PROGRAMME: Geoinformatics (2010)
After my MSc in Physics, I joined SUPARCO in Pakistan as a researcher in the Earth Observation Directorate. I found remote sensing and its applications interesting, and it drew me into the field of geo-information science and earth observation.
My experience at ITC was wonderful! Sometimes I wish I could go back there and do my PhD. It would be like a dream come true. I liked everything about ITC − the staff, the students, the teachers, everybody. Being a small-town girl from Pakistan, I never felt away from home. I learnt a lot and the hospitality of the Dutch people … everything … is beyond words.
During my study, I got the opportunity to study/work on research topics such as web mapping services, 3D digitization, object-based classifications and LiDAR data analysis. After doing my master’s at ITC, I came back to Pakistan and rejoined SUPARCO. During my work at SUPARCO, I was part of a few projects, for example, Flood Plains Mapping along the Indus River, in cooperation with SUPARCO and JAXA; Glaciers Monitoring and Mapping for Northern Pakistan, in cooperation with SUPARCO and JAXA; Mapping Cloud Cover, Humidity, Precipitation and Surface Temperature for Selected Cities of Pakistan for National Environmental Information Management System (NEIMS), UNDP; and Fisheries Resource Appraisal Programme, in cooperation with MFD and FAO − to mention only a few.
It is my desire to pursue doctoral studies in the same field. I really wish I could get the chance to study at ITC again for my PhD. I really miss ITC a lot and would like to advise current students to enjoy their time at ITC to the full. As for prospective students thinking about studying at ITC, I would like to advise them to go for it, as ITC is the best place in the world for studies in remote sensing and GIS.