Narcisa Pricope is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) in the United States of America. Originally from Romania, Dr. Pricope received a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and English from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, a Master’s degree in Geosciences from Western Kentucky University and holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Florida. Dr. Pricope is the Director of UNCW’s Geospatial Intelligence program and Coastal UAS Observatory, initiatives aimed at training the next generation of geospatial scientists.
Dr. Pricope is a land systems scientist who uses geospatial modeling, remote sensing and unoccupied aerial systems to work at the food-water-energy nexus at multiple spatio-temporal scales. Her research focuses on complex socio-ecological systems dynamics, especially centered on understanding and quantifying environmental variability and the vulnerability of populations to environmental changes, especially land degradation. Much of her work is co-produced with communities and diverse stakeholders and concentrated in the drylands of eastern and southern Africa, and Peru, in addition to coastal North America.
Dr. Pricope has been working collaboratively to provide guidance on the integration of earth observation data with socio-economic datasets to support monitoring and reporting on land degradation neutrality with funding from the Global Environment Facility. To date, Dr. Pricope has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles on the various aspects of integrating earth observation, remote sensing and drone photogrammetry with spatio-temporal modeling to advance human well-being.