Volume 2: Handbook of Spatio-Temporal Monitoring of Water Resources and Climate is aimed to describe the current state of knowledge and developments of geospatial technologies (Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems) for assessing and managing water resources under climate change. It is a collective achievement of renowned researchers and academicians working in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) mountain range. The HKH region is a part of the Third Pole outside the polar regions due to its largest permanent snow cover. Importantly, the Himalayan belt is geologically fragile and vulnerable to geohazards (e.g. landslides, land subsidence, rockfalls, debris flow, avalanches, and earthquakes). Therefore, critical assessment and geospatial solutions are indispensable to safeguard the natural resources and human beings in the Himalayas using space-borne satellite datasets. This book also showcases various remote sensing techniques and algorithms in the field of urban sprawling, urban microclimate and air pollution. The potential impacts of climate change on the cryosphere and water resources are also highlighted. This comprehensive Handbook is highly interdisciplinary and explains the role of geospatial technologies in studying the water resources of the Himalayas considering climate change.
- Introduction to Himalaya
Section 1: Geospatial Approaches for Monitoring Cryosphere and Hydro- Climatic Disasters
- Monitoring Spatio-Temporal Glacier Dynamics and Snow Cover Variability Focused on Runoff Variability Among Major Glaciers in Zanskar Valley, Ladakh, India
- Glacier Velocity Estimation Over Select Large Glaciers in Himalaya
- Monitoring Spatio-Temporal Patterns of Glacial Lakes in Sikkim Himalayas Using Satellite Data and Nonparametric Statistical Testing Techniques
- Monitoring Flooding Inundation Using SAR Data: A Case Study on Brahamputra River Basin
- Modelling Floodwater Depth Using GIS-Based Spatial Statistical Technique: A Case Study on Gandak River Basin
- Identification of Flood Hotspot Zone Using GIS-Based Spatial Statistical Technique: A Case Study on Kosi River Basin
Section 2: Geospatial Approaches for Monitoring Water Resources and Climate Change
- Climate Change Impact on Hydrological Extremes of Himalayan River Basin in Hindu-Kush Himalayan Region
- Climate Change Projections Using CMIP6 Gcms in Himalayan River Basin: A Case Study in Koshi River Basin, Nepal
- Impact of Structural Barriers on the Morphology and Ecology of the Himalayan Rivers
- Modeling the Potential Impact of Land Use and Land Cover Change on the Hydrology of Himalayan River Basin: A Case Study of Manipur River, India
- The Application of Remote Sensing for Water Resources Management in Data-Scarce Watersheds in the Hindukush-Himalaya Region: A Case of Kabul River Basin
- Management Issues of Wetlands in Himalayan Foothills: A Case Study of Baigul Wetland
Section 3: Geospatial Approaches for Monitoring Urban Ecosystem
- Urban Sprawl and Future Growth Projection Vis A Vis Groundwater Resource Availability in Hill Township of Shillong, India
- Effect of Lockdown on Aerosol Optical Depth and NO2 Over Major Cities of Indian Himalayan Region
- Study on Spatial Distribution, Temporal Variation and Growth Trends of Particulate Matter, Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Oxides and Ammonia from Anthropogenic Sources Over India
- Spatial Distribution of Particulate Organic Carbon Over India and Prediction of its Deposition in the Himalayas Through GIS-WRF-Camx Modeling System
Bikash Ranjan Parida is an assistant professor at the Central University of Jharkhand (CUJ), India since September 2016. He received his M.Sc. in Geoinformatics (2006) from the University of Twente and his PhD from the University of Hamburg/ Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (2011). Prior to joining CUJ, he was employed by various premium institutes involved in Earth and Environmental studies He has contributed to several national research projects such as Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Start-Up Research Grant by UGC, NISAR project by SAC, Ahmedabad, ISRO. He has more than 40 research publications in peer-reviewed journals.
A.C. Pandey is a professor in the Department of Geoinformatics at the Central University of Jharkhand (CUJ), India. He is the former Head of the Department of Geoinformatics (2013-2020) and the former Dean of the School of Natural Resource Management (2013-2016) at CUJ. He has been the CUJ Coordinator for ISRO and EDUSAT programs since 2013. From 2004-2013 he was an associate professor of Remote Sensing at the Birla Institute of Technology. He received his PhD degree in Geology from the Department of Geology at the University of Delhi in 2001. He has published more than 70 articles and two edited books. He is the recipient of a NASA-SERVIR Fellowship in 2013 to work on Himalayan glaciers in Zanskar Valley, J&K.
Mukunda Dev Behera has made outstanding contributions to the fields of forest remote sensing and ecological climatology. His research innovations have fundamentally transformed the study of phytogeography, with attention to the ecological functioning of three ecosystem components, plant diversity-water-energy. Dr Behera has been a Guest Editor for six special issues and has served on three editorial boards of Springer's journals: Biodiversity and Conservation, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, and Tropical Ecology. With over 20-year research and teaching experience, he has published over 100 articles.
Navneet Kumar is a senior researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn in Germany. He received his PhD in Engineering from the University of Bonn. His main research fields are water and natural resources management and Geoinformatics. Dr Kumar has contributed to several projects in Algeria, Ethiopia, India, Mali, Niger and Uzbekistan. These projects include research on the impact assessment of climate change and land use change. He has presented his work at several international conferences and has published in several journals.