Congratulate Mr. Dipankar Mandal for acceptance of his research proposal for the Shastri Research Student Fellowship (SRSF 2018-2019) awarded by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI).

He will be working as a Visiting Researcher for the upcoming months at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Carleton University, Canada with the project entitled- ” Estimation Of Crop Biophysical Parameters Using Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Remote Sensing Data”.

The proposed work aims at deriving a methodological framework for estimation of crop biophysical parameters simultaneously from PolSAR remote sensing data. The research work will be in a joint collaboration with Dr. Heather McNairn and Prof. Scott Mitchell and MRSLab, IITBombay.

A robust validation scheme with different test sites (proposed under JECAM SAR Inter-Comparison Experiment) will be carried out by joint collaborations. To transition from scientific applications to operational monitoring, the current methodology of model inversion will be investigated for various crop types so that it can be applied for a wider range of cropping systems and would support crop yield estimates promisingly.


Prof. Y. S. Rao (CSRE, IITBombay, INDIA)

Prof. Avik Bhattacharya (CSRE, IITBombay, INDIA)

Dr. Heather McNairn (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, CANADA)

Prof. Scott Mitchell (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, CANADA)



Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY)GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM)


Mr. Dipankar Mandal awarded the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute-SRSF Fellowship

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