I'm currently a research fellow working with 
Meha Jain at School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. We are trying to find linkages between changes in the surface energy budget and evapotranspiration (ET) driven by climate change through the integration of field, satellite and climate data.Previously at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), Tufts University, Medford, MA, I studied impact of deforestation on local temperature. I am interested in developing remote-sensing based tools to improve our understandings of the climate change and deforestation impacts on the agricultural systems and ways to mitigate such impacts. My overall research interest is to understand the nexus of water, climate change, energy and carbon fluxes, vegetation dynamics, and land use and land cover change. Evapotranspiration (ET) modeling, Land use and Land cover Change, Surface energy balance models, GIS-based modeling, automated tree crown delineation, object-based infested tree detection models, and automated ET algorithms development are some of areas that I have explored in the past. I am also working on estimation of remotely sensed ET using surface energy balance algorithms in which I'm trying to integrate genetic algorithms and multi-sensor fusion models and automating ET models to bring it within the domain of new users.I'm always looking for learning opportunities that deals with remote sensing applications in forestry, agriculture, and hydrology to understand the dynamics vegetation phenology, hydrological cycles, land use and land cover change, flow of carbon and energy fluxes, as a result of climate and other anthropogenic changes in the Earth system. I'm also interested in computer programming and development of new algorithms and automated tools.

Contact Details:
Nishan Bhattarai
440 Church St. , 2004 Dana Building
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MA 48019 
Email: nbhattarATsyr.edu/nishan.bhattaraiATtufts.edu/nbhattarATumich.edu

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