Dr. V. M. Chowdary


Worked for more than 20 years in the National Remote Sensing Centre (ISRO) on application of geospatial technologies for agricultural and water resources planning and management. Currently, as the Director of the Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC), Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, leading a team of scientists and researchers towards providing technological support to operational national level agricultural programmes on Crop Forecasting (FASAL), Drought Assessment and monitoring (NADAMS), Horticulture Inventory & Development (NADAMS), Prime Ministers Fasal Bhima Yojana (PMFBY), Rice-Fallow Area Characterization, etc.

Work Experience

Director at MNCFC, New Delhi 23rd September 2021 - Present

Deputy General Manager, Regional Remote Sensing Center – North (Delhi), NRSC, ISRO,  December 2019 – 22nd September, 2021

Head (Applications), Regional Remote Sensing Center – East (Kolkata), NRSC, ISRO June 2012 – July 2017

Scientist (SD to SG), Regional Remote Sensing Center – East (Kolkata)/ North (Delhi), NRSC, ISRO October 1998 – September 2021

Key Skills

Institution Building; National Level Project Management; Building collaborations and partnerships; Capacity Building; Applications of geospatial technologies; Crop Acreage and Production Estimation; Drought Assessment; Agricultural water management; Cropping System Analysis; Climate Change studies ;watershed management; Hydrological modelling; Non-point source pollution assessment; Soil erosion studies; Groundwater recharge; Environmental monitoring; GIS based DSS framework


Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Post-Doctoral Fellow, Kyoto University, Japan
 September 2003 – May, 2005

Indian Agricultural Reasearch Institute, New Delhi
 Agricultural Engineering (Soil and Water Conservation Engineering) - Ph.D., 1998

G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Uttarakhand
  Irrigation and Drainage Engineering – M. Tech., 1992

Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University, AP
  Agricultural Engineering - B. Tech., 1989


Total Publications: 149
 Peer Reviewed Publications - 75; Edited Books - 1, Book Chapter- 20, Conference/Seminar Proceedings - 18; Technical Reports - 35 Total Citations: 4104; h Index – 27, i10 Index -40;

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Awards & Achievements

 Elected ‘Fellow of A. P. Akademi of Sciences-FAPAS’ for the year 2019

ISRO Team Excellence Award  2015, ISRO, Dept. Of Space, Govt. of India

ISRO Team Excellence Award – 2016,ISRO, Dept. Of Space, Govt. of India

Prof. N. G. Ranga Memorial Award 2018,Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences for outstanding contribution in the field of Science &Technologies

Eminent Water Resource Scientist Award 2018, Indian Water Resources Society

Fellow Indian Water Resources Society F-08-1251

Fellow Indian Association of Hydrologists, Roorkee (F349).

Guest Editor for MDPI Journal: ‘Remote Sensing’ Special Issue  Statistical and Machine Learning Models for Remote Sensing Data Mining - Recent Advancements’. (ISSN: 2072- 4292)

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