Hi! I’m Dipankar Mandal

My major research area is remote sensing applications for agricultural crop monitoring & yield forecasting. It can strengthen the crop risk assessment and crop insurance initiatives in a transparent way.

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Remote Sensing for Crop Monitoring

Optical and Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar SAR) to monitor crop growth.

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Mapping Early-Late Rice in a Regional Scale

ESA Sentinel-1 SAR data derived crop map product

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About Me

Dipankar Mandal

I am a Doctoral Student at CSRE, IITBombay. I did specialization in Agricultural Engineering and Remote Sensing. The main goal of my research is to understand how crop canopy interacts with radar signals by using both Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) remote sensing and physical scattering models. Combining remote sensing observations and the models is my approach to understand crop dynamics.

For me, the key question is how to relate crop dynamics for better prediction of yield within a crop season, especially during the Indian monsoon? In our lab, we are trying to tackle these challenges with the concepts of SAR polarimetry and crop simulations through different field campaigns and SAR observables. We believe that the SAR has a high potential for agricultural crop monitoring along with the optical sensors. “And this is just the beginning; we have not even scratched the surface”.

Area of Interest


  • July 2017 – Present: Doctor of Philosophy Microwave Remote Sensing Lab (MRSLab), CSRE, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
  • July 2015 – June 2017: Masters of Technology Geoscience and Remote Sensing Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
  • August 2011 – June 2015: Bachelor of Technology Agricultural Engineering Bidhan Chandra Agricultural University, India

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(+91) 2225764654

206-MRSLab, Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,
Mumbai, India 400076