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Prof Jadu Dash 

Professor in Remote Sensing

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Jadu Dash is currently a Professor in Remote Sensing within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton. He has been a member of staff in Geography and Environmental Science since 2006. He specialises in pure and applied remote sensing, particularly using innovative algorithms to derive information about the state and condition of the ecosystem from Earth observation data and study the impact of climate and anthropogenic changes on the ecosystem. He works closely with the European Space Agency and in particular, has a strong contribution to its flagship Sentinel programme (One of the largest environmental monitoring programme in the world). His recent work focusses on utilisation of satellite remote sensing data to answer some of the global developmental changes which ranges from predicting crop in in small holder farms in Africa to mapping the distribution of Sargassum Seaweed in across the Atlantic. His group is also leading the operational validation of Copernicus global vegetation products to ensure they meet the quality requirement for downstream application.

PhD University of Southampton (2005) "The MERIS Terrestrial Chlorophyll Index"
M Tech (Civil Engineering) Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 2002
MSc (Geology) Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India, 2000

2006-Present, Lecture in Remote Sensing, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton Programme leader MSc Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
2005-2006, Research Assistance, Geography and Environment, University of Southampton
2000-2001, Teaching Assistant, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Research interests

Jadu Dash has a strong research background in pure and applied remote sensing, particularly in algorithm development and validation of biophysical products from EO data, spatio-temporal analysis of EO data to understand the state of the world’s ecosystems and to study the impact of climate change on the ecosystem. He was awarded the COSPAR & Russian Academy of Science Zeldovich Medal for 2012.

His current research focuses on

  1. Satellite derived land surface phenology and its validation with ground data.
  2. Developing a chlorophyll content based production efficiency model to quantify terrestrial carbon uptake.
  3. Impact of extreme climatic events on vegetation phenology.
  4. Long term monitoring and impact of climate and anthropogenic pressure on agricultural productivity in South Asian countries using space time data analysis.
  5. Land product development and validation for ESA Sentinel 2 and 3 mission.
Research projects
  • MERIS extended validation and exploratory approach for high resolution optical sensors (ESA
  • Characterisation of the phenology detection threshold for environmental change detection and monitoring (TSB)
  • Sentinel 3 products and algorithm definition (ARGANS)
  • Validation of the ENVISAT MTCI geophysical product (ESA)

Research group

Environmental Change and Sustainability (ECaS)

Affiliate research group

Landscape Dynamics and Ecology (LDE)

Research project(s)

Pathways of resilience to future storms

MERIS Extended Validation and Exploratory Approach for High Resolution Optical Sensor

Climate-proof habitat refugia

Expert support Lab : The Sentinel-3 Mission Performance Center

Evaluating the potential of EO data to estimate wheat crop yield gap in North Central Plain of China

Quantifying the impact of urbanisation and climate change on the microclimate of Bhubaneswar

Fiducial Reference Measurements for Vegetation (FRM4VEG)

Ground Based Observations for Validation of Copernicus Global Land Products (GBOV)

PowerTower: Using Earth Observation Data to Optimise Cell Tower Placement and Power for Rural Communities


Quantifying features of thermokarst lakes in the Yakutsk region

Programme Leader: MSc Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing

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University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 44/2093

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