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Firooza Pavri

Associate Professor of Geography, Program in Geography-Anthropology
Firooza Pavri


300 Bailey Hall, 37 College Avenue , USM Gorham Campus

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-5941

Firooza joined USM in 2004.  Prior to joining the university, she lived in the Midwest and received her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Toledo and Ohio State University respectively.  She is originally from India, and research and family take her back there frequently.


  • Ohio State University, Geography, Ph.D.
  • University of Toledo, Ohio, Geography and Planning, M.A.
  • University of Bombay, Geography, B.A.

Courses Taught at USM

  • EYE 102J/I: Sustainability, Culture, Environment
  • GEO 103J: Human-Environmental Geography
  • GEO 104J: World Regional Geography
  • GEO 209: Land Use Planning
  • GEO 305/605: Remote Sensing
  • GEO 308/608: Geographic Information Systems Applications I
  • GEO 320: Conservation of Natural Resources
  • GEO 350: Geography of International Development

Select Grants
PI, NASA, Developing distance courses in remote sensing to enhance Maine’s capacity in NASA’s space-based imaging technologies, 2009-10.

PI, NASA, Characterizing Maine's coastal wetlands using field data and NASA's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), 2008-09.

Co-PI, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, Image processing and analysis for salt marsh plant community and habitat remote sensing, 2006-07.

Co-PI, NASA, Hyper-resolution remote sensing of Kansas rural environments, 2002-04.

Co-PI, NASA, Developing higher spatial, spectral, and temporal resolution for aerial and space-based imagery aiding vegetation cover analyses, 2000-03.

Research Interests

Firooza’s research considers human vulnerability and adaptation to environmental change and uses remote sensing technology to aid these investigations.  Her research projects have focused on examining change within forest, wetland and urban systems in India and the US.  Recent projects in India have included examining sustainable forest management in India’s Western Ghats and using satellite data to model sea-level rise vulnerability and map urban expansion patterns for Mumbai (Bombay), India.  She has worked within wetland ecosystems at the Cheyenne Bottoms of Kansas, the Plum Island estuary of northeastern coastal Massachusetts, and the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine.  Each of these projects used satellite imagery or aerial photography to monitor the configuration of wetland marsh ecosystems and were funded by NASA and other agencies.  NASA support has also enabled Firooza to collaborate with Geography-Anthropology students through fellowships, research assistantships, and summer internships at NASA Stennis Space Center.

Recent Publications

Pavri, F. 2009.  Urban expansion and sea-level rise related flood vulnerability for Mumbai (Bombay) India using remotely sensed data, in Geospatial Techniques in Urban Hazard and Disaster Analysis, edited by P. Showalter and Y. Lu, Springer-Verlag.

Pavri, F. and V. Valentine. 2009.  Characterizing Maine’s coastal wetlands using field data and NASA’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER).  Final Report for NASA MSGC.
Pavri, F. and V. Valentine.  2008. Image Processing and Analysis for Salt Marsh Plant Community and Habitat Mapping: Plum Island Estuary, MA.  Final Report for MA Office of Coastal Zone Management, p. 65.

Pavri, F.  2007.  Re-mapping land use: remote sensing, institutional approaches and landscape boundaries, in Nature’s Edge: Boundary Explorations in Ecological Theory and Practice edited by T. Toadvine and C. Brown, SUNY Press, p. 133-43.

Aber, J., S. Aber, F. Pavri, E. Volkova, R. Penner. 2006.  Changes in water and wetland vegetation in Cheyenne Bottoms, Kansas, 2002-2005, Transactions of the Academy of Sciences, Kansas, V109(1/2), p. 47-57.

Pavri, F. 2005 Vulnerability and forest resource scarcity in India’s Western Ghats, Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, Washington DC, Nov. 2005.

Pavri, F. and J. Aber.  2004.  Characterizing wetland landscapes: a spatio-temporal analysis of remotely sensed data at Cheyenne Bottoms, Kansas, Physical Geography (special issue on Wetlands), V25(1): 86-104.