Dr. Shibendu Shankar Ray


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.

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Work Experience

Director at MNCFC, New Delhi  March 2012 - Present

Head, Agro-Ecosystems Division, SAC, ISRO, Ahmedabad  July 2010 - March 2012

Scientist (SB to G), SAC, 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


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


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

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