School of Geography
University of Southampton
Jegan Chockalingam obtained a M.Sc. in Physics at Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU), India (1995), a M.Sc. in Geoinformatics at the International Institute for Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Netherlands (2003) and a Ph.D. in Forest Geoinformatics at Forest Research Institute University (FRIU), Dehradun (2007). He was the recipient of the “Klaas Jan Beek” award in 2003 for best research. His research interests include phenology modeling, spatio-temporal vegetation dynamics, downscaling and spatial decision modeling.
He worked at the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS, Dehradun) as a senior faculty and as a Senior Scientist in Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in India before moving to the United Kingdom.
In India, he contributed as a principal scientist for the development of “Spatial Landscape Modeling” software, which has been used in all ISRO centers involved in the National Biodiversity Characterisation Programme. He was the program coordinator for the International Master of Science in Geoinformatics programs of IIRS & ITC. His recent research publications on the subject of phenology of tropical vegetation in India at the national level are seminal. He has published more than 50 research papers in the field of RS & GIS, and he is an active reviewer for reputed journals like International Journal of Remote Sensing (IJRS), International Journal for Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (JAG), Journal of Indian Society of Remote Sensing, and Journal of Indian Society of Geomatics.
Chockalingham’s visit to Santa Barbara was made possible through the EU-funded Marie Curie project, CliMed, which is led by Cukurova University in Turkey and in which UCSB participates. He spent his time in Santa Barbara exploring research possibilities in spatio-temporal uncertainties in satellite derived vegetation growth profiles and its sensitivity toward weather fluctuations.