Dr. Elena Tarnavsky

Senior Research Fellow, University of Reading

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Dr Tarnavsky is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading and an Impact and Innovation Team member with the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). Her interests are in the integrated use of Earth observation (EO) data, ground-based observations, and dynamic models for cross-scale user-tailored applications for assessment of weather-related risk on agricultural production. She has worked on projects ranging from acquisition of high-resolution aerial imagery to land cover change analyses, dryland hydrology, and monitoring of drought for famine early warning. Dr Tarnavsky’s current research focuses on operational assessment of agro-meteorological risks to crop production that directly supports decision-makers in the humanitarian, non-profit, and private sectors. Her work investigates trade-offs between multi-source EO data on rainfall, vegetation, temperature, and soil moisture, and the incorporation of these into decision-support tools and weather index-based insurance structures for smallholder farmers in developing countries in Africa and globally.


Dr Tarnavsky received her PhD in Geography from King’s College London, and holds an MA in Geography from San Diego State University and a BSc in Environmental Sciences & Natural Resources from the University of Minnesota. She is an Editorial Board member of the Elsevier journal Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, and a member of professional learned societies such as the American Geophysical Union (AGU), European Geophysicists Union (EGU), Desert Network International (DNI), the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), and the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS).

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