Dr. Balasubramani K

Dr. Balasubramani K

Name: Dr. Balasubramani K
Designation: Associate Professor
Phone: 04366-277230
Email: geobalas@cutn.ac.in


Biographic Sketch:
Dr Balasubramani is a Fulbright Fellow at North Carolina Central University (USA) and currently working as Associate Professor in Geography, Central University of Tamil Nadu. He has over 15+ years of experience in exploring geospatial technologies for different applications, including integrated risk assessments, watershed modelling, fluvial dynamics and public health and environmental datasets. He served as a Spatial Data Engineer in a software company (2006-2009), Guest Faculty at Madurai Kamaraj University (2009-2011) and Assistant Professor at Bharathidasan University (2011-2017). Dr Balasubramani's doctoral research was on land and water resources evaluation for sustainable development, awarded by the Madurai Kamaraj University (2016). He has conducted post-doctoral research at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (Dept. of Space). His research is usually inter-disciplinary in nature and adopting geospatial technologies extensively. He has published 50+ research articles in journals, including publications in reputed remote sensing, earth science, and public health journals. Currently, he is serving as Assistant Editor of the Indian Geographical Journal. He has operated research grants worth of Rs.10 million funded by DST, SERB, ICMR, ICSSR, UGC and others. He is a recipient of Young Geographer Award by the National Association of Geographers, India (NAGI) and Young Scientist Fellowship by TNSCST (Govt. of Tamil Nadu). He has received international travel grants from IGU, SERB, ICSSR, DST and visited USA, Sri Lanka and Thailand for research presentations. He has won Best Paper Awards and delivered 100+ invited talks in conferences/workshops/training programmes. He has also extended contributions to Professional Societies such as ISRS, IGS and GSI and coordinated their programmes.

Research Highlights :

My current research focus is on exploring applications of geospatial technologies in interdisciplinary fields, especially:

  • Watershed modelling and sustainable land use planning
  • Disaster risk assessments
  • River basin dynamics and landscape evaluation
  • Spatial mapping/modelling of environmental and health datasets

Recent Publications :

Balasubramani, K. 2018. Physical Resources Assessment in a Semi-arid Watershed: An Integrated Methodology for Sustainable Land use Planning, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. 142, pp. 358-379. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2018.03.008

Priyadarshini, K.N., Shekhar, S., Sivashankari, V., Balasubramani, K., Arun Prasad,K. 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(Oct),  112591 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2021.112591

Lalmalsawma, P., Balasubramani, K., James, M. M., Pautu, L., Prasad, K. A., Sarma, D. K., & 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(1), 4538. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-31632-6

Balasubramani, K., Prasad, K. A. et al., & 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. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.906248

Sarma, D. K., Kumar, M., Balabaskaran Nina, P., Balasubramani, K., Pramanik, M., Kutum, R., Shubham, S., Das, D., Kumawat, M., Verma, V., Dhurve, J., George, S. L., Balasundreshwaran, A., Prakash, A., & Tiwari, R. R. (2022). An assessment of remotely sensed environmental variables on Dengue epidemiology in Central India. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 16(10), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0010859

Kantamaneni, K., Christie, D., Lyddon, C. E., Huang, P., Nizar, M., Balasubramani, K., et al. (2022). A Comprehensive Assessment of Climate Change and Coastal Inundation through Satellite-Derived Datasets: A Case Study of Sabang Island, Indonesia. Remote Sensing, 14(12), 2857. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14122857

Ramkumar, M., Balasubramani, K., Santosh, M., Nagarajan, R. 2022. The Plastisphere: a morphometric genetic classification of plastic pollutants in the natural environment. Gondwana Research, 108, 4-12 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2021.07.004

Balasubramani, K., Paulson, W., Chellappan, S., Behera, S. K., & Nina, P. B. (2021). District-level epidemiology, hot spots and socio-demographic determinants of tobacco use in Indian men and women: Analysis of national family health survey-4 (2015 16). Public Health, 194, 127 134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2021.03.001

Balasubramani, K., Leo George, S., Anusuya, K., Venkatesh, R., Thilagaraj, P., Gnanappazham, L., Kumaraswamy, K., Balasundareshwaran, A., & Nina, P. B. (2021). Revealing the socio-economic vulnerability and multi-hazard risks at micro-administrative units in the coastal plains of Tamil Nadu, India. Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, 12(1), 605 630. https://doi.org/10.1080/19475705.2021.1886183

Balasubramani, K., Veena, M., Kumaraswamy, K., and Saravanabavan, V., 2015. Estimation of Soil Erosion in a Semi-arid Watershed of Tamil Nadu (India) using Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) Model through GIS. Modeling Earth Systems and Environment (Springer ISSN: 2363-6211 Online), Vol. 1(3), pp.1-17 https://doi.org/10.1007/s40808-015-0015-4

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