The Need to Code

Here is a wonderful blog post which stresses upon the importance of learning the skills of programming and coding in the geospatial sciences:

I just want to add here that coding skills are equally, if not even more, important in remote sensing also. If you are a student of remote sensing, or an early-career professional in the field, it is essential to learn some coding skills (MATLAB, IDL, Python, Linux shells, etc.) for long-term career benefits, and to become a solution-builder rather than a solution-hunter.

Snapshot of an IDL code to calculate a 7-day running mean of reomtely sensed ozone profiles from POAM (Polar Ozone and Aerosol Measurement) III satellite. Code written by W. Qazi.

Snapshot of an IDL code to calculate a 7-day running mean of remotely sensed ozone profiles from POAM (Polar Ozone and Aerosol Measurement) III satellite. Code written by W. Qazi.


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About WQ

I received my PhD (2013) in Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Science at the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, under a Fulbright fellowship. Currently, I'm an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Space Science at Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad, Pakistan, where I have been a founding member of the Geospatial Research & Education Lab (GREL). My general expertise is in Remote Sensing where I have worked with various remote sensing datasets through my career, while for my PhD thesis I specifically worked on Remote Sensing using SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) and Oceanography, working extensively on development of techniques to measure ocean surface currents from space-borne SAR intensity images and interferometric data. My research interests are: Remote sensing, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery and interferometric data processing & analysis, Visible/Infrared/High-resolution satellite image processing & analysis, Oceanography, Earth system study and modelling, LIDAR data processing and analysis, Scientific programming. I am a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Geoscience & Remote Sensing, Forest Ecosystems, GIScience & Remote Sensing, Journal of African Earth Sciences, and Italian Journal of Agronomy. I am an alumnus of Pakistan National Physics Talent Contest (NPTC), an alumnus of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, a Fulbright alumnus, and the Pakistan National Point of Contact for Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). I was an invited speaker at the TEDxIslamabad event held in Nov., 2014. I've served as mentor in the NASA International Space App Challenge Islamabad events in April 2015 and April 2016.

3 thoughts on “The Need to Code

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  2. john

    I will immediately snatch your rss feed as I can’t to find your e-mail subscription link or e-newsletter service.
    Do you have any? Please allow me understand so that I may just subscribe.

    1. WQ Post author

      Hello John, on the top right of the page, you will see an option to “Follow” the blog via email, you can subscribe via email from that button. Let me know if you’re still having issues following the blog.


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