Tarendra Lakhankar, PhD
NOAA-Cooperative Remote Sensing Science & Technology (CREST) Center
The City College of the City University of New York 
ST-185, Steinman Hall, 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031
Email: tlakhankar (at) ccny.cuny.edu
Office: 212-650-5815  Fax: 212 650 8097

My current work at NOAA-CREST Center is developing and managing research based projects that integrates water resources and environmental engineering with satellite based remote sensing. The research activities are focused on utilization of satellite data, Geographical Information System, and information technologies to study the impact of climate change and variability on water resource availability and hydrologic responses of both urban and natural watersheds, land use / land cover monitoring, environmental monitoring and assessment, and their sustainable development.  I am principal investigator of CREST-SAFE, snow research experiment that designed to develop/improve snow retrieval algorithm using remote sensing data to support NOAA/NASA missions, located at Caribou ME.  The experimental site measures several remote sensing and meteorological parameters using instruments: microwave radiometers, infrared and thermal radiometers, pyranometer, anemometer, soil moisture probes, snow pillows, gauges etc. Co-Investigator for soil moisture (CREST-SMART) field experiments at Millbrook NY, is being carried out to support NASA’s Soil Moisture Active and Passive (SMAP) Mission in developing and improving algorithm in soil moisture estimation. The objectives of these projects to develop satellite based system for monitoring impact on sustainable environmental development through soil moisture, snow, vegetation and precipitation.

Being in the research and acedemic industry, my primary teaching interests are in the areas of core of civil engineering, water resources and environmental engineering.   I am interested in teaching courses in remote sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications for hydrology, agriculture, and water resources.  I believe that integrating GIS concepts into civil engineering education is very important not only to meet the urgent needs of GIS professionals in engineering, but also to teach students relevant skills in spatial analysis, reasoning, and data processing.  I am also interested in teaching courses in advanced computational and statistical applications which will enable graduating students to easily transition to the workplace.  As an instructor during my PhD I successfully developed and taught courses in Geographical Information System (GIS), and Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering at the City College of New York......

I am an active member of multiple international professional organizations and have also been selected as chair and co-chair in International Conferences. I am also serve as a reviewer for several journals including: (1) African Journal of Agricultural Research, (2) African Journal of Business Management, (3) Computers and Geosciences, (4) IEEE Transaction on Geosciences and Remote Sensing, (5) International Journal of Digital Earth, (6) International Journal of Remote Sensing, (7) International Journal of Water, (8) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS), (9) Journal of Applied Geography, (10) Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheric, (11) Journal of the American Water Resources Association, (12) Journal of Flood Engineering, (13) Journal of Mountain Science, (14) Remote Sensing (MDPI), (15) Scientia Agricola, (16) Scientific Research and Essays, (17) Vadose Zone, (18) World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development journal (WRSTSD), and (19) Water Resources Research (AGU).