Chandrashekhar Biradar is principal agro-ecosystems scientist. He heads the Geospatial Science, Technology and Application research for ICARDA and the CGIAR research program on dryland systems.
He has led the production of the first satellite sensor serving irrigated- and global rainfed-croplands of the world. He also developed a number of remote sensing-based methods, algorithms, and tools related to land use and land cover mapping, biodiversity assessments, water productivity, and eco-epidemiology. His current research involves developing geospatial mechanisms for delivering better interventions and a package of practices to assist smallholder farmers improve food security and livelihood in the dry areas.
Before joining ICARDA, he was professor and researcher at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, working on number of federally-funded projects. He has authored over 150 publications, including journal articles and books and book chapters. He’s also the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin’s Outstanding Young Scientist Award for 2013.
Biradar received his Ph.D. in remote sensing and environmental sciences from the University of Pune, India, and did his post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for the Study on Earth, Ocean and Space at the University of New Hampshire.