Prof. Sulochana Shekhar (On Deputation)

Prof. Sulochana Shekhar (On Deputation)

Name: Prof. Sulochana Shekhar (On Deputation)
Designation: Professor
Phone: 04366-277230


Biographic Sketch:
Prof. Sulochana Shekhar is the Dean of the School of Earth Sciences and Head of the Department of Geography at the Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur, India. She is the proud recipient of the Erasmus Mundus (European Commission) Fellowship, Commonwealth Academic Fellowship (United Kingdom), Endeavour Research Fellowship (Australia) and Fulbright fellowship (USA). Her research interests include urban geography and the application of remote sensing and geospatial techniques in solving problems of urban environments. She is presently teaching urban geography and the fundamentals and applications of Geoinformatics at the post-graduation level. She has worked on cellular automata-based urban growth models and urban sprawl assessment using entropy for her doctoral research. Object-based image analysis was the main theme of her post-doctoral research at ITC, Netherlands. She has previously worked on projects involving spatial decision support systems for slums (UCL, UK) and extraction of slums and urban green space using object-based image analysis (UTAS, Australia). She has completed major funded projects on housing the urban poor (HUDCO), and the environmental impact of urbanization (UGC-Major) using geospatial techniques. She has collaborated with Cambridge University, UK and completed the UKIERI research project on the interactive spatial decision support system for managing public health. She recently wrapped up a DST project about urban heat island studies using multi-source remote sensing data. Under this project, she has developed an urban spectral library for selected urban built-up surface materials. She has published 34 Books and 47 papers in indexed journals. Currently, she is working on building sustainable and resilient cities. Mapping of slums and work for inclusive urbanization is her passion.

Research Highlights :

During my Doctoral research, the happening city of Pune was studied using remote sensing and GIS techniques and it is first of its kind during 2000s. Shannon's Entropy method and spatial analysis were applied to assess the urban sprawl and monitoring the Development plan of Pune. Trained during the Post-Doctoral fellowship on Object Based Image Analysis (2010) and got specialized in extracting features from very high resolution remote sensing data and known for slum extraction and assessing the green space of urban areas. Using AVIRIS data and urban spectral library, identified heat inducing urban built-up surface materials and the same was published in Remote Sensing of Environment, a high impact factor journal. Currently working on green infrastructure of urban areas for sustainable urban management.

Recent Publications :

Deepak Kumar, Mandvi Misra, and Sulochana Shekhar (2020) Assessing Machine Learning Based Supervised Classifiers For Built-Up Impervious Surface Area Extraction From Sentinel-2 Images, Journal: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening,  53(1):126714,  10th May 2020. DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2020.126714

Nivedita Priyadarshini Kamaraj, Sulochana Shekhar, V. Sivashankari, 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, Volume 264, 2021, 112591

Panneer S, Kantamaneni K, Pushparaj RRB, Shekhar S, Bhat L, Rice L. (2021) Multistakeholder Participation in Disaster Management-The Case of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Healthcare (Basel). 2021 Feb 13;9(2):203. Doi: 10.3390/healthcare9020203. PMID: 33668669; PMCID: PMC7918841.

Sulochana Shekhar and Jagannath Aryal (2021). Monitoring urban green spaces using the geospatial technologies-A case study of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Transactions of the Institute of Indian Geographers, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2021.

Sunita, Kumar, Deepak and Shekhar, Sulochana (2021). Developing an Approach for Assessing Urban Blue-Green Spaces Towards Sustainable Urban Growth Through Retrospective Cyber Metrics Analysis of Operational Estimations Approaches" Journal of Landscape Ecology, vol.14, no.3, 2021, pp.-12 to 51.

Dinabandhu Mahata  and Sulochana Shekhar (2022). Perception and knowledge about climate change and health problems: a study in Kolkata Metropolitan Region, GeoJournal, March 2022.

Sekar Leo George , Komali Kantamaneni , Rasme Allat V , Kumar Arun Prasad  , Sulochana Shekhar  , Sigamani Panneer  , Louis Rice  and Karuppusamy Balasubramani,(2022). A Multi-Data Geospatial Approach for Understanding Flood Risk in the Coastal Plains of Tamil Nadu, India, Earth 2022, 3, 383–400. https://

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

Sunita, Kumar, D., Shahnawaz and Sulochana Shekhar (2023). Evaluating urban green and blue spaces with space-based multi-sensor datasets for sustainable development. Comput. Urban Sci. 3, 12 (2023).

Mahata, D., Shekhar, S. Community Perception of Climate Change and Extreme Heat Influences on Health: Study of Kolkata Metropolitan Region. Glob Soc Welfare (2023). (08 pages).

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