, h-index = 15 (Google Scholar), $2.3M as lead PI from NASA, NSF, USDA Forest Service, USAID and Syracuse Center of Excellence. 


Current Graduate Advisees

Atef AmricheAtef Amriche

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Mountrakis
  • Area of Study: ERE Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Personal Statement
The journey of my higher education began with agronomic studies and specialization in soil science at the "Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Agronomie" (Algeria). My interest in GIS and remote sensing applications started growing after a first exposure to precision farming concepts. My passion for technology and innovations in computer science pushed me to further explore these two disciplines. My first Master thesis focused on using SAR data to map surface soil moisture in a semiarid area in Algeria. After that, I got a full scholarship from the international center for higher agronomic studies in the Mediterranean (CIHEAM) and enrolled in the Master of Science program "Geoinformation in environmental management" at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute in Chania (Greece). My thesis work was focused on land cover mapping in the Mitidja plain - North Algeria. My goal here at SUNY ESF is to develop essential programming skills and a strong numeric and statistical background, necessary to address key environmental issues using remote sensing data.

Favorite Quote
" Any knowledge that doesn't lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life " ... Wislawa Szymborska

Research interests
Remote sensing / GIS / data mining / land cover & land use mapping / decision support systems / soil science.

Soil resources and sustainable soil management in Algeria (representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) - FAO Near East & North Africa - Global Soil Partnership.

Babak Haji Seyed asadollahBabak Haji Seyed asadollah

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Mountrakis
  • Area of Study: Environmental Resources Engin

Zhixin WangZhixin Wang

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Mountrakis
  • Area of Study: ERE Geospatial Information Science & Engineering