Speaker's Profile

MSR Murthy

MSR Murthy is leading ICIMOD´s Geospatial Solutions Thematic Area. He holds a Ph.D in Botany from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. 

He has over two decades of experience in forest resources assessment and monitoring, biodiversity characterization and conservation, land use and land cover mapping, forest carbon modelling, and climate change adaptation and mitigation studies using remote sensing and GIS techniques. 

As Head of the Forestry and Ecology Division, National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad, India, he developed operational remote sensing applications in forestry and ecology, user interfaces, and capacity building. His contributions include development of the Indian Forest Fire Response and Assessment System, the Indian Rapid Land Use Land Cover Information System, the Forest Inventory Data Analysis System, and the Indian Bio Resources Information Network. 

Dr Murthy was awarded the Astronautical Society of India ‘National Space Gold Medal’ and the Indian Science Congress Association National Young Scientist Award. He has published many papers in peer-reviewed national and international journals.