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PAGE21 Researcher Profile: Barbara Widhalm

Today we have a pleasure to introduce one of PAGE21 young researchers, Barbara Widhalm from Vienna University of Technology, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Research Groups Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing who has recently become part of PAGE21 project.
 
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Barbara Widhalm
 
Institution:
Vienna University of Technology, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Research Groups Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing

Nationality:
Austrian
 
Research Field:
I am working in the field of remote sensing, where I mainly use radar data as well as optical data in order to address scaling issues and determine soil moisture, moisture levels and land cover.
 
How it is affiliated with the PAGE21 project / what parts of your research will be a direct input to PAGE21?
Using satellite imagery I investigate scaling issues, land cover and moisture levels of the arctic region. 
 
What is the current challenge within this topic?

Challenges are to find methods applicable for the whole arctic region. Special features have to be considered in order to achieve correct land surface informations.

 
How did it happen that you became a researcher? 
I studied Geodesy because I liked mathematics and natural sciences. Over the years it became clear for me to become a researcher, especially considering the issue of Global Change in our time.
 
What do you like most in being a researcher?
There are always new challenges and I like solving problems and contributing to new solutions.

How a typical working day looks like?
Mostly I am working on the computer, processing, analyzing and validating data.
 
Funniest response ever when you told somebody that you are a "polar researcher"?
I usually say that I am a geodesist, but mostly people don’t know what that means …
 
What are your plans for the upcoming three / five years?
I plan to define and write my PhD and would like to continue work in research at the university.
 
Answered by Barbara Widhalm 
 
 
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