Sima Bagheri

Contact Info

Office: 207 Colton
Phone: 973-596-2470
Dept: Civil Environ. Eng.

About Me

Sima Bagheri is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NJI T. She received BS and MS in Earth Sciences and a PhD in Environmental Remote Sensing from University of Wisconsin- Madison. She has over 25 years of experience working with geospatial data of land and water resources and their integration into GIS. The NOAA, NASA and the NSF have supported her research projects since 1985. Her recent research project supported by NSF and NASA focused on the characterization of optical properties and retrieval modelling of coastal waters of NY/NJ using NASA/AVIRIS hyperspectral data. The dedicated AVIRIS data is now being utilized in inverse modelling as the research component of the NSF — ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award (# 05474279). She has been a NASA Faculty Fellow collaborating with the NASA scientists at Stennis and Goddard/ Wallops since 1994 and a Fulbright Scholar at the EPOMEX Centro of Universidad Autonoma De Campeche, Mexico during summer 2006. With support from NSF she initiated and put in place the Remote Sensing/GIS graduate program and established the RS/GIS instructional Laboratory at NJIT to support the curriculum.


  • Teheran University, B.S., 1965.
  • Illinois State University, M.S., 1968.
  • University of Wisconsin, Ph.D., 1984.



Program/Course Outlines

Remote Sensing/Geographic Information Systems Options in Engineering Science Program
This is an interdisciplinary program designed for those individuals who seek advanced knowledge in Remote Sensing/Geographic Information Systems, particularly related to the study of the Earth from space. The main objective of creation of this specialization is to educate the professionals to make well informed decisions in solving environmental problems utilizing combined technology of Remote Sensing/Geographic Information Systems. 


Research Interests

Applications of remotely sensed data in natural resources monitoring and management. Current research Projects are focused on utilization of both airborne/spaceborne imageries and their integrations into GIS with emphasis on mapping aspacts. Currently I have a NASA faculty fellowship working on "Development of an Expert System for Optical Water Quality Parameters of Nearshore Waters". I was a PI for the National Science Foundation project to establish the "Remote Sensing and GIS Instructional Laboratory" at NJIT.

Funded Research Projects

PI: S. Bagheri, "A Microcomputer Based Digital Image Processing and Geographic Information Systems". National Science Foundation Grant No. CES 8704553, July 1987 - May 1990.

CPI: S. Bagheri, "Impact of Reducing P Loads from Domestic Wastewater on New Jersey Coastal Algal Related Water Quality, NOAA National Sea Grant, May 1, 1987 - May 1, 1988.

PI: S. Bagheri, "Reliability of remotely sensed data in Eutrophication Related Water Quality Analysis in New Jersey Coastal Waters". New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium Minigrants, August 1987 - August 1988.

PI: S. Bagheri, "Applicability of the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer Data in Eutrophication Related Water Quality analysis in N.J. Coastal Waters". N.J. Marine Sciences Consortium Minigrant, Aug. 1988 - Aug. 1989.

PI: S. Bagheri, "Use of Multispectral Video Data for Water Quality Assessment in Hudson/Raritan Estuary" New Jersey Sea Grant July 1989 - October 1990.

PI: S. Bagheri, " Utility of TM Data in Chlorophyll-a Estimation in New Jersey Nearshore Waters". NOAA Sea Grant, Project No. R/E 15, May 1989 - August 1992.

PI: S. Bagheri, "Utility of GER Imaging Spectrometer in Turbidity analysis". National Science Foundation, Division of Biological and Critical Systems, Grant # BSC-9210232, September 15, 1992 - Feb. 28, 1994.

PI: S. Bagheri, "Development of an Expert System for Optical Water Quality Parameters in Nearshore Environment". National Aeronautic and Space Administration, NASA-University JOVE, Grant # 991969, September 1994 - September 1997.

PI: S. Bagheri, "Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Instructional Laboratory Development". National Science Foundation. Grant # DUE:9651462. July 1, 1996 - June 30, 1998.

PI: S. Bagheri, "Use of SIR-C/X-SAR data in Tectonic Investigation". National Aeronautic and Space Administration, NASA-University JOVE Augmentation Grant # 991969, September 1996 - September 1998.

PI: S. Bagheri, "Remote Sensing of Nearshore water Quality using Bio-Optical and Retrieval Techniques". National Science Foundation. Grant # BES-9806982. And NASA. August 1, 1998 - July 30, 2001.



Selected Publications

Bagheri, S. and Kiefer, R. W., "Regional Geologic Mapping of Digitally Enhanced Landsat Imagery", Intl. Sympos. on Remote Sensing, Commission VII, ITC, Enschede, The Netherlands, August 1986, pp. 555-559.

Bagheri, S. and Hordon, R. M. "Hazardous Waste Site Identification Using Aerial Photography - Case Study Burlington Co., N.J." Environmental Management Journal, January 1988, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 119-125.
Bagheri, S. and Kiefer, R. W., "Updating Regional Geology of the South Central Alborz Mountains of Iran, based on Landsat digital data. Geocarto Intl. Jour. Vol.2, 1989. pp. 35-42.
Bagheri, S. and Dios, R. A., "Chlorophyll-a Estimation in New Jersey's Coastal Waters Using Thematic Mapper Data". Int’l Jour. Remote Sensing, 1990, Vol. II, No.2, pp. 289-299.
Bagheri, S. and Stein, M., "Monitoring of Hudson/Raritan Estuary Using Multispectral Video Data", Intl. Jour. Remote Sensing 1992, Vol.13, No.5, pp. 965 - 969.
Bagheri, S. and Stein, M., "Use of Airborne Multispectral Video Data for Water Quality Evaluation in Sandy Hook, New Jersey", AGU/Jour. of Water Resources Research 1992, Vol. 28, No. 5, pp. 1457-1462.
Bagheri, S., Stein, M. and Zetlin, C., "Use of Integrated Remotely Sensed Data in Water Quality Assessment of Hudson/Raritan Estuary". Jour. of Marine Environmental Engineering, 1993, Vol. I, pp. 53-63.
Bagheri, S., Stein, M. and Zetlin, C., “Assessing Shallow Water Conditions using Imaging Spectroscopy and Videography”, EPA/903/R/97009, 1997, pp. 253-258.
Bagheri, S., Stein, M. and Zetlin, C., "Videography as an oil response monitoring system, Encyclopedia of Environ. Tech. Gulf pub. Co., May 1995, Vol. II, pp.25-30.
Bagheri, S. and Stein, M., "Utility of Hyperspectral data in Bathymetric Mapping in a Turbid Estuary", Int’l Jour. of Remote Sensing. Taylor & Francis Ltd. Vol.19, No.6, 1179-1188.
Bagheri, S. and Zetlin, C. “Remote Sensing as a Tool for Management of New Jersey 
Coastal Water Quality”, 1999. In “Geological Association of New Jersey Field Book”, 18 p.
Bagheri, S., Zetlin, C. and Dios, R., “Estimation of Optical Properties of Nearshore Waters”, Int’l Jour. Remote Sensing Vol 20, No.17, 3393-3397.
Gons, H., M. Reijkober., and Bagheri, S “Teledetection of Chlorophyll-a in Estuarine and Coastal Waters.Envirn.Sci. & Technology. Vol. 34, No 24,5189-5192.
Bagheri, S. M. Reijkober and Gons, H., “Inherent and Apparent Optical Measurements
in the Hudson/Raritan Estuary”. Aquatic Ecology 36:559-562,2002.
Shigan, Stamnes and Bagheri “Derivation of Backscattering Coefficient of Coastal Oceanic Waters from AC-9 Spectral measurements” Optical society of America (Under Review).
Bagheri, S. and Kiefer, R. W., "Utilization of Landsat CCTS in Detection of Structural Lineaments", Technical papers, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., March 1985, Vol. II, pp. 481-491.
Bagheri, S. and Hordon, R. M., "Ground Water Identification Using Digitally Enhanced NHAP", Technical papers - ASPRS, Annual Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, March 1987, Vol. I, pp. 94-103.
Bagheri, S. and Dios, R. A., "Reliability of Remotely Sensed Data in Assessing Planktonic Algal Chlorophyll in New Jersey Nearshore Waters", 16th Intl. Congress for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Kyoto, Japan, July 1988.
Bagheri, S., Novemsky, L. and Kimmel, H., "Remote Sensing Literacy Using Video Disc", Intl. Electronic Imaging Conference, Boston, Mass. October 1988.
Bagheri, S. and Dios, R. A., "Utility of AVHRR in Eutrophication Related Water Quality Analysis in NJ Nearshore Waters" ASPRS Image Processing'89. Sparks, Nevada, May 1989, pp. 230-237.
Bagheri, S. and Islam, K. R., "Use of Multispectral Video Data for Water Quality Evaluation in Hudson/Raritan Estuary". IGARSS '90, Washington, D.C., May 1990, Vol. I, pp. 469.
Bagheri, S. and Islam, K. R., "Rock Type Discrimination Using Digitized NHAP", IAPR TC7 Workshop on Multisource Data Integration in Remote Sensing, Washington, D.C., June 1990.
Bagheri, S. and Dios, R. A., "Utilization of Geographic Information Systems in Selection of Hazardous Waste Disposal Site in New Jersey Piedmont Province". GIS/LIS '90. pp. 299 - 306.
Bagheri, S. and Stein, M., "Compatibility of MSC-02 and TM Data for Hydrological Features Extraction", ASPRS Thirteenth Biennial Workshop on Color Aerial Photography in Plant Sciences, Orlando, FL, May 6-9, 1991.
Bagheri, S., "Utility of Remotely Sensed Data in Delineation of Seismotectonic Region of Alborz Mountains of Northern Iran" 1st Intl. Conf. on Seismology and Earthquake Engineering May 27-29, 1991, Tehran, Iran. pp.145-154.
Bagheri, S. and Stein, M. and Zetlin, C., "Change Detection in water Quality conditions Using Multidate Images". ERIM Thematic Conf. on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environment, New Orleans, LA, June 1992, pp. 417-422.
Bagheri, S. and Stein, M. and Zetlin, C., "Water Quality Modeling of Nearshore Waters Using Integrated Remotely Sensed Data and In Situ Measurements". XVII ISPRS Congress, Wash., D.C., Aug. 1992.
Bagheri, S., "Ecological Studies of Estuarine Waters". 1992 ASPRS/ACSM Conv., Wash., D.C.
Bagheri, S., Stein, M. and Zetlin, C., "Eutrophication Assessment Using Integrated Data". Intl. Assoc. for Pattern Recognition TC7, Delft, The Netherlands, September 1992, pp. 3-8.
Bagheri. S., "Imaging Spectroscopy of Nearshore Waters". 25th International Symposium on Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change, Graz, Austria, April 1993, Vol. 2, pp. 860-868.
Bagheri, S., "Potential Utility of Imaging Spectrometry in Turbidity Investigation". IGARSS '93, Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 18-21, 1993, pp. 491-493.
Bagheri, S. and Zetlin, C., " Bathymetry Mapping with Airborne Imaging Spectrometer Data". 2nd ERIM Thematic Conf. on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environment, New Orleans, LA., Jan. 1994, Vol. II, pp. 104-111.
Bagheri, S., "Utility of Airborne Imaging Spectroscopy and Videography in Nearshore Waters". 1st International Airborne Remote Sensing Conference, Strasbourg, France, September 1994, Vol. III, pp. 56-65.
Bagheri, S., Zetlin, C. and Opyrchal, H., "Development of Library Spectra of Optical Water Quality Parameters in Nearshore Waters", 3rd ERIM Thematic Conf. on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environment, Seattle, WA, September 1995. Vol. II, pp. 25-30.
Bagheri, S., "Utility of NOAA/AVHRR Data in Impact Analysis of the Hudson River Plume", Pacific Conf. on Marine Science and Technology. Hawaii, June 16-20, 1996.
Bagheri, S. and Borengasser, M., “Mapping of Geologic Hazards using Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar, "Eight Int’l Conference on Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering “ SDEE’97. Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 90-91.
Bagheri, S., Zetlin, C., Dios, R., Smith, B. and Pan Z., “Optical Signature Utilization of remote Sensing of Nearshore Waters” 4th Int’l Conf. on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environment, Orlando, Fl, 17-19 March 1997. V.II pp.52-59.
Bagheri, S. and Balorda, J., and Xia, Q, “Hazardous Waste Sites Characterization Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)”, ASEE’98, Seatlle, WA. June 26-July1, 1998.
Bagheri, S., Dekker, A. “Nearshore Water Quality Assessment Using Bio-Optical Modeling and Retrieval Techniques”, NASA/AVIRIS’99 Geosience Workshop, JPL, Pasadena, CA, 2/8-12,1999.
Bagheri, S., M. Rijkeboer, Pasterkamp, R. and A. Dekker, “Intercalibration of the Field Spectroradiometer to Validate High Resolution Remote Sensing Data”, 9th NASA/JPL Airborne Geoscience Workshop, 23-25 February 2000
Bagheri, S., Dekker , A. and E. Hoogenboom, “Utility of the AVIRIS Hyperspectral Data in Case 2 Waters”, 6th Int’l Conf. on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environment, Charlston, SC, 1-3 May 2000.
Bagheri, S., Dekker, A. “Optical Measurements of Nearshore Water Quality   Conditions”,     International Conference on Coastal and Ocean Space Utilization. 11/4/2000. Cancun, Mexico (Invited Paper).
Bagheri, S.,” Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System” HABSOS Workshop supported by the NOAA, NASA, and the USEPA, Pensocola, Fl, November 27 – December 1,2000.   (Invited Paper)
Bagheri, S., and K. Stamnes, “Application of Radiative Transfer Algorithm for Atmospheric Correction Of AVIRIS” NASA/JPL 10th AVIRIS Geoscience Workshop, Pasadena, CA, 2/28-3/2,2001.
Bagheri, S., Stamnes, K., Wei Li, W., Yu, T., and J. Shigan,  “Validation of Water    Quality Parameters Retrieved from Inverse Modeling”, AVIRIS Geoscience Workshop. NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA. March 5-8,2002
Bagheri, S and T.Yu, “Utility of Remote Sensing in Assessing Algal Related Water Quality in   the Hudson/Raritan Estuary” EPA Sixth Marine and estuarine Shallow Water Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, March 18- 22,2002,
Yu, T. and Bagheri, “Remote Sensing as an Operational Tool in Coastal Water Quality    Assessment. AWWA, Atlantic City, NJ. , March16,2002.
Bagheri, S., “Harmful Algal Blooms Identification using AVIRIS Data” 5Th International Airborne Remote sensing Conference, Miami, Fl, May 22-24,2002
Bagheri s. and S. Peters, “Retrieval of Marine Water Constituents Using Atmospherically           Corrected   AVIRIS Hyperspectral Data”, NASA/ AVIRIS Workshop, February 25-28,2003, NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA.
Bagheri, S., Stamnes , K. and T. Yu , “Forward and Inverse Modeling in Case 2 Waters for   use with Remote Sensing Data”, NASA/AVIRIS Workshop, February 25-28,2003,   NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA.
Bagheri, S.,S. Peters and T. Yu, “Chlorophyll-a Estimation using Absorption_based and Fluoresence_based Methods from AVIRIS data”. NASA/AVIRIS Workshop, May 24-27,2005,   NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA.
Bagheri, S., S. Peters and T.Yu, 2005. “Retrieval of water Quality Constituents Concentrations from AVIRIS data in Hudson/Raritan Estuary” Intl Jour. Remote Sensing. Vol. 26, No.18, 20 September 2005, 4013-4027.
Bagheri, S., “Utility of Imaging Spectrometry in Chlorophyll-a Estimation in New Jersey Nearshore Waters”. NASA/AVIRIS Workshop, May 24-27,2007,   NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA
Bagheri, S. and Z. H. Michalopoulou, “A New Approach to Inverse Modeling for retrieval of Coastal Water Quality Parameters”. 3rd International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 2007, Houston, Tx
Bagheri, S., and T.Yu,   2008. Hyperspectral Sensing for Assessing Nearshore Water Quality Conditions of Hudson/Raritan Estuary” Journal of Environmental Informatics. ISSN: 1726-2135 print/1684-8799 online (
Sima Bagheri, Marcos J. Montes and J.P.Gill.  “Hyperspectral Data in Spectral Analysis of Nearshore Water Quality Parameters”. 2008 Ocean Sciences, March 4-7, 2008, Orlando, Fl
Gill, J. and S. Bagheri, “Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Land use/Land cover, Surface Temperature and Urbanization - A RS-GIS Approach”. 2008 MAC URISA Regional GIS Conference in Mount Laurel, NJ. April 7-9,2008.
Bagheri, S. “Remote Sensing Application in Optically Complex Estuary--Hudson/Raritan Estuary of NY-NJ”. 4th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, Narragansett, Rhode Island, October 20, 2008.
Bagheri, S., “Utility of Ocean Color SST data in Coastal Water Quality Research”, 2010 HYSPIRI Workshop, NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA, August 13, 2010
Bagheri, S. “ Impact of Global Change on Local Water Quality Condition – A Remote Sensing Approach” National Academies Keck Future Initiative (NAKFI) 2010 Imaging Science Conference: National Academies’ November 16-19,2010, Irvine, CA (Invited)
Bagheri, ,S. “Integration of Hyperspectral and Multispectral Data in Estimation of Nearshore Water Quality Parameters”.Vienna. ISPRS Commission VII Symposium. July 5-7, 2010.
Bagheri, S. “Utility of Geospatial Data in Aquatic Environment”. Fifth International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology.)American Academy of Sciences. ICEST2010, July 12-16, 2010
Michalopoulou, Z.-H.; Bagheri, S.; Axe, L.; Bayesian Estimation o fOptical Properties  Nearshore Estuarine Waters: A Gibbs Sampling Approach  Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on Volume: 48 , Issue: 3 , Part: 2
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/TGRS.2009.2028689 Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 1579 - 1587
Bagheri, S. “Nearshore Water Quality Estimation Using Atmospherically Corrected AVIRIS Data. The Open Remote Sensing Journal, 2011.
Bagheri, S., “Integrating Satellite Ocean Color and Field Data to investigate Impacts of Climate Change. Intl Environmental Conference in Houston Tx, June 2012
Bagheri, S., "Hyspectral Data in Detecting NearShore Water Quality Parameters," HyspIRI Data Product Symposium - NASA, GODDARD, Maryland. May 2012.
Bagheri, S., Rijkeboer, M., and Gitelson, A.,“Utility of Field Spectroradiometer Data in Chlorophyll-a Estimation”. The Open Remote Sensing Journal, Vol. 5, 2012, pp 90-95 [DOI: 10.2174/1875413901205010090
Bagheri, S., “Contribution of the SWIR band of Multispectral data in monitoring of climate change in preparation of HyspIRI mission”, 2013 HyspIRI Science Workshop, NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA.