Mukunda Dev Behera

Mukunda Dev Behera Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

Dr. Mukunda Dev Behera is an Associate Professor of Ecological Remote Sensing at the Centre for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land Sciences (CORAL) in Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. With a PhD in Botany from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (ISRO) (GK University, Hardwar) and MS degree in Advanced Geo-information from University of Paris VI (France), Dr. Behera has been working in ecosystem ecology and climate, biodiversity, forest biomass and carbon sequestration, land/ vegetation cover dynamics studies using Geoinformation and modelling techniques.
Dr. Behera has been an active member of an Indian national team on ‘Biodiversity characterization at landscape level using remote sensing and GIS’ and was very active in bringing out the maiden forest vegetation type map of India using satellite data at 1:50K scale that has been validated with >15,000 ground data points. During this study, he has provided validation protocols to several landscape ecological parameters such as fragmentation, juxtaposition and biological richness index. He has analysed the (i) plant diversity along India`s latitudinal and longitudinal gradients and brought out the maiden pattern, (ii) plant dispersal pattern across India using species commonality as an index, (iii) forest resilience pattern in India with respect to trees, shrubs and grasslands in lieu of climate change and disturbance, (iv) ‘Plant diversity and environmental heterogeneity’ hypothesis evaluation for India, (v) transformation of vegetation type-wise field sampling sufficiency on to a grid scale. He has published more than 50-peer reviewed articles in scientific journals and guest edited issues of ‘Biodiversity and Conservation’ and ‘Current Science’ journal.

Geostatistics & Remote Sensing

  • 23 November 2016
  • Ralph W Cummings Auditorium
  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am