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Varun Tiwari

Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Analyst - SERVIR, Geospatial Solutions

My role at ICIMOD

Within our Geospatial Solutions Theme, I work in the agriculture and climate services group and use geospatial state-of-the-art technology for activities related to agriculture and food security in the region such as developing an operational framework for crop area mapping, vegetation health monitoring, yield forecasting, and rangeland monitoring. My work creates a nexus between science and policy and facilitates timely decision making to sustainably manage natural resources. I’m also involved in the dissemination of Earth observation findings to university students and other stakeholders through education, capacity building workshops, conferences, and publications.

Varun Tiwari

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How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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I protect the pulse of the planet through my work bridging knowledge gaps between science and policy. The information I generate using geospatial technology helps policy and decision-makers in sustainably managing natural resources and provides advisory services for agriculture management.

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What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

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The fabulous people, the excellent green workspace, the work/life balance and working with multicultural and interdisciplinary teams which provide opportunities to interact and share expertise, knowledge and skills.

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What are you passionate about?

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I’m passionate about travelling and exploring new places and I also like playing sports such as cricket, basketball and badminton.

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My qualifications

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I have more than 5 years’ experience in remote sensing and geospatial technology, with special skills in their applications in agriculture and ecosystem management. My work has included a focus on crop dynamics, crop type mapping, crop health monitoring, crop area estimation forecasting, flood area mapping, and land use/land cover mapping using remote sensing techniques (optical, microwave and thermal), cloud computing techniques such as google earth engine, coordination with partners, and conducting field surveys using mobile applications (Geo-ODK). I am the recipient of SERVIR-NASA Impact Team Award for wheat mapping in Afghanistan and have published my research work in many peer-reviewed journals.

Before joining ICIMOD, I was associated with the Indian Agriculture Research Institute and the Defense Research and Development Organization where I contributed in methodology development for glacier delineation, software development for spectral data (hyperspectral data) analysis, and modeling. I hold a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in Electronics and Communication from Rajeev Gandhi Technical University, India and an M.Tech. degree in Remote Sensing and GIS from the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Indian Space Research Organization, Dehradun, India.