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GIS and Remote Sensing

It is well known that earth systems and its natural resources are facing serious survival problems due to various threats at different scales. Most of the systems are lost, or is in the process of loosing its structural and functional ability to provide goods and services to the society. This is questioning the stability of the earth by upsetting the climatic balance, radiation equilibrium and biogeochemical cycles. The process modeling of this cause-response relationship requires high technological inputs. Analysis with conventional tools has found practical limitation in the model development and this has accelerated the scientific community to evolve new techniques for characterization of resources. Geoinformatics which has evolved in the last few decades has overwhelmed most of the other techniques as its ability for a wide range of environmental applications.

Current Projects

1) Assessing the land cover changes in the mixed dry deciduous forest of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Western Ghats
2) Monitoring the conservation effectiveness of Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary using remote sensing and GIS
3) Land use/ Land cover change assessment in Kerala – Implications in land management practices

Future Research Directions and Upcoming Projects

Spatio-Temporal Patterns of Agricultural Crop Cover Changes in India Using Multi-resolution Satellite and In-situ Data (submitted to NASA in collaboration with Boston University)

Collaborating Institutes

1) Mahatma Gandhi University (School of Environmental Sciences), Kerala, India
2) Lancaster University (Lancaster Environment Centre), Lancaster, United Kingdom
3) Boston University (Department of Geography), Boston, USA
4) International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (Department of Natural Resources), Enschede, The Netherlands
5) University of Southampton (School of Geography), Southampton, United Kingdom
6) National Remote Sensing Centre (Forestry and Ecology Division), Indian Space Research Organization, Hyderabad, India

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