Dr. Claire Davis-Reddy is the Data Science Team Lead at the South African Earth Observation Network (SAEON) – a long-term environmental monitoring facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF). Her primary directive as Team Lead is to improve South Africa’s open data products, atlas portals and visualization tools in order to facilitate effective data- and evidence-driven decision-making.
Dr. Davis-Reddy has a PhD from the University of Stellenbosch specializing in the fields of remote sensing, vegetation modeling and climate change. Her PhD research investigated the dynamics of vegetation phenology and productivity over Sub-Saharan Africa in response to climate variability and change and how this information can be used to strengthen the ability of Dynamic Global Vegetation Models (DGVMs) to predict vegetation change. Her PhD research provided input into the first African-based Earth System Model, the Variable-resolution Earth System Model (VRESM). Before joining SAEON, Dr. Davis-Reddy was a Senior Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research where her research contributed significantly to the understanding of climate change risks and impacts in Southern Africa.