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Prof. Prasad Pathak
Associate Professor - Environmental Studies
Email: prasad.pathak@flame.edu.in
PhD in Geography from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA; M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from Pune University; B.Sc. in Microbiology from Pune University; Diploma in Geoinformatics from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun

Prasad Pathak is a physical geographer with specialization in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems. Using these techniques Prasad studies various environmental phenomena. For his doctoral work, Prasad studied glacial lakes in arctic Alaska for changes in their trophic structure and its links with surrounding landscapes. He completed his doctoral degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), NC, USA.

Prasad has also worked with Center for GIScience at UNCG as a post-doctoral fellow where he was involved in various research projects, development of research proposals, preparing manuscripts, and developing and conducting GIS training workshops.

In India, Prasad has worked with many reputed institutes (government and private). He has also worked at headquarters of ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) in California, USA as an intern.

Currently, he is working on urban issues such as urban heat islands, urban walkability and spatial in-justice.sssss


Journal Articles


  • Budhiraja, B., Pathak, P., Agarwal, G., & Sengupta, R. (2021). Satellite and Ground Estimates of Surface and Canopy-Layer Urban Heat Island: Comparison and Caveats. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (IJAGR)12(4), 1-21.

  • Gandhi, P., Ravi, C., Pathak, P., & Jalihal, S. (2021). Museums and Heritage Sites—The Missing Link in Smart City Planning: A Case Study of Pune City, India. Space and Culture, India8(4), 33-47.

  • Radda, I. A., Kumar, B. M., & Pathak, P. (2021). Land degradation in Bihar, India: an assessment using rain-use efficiency and residual trend analysis. Agricultural Research10(3), 434-447.


  • Pathak, P., Pagidipati, N. J., Clancy, S., Sharma, G., and Ostbye, T. (2020) Park quality and road walkability in Greater Noida, India: A Case Study demonstrating GIS for assessing barriers to being physically active in urban areas. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 11(3).


  • Budhiraja, B., Agrawal, G., & Pathak, P. (2020). Urban heat island effect of a polynuclear megacity Delhi–Compactness and thermal evaluation of four sub-cities. Urban Climate, 32, 100634

  • Upadhyay, S., Mondal, T., Pathak, P., Roy, A., Agrawal, G., and Bhattacharya, S. (2019) A network theoretic study of potential movement and spread of Lantana camara in Rajaji Tiger Reserve, India. Ecological Complexity, 40 (A).  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecocom.2019.100793


  • Pagidipati, NJ, Pathak, P., Clancy, SM., Sharma, G. and Truls, O. (2018) Safe Spaces for Women to be Physically Active in Greater Noida City, India. Advances Environmental Studies, 2(2), pp. 108-115. DOI: 10.36959/742/209

  • Smith, R. M., Pathak, P. A., & Agrawal, G. (2019). India’s “smart” cities mission: A preliminary examination into India’s newest urban development policy. Journal of Urban Affairs41(4), 518-534.


  • Budhiraja, B., Pathak, P. A., & Acharya, D. (2018). Studying Surface and Canopy Layer Urban Heat Island at Micro-Scale Using Multi-Sensor Data in Geographic Information Systems. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 9(4), pp. 36-56.


  • Majethia, R., Pathak, P., and Acharya, D. (2015) Context based ambient temperature sensing in smart phones. COMSNET 2015 proceedings published in IEEE Xplore, DOI - 10.1109/COMSNETS.2015.7098674


  • Pathak, P.A., Whalen, S. (2012) Using geospatial techniques to analyze landscape factors controlling ionic composition of arctic lakes, Toolik Lake region of Alaska. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 3(3), pp. 37-57.

  • Pathak, P.A., Stine, R.S., Hershey, A., Whalen, S., Nelson, E., Liu, Z. (2012) Landscape controls over major nutrients and primary productivity of Arctic lakes. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 39(4), pp. 187– 198.


  • Rathore, C. S., Dubey, Y., Shrivastava, A., Pathak P. and Patil, V. (2012) Opportunities for Wildlife Corridor between Kanha and Pench National Parks, Madhya Pradesh, India. PLoS One, 7(7). Accessible at: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0039996

  • Bunch, R., Tapp, A., Pathak, P. (2011) Leveraging Science behind GIS. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 2(2), pp. 33 – 38.


  • Stine, R.S., Chaudhuri, D., Pathak, P.A., Brown, M.. (2010). Comparing Image Classification Techniques for Arctic Tundra Land Cover, Toolik Lake region, Alaska. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 47 (1), pp. 78 – 98.


  • Rathore, C. S., Dubey, Y., Shrivastava, A., Pathak P. and Patil, V. (2008). Promoting Eco-Tourism to Conserve Wildlife Corridors: A Strategy for the Kanha – Pench Landscape in India. The Tourism Development Journal, 5&6 (1).

Book chapters


  • Pathak, P., Shukla, S., Nigam, S., & Pandya, P. (2021). Geo-intelligence in Public Health: A Panoptical to COVID-19 Pandemic. In Geo-intelligence for Sustainable Development (pp. 95-107). Springer, Singapore.


  • Budhiraja, B., Pathak, P., & Acharya, D. (2019). Studying Surface and Canopy Layer Urban Heat Island at Micro-Scale Using Multi-Sensor Data in Geographic Information Systems. In Geospatial Intelligence: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (pp. 389-410). IGI Global.

  • Smith, R. M., & Pathak, P. (2018). Urban sustainability in India: green buildings, AMRUT yojana, and smart cities. In Metropolitan Governance in Asia and the Pacific Rim (pp. 163-190). Springer, Singapore.


  • Bakimchandra, Pathak, P. & Chhipa, V. (2015). Mapping ground water quality in tehsils of Jaipur district. Rajasthan, India using GIS. STEM and GIS in Higher Education. -  ESRI, California, USA.



  • Pathak, P. & Smith, R. (2019). Smart city, Land use changes and Surface Temperature Patters in Pune – a case study. 2019 American Association of Geographers Meeting, Washington, DC, USA.

  • Sengupta, R., Pathak, A., and Buddhiraja, B. (2019).  Estimating UHI from Remote Sensing and Weather Stations: Some Caveats . 2019 American Association of Geographers Meeting, Washington, DC, USA.


  • Budhiraja, B., Pathak, P. and Agrawal, G. (2017) Spatio-temporal variability of urban heat islands in local climate zones of Delhi NCR – SPIE conference, Poland

  • Pathak, P., Sengupta, R. (2017). Analyzing Seasonal Urban Heat Island effect at Rajgir – a growing town surrounded by agriculture – presented at Engaging Canada and India: Perspectives on Sustainability at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi


  • Pathak, P., Deshpande R., and Agrawal, G. (2016). Land-use and transport mode choice in a planned peri-urban area in India – Proceedings World Conference on Transportation Research 2016 – China


  • Pathak, P., Deshpande, R. & Agrawal G. (2015). GIS as a Tool for Rapid Assessment of access to of Active Transportation in a Planned Peri-Urban Region. Transportation Reasearch Board  conference - Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts

  • Majethia, R., Pathak, P., and Acharya, D. (2015). Context based temperature mapping using smart platforms. Accepted for 7th International Conference on COMmunication Systems & NETworkS (COMSNET 2015). It will be published in IEEE Xplore.


  • Pathak, P., Mann, D., and Budhiraja, B. (2014). Delineating comfort zones in academic building using smart platform. Poster presentation in International Association of Mathemaical Geosciences conference in JNU, Delhi for Oct. 14.


  • Pathak P. (2010). “Improving Thematic Accuracy in Toolik Lake Region”.  Annual meeting of SouthEastern Division of the Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, Alabama.


  • Pathak, P. (2009). “Quantifying Relationships between Landscape Factors and Lake Primary Productivity in Arctic Alaska using Remote Sensing Techniques”. Annual Meeting of South Eastern Division of Association of American Geographers, Knoxville, TN

  • Pathak, P. (2009). “Lake Landscape Dynamics in the Arctic Alaska”. Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers. Las Vegas, NV.