Curriculum vitae

Short bio

Anupma Prakash is a Professor of Geophysics (Remote Sensing) at the Geophysical Institute and the Department of Geosciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), USA. She is the Associate Dean for UAFs College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM), and the Director for CNSM Division of Research (CDR). Dr. Prakash is also the Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation funded Alaska EPSCoR Program, a large initiative to increase research capacity in the State of Alaska.

Dr. Prakash received her Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the Indian Institute of Technology – Roorkee (IIT-R) and conducted her post-doctoral research at the International Institute of Geo-information Surveys and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands. Her research involves using field methods, remote sensing, and modeling for mapping Earth surface composition and change. Many of her research projects are large and interdisciplinary in nature. The maps and information her team generates help several end-users, including community members who need to adapt to changes, managers who are interested in resource extraction or alternate energy production in an environmentally friendly manner, and policy-makers who need timely information for decision-making.

Dr. Prakash is internationally recognized for her research on the use of remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) techniques for investigating surface and underground coal mine fires. She applied these research methods to geothermal exploration and forest fire mapping. She founded the only airborne hyperspectral imaging research facility in the State of Alaska. She also established two field sites in interior Alaska for collecting essential climate variable data that can also be used for calibrating and validating satellite image products. Dr. Prakash serves as a member of the science working group for NASA’s planned HyspIRI satellite mission. Details of her research, teaching, publications, education and outreach activities are available at