Dr. Krishna Vadrevu
Krishna Vadrevu is the Deputy Program Manager for the Land Cover/Land Use Change (LCLUC) Program at the Earth Science Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Dr. Vadrevu received his Ph.D. in 2000 while working at the National Remote Sensing Center, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). His Ph.D. focused on characterizing land use, and forest-cover dynamics using remote sensing techniques and ecosystem modeling. From 2001-2003 he held a Post-Doctoral research position, and from 2003-2009 worked as a Research Scientist at the Agroecosystem Management Program of The Ohio State University (OSU). During these years, he worked on agriculture and ecosystem sustainability-related projects using remote sensing. In 2010, Dr. Vadrevu joined the University of Maryland, College Park, as an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences and worked on the remote sensing of land use/cover changes, fires, biomass burning emissions, and sustainability.
In 2016, Dr. Vadrevu joined NASA as a Remote Sensing Scientist, a civil servant position at the Earth Science Office, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, where he is currently located. Dr. Vadrevu served as PI and Co-I on diverse projects funded by NASA, USDA, and NSF on LCLUC, fires, biomass burning/greenhouse gas emissions, land-atmospheric interactions, and ecosystem sustainability. He has more than a hundred publications in peer-reviewed journals and books. In addition, he has three different books published as the main Editor, the first one on Land Atmospheric Interactions by Springer in 2018 and two-volume books on Biomass Burning by the CRC press in 2021. Also, two additional books on land use cover changes are pending publication. To date, he led 12-different special issues in peer-reviewed journals involving more than two hundred authors from various countries and institutions. Furthermore, he voluntarily serves seven different peer-reviewed scientific journals in Editorial roles.
At NASA, Dr. Vadrevu has been contributing and leading the South/Southeast Asia Research Initiative (SARI). As the SARI Lead, he fosters innovative regional research, education, and capacity building activities. He has successfully brought the US, international and regional, scientists from academia, space agencies, private sector, government, and non-government together to tackle outstanding land-use/cover changes related science questions and capacity building efforts. He served as the Fire Implementation Team Lead of the Global Observations of Forests and Land-use Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) program (2010-2016) and is currently serving as a regional network coordinator on international coordination (2016 to date). He is also a member of the NASA HARVEST team. In his capacity as the LCLUC Deputy Program Manager, Dr. Vadrevu enhances the LCLUC programmatic reach globally and manages the logistic and scientific aspects of the Program based on his extensive connections in both academia and the non-academic world.