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.
Areas of Interest
- 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
Degree TypePhDDegree DetailsRemote 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.
My expertise is in Remote Sensing and GIS related research and applications. My research philosophy is to: a). Understand human-earth interactions relating to vegetation, biogeochemical cycling of nutrients, land use/cover changes and greenhouse gas emissions using ground based information as well as Remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS); b).Consider natural resource problems as part of a complex process-response system involving human interactions; implement studies that compare processes over a range of spatial scales by synthesizing data such as land use changes, vegetation, soils, hydrology, demography and socio economic data; c). Establish and teach methodological approaches often using Remote sensing and GIS, biophysical methods in spatial geography, climatology, and ecology for addressing coupled human-earth interactions.
InternationalCoordinator - NASA Land Cover/Land Use Change (LC/LUC) Program
InternationalGOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation Team Member
InternationalEditorial Board:Arid Land Research and Management(Taylor and Francis)
InternationalAcademic Editor: PLOS ONE journal
InternationalNASA Land Cover Land Use Change South/Southeast Asia Research Initiative (SARI) Program Scientist
InternationalEditorial Board: "Remote Sensing" Journal
InternationalAssociate Editor: Environmental Informatics - Frontiers
InternationalEditorial Board Member: Scientific Reports Journal (Nature Publishing)
InternationalEditorial Board Member: Remote Sensing Book Series - Springer Verlag
InternationalEditorial Board Member: Environmental Research Communications - Institute of Physics (IOP)