Dipankar Mandal, Ph.D.
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Hi !! I am a researcher at Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. I received the M.Tech+Ph.D. Dual degree in Geoinformatics and Natural Resource Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. I have completed B.Tech in Agricultural Engineering from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal, India. I am trying to serve in remote sensing based agricultural sector, which my talents fit in rightly thus putting my expertise to the best use for the institution as well as widening my technical spectrum.
The main goal of my research is to understand how crop canopy interacts with radar signals by using both Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) remote sensing and physical scattering models. Combining remote sensing observations and the models is my approach to understand crop dynamics.
For me, the key question is how to relate crop dynamics for better prediction of yield within a crop season, especially during the Indian monsoon? In our lab, we are trying to tackle these challenges with the concepts of SAR polarimetry and crop simulations through different field campaigns and SAR observables. We believe that the SAR has a high potential for agricultural crop monitoring along with the optical sensors. "And this is just the beginning; we have not even scratched the surface".