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Department of Civil Engineering
Bikash Ranjan Parida
Assistant Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering,
School of Engineering
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Education Details
Ph.D. in Geosciences, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, University of Hamburg, Germany -2011
M.Sc. in Remote Sensing, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), The Netherlands -2006
B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad -2004

Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering , Shiv Nadar University (SNU) - Aug. 2012 to present.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute of the Environment, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA -Aug. 2011 to July 2012.
Research Associate, Geoinformatics center, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok,
Thailand -July 2006 to June 2007.
Research Associate, Water Resource Development & Management, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee -Jan 2006 to June 2006.

Research Interests
Application of remote sensing and GIS techniques for Biospeheric research.
Monitoring agricultural drought and other natural disasters.
Land-atmosphere interactions and climate change.

Select Publications
W. Buermann, B. R. Parida, M. Jung, G. M. MacDonald, C. J. Tucker and M. Reichstein (2012). Recent Shift in Eurasian Boreal Vegetation Growth Response Associated with Increasing Drought Stress. Nature Climate Change (to be submitted).

B. R. Parida and W. Buermann. Declining summer productivity of northern ecosystems in response to spring warming (In preparation).

D. S. Goll, V. Brovkin, B. R. Parida, C. H. Reick, J. Kattge, P. B. Reich, P. M. van Bodegom and U. Niinemets (2012). Nutrient limitation reduces land carbon uptake in simulations with a model of combined carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling. Biogeosciences, 9, 3547-3569, 2012.

N. R. Patel, B. R. Parida, V. Venus, S. K. Saha and V. K. Dadhwal (2011). Analysis of agricultural drought using vegetation temperature condition index (VTCI) from Terra/MODIS satellite data. Environment monitoring and assessment, Vol 184, Springer Netherlands.

B. R. Parida, W. B. Collado, R. Borah, M. K. Hazarika and L. Samarakoon (2008). Detecting Drought-Prone Areas of Rice Agriculture Using a MODIS-Derived Soil Moisture Index. GIScience & Remote Sensing, Vol 45(1), 109-129.

B. C. Wilfredo, A. L. Sonia, B. C. Cheryll, M. Magsud, B. R. Parida, M. K. Hazarika and L. Samarakoon (2008). Radarsat data and crop growth parameters for monitoring rice in the rainfed areas of Pangasinan and Nueva Ecija, Philippines. International Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, Vol 2(1), 15-28.

B. R. Parida, B. Oinam, N. R. Patel, N. Sharma, M. K. Hazarika and R. Kandawal (2008). Land Surface Temperature Variation in relation to Vegetation Types using MODIS Satellite Data in Gujarat state of India. International Journal of Remote Sensing,Vol. 29(14), 4219–4235.

B. R. Parida, B. Oinam (2008). Drought Monitoring In India and Philippines with Satellite Remote Sensing Measurements. EARSeL eProceedings, Vol. 7(1), 81-91.

Selected papers in conferences and proceedings
D. Kracher., C. H. Reick and B. R. Parida (2012). Source and sink strengths of terrestrial biosphere for CO2 and N2O under future climate. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 14, EGU2012-1096, Austria.

D. S. Goll, V. Brovkin, B. R. Parida, C. H. Reick, and V. Gayler (2010). Modelling the terrestrial phosphorus cycle in the framework of an Earth System Model (ESM). Goldschmidt 2010: Earth, Energy, and the Environment, June 2010, Knoxville, USA

B. R. Parida., C. Reick., J. Kattge and M. Claussen (2010). Coupled nitrogen - carbon cycle simulations for the 21st century with JSBACH-CN. Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System (TERRABITES), February 2010, Hamburg, Germany.

B. R. Parida., C. Reick., J. Kattge and M. Claussen (2009). Coupled nitrogen - carbon cycle simulations for the 21st century with JSBACH-CN. 8th International Carbon Dioxide Conference, September 2009, Jena, Germany.

B. R. Parida., C. Reick., J. Kattge and M. Claussen (2009). A Coupled terrestrial Nitrogen-Carbon Cycle Model. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 11, EGU2009-3758, Austria.

B. R. Parida., C. Reick., J. Kattge and M. Claussen (2008). A Coupled Nitrogen-Carbon Cycle Model. Marie Curie-iLEAPS - Feedbacks-Land-Climate Dynamics - Key Gaps, November 2008, Hyeres, France.

B. R. Parida, M. K. Hazarika and L. Samarakoon (2006). Application of Terra/MODIS satellite data for LST & NDVI relation in groundnut and cotton using crop profile. International Conference On Space Technology & Geo-Informatics, November 2006, Pattaya, Thailand. Online available:

M. Magsud, B. R. Parida, L. Samarakoonll, S. A. Asilo, C. B. Casiwan and W. B. Collado (2006). Rainfed Rice Area Mapping and Backscatter Analysis Using Multi-temporal RADARSAT-1 Images in Pangasinan and Nueva Ecija Provinces of Philippines. The 27th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing, October 2006, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Online available:

N. R. Patel, B. R. Parida., S. K Saha, V. Venus and V. K Dadhwal (2006). Perspectives of using Vegetation-Temperature Condition Index (VTCI) from MODIS for Agricultural Drought Monitoring. International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), International Symposium on "Geospatial Databases for Sustainable Development”, September 2006, Goa, India.

N. Sharma., B. R. Parida and B. Oinam (2006). Assessment of annual soil erosion rate of Brahmaputra Basin in India using remote sensing and GIS-A comparative analysis of empirical models. UNESCO-IHP-ISI workshop on “Sediment management in South and South East Asia”, April 2006, AIT Bangkok, Thailand.

Thesis Published
Parida, B. (2011). The influence of plant nitrogen availability on the global carbon cycle and N2O emissions. PhD Thesis, University of Hamburg, Hamburg.

Ph.D. thesis is about the cycling of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) in the terrestrial ecosystems. Their interactions are studied by incorporating a new scheme for the terrestrial N cycling in the process-based land C cycle model JSBACH. This research also involved nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from natural soils under climate change and climate-N2O feedback, N2O emissions that arise from both land use change and fertilized agricultural soils, and the role of long-lived wood products for climate change mitigation.

Parida, B. (2006). Analysing the effect of severity and duration of Agricultural drought on crop performance using Terra/MODIS satellite data and Meteorological data’. Msc Thesis, ITC, The Netherlands.

M.Sc. thesis is about the detecting agricultural drought using space-based meaurements and validating with the crop moisture index derived from historical meteorological data and crop statistics.

Project completed
Detection of Drought-Prone Areas Using Remote Sensing and Meteorological Approaches in Iloilo, Philippines – sponsored by JAXA, Japan.

National & International Recognition
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA (2011-2012).
Max Planck Society Fellowship (2007-11), for undergoing Ph.D. program by International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM), Germany.
ITC Fellowship (short-term), for undergoing M.Sc. program in Remote Sensing at ITC, The Netherlands.
Marquis Who's Who in the World, 2010 (27th Edition).

Executive Summary
Dr.rer.nat. Bikash Parida worked as a postdoc at the Institute of the Environment, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. His research focuses to identify the key mechanisms and processes through integrating remotely-sensed and surface-based observations that affect the large-scale vegetation growth under climate change. He studied remote sensing and GIS at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), The Netherlands, and obtained his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and the University of Hamburg. He worked as a research associate at the Geoinformatics Center, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, where he actively involved in teaching and research related to remote sensing and GIS. He was also recognized as a resource speaker on the ‘Training on the applications of geospatial technologies for disaster risk mitigation’ at PHIVOLCS (Philippines) and LAPAN (Indonesia).

He is interested in cross-cutting interdisciplinary research and teaching related to remote sensing, hydro-climatic change analysis, vegetation-atmosphere interactions, and food security.
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