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Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Dr. Amr Abd-Elrahman

Professor of Geomatics

Dr. Abd-Elrahman supervises the Geomatics undergraduate and graduate programs at the GCREC Plant City Center.

Dr. Abd-Elrahman’s research focuses on utilizing remote sensing techniques to provide information needed in natural resources management/monitoring and precision agriculture applications. The research program involves multispectral and hyperspectral image classification, lidar data processing, and geospatial analysis.

Abd-Elrahman Geomatics Lab

  • Research

    Dr. Abd-Elrahman's research program utilizes remote sensing and geospatial analysis in natural resource management and precision agriculture applications.

    The research program includes:

    • the development of a ground-based mobile mapping system that integrates;
    • hyperspectral imaging sensor capable of recording hundreds of bands in the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum;
    • consumer-grade camera;
    • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS); and
    • Inertial Navigation System (INS).

    The system can be mounted on a ground-based platform (e.g. a tractor). Dr. Abd-Elrahman’s research analyzes hyperspectral images captured by ground, airborne, and satellite systems to develop soil and water quality parameter models and to classify submerged aquatic vegetation.

    The research focuses on improving the methods used for parameter estimation through spectral and statistical modeling. New techniques to classifying wetland vegetation with ultra-high resolution images captured by Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are being developed in addition to analyzing full waveform data for lidar point classification.

  • Academic Program

    Dr. Abd-Elrahman oversees the Geomatics teaching program at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Plant City.

    The Geomatics program in Plant City includes a variety of choices and are designed to accommodate working students through several distance education options.

    The Plant City Center Campus offers the following certificates and degrees:

    • Geomatics Certificate
    • Undergraduate (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics: STEM) Bachelor of Science degree
    • Master of Science (M.S.) degree (thesis and non-thesis)
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

    Some of the degrees are offered entirely through distance education techniques, while others require on-campus lab support offered during weekends and evenings.

  • Lab Team
    Lab Member
    Katie Britt, Academic Program Specialist I  
    Harley Davidson, Student Assistant  
    Jennifer Facenda, OPS  
    Ali Gonzalez, Student Assistant  
    Zhen Guan, Grad Student  
    Christopher Kilroy, Student Assistant  
    Caiwang Zheng, Grad Student  


Gulf Coast Research and Education Center - Plant City Campus
1200 N. Park Road
Plant City, Florida

  • Education


    • Ph.D. Civil Engineering (Computer Science Minor), University of Florida, 2001
    • M.S. Civil Engineering (Public Works), Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 1995
    • B.S. Civil Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 1990
  • Publications
  • Professional Service and Awards
    • American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Florida Region Faculty Advisor, 2013
    • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, Teacher Fellow Award, 2013
    • American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Young Professional Committee Member, 2013
    • Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Outstanding Faculty Award, 2012
    • School of Forest Resources, Geomatics Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, 2012
    • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, National Geo-Challenge Award achieved as a multidisciplinary graduate student team advisor, 2011
    • Egyptian National Committee for Mapping and GIS by the Egyptian Minister of Water Resources, Member, 2006