Ram Nagesh Prasad and Padmini Pani, India


I am Ram Nagesh Prasad, a doctoral student enrolled at the Centre for Study in Regional Development,Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  I have completed my Post Graduation and  M.Phil from J.N.U.  I was born and brought up in Bokaro Steel City, Jharkand, India. I had completed my formal education from my home town.  My research is motivated by studying the interdependent nature of different elements of nature and its dynamic relationship. My M.Phil dissertation was on the study of interlinkages between land use and land cover change and the hydrological system in Parvati watershed, Himachal Pradesh, India.  My long-term goal and current work is focused on finding the spatial and temporal nature and causes of climate change and to use this result to develop sustainable solutions. This study represents possible directions of my future research.


I am Padmini Pani, a physical geographer working in various aspects of geomorphology including land degradation, fluvial processes, and mountain environment. At present, I am an assistant professor at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. I was born in West Bengal and have studied in various places in India. I enjoy my work as a field geographer and also as a teacher. Reading books and watching nature are my favourite pastimes.

My current research is focused on land degradation in the Chambal valley region in India and also on various dimensions of mountain environment and climate change in the Indian Himalayas. I have co-edited a book entitled Geoinformatics for Natural Resource Management (New York: Nova Science, 2009).

I had received French government fellowship for Training in Application of Remote Sensing & GIS in Applied Geomorphology at Groupe Development Teledetection Aerospatiale  (GDTA), Toulouse, France in 2000. In 2010, I was a Visiting Fellow at the School of Geography, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, under ESRC-ICSSR UK-India Exchange Programme.

My future research plan includes research on implications of climate change on fluvial dynamics, mountain and fragile environments, agriculture and livelihoods.


Our current research project aims at examining the changes in mountain agriculture in response to environmental changes in general and climatic changes in particular. Taking the specific case of apple cultivation in the Kullu valley, located in Himachal Pradesh, the study would examine the trends in climate variability and its implications for horticultural practices. The key research objectives include: (a) to estimate the variations in various climatic variables over the past five decades; and (b) to examine the correlation between variations in climatic factors and changes in apple cultivation in Kullu valley.