Elise Monsieurs

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Elise Monsieurs
Department: Aardwetenschappen
Dienst: Natuurlijke risico’s
Functie: Fysisch geografe
Specialiteiten: Landverschuivingen en bodemerosie, remote sensing, hydrologie
Tel.: 32 2 769 5456

2012- 2014 Master of Science Geography
Major physical geography – Minor research
Ghent University – Graduation with great distinction

2009-2012 Bachelor of Science Geography and Geomatics
Ghent University - Graduation with distinction

2003-2009 ASO Modern Languages Science Mathematics


Dec 2014 - present: PhD student, Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium

Dec 2016 - Dec 2017: Collaborative scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (USA)


B.A.E.F. Research Fellowship 2017

F.R.S.-FNRS PhD Aspirant scholarship 2016-2020

IAG Grant for EGU/CERG FORM-OSE Post-Graduate Training School 2016

2013 VLIR-UOS award scholarship for a research stay in the framework of master thesis research in Ethiopia


Master dissertation at Ghent University: “Farming systems in Lake Tana basin, Ethiopia: Land surface management and its impact on runoff response”

Bachelor dissertation at Ghent University: “Chinese colonisation in Africa”


Elise Monsieurs graduated in 2014 with a M.Sc in Physical Geography from Ghent University (Belgium). During her master studies, she spent five months at the Alpine Geography Institution (IGA) of the Université Joseph Fourier (UJF) in Grenoble (France) for intensive courses on mountain hydrology and two and a half months in Ethiopia to conduct fieldwork for her Master thesis on 'Farming systems in Lake Tana basin, Ethiopia: land surface management and its impact on runoff response' (funded by the VLIR-UOS).

End 2014 Elise got involved as a PhD student in the international research project RESIST ( which focus on geohazards in the western branch of the East African Rift. The objective of her PhD research is to study rainfall controls on landslides in this area (Funded by F.R.S.-FNRS). Within the RESIST project she did fieldwork in eastern DR Congo in order to setup a rain gauge network and study landslide processes. During a one-year (2017) research stay at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Maryland, USA) she studied the use of rainfall satellite estimates in landslide hazard assessment (Funded by BAEF). The current PhD study is foreseen to be finished in 2020.

Climate in Central Africa
Satellite rainfall estimates
Natural hazards
Soil erosion, Soil conservation and Land degradation