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Dr. Raji P.

Assistant Professor, Amrita School for Sustainable Futures, Amritapuri

Qualification: B-Tech, M.Tech, Ph.D
rajip@am.amrita.edu
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Research Interest: Agriculture - Crop Modelling; Irrigation Water Management, Hydrological Modelling - Flood; Drought, Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture, Water

Bio

Dr. Raji P. has degrees in Agricultural Engineering (Kerala Agricultural University), Agricultural Systems & Management (IIT Kharagpur) and Doctorate in Hydrology (AgroParisTech University, France) with an emphasis on streamflow hydrology. She has 7 years of research and teaching experience in national institutes (ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram & Indian Institute of Information Technology, Sri City) in India. Her research interests include soil and water conservation, impact of climate change on agriculture & water resources, stream low-flows and drought, irrigation water management, and sustainable management in water and agriculture with carbon neutral practices.

Publications

Journal Article

Year : 2024

Computer-Aided Crop Yield Forecasting Techniques – Systematic Review Highlighting the Application of AI

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Thendiyath Roshni, Byju Gangadharan & Govindan Kutty, "Computer-Aided Crop Yield Forecasting Techniques - Systematic Review Highlighting the Application of AI". Environ Model Assess, (2024) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10666-024-09978-6

Publisher : Environmental Modeling & Assessment

Year : 2023

Global Sustainable Water Management: A Systematic Qualitative Review

Cite this Research Publication : Nuru Hasan, Raji Pushpalatha, V. S. Manivasagam, Sudha Arlikatti & Raj Cibin . Global Sustainable Water Management: A Systematic Qualitative Review. Water Resources Management (2023).

Publisher : Springer

Year : 2023

Future Climate Suitability of Underutilized Tropical Tuber Crops-‘Aroids’ in India

Cite this Research Publication : RAJI PUSHPALATHA, SUNITHA S, SANTHOSH MITHRA VS, & BYJU GANGADHARAN. (2023). Future climate suitability of underutilized tropical tuber crops-‘Aroids’ in India. Journal of Agrometeorology, 25(2), 255–261. https://doi.org/10.54386/jam.v25i2.2152

Publisher : Journal of Agrometeorology

Year : 2023

Climate Resilience, Yield and Geographical Suitability of Sweet Potato under the Changing Climate: A Review

Cite this Research Publication : Pushpalatha, R., & Gangadharan, B. (2023). Climate resilience, yield and geographical suitability of sweet potato under the changing climate: A review. Natural Resources Forum, 1– 14. https://doi.org/10.1111/1477-8947.12309

Publisher : Wiley Online Library

Year : 2022

QUEFTS Model, a Tool for Site-specific Nutrient Management of Crops: A Review

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Byju Gangadharan, "QUEFTS-a tool for site-specific nutrient management of crops: A meta-analysis," Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, v.53 no.18, pp. 2339-2352, 2022. DOI:  10.1080/00103624.2022.2071924

Year : 2021

Testing of cassava varieties for climate resilience under Kerala (India) conditions

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Shiny R, Govindan Kutty, Dua VK, Sunitha S, Santhosh Mithra VS, Byju G., "Testing of cassava varieties for climate resilience under Kerala (India) conditions," Agricultural Research, 11, pages 24–31, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40003-021-00547-x, 2021.

Publisher : Springer

Year : 2021

Evaluation of a Crop Growth Model for Cassava over Southern Peninsular India

Cite this Research Publication : Santhosh Mithra VS, Raji Pushpalatha, Sunitha S, James George, Velmurugan M, Ashok P, Mhasker NV, Desai KD, Shiny R, Byju G., "Evaluation of a Crop Growth Model for Cassava over Southern Peninsular India," Agricultural Research, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40003-021-00557-9, 2021.

Year : 2021

Modelling the yield, water requirement, and water productivity of major tropical tuber crops using FAO-AquaCrop – A study over the main growing areas of India

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Sunitha S, Santhosh Mithra VS, Byju G., "Modeling the yield, water requirement and water productivity of major tropical tuber crops using AquaCrop - A study over the main growing areas of India," Tropical Agriculture, 59 (2), 155-161. 2021.

Year : 2021

Sensitivity analysis of WOFOST for yield simulation of cassava over the major growing areas of India

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Shiny R, Govindan Kutty, Byju G., "Sensitivity analysis of WOFOST for yield simulation of cassava over the major growing areas of India," Indian Journal of Agrometeorology 23(4): 243-248. 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.54386/jam.v23i4.140.

Year : 2021

Impact of climate change on the yield of tropical root and tuber crops vs. rice and potato in India

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Santhosh Mithra VS, Sunitha S, James Goerge, Nedunchezhian M, Mamatha K, Ashok P, Sheriful Alam, Saud BK, Tarafdar J, Surajit Mitra, Chandra Deo, Velmurugan M, Suja G, Ravi V, Byju Gangadharan, "Impact of climate change on the yield of tropical root and tuber crops vs. rice and potato in India," Food Security, 14, pages 495–508, DOI: 10.1007/s12571-021-01226-z. 2021. 

Publisher : Springer

Year : 2021

Impact of climate change on the potential geographical suitability of cassava and sweet potato vs. rice and potato in India

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Shiny R, Byju G., "Impact of climate change on the potential geographical suitability of cassava and sweet potato vs. rice and potato in India," Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 146, pages 941–960, 2021. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-021-03763-1

Publisher : Springer

Year : 2020

Development of optimal irrigation schedules and crop water production function for cassava: study over three major growing areas in India

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Sunitha S, James George, Shiny R, Byju G., "Development of optimal irrigation schedules and crop water production function for cassava: study over three major growing areas in India," Irrigation Science, 38(3): 251-261. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00271-020-00669, 2020.

Year : 2020

Is Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) a Climate “Smart” Crop? A Review in the Context of Bridging Future Food Demand Gap

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Byju G., "Is Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) a Climate “Smart” Crop? A Review in the Context of Bridging Future Food Demand Gap," Tropical Plant Biology, 13, pages 201–211, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12042-020-09255, 2020.

Year : 2020

Assessing the influence of climate model biases in predicting yield and irrigation requirement of cassava

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Byju Gangadharan, "Assessing the influence of climate model biases in predicting the yield and water requirement of cassava," Modeling Earth Systems and Environment, Vol. 7, pages 307–315, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40808-020-01038-8, 2020.

Year : 2019

Evaluation of a crop growth model for sweet potato over a set of agro-climatic conditions in India

Cite this Research Publication : Santhosh Mithra VS, Raji Pushpalatha, Sunitha S, James Goerge, Sing PP, Singh RS, Tarafdar J, Surajit Mitra, Chandra Deo, Sunil Pareek, Lakshmi KM, Shiny R, Byju G., "Evaluation of a crop growth model for sweet potato over a set of agro-climatic conditions in India". Current Science 117(1): 110-113. 2019. 

Year : 2015

Benchmarking hydrological models for low-flow simulation and forecasting on 22 French catchments

Cite this Research Publication : Nicolle P, Raji Pushpalatha, Perrin C, François D, Thiéry D, Mathevet T, Le Lay M, Besson F, Soubeyroux J, Viel C, Regimbeau F, Andréassian V, Maugis P, Augeard B, and Morice E., "Benchmarking hydrological models for low-flow simulation and forecasting on 22 French catchments," Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences 18: 2829-2857. 2014. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-2829-2014, 2014.

Year : 2012

A review of efficiency criteria suitable for evaluating low-flow simulations

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Perrin C, Le Moine N, and Andréassian V., "A review of efficiency criteria suitable for evaluating low-flow simulations," Journal of Hydrology (420-421): 171-182, 2012.

Publisher : Elsevier

Year : 2011

Rainfall-Runoff analysis of a compacted area

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Uma E, and Shyla J., "Rainfall-Runoff analysis of a compacted area," Agricultural Engineering International: The CIGR Journal 13(1): CIGR MS No.1547, 2011.

Year : 2011

Evaluation of crop models for simulating and optimising deficit irrigation systems in arid and semi-arid countries under climate variability

Cite this Research Publication : Kloss S, Raji Pushpalatha, Kamoyo KJ, and Schütze N., "Evaluation of crop models for simulating and optimising deficit irrigation systems in arid and semi-arid countries under climate variability," Water Resources Management, 26, pages 997–1014 , DOI 10.1007/s11269-011-9906-y. 2011.

Publisher : Springer

Year : 2011

A downward structural sensitivity analysis of hydrological models to improve low-flow simulation

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Perrin C, Le Moine N, Mathevet T, and Andréassian V., "A downward structural sensitivity analysis of hydrological models to improve low-flow simulation," Journal of Hydrology, 411:66-76, 2011.

Publisher : Elsevier

Conference Paper

Year : 2024

Interlinking climate change, surface and subsurface flows on landslides in the Cauvery River basin

Cite this Research Publication : Harilal, S., Pushpalatha, R., Raj, C., Singh, B., Narayanan, U., and V Ramesh, M.: Interlinking climate change, surface and subsurface flows on landslides in the Cauvery River basin, India , EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-830,

Year : 2023

Impact of climate change on food security over the Indian subcontinent

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Byju G, and Roshni T. 2023. Impact of climate change on food security over the Indian subcontinent. National Symposium on Tropical Meteorology-TROPMET 2023. Birla Auditorium, Statue Circle, Jaipur, India. November 22-24, 2023. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ivEBxhKRhUyJ0fjzvekIxsbYBvGhQWtW/view

Year : 2020

Impact of climate change on cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) – An assessment using weather generator

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, R. Shiny, Govindan Kutty, G. Byju., "Impact of climate change on cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) - An assessment using weather generator," Indian Science Congress (ISC). 2020. 

Year : 2010

Usefulness of low flow forecasts and forecast lead times- a probabilistic approach

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Charles Perrin and Vazken Andréassian, "Usefulness of low flow forecasts and forecast lead times- a probabilistic approach," EGU Leonardo Topical Conference Series on the hydrological cycle, November 10-12, Luxembourg, 2010. 

Year : 2009

Diagnosing Low Flow Forecasting Possibilities in France: Test of Hydrological Models on a Set of 1000 Catchments

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Charles Perrin, Vazken Andréassian and Cécile Loumagne, "Diagnosing Low Flow Forecasting Possibilities in France: Test of Hydrological Models on a Set of 1000 Catchments," Joint International Convention of 8th IAHS Scientific Assembly and 37th IAH Congress Water: A vital resource under stress – How Science can help, September 6-12, Hyderabad, India, 2009.

Conference Proceedings

Year : 2024

Enhancing Solid Waste Management in Kochi Smart City using GIS and IoT

Cite this Research Publication : Surya Harilal, Unni Narayanan, Rohit Samuel, Sai Shibu N B, Aryadevi Remanidevi Devidas and Raji Pushpalatha. Enhancing Solid Waste Management in Kochi Smart City using GIS and IoT. 2024 IEEE International Conference for Women in Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship (ICWITE), Bangalore, India. 16th and 17th February 2024.

Publisher : IEEE

Year : 2023

Crowdsourced Mobile Applications for Disaster Relief: A Case Study of Landslide Tracker and Amrita Kripa App Deployments in Sikkim Schools

Cite this Research Publication : Ramesh Guntha, Raji Pushpalatha, Sudesh Kumar Wadhawan and Balmukund Singh. Crowdsourced Mobile Applications for Disaster Relief: A Case Study of Landslide Tracker and Amrita Kripa App Deployments in Sikkim Schools. 5th International Conference on Computing and Network Communications (CoCoNet'23) & 6th International Conference on Applied Soft Computing and Communication Networks (ACN'23), PES University, Bangalore, December 18-20, 2023.

Year : 2023

A Systemic Approach To Understanding Food And Nutrition Insecurity In Developing Countries: A Case Study Of Rural Odisha, India

Cite this Research Publication : Amrita Sadanand, Raji Pushpalatha, Vivek Dubey, Karthik Sankaranarayanan, Yogesh Velankar, Nivedita Pavithran. A Systemic Approach To Understanding Food And Nutrition Insecurity In Developing Countries: A Case Study Of Rural Odisha, India. IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference 2023.

Year : 2023

Role of hydrological models in landslide prediction

Cite this Research Publication : Surya Harilal, Raji Pushpalatha, Balmukund Singh. Role of hydrological models in landslide prediction. 6th World Congress on Disaster Management, Graphic Era University, Dehradun, India (Nov 28-Dec 1, 2023).

Year : 2023

Impact of Climate change on Vegetation and Soil erosion in the Upper Cauvery Sub-basin

Cite this Research Publication : Hariprasad KM, Raji Pushpalatha, Balmukund Singh. Impact of Climate change on Vegetation and Soil erosion in the Upper Cauvery Sub-basin. 6th World Congress on Disaster Management, Graphic Era University, Dehradun, India (Nov 28-Dec 1, 2023).

Book Chapter

Year : 2015

Improved rainfall-runoff modelling tools for low-flow forecasting: Application to French catchments

Cite this Research Publication : Perrin C, Ramos MH, Andréassian V, Nicolle P, Crochemore L, and Raji Pushpalatha, "Improved rainfall-runoff modelling tools for low-flow forecasting: application to French catchments," DROUGHT : Research and Science‐Policy Interfacing, Taylor and Francis group, London, ISBN 9781138027794, 2015.

Publisher : Taylor and Francis Group

Other

Year : 2022

Climate modelling studies of tropical tuber crops

Cite this Research Publication : Raji Pushpalatha, Sabitha S, Remya KR, Shiny R, Santhosh Mithra VS, Sunitha S, Byju G. 2022, "Climate modelling studies of tropical tuber crops," ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, 2022 (Technical Bulletin)

Publisher : ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute

Thesis

Year : 2013

Simulation et prévision des étiages sur des bassins versants français : Approche fondée sur la modélisation hydrologique

Cite this Research Publication : Raji P., "Simulation et prévision des étiages sur des bassins versants français: Approche fondée sur la modélisation hydrologique," Doctoral thesis in Hydrologie, 2013.

Qualification

Doctorate (2008-2013)

M. Tech. (2006-2008)

  • Specialization: Agricultural Systems & Management
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Thesis: Evaluation of crop models for simulating and optimizing deficit irrigation systems

B. Tech. (2001-2006)

  • Specialization: Agricultural Engineering
  • K.C.A.E.T, Tavanur, Kerala Agricultural University
Experience
  • Position Period Institution DAAD Fellow (2007 – 2008): Institute for Hydrology and Meteorology, Technical University Dresden, Germany
  • Assistant Professor (2014 – 2017): St. Thomas Institute for Science & Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (Under APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University & affiliated to AICTE)
  • DST – Woman Scientist (WOS – A) (2018 – 2021): ICAR – Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Visiting Faculty (2021 – 2022): Indian Institute of Information Technology, Sri City, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh
Achievements
  • Gold Medalist in B.Tech from Kerala Agricultural University
  • Selected for DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) fellowship for 1 year (2007 – 2008)
  • Selected for French Govt. Fellowship (Ile – de France) to pursue PhD (2008 – 2013)
  • Department of Science & Technology-Women Scientist (WOS – A) fellowship for 3 years (2018 – 2021)
  • Selected for Best Research Paper award from ICAR – Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, 2022
  • Selected for Ujjwal post-doc fellowship in 2022
  • Selected for Chief Minister’s Nava Kerala post-doc fellowship in 2022

 

Reviewer

Reviewer in

  • International Journal of Climatology
  • Water Resources Management
  • Archives of Agronomy and Soil Sciences
  • Agricultural Engineering International: The CIGR Journal (Peer-reviewed)
  • Ecological Chemistry and Engineering
Guidance

Ph. D. Students

  • Amrita Sadanand (E4Life: 2020 Batch)
    Research Area: Systems thinking approach to analyze the problem of food and nutrition insecurity in rural India
  • Nuru Hasan Bame (E4Life: 2022 Batch)
    Research Area: Developing climate resilience by food and water security in rural villages in India
  • Demisie Ejigu Mekonen (E4Life: 2022 Batch)
    Research Area: Effect of integrated nutrients in wheat-legume cropping systems for enhancing climate change adaptation and ensuring food security

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