Dr. Sameer Saran

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Designation Scientist/Engineer - SG
Department Geoinformatics Department
Email gid[At]iirs[dot]gov[dot]in
Phone +91-135-2524123
Field of Expertise Web GIS, Spatial Databases, Geodata Modeling, Spatial Data Mining & Multi-Criteria Decision Making & Open Source GIS
Mail Address Geoinformatics Department, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, ISRO, Govt. of India, 4 Kalidas Road, Dehradun 248001, India.
  • Web GIS & Geodatabase.
  • Geodata modeling and Processing.
  • Spatial Data Mining & Spatial Decision Modeling.
  • Open Source GIS.
  • 3D GIS.
  • Indian Society of Remote Sensing (Life Member)
  • Indian Society of Geomatics (Life Member)-ISG_L-1510
  • Indian Meterological Society (Life Member)
  • Astronautical Society of India (Regn. No. 317/90-91) – LM 3162
  • M.Sc in Physics
  • PhD in Geoinformatics
  • Certificate Course on Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, IIRS
  • Certificate Course on Microwave Remote Sensing and Hydrology, WU, The Netherlands
  • Persuing PhD Research from Wageningen University, The Netherlands on “Role of microwave remote sensing for water erosion modeling in Himalayan Watershed”
  • Scientist ‘SF’ in Jan, 2015 & Head, Geoinformatics Department.
  • Scientist ‘SE’ in July, 2010.
  • Scientist ‘SD’ in July, 2004.
  • Scientist ‘SC’ in July, 2000.
  • INDIAN NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL AWARD 2011: The award was conferred by Indian Society of Remote Sensing during Annual Convention of Indian Society of Remote Sensing and National Symposium held at Bhopal during 9-11 Nov., 2011.
  • ISRO ASI Team Award 2009 “ The award has been announced by Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, Department of Space for “Bhuvan Web Application Development
  • ISRO Team Excellence Award 2009 “The award has been announced by Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, Department of Space for “Development and Realization of BHUVAN Indian EO visualization
  • Certificate of Appreciation, 2008 Special appreciation from Director, EOS & Deputy Director GISTDA for contributing in ISRO-GISTDA International Training Programme on Open Source Map Server programme as one of the Core Team member..
  • BEST POSTER SESSSION WARD in ESRI NATIONAL USER CONFERENCE, 2003 at New Delhi for the outstanding work on the development of ‘Biodiversity Information System for entire India using Internet GIS’.
  • MAKING A DIFFERENCE award given by Jack Dangermond, CEO, ESRI, USA for Web-enabled Bioprospecting & Molecular Taxonomy Programme ( at Sixth ESRI user conference, 2003
  • FELICITATION during National Seminar on Biodiversity characterization at landscape level using satellite remote sensing and GIS by Distinguished Scientist, ISRO Prof. M.G.K. Menon, organized by DBT at New Delhi, 2003
  • BEST POSTER SESSION AWARD in MAP INDIA, 2002 at New Delhi for the paper entitled ‘Development of District Information system using GIS at micro scale’.
  • Appreciation from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNA), Mussoorie in 2012 for delivering special lecture on Election GIS & Bhuvan demonstration
  • GIS EDITOR of GIS Self learning material for PG Certificate Programme in Geoinformatics in Rural Development (PGC-GARD) in Distance Model for National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad
  • Programme Coordinator – Geoinformatics from IIRS during 2008-2011 under IIRS-ITC, Joint Educational Programme (JEP) between Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) & International Institute for Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC), The Netherlands
  • NAEB Fellowship under Ministry of Environment & Forest from April
  • DOS-DBT Fellowship of Department of Biotechnology & Department of Space
  • IIRS-ITC, The Netherlands fellowship for undergoing course on Remote Sensing Physics & Radar and Hydrology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • TREASURER, Indian Society of Remote Sensing since 2012 till date
  • Journal Referee
    • International Journal of Applied Earth Observation & Geo-information, Elsevier
    • Journal of Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Springer
    • Geocarto International, Taylor and Francis
    • Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, SPIE
    • Journal of Geomatics (ISG)
    • Annals of GIS
  • Wate,P. and Sameer Saran, 2015 “Design of CityGML Energy ADE for integration of Urban Solar potential Indicators using UML “Geocarto International (DOI: 10.1080/10106049.2015.1034192)
  • Roy, P.S., M.S.R Murthy, Sarnam Singh, Chandrashekhar, B., S.P.S Kushwaha, C.S. Jha, M.C. Porwal, G. Talukdar, M. Niphadkar, V. K. Srivastava, C.B.S Dutt,….Sameer Saran… 2015. “New Vegetation type map of India prepared using satellite remote sensing: its comparison with global vegetation maps and utilities” Int. J. Appl. Earth Observation & Geoinformation, 39 (2015) 142–159 (DOI: )
  • Saran, S., P. Wate, S.K. Srivastav and Y.V.N Krishnamurthy, 2015 “CityGML at semantic level for energy conservation strategies” Annals of GIS, Vol. 21, No. 1, 27-41. (doi:10.1080/19475683.2014.992370)
  • Tiwari, L.K., S.K. Sinha, S. Saran, V.A. Tolpekin and P.L.N. Raju, 2015. “Markov Random Field based method for super-resolution mapping of forest encroachment from remotely sensed ASTER image” Geocarto International (in Press)
  • Singh, H., Sameer Saran and R.D. Garg, 2014 “Performance evaluation and comparative Analysis of Freely available Spatial Database Management System for Mobile GIS based application” International Journal of Remote Sensing and GIS, Vol. 3, Issue 4, pp. 72-80 (ISSN 2277-9051)
  • Srivastava, S, Saran,S., Rolf deby and V.K. Dadhwal, 2013 “A Geo-Information System Approach for Forest Fire Likelihood based on Causative and Anti-causative Factors” International Journal of Geographic Information Science (IJGIS) (DOI:
  • Ansari, Z.R., L.A.K. Rao and Sameer Saran, 2013. “Comparative Study of Morphometric parameters derived from topographic maps and ASTER DEM” International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, Vol. 4, Issue 8: 508-528
  • Ansari, Z.R., L.A.K. Rao and Sameer Saran, 2013. “Geomorphological valuation of Sitla Rao Watershed Using ASTER- DEM, Dehradun, Uttrakhand, India” International Journal of Advancements in Research and Technology, Vol.2, Issue 3: 1-16.
  • Ansari, Z.R., L.A.K. Rao and Sameer Saran, 2013. “Effect of Geology and Geomorphology on landuse/landcover in Himalayan Foothill, Dehradun, India” Journal of Geological Society of India (JGSI), Vol 81:pp.827-834
  • P. S. Roy, M. S. R. Murthy, A. Roy, S. P. S. Kushwaha, S. Singh, C. S. Jha, M. D. Behera, P. K. Joshi, C. Jagannathan, H. C. Karnatak, S. Saran, C. S. Reddy, D. Kushwaha, C. B. S. Dutt, M. C. Porwal, S. Sudhakar, V. K. Srivastava, Hitendra Padalia, Subrata Nandy and Stutee Gupta. 2013. Forest fragmentation in India. Current Science, Vol. 105, Issue 6, 2013 pp. 774-780
  • Saran, S., H.Singh, S.P.S Kushwaha, K.N. Ganeshaiah, P.L.N Raju and Y.V.N Krishnamurthy, 2013 “Crowdsourcing Geographic Information using Field Based Mobile GIS developed on Open Source for biodiversity conservation- An Indian Bioresource Information Network (IBIN) Spatial Data Node Initiative” Journal of Geomatics, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 138-144
  • Saran, S., G.Sterk, R.Nair and R.S. Chatterjee, 2012 “Estimation of near surface soil moisture in a sloping terrain of a Himalayan watershed using ENVISAT ASAR multi-incidence angle alternate polarization data” Hydrological Processes (DOI: 10.1002/hyp).
  • Yang, X.Q., S.P.S. Kushwaha, S. Saran, Jian-Chu Xu and P.S. Roy, 2012 “Maxent modeling for predicting the potential distribution of medicinal plant, Justicia adhatoda L. in Lesser Himalayan foothills” Ecological Engineering, 51: 83-87
  • Ansari, Z.R., L.A.K. Rao and Sameer Saran, 2012. “Comparative Study of Terrain elements from different DEMs” International Journal of Remote Sensing and GIS. Vol.1, no.2, pp. 63-82
  • Roy,P.S., H.Karnatak, S.P.S. Khushwaha, A.Roy and S. Saran, 2012, “India’s plant diversity database at landscape level on geospatial platform: prospects and utility in today’s changing climate, Current Science, Special Issue on Forest Remote Sensing, Biodiversity and Climate (Guest Editors: M. D. Behera and P. S. Roy), Vol. 102,pp. 1126-1187
  • Saran, S., G.Sterk, P.J. van Oevelen and V.K. Dadhwal, 2012. Potential of ASAR-ENVISAT for estimating Near Surface Soil Moisture in a Sloping Terrain of a Himalayan Watershed. Online Published in Journal of Indian Society of Remote Sensing, 40(3): 541-550. DOI 10.1007/s12524-011-0178-z
  • Roy, P.S., Harish Karnatak, Sameer Saran, 2011. “Geospatial Data Processing in distributed computing environment” Journal of CSI Communication, Special Issue on GIS, Vol. No. 35, Issue no. 10. pp. 6-10
  • Saran, S., G. Sterk, P. van Oevelen and V.K. Dadhwal, 2011 “Potential of ASAR-ENVISAT for estimating near surface soil moisture in a sloping terrain of a Himalayan watershed. Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing, 40(3): 541-550
  • Saran, S., G. Sterk, P. Peters and V.K. Dadhwal, 2010. “Evaluation of Digital Elevation Models for delineation of hydrological response units (HRU’s) in a Himalayan watershed. Geocarto International. Vol. 25, No. 2, pp: 105–122. (DOI: 10.1080/10106040903051967)
  • Saran, S., R. Joshi, S. Sharma, H. Padalia and V.K. Dadhwal, 2010 “Geospatial modeling of Kharsu Oak (Quercus semicarpifolia) distribution in Kumaun Himalaya under climate change scenarios. J. Indian Soc. Remote Sens. (Special issue on Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology) 38: 535-547
  • Sidda, N., S. Saran, M.Baker, P.L.N Raju and V.K. Dadhwal, 2010 “A framework for the management of spatial data quality”. Journal of Geomatics, 4(4): 69-76
  • Saran, S., G. Sterk and S. Kumar, 2009. “Optimal land use/cover classification using remote sensing imagery for hydrological modelling in a Himalayan watershed, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (JARS), Vol. 3, 033551
  • Karnatak, H, Sameer Saran, K. Bhatia and P.S. Roy, 2008 “Geospatial database organization and spatial decision analysis for biodiversity databases in web GIS environment, Geocarto International, Vol. 25, No. 1 pp: 3 - 23 (DOI : 10.1080/10106040802677045)
  • Karnatak, H., Sameer Saran, K. Bhatia and P.S. Roy, 2007 “Multi-criteria Spatial Decision Analysis in Web GIS environment” International Journal of Advanced Computing and GIS (Springer Publication)- Geoinformatics 11:407-429 DOI 10.1007/s 10707-006-0014-8
  • Saran, S., A. Bharti, G. Sterk and P.L.N Raju, 2007. Comparing and optimizing land use classification in a Himalayan area using parametric and non parametric approaches, Journal of Geomatics , Vol. I, No.1, pp. 30-30
  • Saran, S., H. Padalia, R. Tupe, H.C Karnatak and P.L.N. Raju, 2006. Assessing performance of granulometric method for individual tree counting (ITC) International Journal of Geoinformatics Vol. 2, No. 2 pp. 21-29
  • Chandrashekhar,M.B., Sameer Saran, P.L.N Raju and P.S Roy, 2005. Forest canopy density stratification: How relevant is biophysical spectral response modeling approach, Geocarto International, Vol.20, No.1
  • Roy, P.S and Sameer Saran, 2004. Biodiversity Information System for North East India., Geocarto International, Vol. 19, No. 3
  • Saran, S., S. Ghosh, Gaurav Srivastava, P.S.Roy, Gautam Talukdar and Nupoor Prasad (2003). Spatial Decision Support System for biodiveristy conservation prioritisation - A case study for web based approach, Asian Journal of Geoinformatics 4 (1): 21-30
  • Prasad, N., Sameer Saran, S.P.S. Khushwaha and P.S. Roy (2001). Evaluation of various Image Fusion techniques using varying imaging scales. Current Science 81(9): 1218-1221
  • Saran, S., Subrat Sharma and P.S. Roy (2000). Extraction and refinement of landuse/landcover information from satellite digital data using fast fourier transformation in spatial frequency domain. Current Science 78 (1): 87-90
  • Roy, P.S., G.S. Pujar and Sameer Saran (2000). Remote Sensing – Eye in space for Forest Management. The Botanica 50: 144-158

Book Editor

  • Geographic Information System (GARD 401) for Post graduate certificate programme in Geospatial Technology Applications in Rural Development (PGC-GARD) – A distance learning mode programme of NIRD & PR. Ed. Sameer Saran, National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayat Raj, Ministry of rural development, Government of India, Hyderabad, India, pp.1-372

Chapters in Books

  • Y.V.N Krishnamurthy and Sameer Saran (2014). Space technology in disaster management support. Prepared for training course on “Disaster Management-Landslide Rehabilitation and Control in Agricultural Watershed” for Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute (CSWCRT), Dehradun held on July 21-27, 2014
  • Sameer Saran and Harish Karnatak (2014). Web enabled spatial decision support system using multicriteria decision modeling approach for biodiversity conservation prioritization. Remote Sensing and GIS in Environment Resource Management, Ed. S. Naithani and C. Jeganathan, Published by: Gaura Books India Private Limited, New Delhi, INDIA pp. 83-98 (ISBN: 978-81-929248-0-9)
  • Harish Karnatak and Sameer Saran (2014). Concept of Web based GIS and Spatial decision support system- Technology and Applications. Remote Sensing and GIS in Environment Resource Management, Ed. S. Naithani and C. Jeganathan, Published by: Gaura Books India Private Limited, New Delhi, INDIA pp. 111-130 (ISBN: 978-81-929248-0-9).
  • Roy, P.S., Sameer Saran, P.K. Joshi and Chandrashekar, M.B. (2003). Satellite remote sensing for forest management In: Geoinformatics for tropical Ecosystems. Ed. Roy, P.S., Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehradun, pp 158-199
  • P.S Roy and Sameer Saran (2003). Satellite Remote Sensing for Forest Management. Published as Chapter in the book entitled ‘Plant Diversity and Conservation’, Department of Botany, University of Delhi, Delhi
  • Sameer Saran and P.L.N Raju, (2002). Decision Support System for wasteland reclaimation. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee
  • P.L.N. Raju and Sameer Saran, (2002). GIS Technology and Applications. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee
  • P.S. Roy and Sameer Saran, (1996). Recent trends in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System. Materials for National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Roorkee
  • Swathi, A., Sameer Saran, S.K. Srivastav and Y.V.N Krishnamurthy, 2014. Geospatial modelling approach for interlinking of rivers: A case study of Vamsadhara and Nagavali river systems in srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, ISPRS TC VIII, Vol. XL-8 Mid-term Symposium
  • Kumar K, and Sameer Saran., 2014. Web based Geoprocessing tool for coverage data handling, The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (ISPRS), Volume XL-8, 2014. ISPRS Technical Commission VIII Symposium, 09 – 12 December 2014, Hyderabad, India
  • Amol,A and Sameer Saran, 2014. 3D Web based dynamic rendering of urban solar potential using CityGML ADE, The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (ISPRS), Volume XL-8, 2014. ISPRS Technical Commission VIII Symposium, 09 – 12 December 2014, Hyderabad, India
  • YVN Krishna Murthy, PLN Raju, SK Srivastav, Pramod Kumar, D Mitra, Harish Karnataka, Sameer Saran, Kamal Pandey, KapilOberai, K Shiva Reddy, Kshama Gupta, MahadevSwamy and AnirudhDeshmukh, VK Dadhwal, Vinod Bothale, PG Diwakar, MV Ravikumar, A. Leisely, M Arulraj and Sharat Kumar, SS Rao, Ravindra Singh Rawat, DN Pathak, VirendraDutt, DepakNegi, Jagdeep Singh, KK Shukla, Ajay Tomar and Nadeem, Bhoop Singh, AK Singh and R Shiva Kumar, 2014 “Capacity building for collecting primary data through crowdsourcing – an example of disaster affected uttarakhand state (India)”. The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (ISPRS), Volume XL-8, 2014. ISPRS Technical Commission VIII Symposium, 09 – 12 December 2014, Hyderabad, India
  • Roy, Parth Sarathi, Satya Prakash Singh Kushwaha, Arijit Roy, H. Karnataka, and S. Saran, 2013. "Biodiversity characterization at landscape level using geospatial model." Anais XVI Simpósio Brasileiro de Sensoriamento Remoto–SBSR, Foz do Iguacu, PR, Brasil (2013): 3321-3328
  • Pradhan, T., V. Walia, R. Kapoor, S. Saran, 2014. “Optimizing land use classification using decision tree approaches” IEEE International Conference on Data Mining and Intelligent Computing (ICDMIC) 2014 pp 1-5, New Delhi (DOI: 10.1109/ICDMIC.2014.6954256)
  • Sameer Saran, P.Wate, M.Sethi, S.K. Srivastav and Y.V.N Krishna Murthy, 2013 “Building 3D GIS model using CityGML at semantic level for energy conservation studies in an urban segment” ISG-ISRS National Symposium on Remote Sensing and GIS for Environment with special emphasis on Marine and Coastal Dynamics, 4-6th December, 2013, Vishakaptanam, A.P., INDIA(abstract accepted)
  • P. Wate, Sameer Saran, S.K. Srivastav and Y.V.N Krishna Murthy, 2013 “Formulation of hierarchial framework for 3D GIS data acquisition techniques in context of level of detail (LoD)” IEEE Second International Conference on Image Information Processing 2013 (IEEE ICIIP – 2013) , IEEE Conference Record # 31034, 09 – 11th Dec., 2013, Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, Shimla, HP, INDIA
  • Sameer Saran, H.Singh, PLN Raju and Y.V.N Krishna Murthy, 2012 “Biodiversity Metadata Catalogue Repository to access spatial datasets using Geonetwork Open Source” OSGEO-INDIA: FOSS4G 2012- FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE “Open Source Geospatial Resources to Spearhead Development and Growth” 25-27th Oct.2012, IIIT Hyderabad, pp. 1-5
  • H. Karnatak, H.Singh, R.Shukla and S. Saran, 2012 “ Development of Geoweb application using Open Source Technology: An innovative approach for disaster mitigation and management” OSGEO-INDIA: FOSS4G 2012- FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE “Open Source Geospatial Resources to Spearhead Development and Growth” 25-27th Oct.2012,IIIT Hyderabad, pp. 1-5
  • Huong, G.T.T and S. Saran, 2011 “Spatial Data Mining Approach to classify Quercus Species: A case study in Himalayas” Proceeding of 32nd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS), Taipei, Oct 3-7, Technical Session on Algorithms-1(TS 2-7), P_34_8-31-22.pdf
  • Sameer Saran, Ashutosh Pushpwan and Ashutosh Jha, 2011. “Biodiversity Metadata Catalogue System to access distributed datasets using Geonetwork Open Source”. Proceedings on National Symposium on Empowering Rural India through Space Technology and Annual Convention of Indian Society of Remote Sensing, TS-1 3D, Web and Open Source GIS-14, Nov. 9-11, Bhopal, pp.45
  • Roy, P.S and Sameer Saran, 2011 “Geospatial Services for Health: Challenges” Proceedings of Health GIS International Conference at Teri University, New Delhi, India (Key note speaker Dr. Sameer Saran on 5-6 Aug., 2011)
  • Roy, P.S., H. Karnatak and Sameer Saran, 2011 “Information Processing in Distributed GIS Environment” Geospatial World Forum 18-21 January,2011 Abstract Volume at Hyderabad, pp. 61
  • Saran, S., H. Karnatak, P.L.N Raju and P.S. Roy, 2009 “Biodiversity data dissemination of Uttaranchal in Web GIS environment” Proceedings of Indian Society of Geomatics Conference at FRI, India
  • Saran, S., K. Oberai and V.K. Dadhwal, 2008”Web enabled Approach for Agricultural Resource Information System using Remote Sensing and GIS” Proceeding of WCIT International Conference at VSSC, Trivandrum, India
  • Karnatak H, Sameer Saran and K.Bhatia, 2008 “Spatial Decision Support System in Network Based GIS Environment. Proceeding of WCIT International Conference at VSSC, Trivandrum, India
  • Roy, P.S., H. Karnatak, C.S. Jha, Sameer Saran and Y.V.S Murthy, 2008 “Distributed Computing and GIS: A case study for development of spatial node for Indian Bio-resource Information Network (IBIN). Proceeding of WCIT International Conference at VSSC, Trivandrum, India (Oral presentation by Sameer Saran)
  • Saran, S., G. Sterk and S. Kumar, 2007 “Optimal land use/cover classification using remote sensing imagery for hydrological modeling in a Himalayan watershed, in Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystem, and Hydrology IX, Christopher M.U.Neale; Manfred Owe; Guido D’urso, Ed., Proc. SPIE 6742N (DOI: 10.1117/12.769056) (Oral presentation by Sameer Saran)
  • Karnatak, H., Sameer Saran, C.S. Jha, YVS Murthy and P. S. Roy, 2007 “ Information System and Data Dissemination for Biodiversity Databases” Proceeding of National Seminar on Conservation of Eastern Ghats, December 28-29, 2007, Organized by Environmental Protection Research Institute (EPTRI), Hyderabad at Chennai
  • Tiwari, S. and Sameer Saran, 2006. Forest canopy density mapping using biophysical response modeling on MODIS data. Proceedings of Map India 2006 under environment and forestry (
  • Jain, S and Sameer Saran, 2005. Object oriented image analysis of high resolution imagery for landuse classification. Proceedings of Map India, 2005
  • Roy, P.S., Sameer Saran and H.C. Karnatak, 2005. Biodiversity characterization at landscape level using Geospatial Modeling, Paper presented Joint International Workshop on Biodiversity Informatics – An INDO-US Initiative 06-09 Dec, 2004, NCL, Pune, India.
  • Saran, S., H.C. Karnatak and P.S. Roy, 2005. Web enabled SDSS using MCDA for Biodiveristy Conservation Prioritization in Public Domain. Proceedings of Map India, Feb-2005
  • Neeraj Pundir and Sameer Saran, 2005. Review of data mining techniques in spatial domain. Proceedings of National seminar on Mathematics & Computer Science, UGC sponsored, Vol. 1 (NSOMACS-2005) Published by Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, SD (P.G) College, Muzzafarnagar, 2005, 249-256
  • Govil, R, Sameer Saran and K. Agarwal (2005). Performance Optimisation of Database Operations in Spatial Database Systems, Paper presented during ISRS Annual Convention and National Symposium, 6-9 Dec, 2005, Ranchi, India
  • Pundir, N, and Sameer Saran (2005). Review of data mining techniques in spatial domain” Presented during National seminar on Mathematics & Computer Science UGC Sponsored, Vol-1. In SD (PG) College of Engineering & Technology, Muzzafarnagar, India, pp 249-256
  • Jain, S. and Sameer Saran (2005). Object oriented image analysis of high resolution imagery for landuse classification, Paper presented in 8th Annual International Conference of Map India International Conference 7-9 Feb, 2005, New Delhi, India
  • Rawat, S, P.S. Roy and Sameer Saran (2004). GML based model of Indian NSDE format for Geo Spatial data Interoperability. Oral presentation, Global Spatial Data Infrastructure 7th International Conference-SDI for a Sustainable Future, 2-6 Feb., 2004, Bangalore, India, pp 82
  • Prasad, N., Sameer Saran, Harish Karnatak, P.L.N Raju and P.S. Roy (2003). Online GIS for forest resource management a precursor attempt, ESRI white paper proceeding Sixth ESRI Indian User conference 2003, Natural Resources, 23-24 April pp 1-10
  • Roy, P.S., Sameer Saran, Nupoor Prasad and Harish Karnatak (2003). Biodiversity database of the entire country now online: The BIOSPEC website aids the preservation of India's Biological Wealth, ArcNews Fall 2003 Issue Vol. 25 No. 3, November 12, 2003, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Saran, S. (2003). Spatial Data Infrastructure - An overview Oral presentation in ISPRS, WG IV/4, Tutorial on SDI for Urban Planning and Management, 6-8 Nov, 2003 at IIRS, Dehradun, India
  • Roy, P.S., P.K. Joshi, Gautam Talukdar, M.B. Chandrashekhar, C.Jegenathan, Sameer Saran, S.P.S. Khushwaha, Sarnam Singh, R.S. Tripathi, M.C. Porwal, A.K. Tiwari, S.Sudhakar, Harnam Singh, T.P.Singh, Uday Kumar and Sanja Tomar (2002). Biodiveristy Characterisation at landscape level and defining conservation strategies, Forest Cover Assessmsnent in Asia, Proceedings of the International Workshop Asian Forest Cover Assessment & Conservation Issues. IIRS-JRC, Dehradun, INDIA, pp 193-206
  • Roy, P.S., Sameer Saran, Suddhasheel Ghosh, Nupoor Prasad, Harish Karnatak and Gautam Talukdar (2002). Development of Biodiversity Information System for North East India using Internet GIS ISPRS proceedings. Vol. 4. Part 4, Com. IV, Ottawa, Canada
  • Chandrashekar, M.B., Sameer Saran, P.L.N. Raju and P.S. Roy, (2002). Satellite remote sensing based model to map forest canopy density: Potential use in tropical forest management. Published in Technical Workshop on New Remote Sensing Methodology for forest canopy density stratification jointly organized by ITTO-JOFCA and IIRS, Dehradun, India
  • Singh, S., T.P. Singh, Sameer Saran, and P.S. Roy (2002). Identifying biodiversity conservation areas in south eastern Arunachal Pradesh using geospatial approach. IAPRS & SIS, Vol.34, Part 7, “Resource and Environmental Monitoring”, ISPRS Proceedings Hyderabad, India, pp 85-90
  • Saran, S., P.S. Roy, Suresh Kumar, G. Sterk and P.Oevelan, (2002). Role of microwave remote sensing in soil erosion studies using inversion process modeling- a precursor attempt in lesser Himalayas. IAPRS & SIS, Vol.34, Part 7, Dec03-06, 2002, “Resource and Environmental Monitoring”, ISPRS Proceedings Hyderabad, India. pp 57-61
  • Singh, S., P.S. Roy, Sameer Saran and C. Jeganathan, (2000). Botanical Survey of India Databases for biodiversity charatcerisation. Proceedings in Biodiveristy and Environment, Remote Sensing & GIS perspectives organised by IIRS-ITC, India., pp 118-129
  • Sharma, S., P.S. Roy, D.N. Pant, Sameer Saran and L.M.S. Palni (1999). Identification of priorities areas for biodiversity conservation in the Indian Central Himalaya: a Case Study. Geoinformatics Beyond 2000. International Conference on Geoinformatics for Natural Resources Assessment, Monitoring and Management, 9-11 March, 1999. IIRS Dehradun, INDIA
  • Saran, S., C. Jeganathan, M.C. Porwal and P.S. Roy (1999). Delineation of some landcover features using textural feature entropy – a case study in Bandwan block, Purulia district (W.B.). Proc. ISRS National Symposium in Remote Sensing Applications for Natural Resources: Retrospective and Perspective, Bangalore, January 19-21, 1999, pp. 202
  • Roy, P.S, Sanjay Tomar, Girish Pujar and Sameer Saran (1997). Biophysical spectral response modelling approach for forest density stratification in International Congress on Remote Sensing and GIS (ICORG-97), JNTU, Hyderabad, India., pp 246-266
  • Roy, P.S., Sanjay Tomar, Girish Pujar, Sameer Saran, A.R. Maslekar and A. Rikimaru (1996). Forest density stratification in Tropical Forests - A case study in South Andaman Islands (India). Paper presented in 2nd International Tropical Timber Organisation/Japan Overseas Forestry Consultant Association, Aug. 1-3, 1996, Bangkok, (Thailand)
  • P. Wate and Sameer Saran, 2014. Design of CityGML ADE for Integration of Urban Solar Potential Indicators. CONTACT, Vol. 16 No.2, pp.6
  • Sameer Saran, S.P.S Kushwaha, K.N Ganeshaiah, P.S Roy and Y.V.N Krishna Murthy, 2012,“Indian Bioresource Information Network (IBIN): A distributed national bioresource portal” SG Newsletter, Special Issue on Food & Environmental Security, Vol. 18, No. 3 pp. 14-18
  • Sameer Saran and Harish Karnatak, 2011, “Spatial Decision Support System for biodiversity conservation prioritization using geospatial modeling approach” Bulletin of the National Natural Resources Management System NNRMS (B) – 36, Geospatial Applicationsand Decision Support Systems, NNRMS, DOS, Antariksh Bhawan, Bangalore, June 2012, pp. 57 – 67
  • Karnatak, H.C, Bhatia. K and Sameer Saran, 2006. AHP MCDM in Biodiversity Conservation. Geospatial Today , Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp-14-22, October 2006
  • Kumar, S. and Sameer Saran, 2006. Process-based soil erosion modeling. CONTACT, Vol. 8 No.2, pp.5-6
  • P.L.N Raju, C.Jeganathan, Sameer Saran, V. Srivastava, R.M. Rao and V.K. Dadhwal, 2005. Research development in Geoinformatics – Role of IIRS, ISG Newsletter , Vol. 10, No. 4 and Vol. 11 No. 1 2005
  • Karnatak, H.C., Sameer Saran and P.S. Roy, 2005. Spatial Service, a click away, Geospatial Today , Jan-Feb, 2005 edition
  • Roy, P.S., and Sameer Saran (2003). An interoperability model for Indian NSDI, Geospatial Today 2(4): 36-39
  • Karnatak, H.C., Sameer Saran and P.S. Roy (2005). Internet GIS: Distributed Geospatial Services, Geospatial Today 3(5): 42-46
  • Saran, S., 2006. Corner Reflector Installation at the Field Site for microwave ENVISAT ASAR Passes. CONTACT, Vol. 8 No.2, pp. 7-8

PhD Supervision: 3 Completed and 1 ongoing

  • Rajiv Joshi: Evaluating the influence of Bio-physical Processes on Landscape along the altitudinal gradient at various spatio-temporal scales using satellite remote sensing and geoinformatics (Phd awarded from Department of Physics, H.N.B Garhwal University, Srinagar, UK, India)
  • Harish Chandra Karnatak: Spatial decision support system for biodiversity conservation prioritization using multi-criteria decision analysis in Internet GIS domain. (Phd awarded from Department of Computer Science, Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyala, Haridwar, UK, India)
  • Ziaur Rehman Ansari: Detail Analysis of Digital Elevatiob Model for Geological and Geomorphological studies in sitla rao watershed area of Dehradun district, UP, India (Phd awarded from Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, UP, India)
  • Laxmi Kant Tiwari: Forest encroachment mapping using land-cover classification methods with multi-temporal remotely sensed image analysis, Geoinformatics Engineering Department, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, UP, Raebareilli
Few Selected Dissertations of PGD/MSc/MTech. Supervision


  • Ontology Mapping for Spatial Cadastral Dataset Integration (2011) (M.Sc Geoinformatics)
  • Design and development of an application on open source map server tool for disaster management in Venezula (2008) (PG Diploma Geoinformatics)
  • Development of web applications using open source map server and commercial servers (2008) (PG Diploma Geoinformatics)
  • Development of Web GIS application using open source tools (2006) (PG Diploma Geoinformatics
  • Development of Geospatial weather Information system using Internet GIS tools (2006) (PG Diploma RS & GIS)

Microwave remote sensing

  • Evaluation of effects of polarization and incidence angles on backscattering of radar signals for estimation of surface roughness in sloping areas using ENVISAT ASAR data (2007) (M.Sc. Geoinformatics)
  • Geo-informatics approach for comparative evaluation of forest cover and density stratification on optical and microwave remote sensing data (2007) (PG Diploma RS & GIS)

Spatial decision modeling

  • Land use evaluation using multi-criteria decision analysis for urban planning (2008) (PG Diploma RS & GIS)
  • Geospatial multi-criteria decision making approach to forest conservation planning at landscape level: A case study in Punjab Hosiarpur and Kapurthala districts (2008) (PG Diploma RS & GIS)
  • Intergated Geo-information system Approach for strengthening Conservation Measures in Protected Areas (2006) (M.Sc. Geoinformatics)

Data Mining

  • Content based satellite Cloud Image Retreival (2011) (M.Sc Geoinformatics)
  • A Decision tree approach to extract knowledge for improving satellite image classification (2005) (M.Sc. Geoinformatics).
  • Image mining for modeling (dynamic) land cover elements to assess landslide vulnerability (2008) (M.Sc. Geoinformatics).

Biophysical response modeling

  • Forest canopy density mapping of Doon Valley using MODIS data (2006) (PG Diploma Geoinformatics).

Spatial Databases

  • Designing a Spatial OLAP based system to explore weather ballon data (2015) (M.Sc Geoinformatics)
  • A framework for the management of spatial data quality (2008) (M.Sc Geoinformatics)


  • 3D GIS Modeling at semantic level using CityGML for Urban segment (2014) (M.Tech.)
  • Developing an Interoperability Model to Map Into 3D CityGML 2.0.0 (2015) (M.Tech. pursuing)
  • Web based visualization of CityGML ADE for traffic noise modeling application (2015) (M.Tech. Pursuing)
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