Adjunct Associate Professor
My research primarily focuses on using remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for physical and spatial environmental geography studies. More recently, I am focusing on the use of remote sensing and spatial analysis to examine land use/land cover, human ecosystem interactions and air pollution episodes over the continental US and South/Southeast Asia. My expertise is also on fire ecology and biogeochemistry studies. Formerly, I worked as a Research Scientist (2005-2009) and Postdoctoral researcher (2001-2004) at the Agroecosystem management Program, The Ohio State University. Specifically, I worked on agriculture, soils and ecosystem health projects involving remote sensing and GIS components at the OSU. Prior to coming to the US (2001), I gained my PhD (1997-2000) in remote sensing topic while working at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC), India. My Ph.D focused on characterizing biodiversity and forest cover dynamics in tropical forests using remote sensing techniques and ecosystem modeling under the guidance of dual supervisors, one Physicist (Remote sensing aspects) and another forest ecologist. In the US, I served as a PI and Co-I on diverse projects funded by NASA, USFS and USDA, all involving remote sensing component. My research had been highly interdisciplinary and the publications are in carbon science, biomass burning/greenhouse gas emissions, agroecosystem studies, water resources, land-atmospheric interactions, biodiversity studies, spatial statistics, multi-criteria algorithms and ecosystem sustainability. I am married to Anuradha Vadrevu and have two kids who keep us busy.
As of July 2016, I joined civil service job at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), as Earth Science Remote Sensing Scientist, Earth Science Office, Huntsville, Alabama. I am continuing as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland College Park, US.
- Remote Sensing and GIS applications
- Satellite Remote Sensing of Fires
- Biogeochemical Cycling
- Land Cover/Land Use Changes
- Land Atmosphere Interactions
- Biodiversity and Ecology
- Agroecosystems and Sustainability
- PhD Remote Sensing with Botany - Thesis focus: "Biodiversity Characterization using Remote Sensing Techniques" while working at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and degree awarded by the Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.
- Krishna Prasad Vadrevu and Kristofer Lasko. 2014. Satellite derived Nitrogen Dioxide variations from biomass burning in a sub-tropical evergreen forest of Northeastern India. Remote Sensing Handbook.Thenkabail Prasad (Ed.). Volume III: Water Resources, Disasters, and Urban Monitoring, Modeling, and Mapping. CRC Press.
- Krishna Prasad Vadrevu., and Chris Justice. 2011.Vegetation Fires in the Asian Region – Satellite Observational Needs and Priorities. Invited article by the Ministry of Environment, Japan for special issue on "Biomass burning and its impacts on Earth's environment." Global Environmental Research. (15)45-52.
|International||Coordinator - NASA Land Cover/Land Use Change (LC/LUC) Program|
|International||GOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation Team Member|
|International||Editorial Board:Arid Land Research and Management(Taylor and Francis)|
|International||Academic Editor: PLOS ONE journal|
|International||NASA Land Cover Land Use Change South/Southeast Asia Research Initiative (SARI) Program Scientist|
|International||Editorial Board: "Remote Sensing" Journal|
|International||Associate Editor: Environmental Informatics - Frontiers|
|International||Editorial Board Member: Scientific Reports Journal (Nature Publishing)|
|International||Editorial Board Member: Remote Sensing Book Series - Springer Verlag|
Department of Geographical Sciences