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Prof. Rahul Chopra

Prof. Rahul Chopra - Ph.D. Department of the Geophysical Sciences, The University of Chicago, 2010; M.Sc. Geology, University of Bombay, 1999; B.Sc. Geology, University of Bombay. (Minor in Gemmology; Honours work in Geoarcheology), 1997;


Prof. Rahul Chopra is Associate Professor - Environmental Studies; Director of the “Centre for Sustainability, Environment, and Climate Change and received his Doctorate Degree from The University of Chicago; and has a M.Sc. in Geology from University of Bombay; B.Sc. in Geology from University of Bombay. (Minor in Gemmology; Honours work in Geoarcheology);

Prof. Rahul Chopra is the coordinator and co-lead of a global climate change education project of the International Union of Biological Sciences that aims to integrate climate change education in the curriculum across the world. He was the course coordinator and convener of the National Resource Center on Climate Change at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. He is a member of the Expert Group on COVID-19 in Pune as part of the Pune Knowledge Cluster; Ambassador and Advisor to The Earth Project. He was the former chair of the Centre for Earth and Environment at FLAME University, Pune and was an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies there. 

His interests are multidisciplinary and include curriculum development in Earth and Environmental Studies; the use of satellite derived remotely sensed and in-situ data to evaluate our changing environment; historical GIS and the spatial humanities; field based geological and environmental studies, and the use of high resolution chemical analyses instruments and data to study various earth and environmental processes.



  • Kumar K., and Chopra R. (2020) Mapping Change: The Possibilities for the Spatial Humanities in India in Exploring Digital Humanities in India: Pedagogies, Practices, and Institutional Possibilities Eds. Dodd M., and Kalra, N. Routledge Books  

  • Chopra R., Nagarajan A., Joshi A., Fomproix N., and Shashidhara L.S. (2020) Educational strategies to achieve global awareness of Climate Change and its impact in World Meteorological Organization e-library WMO Global Campus Innovations publication. https://library.wmo.int/doc_num.php?explnum_id=10404

  • Contributing Author: (2020) Chapter 1: Introduction to Climate Change Over the Indian Region in Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region: A Report of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India Eds. Krishnan R., Sanjay J., Chellappan G., Mujumdar M., Kulkarni A., Chakraborty S. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-981-15-4327-2

  • Chopra R., Joshi A., Nagarajan A., Fomproix N., and Shashidhara L.S. (2019) Climate Change Education Across The Curriculum in Climate Change and the Role of Education. Eds. Leal Filho, Walter, Hemstock, Sarah L. Springer Series Climate Change Management. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030328979

  • Chopra R., Richter F. M., Watson E. B., Scullard, C.R. (2012) Magnesium isotope fractionation by chemical diffusion in natural settings and in their laboratory analogues. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 88, 1-18.

  • Chopra R., Richter F.M., and Watson E.B. (2009) Magnesium isotope fractionation by chemical diffusion in natural silicate rocks. EOS Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet Suppl. V14B-05.

  • Gualda G. A. R, Cook D. L., Chopra R., Qin L., Anderson A. T. Jr., Rivers M. (2004) Fragmentation, Nucleation and Migration of Crystals and Bubbles in the Bishop Tuff Rhyolitic Magma. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences, 95. 375-390.

  • Gualda G. A. R, Cook D. L., Chopra R., Qin L., Anderson A. T. Jr., Rivers M. (2003) Crystal Sinking and Bubble Rising in the Bishop Tuff Rhyolitic Magma. EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet Suppl. V12A- 0557.


Climate Education project of the International Science Council - Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding (TROP ICSU) https://tropicsu.org

Project management and content development of several hundred digital pedagogical resources that integrate climate change with core disciplinary pedagogy. Other duties include building partnerships and conducting workshops with climate experts and several hundred teachers from across the world. 

Climate Education project by the National Resource Centre on Climate Change at IISER Pune 

Project management and content development including development of online refresher courses as  MOOCs for all in-service undergraduate teachers. Approved as a FDP by the UGC and AICTE 

Number of registered learners: 950 in 2018-19 and 4490 in 2019-20 

Climate Change Education Futures in India   

Project to develop and deploy a framework for CCE in India and beyond to increase the effectiveness of large-scale online CCE programmes. In collaboration with Oxford University.

Education for Sustainable Development in India

Program in Climate, Environment and Sustainability with an emphasis on skill development towards increased employability in India.

Mapping India: A resource of Indian maps

Resource for maps of India including antique maps, historical maps, topographic maps, geologic maps, forest and vegetation maps, and maps of major cities from various sources. Project includes creating maps using open source software, using data from satellite derived remotely sensed data, and compiling existing antique and colonial maps of India. 

Atlas of India’s Environmental History

A database to document spatial features and quantify environmental change in India over a period of 40 years using satellite derived remotely sensed data. Themes include urban expansion in India and quantifying the growth of approximately 50 of India’s largest cities; deforestation in and around national parks and wildlife sanctuaries; disappearing lakes of India; natural and man-made disasters; displacement due to large scale development projects. 

Historical GIS: Spatial Histories of India

Georeferencing, digitizing, and quantifying the spatial extent and features of historic and antique maps of India. Ongoing project includes spatial analyses of detailed historic maps of the city of Hyderabad from 1915 to quantify the spatial extent of individual neighborhoods of the city as it existed approximately 100 years ago. 

Atlas of the Indian Ocean 

A monthly record of variations in physical, chemical, and biological parameters using satellite derived and in-situ data from 2003-2013. Monthly record of Net Primary Productivity, Chlorophyll-A levels, Sea Surface Temperature, Sea Surface Height, Winds, Currents, Precipitation, and Salinity from 2003-2013 using various databases and software. 

Field Guide of the Geology of the Deccan Volcanic Province in and around Pune, India 

Geology of hills in and around Pune and mapping of various basaltic flows of the Deccan Volcanic Province to better constrain the eruptive rates, timescales of eruption, and to determine the extent of crustal contamination/mixing processes.

Isotopic analyses of non-traditional stable isotopes in naturally occurring silicate magmas using High Resolution Multi Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry 

Kinetic isotopic fractionations due to chemical diffusion exclusively in a natural silicate magmatic system. Involved geological field work in Maine and Nevada, USA; laboratory techniques including clean laboratory techniques for the dissolution of samples, ion exchange chromatographic separation, sample and standard preparation; and the use of instruments such as Scanning Electron Microscopes and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometers to measure elemental and isotopic compositions.