Dericks Praise Shukla

Associate Professor

Remote Sensing and GIS

I lead the research group on Disaster Extremes and Environmental Remote Sensing (DExtER Lab) at IIT Mandi. My areas of research include Remote sensing & GIS, Natural Hazards, Landslides, specially pertaining to Himalayan region. My group is currently working on permafrost mapping, permafrost degradation, landslide susceptibility mapping, forest fires, vegetation studies and environment related problems of the Himalayan region that could be analysed with Remote Sensing. Many of these problems are related to climate change and global warming, so how can we use remote sensing to assess the susceptibility, risk and vulnerability of these issues are the main focus of his research group. We do lots of field works in the rugged terrain of the Himalayas and have mapped those probable permafrost areas, landslide susceptible areas using Machine learning algorithms and in near future they want to calibrate these models with the field data. We shall also be studying the effect of climate change on prmafrost degradation, enhanced occurences of landslides and slope instability problems in future, so we are also looking at the potential areas where such events may happen. In that way we could be better prepared to handle and cope up with these issues.

Academic Background :

Degree University Year
PhD University of Delhi 2012

Professional Background :

Organisation Post Year
IIT Mandi Associate Professor 2019 - Till now
IIT Mandi Assistant Professor 2015-2019