1st Edition

Geospatial Modeling for Environmental Management Case Studies from South Asia

    390 Pages 101 Color & 18 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    390 Pages 101 Color & 18 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    390 Pages 101 Color & 18 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This is a comprehensive resource that integrates the application of innovative remote sensing techniques and geospatial tools in modeling Earth systems for environmental management beyond customary digitization and mapping practices. It identifies the most suitable approaches for a specific environmental problem, emphasizes the importance of physically based modeling, their uncertainty analysis, advantages, and disadvantages. The case studies on the Himalayas with a complex topography call for innovation in geospatial techniques to find solutions for various environmental problems.


    • Presents innovative geospatial methods in environmental modeling of Earth systems.
    • Includes case studies from South Asia and discusses different processes and outcomes using spatially explicit models.
    • Explains contemporary environmental problems through the analysis of various information layers.
    • Provides good practices for developing countries to help manage environmental issues using low-cost geospatial approaches.
    • Integrates geospatial modeling with policy and analysis its direct implication in decision making.


    Using a systems’ approach analysis, Geospatial Modeling for Environmental Management: Case Studies from South Asia shall serve environmental managers, students, researchers, and policymakers.

    PART A Geospatial Modeling in Hydrological Studies

    Chapter 1 Flood Vulnerability and Risk Assessment with Parsimonious Hydrodynamic Modeling and GIS

    Sudhakar B. Sharma, Anupam K. Singh, and Ajay S. Rajawat

    Chapter 2 Estimation of Parameters in Ungauged Catchment Using Map- Correlation Method: A Case Study on Krishna-Godavari Basin

    Laxmipriya Mohanty, Anindita Swain, and Bharadwaj Nanda

    Chapter 3 Soil and Water Assessment Tool for Simulating the Sediment and Water Yield of Alpine Catchments: A Brief Review

    Ishfaq Gujree, Fan Zhang, Gowhar Meraj, Majid Farooq, Muhammad Muslim, and Arfan Arshad

    Chapter 4 Temporal Assessment of Sedimentation in Siruvani Reservoir Using Remote Sensing and GIS

    J. Brema and A. Tamilarasan

    Chapter 5 Review of Conceptual Models of Estimating the Spatio-Temporal Variations of Water Depth Using Remote Sensing and GIS for the Management of Dams and Reservoirs

    Abdulkadir Isah Funtua

    PART B Geospatial Modeling in Landslide Studies

    Chapter 6 Geospatial Modeling in Landslide Hazard Assessment: A Case Study along Bandipora-Srinagar Highway, N-W Himalaya, J&K, India

    Ahsan Afzal Wani, Bikram Singh Bali, Sareer Ahmad, Umar Nazir, and Gowhar Meraj

    Chapter 7 Causes, Consequences and Mitigation of Landslides in the Himalayas: A Case Study of District Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

    Krishan Chand and D.D. Sharma

    Chapter 8 Landslide Hazard and Exposure Mapping of Risk Elements in Lower Mandakini Valley, Uttarakhand, India

    Habib Ali Mirdda, Masood Ahsan Siddiqui, Somnath Bera, and Bhoop Singh

    PART C Geospatial Modeling for Climate Change Studies

    Chapter 9 Crop Response to Changing Climate, Integrating Model Approaches: A Review

    Arul Prasad S., Maragatham M., Vijayashanthi V.A., and Naveen

    Chapter 10 Snow and Glacier Resources in the Western Himalayas: A Review

    Asif Marazi and Shakil Ahmad Romshoo

    Chapter 11 Detecting Vegetation and Timberline Dynamics in Pinder Watershed Central Himalaya Using Geospatial Techniques

    N. C. Pant and Meenaxi, Anand Kumar, and Upasana Choudhury

    Chapter 12 Climate Change Studies, Permanent Forest Observational Plots and Geospatial Modeling

    Swayam Vid and Shanti Kumari

    Chapter 13 Analyzing the Relationship of LST with MNDWI and NDBI in Urban Heat Islands of Hyderabad City, India

    Subhanil Guha and Himanshu Govil

    PART D Geospatial Modeling in Change Dynamics Studies

    Chapter 14 Assessment of the Visual Disaster of Land Degradation and Desertification Using TGSI, SAVI, and NDVI Techniques

    B. Pradeep Kumar, K. Raghu Babu, M. Rajasekhar, and M. Ramachandra

    Chapter 15 Dynamics of Forest Cover Changes in Hindu Kush-Himalayan Mountains Using Remote Sensing: A Case Study of Indus Kohistan Palas Valley, Pakistan

    Noor ul Haq, Fazlur Rahman, and Iffat Tabassum

    Chapter 16 Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System for Evaluating the Changes in Earth System Dynamics: A Review

    Asraful Alam and Nilanjana Ghosal

    PART E Geospatial Modeling in Policy and Decision-Making

    Chapter 17 Sustainable Livelihood Security Index: A Case Study in Chirrakunta Rurban Cluster

    Supratim Guha, Dillip Kumar Barik, and Venkata Ravibabu Mandla

    Chapter 18 Carrying Capacity of Water Supply in Shimla City: A Study of Sustainability and Policy Framework

    Rajesh Kumar and M. L. Mankotia



    Shruti Kanga is an associate professor and coordinator at the Center for Climate Change and Water Resources, Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur, India. Previously she was an assistant professor at Central University of Jharkhand (CUJ), Ranchi and also served as Research Associate in Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF). She received her PhD in 2013 from the Department of Remote Sensing, Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi. She has worked in the areas of forest fires risk modeling and management, tourism, resource management etc. Suraj Kumar Singh is an associate professor and coordinator at the Center for Sustainable Development, Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur. Previously he worked as an assistant professor at the Central University of Jharkhand (CUJ), Ranchi. He has also served as Research Associate in National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He earned his Ph.D. degree in 2012 from the Department of Remote Sensing, Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi. He has experience in the area of water logging and flood hazards, geospatial applications in water resources, disaster management, hydrogeomorphology, urban planning and wasteland mapping. Gowhar Meraj is a Young Scientist Fellow, in the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India’s Scheme for Young Scientist and Technologists (SYST) at Department of Ecology, Environment, and Remote Sensing, Government of Jammu and Kashmir. Previously he worked at the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and as a consultant with World Bank Group, New Delhi for its South Asia Water Initiative Program. He has done his M Phil. and M Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Kashmir, India. He has more than nine years of experience in research and teaching in various themes related to satellite remote sensing and GIS. He has published over 40 articles in various international and national journals. Majid Farooq is a scientist at the Department of Ecology, Environment, and Remote Sensing, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, India. He has more than 15 years of experience in research, teaching and consultancy related to remote sensing and GIS such as climate change vulnerability assessments, flood modeling, ecosystem assessment, watershed management, natural resource management, ecosystem services, and modeling. He has over 25 publications in various international and national journals.