Dr. Reda Amer

Dr. Reda Amer

General Information


  • Ph.D. Geophysics/Advanced GIS & Remote Sensing, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 2011
  • M.S. Remote Sensing, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, 2005
  • B.S. Geology, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, 2000

Research Interests

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Remote Sensing
  • Environmental Sciences

Research Description

Dr. Amer research interests have primarily focused on integrating Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, (GIS), and near surface geophysical technologies to address a wide range of geological, hydrological and environmental problems. Dr. Amer is involved in interdisciplinary research in a wide range of fields such as: mineral exploration, water quality and water resources management, Urban flood resilience, land use/land cover change, land subsidence, and coastal restoration.

Research Projects

Current Projects

  • Acquisition and Optimizing Data Generation for Coastal Restoration Using Advanced and Emerging Sensors
  • Sentinel-1 DInSAR Time-Series Analysis of Land Subsidence in Southern Louisiana
  • Enhancement of Coastal Louisiana Research and Workforce Infrastructure by Building on the Expertise of Unmanned Aerial Systems [UAS] Technology
  • Climate Change Variability and Rainwater Harvesting in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Previous Projects

  • Hyperspectral Remote Sensing for Monitoring and Modeling Nutrients Loading and Water Quality
  • Satellite Image Analysis for Identifying Obsidian Resources of Obsidian Artifacts in Peru
  • Remote sensing and GIS techniques for archaeological sites in Ireland
  • Groundwater Exploration in the Eastern Desert of Egypt 

Teaching Interests

  • GEOL 3311/5311: Fundamentals of GIS (3 Credits):
  • GEOL 3312/5312: Advanced GIS (3 Credit Hour):
  • GEOL 3314/5314: Fundamentals of Remote Sensing (3 Credit Hour):
  • GEOL 4313/5313: GIS Research Project (3 Credit Hour):
  • GEOL 4316/5316: Remote Sensing for Environmental Analysis (3 Credit Hour)

University and Department Service

Dr. Reda Amer is the Director of Lamar Geospatial Center, and Director of GIS and Geospatial Programs at Lamar University. Dr. Amer has developed GIS Certificate Programs for Undergraduates, Graduates, and Professionals, in addition to, a master’s Program in Geospatial Sciences.

Lamar Geospatial Center

Dr. Amer is the Director of Lamar Geospatial Center (LGC). The Geospatial Center is providing geospatial facilities and services to the university, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry. LGC promotes and supports inter/multi/trans-disciplinary creative and scholarly activities through the development and application of geospatial technologies. LGC conducts basic and applied research related to geographic information science, geographic visualization, spatial thinking, geographic education, and remote sensing. Applications of our research are primarily applied to the domains of disaster management, coastal restoration, mineral resources, watershed analysis, water quality, and natural resources management.

GIS Certificate Programs

Lamar University offers the region's first complete certificate program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Dr. Amer serve as a Director and Advisor of the GIS Certificate Programs for undergraduate, graduate students, and professionals. GIS offers an integral aspect for supporting decision making in a variety of fields such as physical and environmental sciences, urban planning and management, political science, civil engineering, economy/business, education administration, real estate, public health and health care. The primary goal of the program is to ensure that students become sufficiently grounded in the concepts and theory behind GIS including organization, management, and visualization of geospatial data. Students will have the opportunity to gain valuable GIS knowledge and skills that can be applied to careers in both academia and industry. GIS certificates will provide Lamar’s students and professionals additional future career opportunities and enhance their present positions. The GIS certificate is a 15-hour program administered by the Department of Earth and Space Sciences.

Professional Service

2011-Present: Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
2010-Present: Member, Geological Society of America (GSA)
2009-Present: Member, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
2014-Present: Louisiana License of Professional Geoscientists (ID:96)

Proposal Review: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); CRDF Global; Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute (LWRRI); North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute (NWRRI)

Article Review: Reviewer for Professional Journals: Remote Sensing of Environment; Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing; Journal of Remote Sensing; Journal of Selected Topics in Earth Observations and Remote Sensing; Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing; International Journal of Remote Sensing; Advances in Space Research; African Earth Sciences; Asian Earth Sciences; Environmental Earth Sciences; African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology; Ore Geology Reviews; Scientific Research and Essays; Egyptian Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Science; International Geology Review.

Selected Publications

  • Dana Carsten, Reda Amer (2019): Spatio-temporal Analysis of Urban Changes and Surface Water Quality. Journal of Hydrology, 569 (720-734)
  • Mahmoud Awad, Reda Amer, Alberto Lopez, Mahmoud El-Rahmany; Luis del Moral; Cesar Viseras (2018). Hyperspectral Remote Sensing for Mapping and Detection of Egyptian Kaolin Quality. Applied Clay Science, 160 (249 – 262)
  • Reda Amer, Alexander Kolker, Annelise Muscietta (2017). Propensity for erosion and deposition in a deltaic wetland complex: Implications for river management and coastal restoration. Remote Sensing of Environment, 199 (39–50)
  • Segun Adebayo, Reda Amer (2017): Impacts of Mississippi River spillway opening on Fecal Coliform concentration in the Lake Pontchartrain. River Research Applications, 33 (1327-1335)
  • Reda Amer, Hatem El Dosoky (2017): A Remote Sensing Method for Mapping Sillimanite Mineralization. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 134 (373-382)
  • Reda Amer, Ahmed Al Mezayen, Mohamed Hasanein (2015). ASTER spectral analysis for alteration minerals associated with gold mineralization, Ore Geology Reviews. 75, 239-251
  • Mahmoud Hassan, Gehad Saleh, Hatem El-Desoky, Reda Amer, and Ahmed El-Kady (2015). Lithological-Structural Setting of Homrit Waggat Granites in Central Eastern Desert, Egypt: New Contributions. International Journal of Innovative Science, Engineering & Technology, 2015; 2(11), 670-69
  • Reda Amer, Ahmed Saad, Tharwat Abd Elhafeez, Hassan El Kady, Mohamed Madi (2014). Geophysical and Geotechnical Investigation of Pavement Structures and Bridge Foundations. Austin Journal of Earth Science. 2014; 1(1): 6
  • Rosenheim, B., Pendergraft, M., Flowers, G., Carney, R., Sericano, Amer, R., Chanton, J., Dincer, Z., Wade, T., (2014). Employing Extant Stable Isotope Data in Gulf of Mexico Sedimentary Organic Matter for Oil Spill Studies. Deep Sea Research. (doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.03.020)
  • Tharwat Abd Elhafeez, Reda Amer, Ahmed Saad, Hassan El Kady, Mohamed Madi (2014). Evaluation of Flexible Pavement Mixtures Using Conventional Tests and Ultrasonic Wave Propagation. Journal of Advances in Civil Engineering Material, doi:10.1520/ACEM20130076
  • Reda Amer, Mohamed Sultan, Robert Ripperdan, Abduwasit Ghulam, Timothy Kusky (2013). An integrated Approach for Groundwater Potential Zoning in the Shallow Fracture Zone Aquifers. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34, 6539-6561
  • Reda Amer, Robert Ripperdan, Wang Tao, John Encarnacion (2012). Groundwater Exploration and Management in the Arid and Semi-arid Regions: Case Study, Central Eastern Desert of Egypt. Journal of African Earth Sciences ,69, 13-25
  • Reda Amer, Timothy Kusky, Ahmed El Mezayen (2012). Remote Sensing detection of gold related alteration zones of Um Rus Area, Central Eastern Desert of Egypt. Journal of Advances in Space Research, 49, 121-134
  • Reda Amer, Mohamed Sultan, Robert Ripperdan, John Encarnacion (2012). Structural Architecture for Development of Marginal Extensional Sub-basins in the Red Sea Active Rift Zone. International Journal of Geoscience, 3, 133-152
  • Reda Amer, Timothy Kusky, Abduwasit Ghulam, (2010). Lithological mapping in the Central Eastern Desert of Egypt using ASTER data. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 56, 75-82
  • Reda Amer, Alexander Kolker. Mapping Wetland and Coastal Inundation Using Landsat Imagery. International Geoinformatics Conference, 10-14 February, 2019, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Alexander Kolker, Reda Amer. Controversies and Connections in the Restoration of River-Dominated Deltas. 2018 GSA Annual Meeting, 4-7 November, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Dana Carsten, Reda Amer. A GIS-based Model for Urban Change and Implications for Water Quality in the Pontchartrain Basin. 2018 GSA Annual Meeting, 4-7 November, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Eric Sung, Ben Crooke, Dana Carstens, Celeste Wook, Reda Amer, and Alexander Kolker. Sentinel-1A InSAR Time Series Analysis for Monitoring of Surface Subsidence in Coastal Louisiana. 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, 10-14 December, Washington, D.C.
  • Dana Carsten, Reda Amer. A GIS-based Model for Urban Change and Implications for Water Quality in the Pontchartrain Basin. 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, 11-15 December, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Reda Amer, Farahat Moghanm. Remote Sensing for Detection and Monitoring of the Cropland Waterlogging in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions. Twentieth International Water Technology Conference (IWTC 20), May18-20, 2017, Hurghada, Egypt
  • Reda Amer, Alexander Kolker, Annelise Muscietta. An Improved Water Index for mapping subpixel wetland inundation and its utility in understanding the geology of land area change. 2016 GSA Annual Meeting, September 25-28, 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Reda Amer, Ahmed Al Mezayen, Mohamed Hasnein. Spectral Analysis and Image Classifications for Mapping Alteration Zones Associated with Gold Mineralization. International Remote Sensing Conference, January 17-20, 2016, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Reda Amer, Annelise Muscietta, Alexander Kolker. Change Detection Analysis of Wetlands in Lower Mississippi River Delta. 2015 ASPRS Annual Conference, April 4th-8th, 2015, Tampa, Florida, USA
  • Reda Amer, Hatem El Dosoky. Spectral Analysis of Sillimanite Mineralization. 2015 ASPRS Annual Conference, April 4th-8th, 2015, Tampa, Florida, USA
  • Adebayo Segun, Reda Amer. GIS Analysis of Lake Pontchartrain Water Quality before and after the Bonnet Carre Spillway Opening in 2011. 9th Louisiana Groundwater, Water Resources 7 Environmental Symposia, April 16, 2015, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • Xu Zaho, Nancy Dawers, Reda Amer. Fault Population Analyses in the Eastern California Shear Zone: Insights into the Development of Young, Actively Evolving Plate Boundary Structures. 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, 15-19 December, San Francisco, California, USA
  • Reda Amer, U. Ofterdinger, A. Ruffell, A. Donald (2012). Remote Sensing and GIS for Landuse/Landcover Classification and Water Quality in the Northern Ireland. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 14, EGU2012-3572, 2012
  • Reda Amer, Abduwasit Ghulam, Timothy Kusky, (2010). Remote Sensing and GIS approach for groundwater exploration in the Red Sea Coast of Egypt. 2010 ASPR Annual Conference, April 26 - 30, 2010, San Diego, California, USA
  • Abduwasit Ghulam, Reda Amer, Robert Ripperdan and Alimujiang Kasimu. A filtering approach to improve deformation accuracy using large baseline, low coherence DInSAR phase images. IGARSS 2010. July 25th-30th, 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Abduwasit Ghulam, Tim Kusky, Reda Amer. Mineral exploration and mapping of gold-bearing alteration zones in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. 2010 ASPRS Annual Conference, April 26th-30th, 2010, San Diego, California, USA
  • Reda Amer, Timothy Kusky, Abduwasit Ghulam, (2009). Groundwater Exploration in the Red Sea coast of Egypt using Landsat imagery. 15th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, April 17th, 2009, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Reda Amer, Timothy Kusky, Abduwasit Ghulam, (2009). Using ASTER data for lithological mapping in arid and semiarid regions: Example from Fawakhir, Central Eastern Desert of Egypt. 2009 ASPRS Annual Conference, March 9 – 13, 2009, Baltimore, Maryland, USA