Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


Anwar Sounny-Slitine

Instructor of Environmental Studies and GIS Lab Mgr


Areas of expertise
GIScience, Neogeography, Geomorphometry, LiDAR, Remote Sensing, Ecological Modeling, Hydrology, Water Resources, Sustainability Science, Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development

M. Anwar Sounny-Slitine is a geographer, civil engineer, and information technologist. Sounny-Slitine focuses his research and course offerings on the integration of physical and social sciences towards advancing sustainability. He is interested in how science can inform policy and applying what is learned in a GIS laboratory to the field.


GIS Instructor of Environmental Studies
Southwestern University
October 01, 2011 - present

Associate Director, GIScience Center
The University of Texas at Austin
April 01, 2009 - December 01, 2011

GIS Analyst
GDM International Services Inc.
January 01, 2004 - March 01, 2008

Environmental Research Assistant
Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS)
January 01, 2001 - January 01, 2008


Sounny-Slitine's research is aimed at understanding our world in order to develop better planning tools for conservation, sustainable development, and floodplain management. He has multiple research projects in progress investigating error propagation in species distribution models (SDM), developing geographic tools for renewable energy development, and applying geomorphometry to studying lateral connections between rivers and their floodplains.


Sounny-Slitine, M.A. (2012) Green Power. in Encyclopedia of Energy, Salem Press: Pasadena, CA.
Sounny-Slitine, M.A. and Bensalem, S. (2012) Energy Geography of Morocco. in Encyclopedia of Energy, Salem Press: Pasadena, CA.
Sounny-Slitine, M. A., Alexander, J., Twomey, K., O'Rourke, J., Hershaw, E., & Moorhead, S. (2011) Adaptation to Climate Change. Portal (6) LLILAS: Austin, TX.
Sounny-Slitine, M.A., et. al. (2011) Energy/Climate Change - Challenges and Opportunities. São Paulo: Secretaria do Meio Ambiente

Seminars & Presentations

2011    Paul F. Hudson, Matthew C. LaFevor, and Moulay Anwar Sounny-Slitine, "Land Degradation And Change In Floodplain Water Bodies Along The Lower Mississippi River In Response To Flood Control" International Geographical Union Regional Conference , Santiago, Chile 

2011    Parafina, Ben and Moulay Anwar Sounny-Slitine, "Southwestern University  Rooftop Solar Potential of Southwestern Univeristy: LiDAR application to Solar Mapping", Southwestern Devision of the Assocation of American Geographers (SWAAG), Austin, Texas 

2011    Moulay Anwar Sounny-Slitine, "Where is the Southwest: Neogeographic Applications to Vernacular Geography", Southwestern Devision of the Assocation of American Geographers (SWAAG), Austin, Texas 

2011    Moulay Anwar Sounny-Slitine, "Solar Power Potential on the University of Texas Campus", 2nd Annual UT Campus Sustainability Symposium, the President's Sustainability Steering Committee, The University of Texas at Austin

2011    Moulay Anwar Sounny-Slitine, "Are solar photovoltaic panels enough? Applications of LiDAR to Renewable energy study for Austin, Texas"  Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability Symposium, Center for Sustainable Development, School of Architechture, The University of Texas at Austin

2011    Paul F. Hudson and Moulay Anwar Sounny-Slitine, "Complex Inundation along the Lower Mississippi River", International Conference on the Status and Future of the World's Large Rivers, Hydrology & Hydraulics, Vienna, Austria

2010    Moulay Anwar Sounny-Slitine, Maraigh B. Leitch, and Paul F. Hudson,  "Avulsions of Texas Coastal Rivers: LiDAR Application in Geomorphology",  Texas GIS Forum, Elevation Modeling, co-authored with Maraigh B. Lietch and Paul F. Hudson,  Austin, Texas

2010    Moulay Anwar Sounny-Slitine, "Carbon Outsourcing: How non-uniform regulations of carbon dioxide will result in eco-colonialism",  Emerging Trends in Globalization and Environment, 33rd Annual Conference of the Society of Educators and Scholars, San Antonio, Texas

2004    Thomas Brown  and Moulay Anwar Sounny-Slitine,  "TXDAPA: Geo-Referencing Historical Aerial Photography of Texas", ESRI User Conference, San Diego, California

Specific subjects or issues you can knowledgeably discuss:

I am willing to talk to the media: yes

I am willing to talk to community groups about my area of expertise: yes

Can you do interviews in Spanish? no

Other languages you are fluent in:

Experience with the news media (especially electronic media):

Contact Details:
(512) 863-1646(office)
Office: Mood-Bridwell 121