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Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre, New Delhi
An Attached Office under Dept. of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India
S S Ray

Dr Shibendu S. Ray

Director

Personal Profile

Worked for more than 20 years in the Space Applications Centre (ISRO) on Remote Sensing Applications in Agriculture. Currently, as the Director of the Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC), Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, since its inception, leading a team of scientists and researchers for operational national level agricultural programmes on Crop Forecasting (FASAL), Drought Assessment (NADAMS), Horticulture Inventory & Development (NADAMS), Crop Insurance (KISAN), Rice-Fallow Area Characterisation, etc. .

Work Experience

Director at MNCFC, New Delhi

March 2012 - Present

Head, Agro-Ecosystems Division, Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad

July 2010 - March 2012

Scientist (SB to G), Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad

December 1991 - March 2012

Key Skills

Institution Building

National Level Project Management

Development of Collaborations and partnerships

Capacity Building

Applications of Remote Sensing & GIS

Crop Acreage and Production Estimation, Drought Assessment, Irrigation Management, Horticultural Assessment and Development, Cropping System Analysis, Precision Farming, Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture, Crop Insurance, Crop Cutting Experiment Planning, Hyperspectral Remote Sensing

Education

Indian Agricultural Reasearch Institute, New Delhi

Agricultural Physics - Ph.D., 1993

Indian Agricultural Reasearch Institute, New Delhi

Agricultural Physics - M.Sc., 1989

Odisha University of Agriculture & Technolgy, Bhubaneswar

Agricultural Physics - B.Sc., 1986

Publications

Total Publications: 163

Journals: 60; Book Editing: 3, Book Chapter: 7, Symposium Proceedings: 31; Popular Articles: 9; Technical Reports: 53 Total Citations: 951; h Index – 17, i10 Index -28

Total Citations: 951; h Index – 17, i10 Index -28

Awards & Achievements

National Geomatics Award

2015, Indian Society of Geomatics

Satish Dhavan Award

2014, Indian Society of Remote Sensing.

ISRO Merit Award

2014 Indian Space Research Organization

ISRO Team Award

2007, Indian Space Research Organisation

Prof. P. R. Pisharoty Memorial Award

2006, Indian Society of Remote Sensing.

Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award for Space Applications

2006, Physical Research Laboratory, ISRO

Chair, ISPRS Working Group VIII/6 on Agriculture, Ecosystem and Bio-diversity

2008-2012, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing