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Dr Dhritiraj Sengupta

Dr Dhritiraj Sengupta

Physical Geographer and Earth Observation Scientist

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"My role at PML has given me the opportunity to contribute towards understanding the fragile state of our marine and coastal environment. Our leading research shapes both local and international policy through designing practical and robust solutions to mitigate the impact of climate change for our Oceans. The collaborative atmosphere and community spirit at PML inspires me daily and is helping me grow as an Earth Observation scientist."

Dhritiraj is a physical geographer and an Earth Observation (EO) scientist with 8+ years of experience in coastal Earth Science research and the application of geoinformatics in coastal urban planning and accounting land use changes. His research interest is in understanding the impact of coastal land reclamation and marine sand extraction along with its implication on the broader concept of climate change adaptation and urban resilience in the SE Asian coasts. Broadly, Dhriti works on combining serval elements of coastal zone management into Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), especially using EO and integrated GIS tools. Dhriti has experience in using optical, radar and Unmanned Areial Vehicle (UAV) remote sensing techniques to map long term changes at the coast including landuse, land subsidence, vegetation, surface water, offshore wind farms, water quality etc.

Besides, academic research, Dhriti is a steering committee member of the International Geographical Union's Commission on Coastal Systems and Fellow of Future Earth Coasts. His role in these organizations is to promote coastal geoscience education and make scientific knowledge available to common people via means of social media. He engages with people from various backgrounds to understand the critical position of our fragile coastal ecosystem. Dhriti believes much can be addressed if we communicate geoscience in an effective manner.

  • Unnatural dynamics of flood deposits in built environment. Sponsor: Leverhulme Trust. (Worked between May 2022-August 2023)
  • Quantifying Recent Subsidence of Reclaimed Land and Related Risk in Three Major Coastal Cities: Tokyo, Osaka & Kobe, Japan. Sponsor: British Society for Geomorphology. (2022-2023)
  • Critical zone project- Quantifying anthropogenic impact on Deltas over scale; Comparing Yangtze River delta, China with Kysnar estuary, South Africa. Sponsor: China National Natural Science Foundation and South Africa National Reserarch Foundation. (2017-2020)