NASA Logo Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology View the NASA Portal
NASA Banner
NASA Banner
NASA Banner
NASA Banner
JPL Science
JPL Science Division Home
Planetary Science Planetary Science
Astrophysics & Space Sciences Astrophysics & Space Sciences
Earth Science Earth Science
Center for Climate Sciences (3292)
Earth Surface And Interior (329A)
Ocean Circulation And Air Sea Interaction (329B)
Sea Level And Ice (329C)
Stratosphere And Upper Troposphere (329D)
Atmospheric Physics And Weather (329E)
Terrestrial Hydrology (329F)
Carbon Cycle And Ecosystems (329G)
Laboratory Studies And Atmospheric Observations (329H)
Tropospheric Composition (329I)
Aerosols And Clouds (329J)
Directorate Science Affiliates Directorate Science Affiliates
Open Postdoc Positions Open Postdoc Positions
Brochures Brochures
 Carbon Cycle And Ecosystems (329G): People
Debsunder  Dutta's Picture
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 233-300
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Email Contact:
Curriculum Vitae:

Debsunder Dutta

I am interested in better understanding of ecohydrologic processes through the applications of high resolution remote sensing measurements. Specifically leveraging the use of hyperspectral and LiDAR data from airborne and space-borne platforms for quantitative estimation of soil and vegetation attributes using data driven and physics based approaches.

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Urbana, IL, USA (2016).
  • M. Tech. in Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India (2011).
  • B. Eng. in Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, India (2009).

Research Interests
  • Imaging Spectroscopy
  • Thermal Imagery
  • Ecohydrology
  • LiDAR

Professional Experience
  • Caltech Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2016 – Present).
  • Graduate Research Assistant, UIUC and Intensively Managed Landscapes – Critical Zone Observatory (2013-2016).
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, UIUC (2012 – 2013).
  • Teaching Assistant, IIT Kanpur (2010 - 2011).

Selected Awards
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, UIUC (2013 – 2016).
  • Inducted to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, UIUC (2013).
  • Ravinder K and Kavita Kinra Fellowship, UIUC (2012 – 2013).
  • Academic Excellence Award, IIT Kanpur (2010).

Selected Publications
  1. Dutta, D., Kumar, P., and Greenberg, J. A., Effect of Spatial Resolution on Characterizing Soil Properties from Imaging Spectrometer Data. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, (under review, Dec 2016).
  2. Dutta, D., Wang, K., Lee, E., Goodwell, A., Woo, D., Wagner, D., and Kumar, P., Characterizing Vegetation Canopy Structure using Airborne Remote Sensing Data, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 1160-1178, Feb. 2017. doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2016.2620478.
  3. Dutta, D., Goodwell, A. E., Kumar, P., Garvey, J. E., Darmody, R. G., Berretta, D. P., and Greenberg, J. A., On the Feasibility of Characterizing Soil Properties from AVIRIS Data. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 53, no. 9, pp. 5133-5147, Sept 2015. doi:10.1109/TGRS.2015.2417547.
This article was featured in the cover of the Journal in the September, 2015 issue.
  4. Goodwell, A.E., Zhu, Z., Dutta, D., Greenberg, J.A., Kumar, P., Garcia, M.H., Rhoads, B.L., Holmes, R.R., Parker, G., Beretta, D.P., and Jacobson, R.B., Assessment of Floodplain Vulnerability during Extreme Mississippi River Flood 2011. Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 48, no. 5, pp. 2619-2625, 2014. doi: 10.1021/es404760t.

Group Home Page
People in this Group
Group Projects

JPL Privacy Statement Sitemap Contact Site Manager