Naisargi Dave joined DWFI as a research associate in December 2018. Her focus is on using high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery for long-term erosion and riparian vegetation studies. She continues the work done on the Global Daily Evapotranspiration (GloDET) dataset to conduct water balance assessments in key agricultural regions. Dave also collaborates with DWFI faculty and staff to enhance the cooperative work between the institute and other partners.
Dave holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where she worked in the areas of stream bank erosion, flood impact and vegetation assessment. She has also worked on long-term monitoring of stream bank stabilization practices and evaluated flood impacts due to dam failure. Additionally, Dave conducted GPS data collection on fields and used aerial imagery for GIS analysis.
While receiving her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Gujarat Technological University in Ahmedabad, India, Dave was part of the International Experience Program in which she traveled to Germany to learn structural and bridge design. She then visited Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, and Poland and studied global innovation projects including the Floating Garden of Szczecin, Poland. Dave also studied ancient buildings in India and researched affordable energy-saving techniques from all over the world to produce an engineer-approved, energy-efficient building design at low cost.