S2 Indian Space History Memory Monologues – Dr V K Dadhwal

Dr V K Dadhwal is known for his contribution to the development of remote sensing applications in agriculture, including crop forecasting and irrigation management.

Dr V K Dadhwal is known for his contribution to the development of remote sensing applications in agriculture, including crop forecasting and irrigation management. Dadhwal also served as the Director, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad, Dean, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, a unit under Department of Space and Director of Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram.

He was associated with major achievements at NRSC in the area of earth observation applications including National Geospatial Portal BHUVAN, National Database for Emergency Management (NDEM), National Information System for Climate and Environmental Studies (NICES), Space-based Inputs for Sustainable Development & Planning (SISDP), Water Resource Information System (WRIS), Disaster Management Support Program, etc and in satellite data, acquisition and processing including realization of IMGEOS and ground station at Antarctica. He was responsible for strengthening field based and quantitative application and EDUSAT based certificate program in field of remote sensing. His scientific contributions include as Project Director, National Carbon Project (NCP, 2007-2016) in biogeochemistry of Carbon and in as diverse EO applications areas as agriculture, crop simulation models, forestry, geo-hazards, geo-informatics, hydrology, land cover/ land use, land surface processes, meteorology and oceanography and has more than 270 peer reviewed papers as a co-author. His early studies on crop discrimination, mapping, crop yield modelling was major contributor ISRO program on agriculture forecasting (1986-2004) and to final acceptance and establishment of a national centre by Ministry of Agriculture in 2012. He has co-guided 10 PhD students.

He has extensive international cooperation experience, as member/leader of Indian delegation to UN Committee of Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), Vienna (2013, 2014, 2015), to Science & Technology sub-committee of UNCOPUOS, Vienna (2013-2015) and was Chair of UN COPUOS S&T subcommittee in 2016. He has been member/co-chair of Indian delegation in international cooperation meetings with US, Japan, ESA and China.

His scientific program management experience includes Co-Chair, National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) of DST (2011-2016), Governing Body/Council of Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS, 2011-2016) and many State Remote Sensing Centre as well as in Scientific/Research Advisory Committees of National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL), Gadanki, National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), Cuttack, 2014-2017, Space Physics Laboratory(SPL), VSSC, etc. He also served as ISRO representative to the Board of Antrix Corporation.

This is a project by Spaceport SARABHAI (S2) to capture anecdotes of people who have contributed to the development of India’s space program. S2 is India’s 1st dedicated Space think tank that aspires to be global, collaborative, and inclusive. More about S2 – http://www.spaceportsarabhai.org/

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