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Jawaharlal Nehru University
School of Environmental Sciences (SES)

Research Interests



P K Joshi (Dr Joshi) is Professor and Head Department of Natural Resources at TERI University, New Delhi. He is trained originally as an environmentalist, and then as an ecologist, developed skills in remote sensing and GIS. Prior to joining TERI University, Dr Joshi spent a decade with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) posted at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun. During this, he was also adjunct faculty to Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asian and the pacific (CSSTEAP), an UN affiliated institution. He was visiting faculty to Department of Geography, University of Helsinki, Finland (Spring 2009), Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (YSF&ES), New Haven (Spring 2011) and University of Freiburg, Germany (2011/12).

His research focuses on applications of RS&GIS for vegetation analysis including landscape and biodiversity characterization and climate change studies. He has immensely contributed in ISRO-GBP, TREES I/II, DOS-DBT, ISRO/NRR, ESPA-SSA and similar programs. His recent interests are ecosystem dynamics in climate change scenarios, assessment of AR-CDM, REDD plus, renewable energy and application of RS& GIS in frontier areas.

His research contributions have been recognized by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and National Academy of Sciences India (NASI) through the award of their highly prestigious Young Scientist Medal in 2006 and 2009 respectively and many others. He has consistently published in peer reviewed journals, written monographs/books and is regularly invited to attend conferences in related fields. He is on the Editorial Board of various Journals.

He has experience of successful supervision and evaluation of graduate research students at PhD and masters levels worldwide. At the TERI University, he teaches courses in Geoinformatics (RS&GIS) and Landscape ecology at the masters’ and PhD levels.