Earth and Ocean Sciences

Dr. Narcisa Pricope


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Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Tel: 910 962-3499; Fax: 910 962-7077
email:,Personal Webpage

Land Change Science, Water Resources, and Climate Change

Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering,University of Florida (2011)
M.Sc. in Geosciences, Western Kentucky University (2006)
B.A. in Geography and English, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania (2004)

Geographic Information Science, Remote Sensing, Water Resources

Research Interests:

Narcisa's work focuses on interdisciplinary, applied questions at the intersection between land change science, watershed science, and population geography, primarily focusing on understanding the vulnerability of different populations to environmental change in the context of transboundary-managed water and natural resources. Narcisa examines the drivers, patterns and impacts of vegetation change and degradation on both ecosystems and people, having previously mostly worked in the southern and eastern African drylands. She uses spatially explicit modeling approaches, geographic information science and remote sensing imagery coupled with ground-based biophysical and social data to document and understand the causes and consequences of land cover changes at different spatial and temporal scales. Her work is mostly focused on drylands ecosystems as they are fragile and beautiful but also at increasingly high risk from various climate and environmental change impacts; they also cover approximately 40% of the Earth's surface and are home to over 2 billion people, more than 90% of whom live in developing countries with increasing populations.