Remote Sensing of the Hydrosphere and Cryosphere

Our Mission

To promote use of remote sensing and its applications in the field of hydrosphere and cryosphere and, explore new advanced techniques and sensors for better understanding of hydrological and cryosphere processes in changing environment.

Working Group Officers


Praveen Kumar Thakur , ChairPraveen Kumar Thakur
Water Resources Department
Indian Institute of Remote Sensing
Indian Space Research Organisation
4, Kalidas Road
Dehradun - 248 001, Uttarakhand



Beata Csatho , Co-ChairBeata Csatho
Department of Geology
College of Arts and Sciences
University at Buffalo, SUNY
126 Cooke Hall
Buffalo, NY, 14260-1350
+1 716-645-4325
+ 1 716-645-3999



Jean-Michel Martinez , Co-ChairJean-Michel Martinez
Institut de recherche pour le Développement
Géosciences Environnement Toulouse
Institute of Geosciences / University of Brasília
+33 5 6133 2817 / +33 6 2777 0049



Vaibhav Garg , SecretaryVaibhav Garg
Water Resources Department
Indian Institute of Remote Sensing
Indian Space Research Organisation
4, Kalidas Road
Dehradun - 248 001, Uttarakhand



Amita V. Mehta, AdvisorAmita V. Mehta
NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Greenbelt MD
USA 20771
+1 301-614-6270


Christian Massari, AdvisorChristian Massari
Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (IRPI) of the National Research Council (CNR)
Via Madonna Alta 126
06126, Perugia
+39 0755014405


Praveen Kumar Gupta, AdvisorPraveen Kumar Gupta
Space Applications Centre
Indian Space Research Organisation
Jodhpur Tekra
Ambawadi Vistar P.O
Ahmedabad - 380015
+91 79 2691 4334


Avinash Kumar, AdvisorAvinash Kumar
National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCOPR)
+91 832 2525 695 


Terms of Reference

  • Develop remote sensing data for assimilation in hydrological and cryospheric models.
  • Contribute to error assessment in the retrieval of satellite based hydrological and cryospheric parameters.
  • Assemble historical records of consistent essential climate variable for studies of changes and trends in the hydrosphere and cryosphere.
  • Assess glacier and ice sheet mass loss and relationships to sea level rise with consideration of thermal expansion, tectonic causes and other factors.
  • Investigate the asymmetry in the changes of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic regions
    Study trends and changes in albedo at high latitudes and relationships with changes in snow cover and melt patterns.
  • Monitor variability and trends in surface temperature and how they affect snow cover, sea ice extent, glaciers and ice sheet volume, and the permafrost regions.
  • Understand the oceans’ role in the changes and interactions amongst the biological, chemical, and energy/water cycles in the oceans and their influence on terrestrial and cryospheric changes.
  • Help, coordinate, present and future remote sensing missions especially those related to ocean, snow/ice, and terrestrial hydrological observations, and provide expertise in the calibration, validation, and dissemination of the resulting data.
  • Understand hydrological extremes (floods and drought) using multi-sensor remote sensing inputs and develop techniques for early warning system
  • Study the atmosphere-land surface interactions for better hydrological processes understanding
  • Develop strategies for proper water resources management and utilization under changing climate, land use land cover, and management practices.
    Monitor water quality and quantity; and assess future water availability
  • Highlight the role of advanced/upcoming remote sensing satellite sensor (Microwave/Hyperspectral/Thermal/Gravity etc.) for hydrological and cryosphere studies
  • Address sustainable development goals – Climate Action; Zero Hunger; Clean Water and Sanitation using geospatial tools
  • Contribute to capacity building in the field of remote sensing applications for cryosphere and hydrosphere


The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications. The Society operates without any discrimination on grounds of race, religion, nationality, or political philosophy.

Our Contact

Leibniz University Hannover
Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation
Nienburger Str. 1
D-30167 Hannover