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The Institute has a multi-disciplinary and problem oriented research agenda that focuses on technology development as well as land/ocean/atmosphere applications in the area of geo-information (GI) science and earth observation. From the perspective of technology development, commendable research in GI science is pursued at the Institute, like advanced image processing techniques, digital photogrammetry, microwave remote sensing, radar interferometry, hyperspectral remote sensing, LiDAR data processing, spatial data mining, spatial data modelling, spatial decision support systems, etc. On the applications front, the Institute has proven its leadership in the country in developing key societal applications, like watershed management, ground water exploration, modelling urban dynamics, coastal zone management, irrigation water management, biodiversity characterisation, geo-hazards monitoring, assessment and modelling, to name a few.

IIRS is involved in a number of research projects of ISRO/ DOS such as Earth Observation Application Mission, Disaster Management Support, National Carbon Project (ISRO-GBP) and other Mission Projects such as SARAL-ALTIKA & INSAT INSAT-3D Utilization Projects etc. In addition to these ISRO/ DOS projects, IIRS scientists have significantly contributed in the research activity through various Technology Development Programmes (TDPs) and other in-house research projects. IIRS is publishing about 60-70 peer reviewed research publication annually in various national and International high impact research journals. Some of the major ongoing research areas are:

  • ISRO-Geosphere Biosphere Programme (ISRO-GBP)
  • Microwave Remote Sensing Programmes (JEPs/UPs)
  • Disaster Management Support Programme (DMSP)
  • Earth Observation Applications Mission (EOAM)
  • Technology Development Programme (TDP)
  • Students’ research (M. Tech./ M.Sc./ Ph.D./ External Students)
  • Internal R&D by the scientists (studies which do not require substantial financial resources)

IIRS is a recognized centre for carrying out research leading to Ph.D. by Forest Research Institute (Deemed University), Dehradun; Andhra University, Visakhapatnam; University of Pune, Pune; and IIT, Roorkee. As a part of its policy to promote research in the field of remote sensing and geoinformatics, the Institute provides opportunities to the interested candidates for pursuing doctoral research leading to Ph.D. Degree from a recognized university. Keeping in view the long tradition of academic excellence, the following institutional goal is laid down for doctoral research:

“To develop deep and broad understanding of the subject and to inculcate abilities for independently undertaking research in the chosen field of remote sensing and geoinformatics technology and applications.”


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