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Department of Geography
150 Sierra Hall
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8249

Hours: M-F (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m)
Phone: (818) 677-3532
Fax: (818) 677-2723



Dr. Mario Giraldo Ph.D.


Mario A. Giraldo

Contact Information

  • Dr. Mario A. Giraldo
  • Assistant Professor of Geography
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  • Email: Mario.giraldo@csun.edu
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  • Ph.D., August 2007, University of Georgia, Geography Department.

    M.Sc., July 2003, University of Georgia, Geography Department.

    GIS Certificate, July 2005, University of Georgia Geographic information science (GIScience).

    B.Sc. (honors), July 1996, Agriculture Engineer Caldas State University (Colombia).

Courses Taught

  • Geog 101, World Regional Geography
  • Geog 102, Physical Geography
  • Geog 103, Weather and Climate

Selected Publications and Presentations

Giraldo, M.A., 2012. Land-use and land-cover assessment for the study of lifestyle change in a rural Mexican community: The Maycoba Project. International Journal of Health Geographics 11:27-36

Giraldo, M.A., 2012. Spatial heterogeneity of the rural Andes and its effects in monitoring water related processes at the regional level. Journal of Applied Geography (34)239-403

Finn, M., Lewis, D., Bosch, D.D., Giraldo, M.A. et al. 2011. Remote sensing of soil moisture using airborne hyperspectral data. Journal GIS science and Remote sensing 48(4):522-540

Giraldo, M.A., and Gale, S. 2011. Ground penetrating radar (GPR) analysis of soil moisture within different landuses in south Georgia. Proceedings of the Georgia Water Resource Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga, April 27-29 p.11-13, 2011.

Giraldo, M.A., Grundstein, A., and Bosch, D. 2009.Testing FAAST a mono-dimensional hydrological model for soil moisture studies at the little river watershed, Tifton Georgia. Proceedings of the Georgia Water Resource Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga, April 27-29, 2009.

Giraldo, M.A., Bosch, D., Madden, M., Usery, L. and Finn, M. 2009. Ground and surface temperature variability for remote sensing of soil moisture in a heterogeneous landscape. Journal of hydrology 368:214-223

Giraldo, M.A., Madden, M., Grunstein, A. and Bosch, D. 2009. Land use/Land cover and soil type covariation in a heterogeneous landscape for soil moisture studies using point data. Journal of GIS science and Remote Sensing, 46:1-24

Research and Interests

Landscape fragmentation and hydrological processes, water cycle in suburban forest, soil moisture, Remote sensing-GIS applications to hydrology.