Jamiat Nanteza

University of California, Irvine
Earth Systems Science
2011 Fulbright S&T Fellow

Ugandan Jamiat Nanteza is married with one daughter. She is working toward her doctorate as a 2011 International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow in Earth System Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Jamiat’s research focuses on “the applicability of remote sensing to hydro-climatic disaster monitoring and management.”

The change in the world’s climate is projected to lead to an increased number of disasters around the world. Already many countries, including Uganda, have registered an increase in hydro-climatic disasters, whose impacts on livelihoods are severe. Lack of reliable and timely information about these hazards exacerbates the impacts felt by different communities. My research seeks to assess the viability of using remotely sensed data in hydro-climatic disaster monitoring with the overall aim of designing an early warning model. It is hoped that once communities receive data about future disasters on time, it can guide their decision-making and improve their adaptive capacities.

Jamait received a Master of Science degree in applied meteorology from the University of Reading, UK (funded by NORAD) and a Bachelor of Science Degree (Mathematics) from Makerere University, Uganda. She has attended a number of short courses on climate change, impacts, adaptation and mitigation, as well as the use of satellite observations for climate monitoring and has also attended and presented at several international conferences.

Prior to traveling to the U.S., she was an assistant Lecturer in her native Uganda at Makerere University, Department of Geography, Geo-information and Climatic Sciences. She taught a number of undergraduate courses, guided students in research, and graded exams. Upon completion of Jamait’s PhD studies, I plan to return to Uganda to continue on in this position. She hopes to utilize the knowledge she will acquire from her program in the U.S. to train and engage in more applied research that is useful for my country.

View Jamiat Nanteza's CV, submitted 7/2011