Dr Raj Kumar with more than 30 years of experience is presently leading activities related to understanding Earth System, processes and interactions using earth observation data, and its applications towards societal benefits as well as studies in Planetary sciences. He has primarily carried out research towards the effective utilization of space technology for the studies of ocean, atmosphere and climate for societal benefits. The main focus of his research has been on Satellite data applications for the ocean state predictions with data assimilative numerical models and algorithm development. He has more than 90 publications in peer reviewed Journals of International repute and leading many young researchers towards their Ph.D. He is recipient of P R Pisharoty Memorial Award, Hari OM Ashram Prerit Dr Vikram Sarabhai Award and ISRO’ Team Excellence Award.
Abstract of Speech
A state of the art Synthetic Aperture Radar, NISAR, jointly being developed by ISRO and NASA, will be ready for launch in 2021 end by India. This unique mission has been conceptualized to provide L and S band space-borne SAR data freely to global community with both high resolution and larger swath having full-polarimetric capability and high repeat cycle, as well as 12 days Interferometric modes of operation for various science studies and number of applications. Huge amount of data collected by NISAR mission will address the critical issues of forest biomass estimation and monitoring of carbon fluxes; surface deformations; icesheet monitoring, dynamics of snow, shoreline change; coastal and ocean parameters; geological mapping and sub-surface feature detection, disaster management related studies involving global as well as Indian scientific community. For effective utilization of the data, various software and algorithms will be developed and it will also enhance the knowledge base with polarimetric SAR data analysis in Indian research community. Towards development of the spaceborne system, Space Applications Centre, ISRO has also developed an airborne L & S band SAR which has started collecting the data over various Indian sites, identified by researchers across the country, covering different scientific themes.