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Murali Krishna Gumma

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Representative, ICRISAT

Home organization: 

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Position in home organization: 

Scientist, Geo-spacial Science


Dr. Murali Krishna Gumma is a Remote Sensing and GIS Scientist with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) working across Asia and Africa. He got second best Ph.D. thesis award from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India

He leads the RS-GIS unit, and conducts research in spatial aspects of agricultural research providing spatial dimension to almost all the components of agriculture. Prior to this he was a Remote Sensing Specialist and Post-doctoral fellow at IRRI. Before that he was a project scientist at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Gumma has 14+ years’ experience working as a well-recognized international expert in remote sensing and geographic information systems (RS/GIS) and their application to agriculture, wetlands, river basin management, natural resource management, water resources, forests, sustainable development, and environmental studies. His work experience spans over 16 countries spread across Asia and Africa. Currently, he is working on 4 projects: a) Seasonally updated information on dryland cereals and legumes  agro-ecologies using innovative remote-sensing and mapping systems, b) Characterization of abiotic and biotic stresses in major dryland cereals growing areas, c) Develop the spatial model for selecting the best sites for legume cultivation in the rice-fallow agro ecosystems using multi-resolution remote sensing and GIS spatial modeling, d) To estimate the area of adoption of legumes and of short duration varieties (for drought avoidance) and e) Impact assessment.

In 2008, he was one of the key co-authors of a path breaking paper (Spectral Matching Techniques used in mapping global irrigated areas) which was the Second Place Recipients of the 2008 John I. Davidson ASPRS President’s Award for practical papers (for their paper on). In June 2007, he was a key member of the team recognized by the Environmental System Research Institute (ESRI) for “special achievement in GIS” (SAG award) for their Tsunami related work ( and for their innovative spatial data portals (; earlier