Dr. Rifaat Abdalla has been an associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, since 2017. He specializes in geoinformatics, with a focus on WebGIS applications and remote sensing modeling. For the previous five years, he had been at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah. He has also worked in the oil industry in Qatar and the UK, and has held teaching posts at York University and Ryerson University, Canada. Dr. Abdalla has GIS Professional (GISP) and Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) certifications from Ontario, Canada. His research interests include hydrography and marine applications for GIS; modeling and simulation; mobile handheld GIS visualization; and disaster management and emergency response mapping. Dr. Abdalla is a recipient of several prestigious international awards, including the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) PE&RS Best Scientific Paper by ESRI.