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Chandrashekhar Biradar

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Geo-informatics Unit Head

Home organization: 


Position in home organization: 

Head-Geoinformatics Unit


Dr. Chandrashekhar Biradar is a principal agro-ecosystems scientist who heads Geospatial Science, Technology and Application (GeSTA) research for ICARDA and the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems.  Dr. Biradar received a B.Sc. degree from University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India, an M.Sc. degree in tree improvement and genetic engineering from University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, India, and a Ph.D. in remote sensing and environmental sciences from the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Department of Space, ISRO and University of Pune, India. 

Dr. Biradar was subsequently a post-doctoral fellow with the International Water Management Institute and then at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Ocean and Space (EOS) at the University of New Hampshire, USA. Thereafter, until February 2013, he served as a research professor, research scientist, senior research scientist, and manager at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA while working on number of federally-funded projects.

Over the last 15 years, he has played a key role, as one of the lead researchers, in producing the first satellite sensor serving irrigated and global rainfed croplands of the world, developed a number of remote sensing based innovative methods, algorithms, and tools related to land use/land cover mapping, croplands, irrigated and rainfed systems, biodiversity assessments, forest cover, water productivity, eco-epidemiology, climate change and ex-ante impact assessments.

Dr. Biradar has authored over 150 publications, which include 40 refereed journal publications, 18 books/chapters, and over 90 plus other publications. Dr. Biradar has been recognized with a number of international awards and honors such as the Young Scientist of the Year, Outstanding Young Scientist, Best Team Initiative, Outstanding Team Member, Board Member, Steering Committee Member, and Panel Member of Geoinformatics for Agriculture, Working Group on high resolution remote sensing, center representative and advisory member of WMO/GWP’s Integrated Drought management Program (IDMP). Recently, he also received AASIO’s Outstanding Young Scientist Award for 2013. His current research interest is towards developing geospatial mechanisms for delivering better interventions and a package of practices to reach out to smallholding farmers to improve food security and livelihood in the dry areas of the world.