CREST-SAFE snow Field Experiment Real-time data

The data from CREST-Snow Analysis and Field Experiment (CREST-SAFE) is available online and can be accessed through  The CREST-Snow Analysis and Field Experiment (CREST-SAFE) is being carried out every winter seasons from 2010. The field experiment site is located at 46°52'00.9N and 68°00'47.9W on the premises of Caribou Municipal Airport and National Weather Service office at Caribou, ME. Caribou with a humid continental climate, offers the ideal conditions for snow studies, the normal seasonal snowfall for Caribou is approximately 116 inches (2.9 m). The record snowfall for Caribou is 197.8 inches (5.02 m) set in the winter of 2007-2008. Field observation data include synoptic/meteorological parameters, radiation fluxes and measured microwave emission (brightness temperature) at 10, 19, 37 and 89 GHz, vertical and horizontal polarization. In addition to dual polarized microwave radiometers, the field experiment site equipped with Gamma radiation sensor (to measure Snow Water Equivalent), CIMEL Sunphotometer, ultrasonic snow depth sensor, Infrared Thermometer (for Snow skin temperature), Net Radiation Sensors, Humidity, Temperature, snow temperature profiler (measures temperature at every 5 cm of snow layer), snow grain size, density, and network camera for real time remote monitoring of the site.


Relief Help to Nepal Earthquake Victims in Villages
April 30, 2015

The powerful earthquake shook the Nepal and my research sites located in Dhading and Syngja districts.  Rural farming villages have been some of the most damaged areas in Nepal with recovery expected to take years following Saturday's magnitude-7.9 earthquake. As the search intensified for those in remote villages that are out of the reach of rescue teams. I took initiative with my friends and families to raise the fund in USA and purchased the relief material India (Kanpur).  We planned to direct our help to the people in villages that hosted our weather station and research demonstration site in Dhading district. Also, we targeted neighboring Gorkha district which is close to epicenter and has larger destruction.  As most of relief support material received in Kathmandu and moved slowly to remote villages, we enrooted our relief material through India/Nepal Sunauli border, which was easy to reach these areas.  Our local project team members collected the material at Border and distributed those in above mentioned villages.
Media coverage (1) CUNY magazine : CUNY Matters, (2) Colorado State University news.

International Conference on Climate Change Innovation and Resilience For Sustainable Livelihood,
Jan 12-14, 2015

I will be chairing technical committee for International Conference on Climate Change Innovation and Resilience For Sustainable Livelihood. The conference will focus on innovative approaches from the physical and social sciences to support economic development in mountain and lowland South Asia, which faces serious climate hazards along with food, water, and soil management and environmental justice challenges. The conference will stress innovative applications of scientific and technical research to promote rural enterprise and broad-based improvements in health, nutrition, and living standards under the four themes of the conference; Climate Change, Water Resource Management, Agriculture and Livestock, and Gender and Livelihood.

Presenting seminar on satellite remote sensing at AITM Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Tarendra Lakhankar, a Research Scientist at NOAA-CREST Center at the City University of New York delivered a seminar at AITM on December 2, 2013. The title of the seminar was “Satellite Remote Sensing Application in Hydrological Monitoring and Modeling”. Read More >>>>

Study helps pastoralists prepare for hazardous events

Remote-sensing technologies, which use satellites to collect spatial data, may provide a more all-encompassing and accessible alternative, as it is not limited by geographical constraints like on-site monitoring stations. Read More >>>
Conduct consultative meetings and trainings in Nepal

I along with my two colleague Dr. Ajay Jha, Dr. Nir Krakauer visited Kathmandu, Nepal to conduct consultative meetings with stakeholders (national and district level offices, local NGOs and other USAID implementers) about mitigating, adapting, and building economic opportunities around livestock issues due to climate change. While they were there, they also met with potential partners for a conference this January and trained young researchers on remote sensing applications.
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Tarendra Lakhankar

Tarendra Lakhankar is working as Project Scientist at NOAA-Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center in The City University of New York's City College. I am developing and managing research based projects that integrates water resources and environmental engineering with satellite based remote sensing. Real More >>>>
Tarendra Lakhankar, PhD, PE.
NOAA-Cooperative Remote Sensing Science
& Technology (CREST) Center

The City College of the New York
ST-185, Steinman Hall
160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031
Email: tlakhankar (at)
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