Dr. Alemu Gonsamo

Professor, PhD
McMaster University

Dr. Alemu Gonsamo is a Canada Research Chair and an assistant professor of Remote Sensing at the School of Earth, Environment & Society in McMaster University since 2019. Before coming to McMaster, he was a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at University of Toronto. Alemu obtained a BSc degree in Forestry at Debub University, Ethiopia, MSc in Geo-Information Science at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and PhD in Remote Sensing at University of Helsinki, Finland.


Alemu is Associate Director of McMaster Centre for Climate Change, Associate Editor of Journal of Geophysical Research and Editorial Board Member of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. His research focuses on ground, airborne, and satellite remote sensing of vegetation from the leaf level to the global scale. His Remote Sensing lab at McMaster University develops improved satellite remote sensing methods and products for terrestrial ecosystems relevant to the global change studies. Using the improved methods and products, his lab also studies the impacts of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations, climate change and variability on terrestrial ecosystems, and related feedbacks to the atmosphere through carbon cycle.