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Dr Charles Galdies
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Dr Charles Galdies is a lecturer with the Division of Environmental Management and Planning within the Institute of Earth Systems, having previously taught undergraduate and graduate courses in climate, remote sensing, spatial mapping, data management, and the life sciences. Dr Galdies received his Ph.D. in Remote Sensing and GIS from Durham University (UK) in 2005. He studied ways to improve small scale weather and ocean forecasting in the central Mediterranean region using novel remote sensing observations of the ocean and atmosphere. Dr Galdies previously served as Chief Meteorological Officer of the Malta Meteorological Office and Permanent Representative of the Government of Malta with the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) from 2007 to 2011, and before that as Deputy Director of the International Ocean Institute Headquarters.

Dr Galdies’s expertise focuses on weather and climate, the application of remote sensing for coastal, benthic and terrestrial ecological mapping, as well as environmental data processing and analysis. He has provided consultancy to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the European Commission, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and to private companies related to ecology and policy formulation.

Research Interests
  • Weather and climate
  • Earth observation and image processing 
  • Weather forecasting and numerical weather prediction
  • Spatial mapping and geostatistics

Selected Publications

  • Galdies C (2011). Malta’s climate anomaly trends and possible related socio-economic impacts (NSO publication, in press).
  • Cabornero Gago R, Farrugia R N, Giordmaina L & Galdies C (2010). Analysis of Low Level Wind Behaviour in Central and South East Malta. Wind Engineering: 34, 2, 2010 pp 181–192.
  • Galdies C (2010). Observed trends in the Maltese climate, in: Vincenti, K., & Menne, B., (Eds) Health effects of climate change in the Maltese islands. Environmental Health Directorate Malta & WHO Regional Office for Europe, pp. 4-15
  • Galdies C & Donoghue D N M (2010). Use of exploratory spatial data analysis and geostatistics to verify the skill of atmosphere forecast models with improved data initialisation schemes.  Rivista di Meteorologia, Rome.
  • Galdies, C. & Donoghue, D N M (2009). A first attempt at assimilating microwave-derived SST to improve the predictive capability of a coupled, high-resolution Eta-POM forecasting system, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 30: 23, 6169 — 619.
  • Galdies C (2008). Maritime traffic effects on biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea: in Review of impacts, priority areas and mitigation measures Editors: Ameer Abdulla, PhD, Olof Linden, PhD, IUCN.
  • Galdies C (2007). Geographical Information Systems. Training Manual Coastal management and conservation: Applications in the Mediterranean region (ed. Conrad & Cassar). International Environment Institute, 51-55pp.
  • Borg J A & Galdies C (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). Report on aerial imagery and monitoring of the marine benthic assemblages in St. George’s Bay. Submitted to the Malta Tourism Authority, 2005-2008
  • Wefering F, Wefering D M, Krain E, Ekau W, Krause G, Galdies C (2007). Evaluation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Europe. Integrated Coastal Zone Management, IzR 5.2007, Ed.: BBR.

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