Associate Professor
Natural hazards and Disaster management group
Center of Studies in Resources Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay



Research Interest




Research Projects




Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 1984.
M.Sc., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 1976.
Certificate program : Asian Institute Technology, Bangkok, 1983.
Post Doctoral : Aston University Birmingham with Prof. Gordon W. Collins, 1987.

Research Interest

* Orbital and air-borne remote sensing (visual and digital) and Geographic Information system application to physical resources & environment.
* Environmental assessment and monitoring of infra-structure and water resources projects. Assessment of water stress situation scenario of river basin.
* Natural disaster- landslide & snow avalanche and Flood & drought vulnerable area identification and monitoring information system for decision makers.


GNR 621 : Natural Resources: Hydrosphere, Cryosphere and Atmosphere
GNR 622 : Sub-surface Water Resource Assessment and Management
GNR 624 : Water Resources and River Basin Management
GNR 626 : Climate and Natural Resources
GNR 639 : Natural Disaster Assessment and Management


R.Nagarajan (2013) "Natural and Man-made disasters: Assessment and management", Capital Publishing Company, New Delhi, pp. 499. ISBN: 978-93-81891-10-0.

Parthasarathy, A, Panchapakesan & R.Nagarajan (2013) "Text book of Engineering Geology", Wiley India, New Delhi, pp.504. ISBN: 978-81-265-4182-0.

Venkataraman G & Nagarajan R (2008) "Proceedings of International workshop on Snow, ice, glacier and avalanche", Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi, pp.325., ISBN -13-978-0-07-024833-9.

R.Nagarajan (2009) "Drought assessment", Springer, pp.429, ISBN-978-90-481-2499-2.

R.Nagarajan (2006) "Water conservation, use and management for semiarid regions", Capital Publishing Company, New Delhi, pp.353, ISBN-81-85589-34-8.

R.Nagarajan (2003) "Drought: Assessment, Monitoring, Management and Resources Conservation", Capital Publishing Company, New Delhi, pp.312, ISBN-81-85589-11-9.

R.Nagarajan (2002) "Landslide assessment and monitoring", Anmol Publications, New Delhi,pp.319, ISBN-81-261-1817-2.


Academic Excellence award, 2007 by Defence Research and Development organization, New Delhi, 12 May 2008 for the research achievements in the field of glacier and snow avalanches.

Certificate of Accomplishment - Geo-informatics in water sector 2005, Indian Water resources Society & Indian Society of Geomatics, (Pune chapter), National water academy, Pune.

Best paper presentation ,13th Convention of Indian Geological Congress, Roorkee, 28 December 2003, Dehradun.

 Research Projects

Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Agency
Development of action for environmental improvement of Mithi river and along its banks, Mithi River Authority, MMRDA, 2006.

Nuclear Power Corporation India Bombay
Identification & characterization of geological faults/lineaments around Jaitapur site for Nuclear Power plant, 2007.

Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi
Integrated technology utilization for Rahata bock, district Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, Depart of Science & Technology, 2006.
Assessment of the impact of Dec. 26,2004 Tsunami over Andaman and Nicobar Islands using Remote Sensing and GIS and development of an immediate response, 2005.
Integrated studies on Varandha ghat landslides - a micro level approach, 2000.
Studies on areas affected by landslide areas in Konkan area, 1995.
Studies on air-borne synthetic aperture radar data for natural resources evaluation in Godavari basin and Andaman and Nicobar islands, 1994.
Landslide hazard mitigation - abstract volume, 1992.

Ministry of Environment and Forest, New Delhi
Environmental impact of iron ore mining in Goa using remote sensing data, 1992.
Environmental impact of Bailadila iron ore mining using remote sensing data, 1992.
Wasteland Development Board/National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad.
Mapping of wastelands of critically affected districts in India - Pune, Thane Maharashtra, 1988.
Rajiv Gandhi Drinking water mission, New Delhi/ National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad.
Ground water potential mapping of parts of ooty/Gudalur,Wayanaad Malappuram, Palghat. 2002.

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Bombay
Integrated studies on catchment and command area of Radhanagari reservoir using remote sensing and ancillary information, 1999.

Ministry of Water Resources, New Delhi
Development of Drought vulnerability indices for preparedness and mitigation, 2010.
Investigation of drought through remote sensing and land based information system, 2000.

Koyna Project authority, Irrigation Department, Govt. of Maharashtra
Land use and land cover assessment of Koyna reservoir using temporal remote sensing data, 1995.
Evaluation landslides along Koyna-Alore road section, 1995.

Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, Mumbai
Creation of spatial information base of Goa for regional infra-structure planning, 2002.

Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd, New Bombay
Investigations on Katra-Laole (Jammu & Kashmir) railway alignment, 2003.
Land cover assessment along Konkan railway alignment corridor before and after the completion of Goa section (100 km length), 1998.
Delineation of fracture patterns and land cover along railway corridor in Goa and its implications, 1994.
Environmental monitoring of Konkan railway alignment during construction phase, 1994.
Studies on Konkan railway alignment using remote sensing and ancillary data, Maharashtra section (380 km length, 1994.

Indian Railway Construction Company, New Bombay
Studies on the water inflow onto the railway track near Nerul station, New Bombay, 1992.

City Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), New Bombay
Development of guidelines for qualitative evaluation of building material, 1992.
Environmental Impact assessment of Navi Mumbai International airport, 2010.

Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Bombay
Land use and land cover assessment around proposed Bauxite mine and plant area in Rayagadda, Orissa, 1994.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Bombay
Landcover assessment around the plant in Bombay for environmental evaluation, 1999.

Indian Aluminium Company, Kolhapur
Landcover assessment around Durgamanwadi bauxite mine, 1999.

Tandon Urban solutions Pvt Ltd, Mumbai
Environmental Impact assessment of Surya Integrated water supply, 2012.


International :
Nagarajan R, Venkataraman G and Snehamani (2014) Rule based classification of potential snow avalanche areas, Natural Resources and conservation, 2(2), pp.11-24, DOI: 10.13189/arc 2014.020201.

Nagarajan R (2013) Geospatial information analysis of urban flooding-2005 Mumbai (India), Journal of Geography and Geology, (Editorial process- advanced stage)

Panda, R.K. & Nagarajan, R (2013) Analysis of Drought using Standardized Precipitation Index, International Journal of Geoinformatics. (Editorial process)

Abhijit M. Zende, R. Nagarajan, & K. R. Atal, (2013): Performance assessment of Lift Irrigation Projects-Takari Lift Irrigation Scheme (TLIS)-Yerala River sub Krishna river, India, International Journal of Agriculture Science and application, (ISSN-22276475) [in print]

Nagarajan R (2013) Tank rehabilitation index for prioritization of lakes in semi arid regions-Geospatial approach, International Journal of Geomatics and Geosciences, V 3, No 3, 2013, pp 525-537. ISSN 0976-4380.

Sangita Mishra.S, & Nagarajan.R (2010), Morphometric analysis and prioritization of sub-watersheds using GIS and Remote Sensing techniques: a case study of Odisha, India, International Journal of Geomatics and Geosciences, Volume 1, No 3, pp.501-510.

Mishra, S. Sangita & Nagarajan, R.(2011), Spatio-temporal drought assessment in Tel river basin using Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) and GIS, Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk (Taylor && Francis), 2: 1, 79 - 93, DOI: 10.1080/19475705.2010.533703

S. Sangita Mishra & R. Nagarajan (2012), Correlation of SPI with Irrigation demand for Assessment of Agricultural Drought in Tel River Basin of Odisha, India, Journal of Agricultural Sciences and Applications, Vol. XX, Bo.XX, pp.XX (World Academy Publishing) Accepted for publication.

Abhijit M Zende & R. Nagarajan (2012), Fluctuations of groundwater in sub basin of Krishna River, Western Maharashtra, India, International Journal of Computer and Communications, Vol.3, Issues2, pp.

S. Sangita Mishra & R. Nagarajan (2011) Drought Assessment in Tel Watershed: An Integrated Approach Using Run Analysis and SPI, posted on March 7th, 2011, in Articles, Disasters, Ecosystems, IEEE & ICEO, Online publication.

G. Sreedhar, S. Sangita Mishra, R. Nagarajan, & V. Balaji (2012), Micro-level Drought Vulnerability Assessment in Peddavagu basin, a Tributary of Krishna River, Andhra Pradesh, India, Earthzine, on January 18th, 2012 in Articles, Earth Observation, Water Availability , IEEE & ICEO, Online publication.

Performance assessment of water resource project using remote sensing and a Geographic Information System- a case study, International Journal of Remote sensing, Vol.23, no.20, 2002, pp.4475-4485. 2002.

Rapid assessment procedure to demarcate areas susceptible to earthquake induced ground failures for environment management- A case study from part of north eastern India, Bulletin Engineering Geology and Environment (Springer Verlag), 2002, Vol.61, no.2, pp.99-119.

Synergistic use of orbital satellite image and ground based information in environmental monitoring of railway alignment construction- a case study, International Journal of Remote sensing, 2001 Vol.22 no.16 pp.3187-3201.

Landslide hazard susceptibility mapping based on terrain and climatic factors for tropical monsoon regions, Bulletin Engineering Geology and Environment, 2000, Vol.58, pp. 275-287

Temporal remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) application in landslide hazard zonation in parts of Western ghat, India, International Journal of Remote sensing, 1998, Vol.19, no.4, pp. 573-585.

Environmental impact analysis of Dudhganga dam in India-a multi temporal remote sensing approach, International Journal of Remote sensing, 1999, Vol.21, no.3, pp.483-497.

Debris slides of Varandh ghat, West coast of India, Bulletin Engineering Geology and Environment, 1998, Vol.57, pp.59-63.

Temporal satellite and thematic data analysis of Radhanagari reservoir and catchment, Maharashtra, Asia-Pacific Remote sensing and GIS Journal, 1998, Vol. 10, no.2, pp.49-59.

Waste land mapping using Landsat TM data, Asia-Pacific Remote sensing Journal, 1990, Vol.2, pp.25-32.

Open cast mine monitoring and environmental impact studies through remote sensing- A case study from Goa, Geo-Carto International, 1997, Vol.12, no.8, pp.39-53.

Synergistic use of active and passive remotely sensed and map data in the delineation of part of Godavari paleo channel, International Journal of Remote sensing, 1995, Vol.16, no.13, pp.2393-2401.

Assessment of land cover changes around Dev Prayag, India using satellite and map data, Asia-Pacific Remote sensing Journal, 1994, Vol.7, no.1, pp.25-29.

Identification of flood prone regions of Rapti river using remotely sensed data, International Journal of Remote sensing, 1993, Vol.14, no.7 pp.1297-1303.

Regional engineering geological mapping using remotely sensed data, Bulletin International Association of Engineering, 1987, vol.35, pp.51-57.

National :
Drought indicator and vulnerability (2006), Special publication of Jal Vigyan Sameeksha, Vol.21, Theme Water management under extreme events-drought & floods, INCOH, Roorkee, 107-120.

Pre and post construction status of Panam reservoir and its environ using remotely sensed and ancillary data, Indian Journal of Remote sensing, 1993, Vol.21, no.1, pp.30-35.

Reflectance characteristics of rocks in geological remote sensing, Indian Journal of Remote sensing, 1988, Vol.16, no.1, pp.11-14.

Electron microscopic studies on clay minerals from three bauxite profiles in India, Journal of Geological Society of India, 1980, Vol.21, no.5, pp 250-254.

Mineralogy and genesis of Ariyurnadu Bauxite, Tamilnadu, Journal of Indian Minerals and metals review, 1978, Vol.17,no.2, pp.50-55.

International :
Sangita Mishra & R. Nagarajan (2012), Combating Agricultural Drought in developing Countries through Watershed Approach: A Case Study from Odisha, India, 21st Century Watershed Technology Conference and Workshop) (ASABE, IRSA/CNR), (Bari), (Bari, Italy), (May 27th-June 1st 2012)

S. Sangita Mishra & R. Nagarajan (2012), Hydrological Drought Assessment in Tel River Basin using Standardized Water Level Index (SWI) and GIS based Interpolation Techniques, International Conference on Advances in Civil Engineering, September 7-8, 2012, World Academic Industry Research Collaboration Organisation, WAIRCO, Tirupati, India

S. Sangita Mishra & R. Nagarajan (2012), Forecasting Drought in Tel River Basin using feed-forward recursive neural network, Accepted by International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Applications, Dubai, UAE, August 4-6, 2012, Organized by Asia Pacific Chemical Biological and Environmental Engineering Society)

Abhijit M Zende & R. Nagarajan (2011 ) Drainage Morphology approach for water resources development of sub watershed in Krishna basin, Proceedings, International Conference on Energy, Water and Environment,(ICEWE 2011), Organized by Inter Science Research Network at Bhubaneshwar, 17 September 2011, pp.41-50.

Integrated data analysis and snow avalanche susceptibility mapping (2008), Proceeding Proceedings of International workshop on Snow, ice, glacier and avalanche, Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi pp.276-283.

Assessment of agricultural land development with time and space using remote sensing and GIS- a case study from western India, Environmental Science and Engineering annual poster session,1998 Purdue University, West Lafayette,Indiana

Temporal orbital satellite images in the drought assessment and early warning decisions, Integrated water resources management for sustainable development, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, 19-21 December, 2001, New Delhi, pp1163-1170.

Identification of circular features / lineaments from remote sensing data and their geological significance, Proceeding Indo-US Symposium workshop on Remote sensing and its applications, 6-9 October 1996, Mumbai, Ms.Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi, pp449-456.

Remote sensing application in natural disaster assessment, Proceedings of International workshop on Geo-environmental hazards, UNESCO-ENVIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 29 November- 1 December, New Delhi, pp.45-60

GIS application in landslide hazard zonation and disaster preparedness- a case study from Konkan coast, Proceedings International conference on disaster management, Tejpur University, Guwahati, Assam India, 23-26 April 1998, pp.444-460.

PC based landslide information system, Proceeding International Symposium on Engineering geology and environment, 23-27 June, 1997, Greece, Athens.

Landslide hazard assessment using remote sensing and GIS, Proceedings International conference on disasters and mitigation, Anna University, Madras, 19-22 January 1996, A4.78-84.

Three dimensional terrain analysis of Sataun and adjoining areas, Proceedings of International Conference on Environmental Issues in Mineral and Energy Issues (IME Publications, Bhubaneshwar) 1994, pp.267-270.

Remotely sensed data analysis of limestone mines and its environ along Giri river, Sirmaur district, 2nd National seminar on Minerals and ecology, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Oxford & IBH Publisher, New Delhi, 1993, pp.21-28

Zonation of areas susceptible to landslides in parts of Pindar River, India, Proceeding 7th International IAEG Congress, (Balkema Publishers) 1994, pp.2155-2160.

Delineation and evaluation of rock types for construction material in an arduous terrain-a case study from Central India, 6th International IAEG Congress, Balkema, 1990, pp.2981-86.

Engineering geological studies on slope failures- a case study from Srivardhan region, Western ghats, Proceedings Asian regional symposium on Rock slopes, New Delhi(Oxford &IBH Publishing), 1992, pp.439-444.

Landsat data classification for lithological mapping using improved supervised algorithms, Proceedings 2nd thematic conference on Remote sensing for exploration geology, ERIM, Ann Arbor, 1982, pp.853-860.

Correlation of reflectance values of some rocks and minerals obtained from the laboratory and their properties, Proceedings 2nd thematic conference on Remote sensing for exploration geology, ERIM, 1982, Texas, pp.507-517.

Utilisation of remote sensing data for engineering geological investigations, Proceedings fourth International conference IAEG, New Delhi,(Oxford &IBH Publisher,New Delhi)1982, Vol.2, pp.389-398.

National :
Assessment of drought indicator and vulnerability, India disaster management congress, National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi,Nov. 2006

Integrated drought vulnerability assessment for micro-level planning, Proceedings National Workshop on Recent trends in Drought assessment, monitoring and management, 28-30th June, 2002, IIT Bombay.

Drought alert Information System, Proceedings National Workshop on Recent trends in Drought assessment, monitoring and management, 28-30th June, 2002, IIT Bombay.

PC based information base for local administration in drought analysis and mitigation - a case study from Deccan Plateau, India, Proceeding 10th National symposium on Hydrology, 18 & 19th July 2000, New Delhi, pp.369-386.

Land based information system for drought analysis, Proceedings MapIndia 2000, Center for Spatial Database Management, New Delhi, 10-11 April, 2000, pp.11-15.

IRS data in mine planning and management, Proceeding National seminar on Bauxite vision 2050, Mining Engineers Association, Belgaum Chapter, Kolhapur, India 23-24 January 1999, pp.112-120.

IRS data utilization in water resources projects, Proceedings ninety user interaction workshop, National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad, India, 16-17th March 1999,

Information system in Natural disaster management decisions, Proceeding Natural disaster mitigation and management, Manipal, India, 25-26th September 1998, pp. 43-48.

Studies on the environmental impacts of limestone mining using remotely sensed data in Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh, India, Proceedings Geographical Information systems and Remote sensing applications, (Allied Publishers Limited, India) 1997, pp.293-297.

Application og GIS techniques for landslide susceptibility mapping- a case study from western ghats, National seminar on application of GIS for solving environmental problems, Technical Teachers Institute, Chennai, 6-8 August 1997, pp.124-130.

Assessment of Dudhganga river catchment before and after the construction of dam using remote sensing and ancillary data, Proceedings Remote sensing for Natural resources with special emphasis on water management, Pune Univeristy, Pune, India, 4-6 December, 1996, pp.65-74.

Remotely sensed data analyses of limestone mines and its environ along Giri river, Sirmaur dt, HP, Proceedings National Seminar in Minerals and Ecology, (Oxford &IBH Publishers) 1994, pp.21-28.

Delineation and evaluation of rock types for construction material in an arduous terrain - a case study from Central India, Proceeding 6th International IAEG Congress, (Balkema Publishers), 1990, pp.2981-2986.

Remote sensing program for geological data collection for Goa, Proceeding Seminar on Resources for Goa's development,Panjim, Goa, 1981, Geological Survey of India, Hyderabad, 1985, pp.28-31.

Remote sensing application to regional terrain classification and evaluation- a case study from central India, 5th Indian Geological congress, IIT Bombay, 1984, pp.121-126.

Some aspects of remote sensing for coastal feature identification in Goa, 5th Indian Geological congress, IIT Bombay, 1984, pp.115-119.

Environmental impact of reservoir area within Zawar mining region, Proceedings Symposium on Resources Survey for land use planning and environmental conservation, Indian Institute of Remote sensing, Dehradun, India,1982, pp.34-37.

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