Category: Department of Geography

Dr. Arun Prasad Kumar

Dr. Arun Prasad Kumar

Dr. Arun Prasad Kumar

Name: Dr. Arun Prasad Kumar
Designation: Assistant Professor
Phone: 04366-277230


Biographic Sketch:
Currently, I am working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur, India. I have joined the university as a regular faculty since March 2020. Prior to that, I was engaged as a contractual faculty (June 2018 March 2020) at CUTN. I obtained the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt International Climate Protection Fellowship funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Government of Germany. Under the fellowship, I worked as the Post-doctoral Researcher in Land Surface Dynamics Group, German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Wessling, Munich from April 2017 to March 2018. In 2015, I was awarded Green Talents Young Researcher Award for Sustainability Research from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Government of Germany and did my research internship for three months (July 2016 to September 2016) at DFD DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen, Wessling, Munich. I completed my Ph.D. in 2016 from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology. My PhD thesis was about the application of contemporary hyperspectral remote sensing to identify mangrove species in Indian east coast at species level for framing effective monitoring and conservation strategies.

Research Highlights :

Our research group is interested involving Remote Sensing Time Series Data, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Geostatistical tools to evaluate different landscape processes and spatial problems. Specifically we are more interested to work on research themes such as Estuarine Ecosystem Assessment, Coastal Wetlands, Sustainable Coastal Aquaculture, Microplastics Pollution, Paleogeography, and Spatial Epidemiology.

Recent Publications :

Lalmalsawma, P., Balasubramani, K., Mariya James, M., Pautu, L., Prasad, K. A., Kumar Sarma, D., & Balabaskaran Nina, P. (2023). Malaria hotspots and climate change trends in the hyper-endemic malaria settings of Mizoram along the India-Bangladesh borders. Scientific Reports, 13(4538).

Abarna, R., Leo George, S., Balasubramani, K., Yuvaraj, S., Shekhar, S., Gnanappazham, L., & Prasad, K. A. (2023). Estimating built-up risk from multi-natural hazards: A case study of Northern coastal plains of Tamil Nadu. Natural Hazards Research, January.

Nujaira H., Prasad K.A., Kumar P., Yunus A.P., Kharrazi A., et al. (2022) Quantifying spatio-temporal variation in aquaculture production areas in Satkhira, Bangladesh using geospatial and social survey. PLOS ONE 17(12): e0278042.

Balasubramani, K., Prasad, K. A., Kodali, N. K., Abdul Rasheed, N. K., Chellappan, S., Sarma, D. K., Kumar, M., Dixit, R., James, M. M., Behera, S. K., Shekhar, S., & Balabaskaran Nina, P. (2022). Spatial epidemiology of acute respiratory infections in children under 5 years and associated risk factors in India: District-level analysis of health, household, and environmental datasets. Frontiers in public health, 10, 906248.

K. Kantamaneni, D. Christie, C. E. Lyddon, P. Huang, M. Nizar, K. Balasubramani, V. Ravichandran, Kumar Arun Prasad, R. R. B. Pushparaj, P. Robins, and S. Panneer. 2022. A Comprehensive Assessment of Climate Change and Coastal Inundation through Satellite-Derived Datasets: A Case Study of Sabang Island, Indonesia. Remote Sensing. MDPI Publications. 2022, Vol. 14, No. 12, pp. 2857;

S. Leo George, K. Kantamaneni, Rasme Allat V, Kumar Arun Prasad, Sulochana Shekhar, Sigamani Panneer, Louise Rice, and Balasubramani K. 2022. A Multi-Data Geospatial Approach for Understanding Flood Risk in the Coastal Plains of Tamil Nadu, India”. Earth. MDPI Publications. Vol. 3; No. 1; pp – 383-400. DOI: 10.3390/earth3010023.

S. Leo George, K. Balasubramani, Sulochana Shekhar, E. Venkatesham, Kumar Arun Prasad, Aakriti Grover, Dinabandhu Mahata, Ashish Kumar, V. V. Ashique, R. S. Libina, Divya Rajeswari Swaminathan, A. Balasundareshwaran, and K. Annaidasan. 2021. A comprehensive study on preparedness, impacts, response and recovery from tropical severe cyclonic storm GAJA: lessons for the future. Journal of Coastal Conservation. Vol. 25; No. 58; pp 891-912. DOI: 10.1007/s11852-021-00842-3.

Mu. Ramkumar, K. Kumaraswamy, K. Balasubramani, R. Nagarajan, M. Santhosh, S. Abdur Rahman, Kumar Arun Prasad, K. J. Juni, A. L. Fathima, N. A. Siddiqui, M. J. Mathew, D. Menier, B. Sautter, Rajveer Sharma, Pankaj Kumar, Sundeep Chopra, and R. Jegan Kumar. 2021. Neolithic cultural sites and extreme climate related channel avulsion: Evidence from the Vaigai River Basin, southern India. Journal of Archaelogical Science: Reports. Vol: 40. pp - 103204.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.103204

K Nivedita Priyadarshini, V. Sivashankari, Sulochana Shekhar, Karuppusamy Balasubramani, Kumar Arun Prasad. 2021. Detecting heat-inducing urban built-up surface material with multi remote sensing datasets using reflectance and emission spectroscopy. Remote Sensing of Environment. Vol. 264, October 2021, 112591. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2021.112591.

Maria E. Mondejar, Ram Avtar, Heyker Lellani Baos Diaz, Rama Kant Dubey, Jesus Esteban, Abigail Gomez-Morales, Brett Hallam, Nsilulu Tresor Mbungu, Chukwuebuka, Christopher Okolo, Kumar Arun Prasad, Qianhong She, Sergi Garcia-Segura. 2021. Digitalization to achieve sustainable development goals: Steps towards a Smart Green Planet. Science of the Total Environment.  Volume 794, 10 November 2021, 148539. DOI:  10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.148539.

Kumar Arun Prasad, Marco Ottinger, Chunzhu Wei, and Patrick Leinenkugel. 2019. Assessment of Coastal Aquaculture for India from Sentinel-1 SAR time series. Remote Sensing. Vol. 11; No. 3; pp - 357. DOI: 10.3390/rs11030357.

Kumar Arun Prasad and Lakshmanan Gnanappazham. 2016. Multiple statistical approaches for the discrimination of mangrove species of Rhizophoracea using transformed field and laboratory hyperspectral data. Geocarto International. Vol. 31; No. 8; pp 891-912. DOI:10.1080/10106049.2015.1094521.

Kumar Arun Prasad, Lakshmanan Gnanappazham, Vaithilingam Selvam, Ramasamy Ramasubramanian, and Chandra Sekar Kar. 2015. Developing a Spectral Library of Mangrove Species of Indian East Coast Using Field Spectroscopy. Geocarto International. Vol. 30; No. 5; pp 580-599. DOI:10.1080/10106049.2014.985743.

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