Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Sonam Futi Sherpa

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environment and Society
Research Interests Remote sensing, Hydrology, Machine learning


Dr. Sonam Futi Sherpa is a 2023 recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) Postdoctoral Fellowship. At Brown, Sonam is working with Professor Laurence C. Smith and using SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) satellite mission to observe water and proglacial environment.

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Disappearing cities on US coasts

This new research article, co-authored by IBES Postdoc Sonam Sherpa, disucsses how sinking land increases risk for thousands of coastal residents by 2050.
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Meet the Postdocs: Sonam Futi Sherpa

Meet Dr. Sonam Futi Sherpa, a new postdoctoral researcher in IBES! Sherpa is working with Professor Laurence C. Smith's Northern Change Research Laboratory, using a NASA SWOT satellite mission to observe water and the proglacial environment. Read this Q&A (edited for length and clarity) to learn more about Sherpa's work and what she looks forward to doing at Brown.
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