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David Saah, PhD

Principal Investigator

Co-founder and Managing Principal, Spatial Informatics Group; Professor and Director of Geospatial Analysis Lab, University of San Francisco

David is the Principal Investigator for Pyregence, responsible for oversight of technical aspects of the project. Broadly trained as an environmental scientist, David is recognized as a global leader in geospatial analysis, remote sensing, wildfire science, and natural hazard modeling. He has authored dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports, and is dedicated to the broad dissemination of his research through presentations, publications, and workshops. David uses integrated geospatial science for multiscale landscape mapping, monitoring, and modeling. He has played a central role in the advancement of land monitoring and remote sensing projects with global reach, including SERVIR—a joint project of NASA and USAID that helps developing countries use remote sensing data—and Collect Earth Online, an open-source platform for interpreting satellite imagery. David holds a doctorate in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley.