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Sunil Narumalani Class of '74 (Science)

Sunil Narumalani Class of '74 (Science)

Sunil Narumalani ExCampionite Class of 1974 has been the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) since 2009. Some of Sunil's responsibilities include Achievement-Centered Education implementation, curriculum issues, distance education, new student enrollment, the CAS Advising Center and recruitment. Sunil continues to hold a 25 percent appointment as a professor in the School of Natural Resources - Faculty of Geography/GISciences. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT).

His research interests are in land use/land cover interpretation, change detection studies, homeland security and defense-related applications of remote sensing and GIS. Specific projects he has worked on include the development of a UNL campus-wide GIS for regular daily operations and security, integrated natural resources management for the Nebraska National Guard and mapping of invasive species at select national parks. In addition, he has been involved with several colleagues at CALMIT toward providing geospatial technology training and support to the U.S. military's efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Past research includes the mapping of agroecozones (agriculturally dominated ecological zones) of Nebraska for the USDA, biological diversity studies along the Platte River for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and land use change detection studies for the National Park Service.

Sunil received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of South Carolina in 1993 and has been with UNL since then. He teaches courses in remote sensing (digital image analysis) and advanced geographic information systems. His research focuses on the use of remote sensing for the extraction of biophysical information from space and airborne systems, integration of geospatial data sets for ecological and natural resources mapping and monitoring, and the development of new image-processing analyses techniques for information extraction.

MA - University of Bombay, Accounting (1981)
MA - University of Georgia, Geography (1989)
PhD - University of South Carolina, Geography (1993)

AREAS OF INTEREST: Remote Sensing, Geographic information systems (GIS), Applications in Wetlands, Natural resources management/monitoring, Homeland defense, Military applications of geographic information systems (GIS), Biological diversity, Environmental change, Environmental degradation, Environmental Management, Wetlands

Applied Ecology

Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies, UNL

Grant Title Geographic Information System Support
Starting Date 10/1/2009 - Ending Date 9/30/2010
Funding Level $66,443.00 Funding Source NE Military

Graduate Program(s)
Master of Arts with a Specialization in Geographic Information Systems
Master of Science with a Specialization in Geographic Information Systems
Remote Sensing
Doctor of Philosophy with a Specialization in Geographic Information Systems

Narumalani, S., D. Mishra, M Karabulut, and M. Palecki, (IN PRESS). " An Assessment of Vegetation Response to Different
Moisture Conditions using SPOT-XS Data, " Submitted to Asian Journal of Geoinformatics.
Narumalani, S., D. Mishra, and R. Rothwell, 2004. " Change Detection using Image Analysis and Landscape Metrics," Remote
Sensing of Environment, 91: 478-489.
Narumalani, S., D. Mishra, and R. Rothwell, 2004. " Analyzing Landscape Structural Change using Image Interpretation and
Spatial Pattern Metrics," GIScience and Remote Sensing, 41(1): 25-44.
Zhou, Y., S. Narumalani, W. Waltman, S. Waltman, and M. Palecki, 2003. " A GIS-Based Spatial Pattern Analysis Model for Ecoregion Mapping and Characterization," International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 17(5): 445-462.
Maeder, J., S. Narumalani, D. Rundquist, R. Perk, J. Schalles, K. Hutchins, and J. Keck, 2002. " Classifying and Mapping Coral-Reef Structure Using IKONOS Data, " Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 68(12): 1297-1305.

Faculty Type: Faculty
Rank: Professor
Working Description: Remote Sensing/GIS Scientist
Address: 302 Hardin Hall 3310 Holdrege Street Lincoln NE 68583-0973
Phone 402-472-9842
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail snarumalani1@unl.edu

Campus Address: 302 HARH
EC 0973
Phone 402-472-9842
FAX 402-472-2946