Cheila Avalon Cullen

Cheila Avalon Cullen
Assistant Professor-Bronx Community College,The Graduate Center

Dr. Avalon Cullen is a Physical Scientist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Earth, and Environmental Sciences at the City University of New York (CUNY). At the Group of Earth Observations (GEO), she serves as a Co-Chair of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Working Group 3 that investigates links between climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and the implementation of satellite observations to support disaster risk reduction and resilience efforts around the world. Currently, she is also a member of the Technical Working Groups advising the 2023 New York State Climate Impacts Assessment: Understanding and Preparing for Our Changing Climate.

NOAA Mission Aligned Research Interests:

  • Weather-Ready Nation

Honors, Awards, and Grants:

  • Technical Working Group Member | New York State 2023 Climate Assessment 
  • Technical Assistant Member | United Nations Risk Assessment Framework 
  • Co-Chair Disaster Risk Reduction WG 3 | Group on Earth Observations (GEO)


  1. C. Cullen, Rafea Al Suhili, and Edier Aristizabal, (2021). A Landslide Numerical Factor Derived from CHIRPS for Shallow Rainfall Triggered Landslides in Tropical Settings. Remote Sensing. 2021 – under review
  2. C. Cullen, and Rafea Al Suhili (2021). CHIRPS Derived Rainfall Intensity Thresholds for Landslide Initiation in Colombia. – In writing
  3. C. Cullen, and Rafea Al Suhili (2021). Using Sentinel Data to Minimize Landslide Inventory uncertainties – In writing
  4. Luis Alfredo Martinez, Edier Aristizabal, and C. Cullen (2021). Determining Rainfall Thresholds from Rain Gauges and Satellite Data – In writing
  5. Natalia Pino Serna, Edier Aristizabal, and C. Cullen (2021). Complementing Landslide inventories with Google Earth Engine imagery – In writing
  6. Rafea Al Suhili, C. Cullen, and Reza Khanbilvardi, (2019). An Urban Flooding Alert Tool for Megacities - Application for Manhattan Borough, New York City, U.S.A. Hydrology 2019, 6(2), 56; https://doi.org/10.3390/hydrology6020056
  7. Katherine Hess, C. Cullen, Jeanette Cobian-Iñiguez, Victor Lenske, Jacob S. Ramthun, Dawn R. Magness, John D. Bolten, Adrianna C. Foster, and Joseph Spruce. Satellite-Based Assessment of Grassland Conversion and Related Fire Disturbance in the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Remote Sens. 2019, 11(3), 283; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11030283
  8. Cullen CA, Kashuk S, Suhili R, Khanbilvardi R, Temimi M (2016) A Multistage Technique to Minimize Overestimations of Slope Susceptibility at Large Spatial Scales. J Remote Sensing & GIS 5: 159. doi:10.4172/2469-4134.1000159
  9. Cullen, CA. Al-Suhili, R. & Khanbilvardi, R., 2016. Guidance Index for Shallow Landslide Hazard Analysis. Remote Sensing, 8(10), p.866.

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