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Dr. Anamika Shreevastava

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Carbon Cycle And Ecosystems

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow


I am a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow working with Dr. Glynn Hulley to study the impact of extreme heat on urban areas and urban inhabitants. Cities face the worst brunt of extreme heat as they already experience elevated local temperatures caused by urban heat island (UHI). Therefore, cities must look for novel ways to adapt and be resilient. I view this problem as a trans-disciplinary challenge that is at the nexus of two interacting complex systems - extreme weather and urban socio-technological systems. For my doctoral research, I integrated tools and techniques from complex systems science, such as fractal geometry and percolation theory, with Landsat-derived Land Surface Temperature (LST) datasets for 100 cities across the world to study the spatial complexity of intra-urban heat island. At JPL, I am building on my doctoral research to examine the impact of extreme weather events such as heatwaves on the urban ecosystems and vulnerable populations. I use a combination of remotely sensed LST (from Landsat and ECOSTRESS) and high-resolution Weather Research Forecast (WRF) modeling to simulate urban thermal dynamics at a neighborhood scale.


  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Purdue University (2020)
  • M.S. Architectural Engineering, Purdue University (2016)
  • B. Tech. Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. (2014)

Research Interests

  • Urban Heat Island
  • Heat Wave
  • Extreme Heat Vulnerability
  • Urban Ecosystems
  • Complex Systems

Selected Awards

  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (2017-2020)
  • ASP Postdoctoral Fellowship, NCAR, Boulder (declined) (2020)
  • AMS Best presentation award (2017)

Selected Publications

  1. Shreevastava, A., Prasanth, S., Ramamurthy, P., & Rao, P. S. C. (2021). Scale-dependent response of the urban heat island to the European heatwave of 2018. Environmental Research Letters.
  2. Shreevastava, A., Rao, P. S. C. & McGrath, G. (2019). Emergent self-similarity and scaling properties of fractal intra-urban heat islets for diverse global cities. Physical Reviews E. DOI:
  3. Shreevastava, A., Bhalachandran, S., McGrath, G., Huber, M. & Rao, P. S. C. (2019). Paradoxical impact of sprawling intra-urban heat islets: Reducing mean surface temperatures while enhancing local extremes. Scientific Reports. DOI:
  4. Bhalachandran, S., Chavas, D., Marks Jr, F., Dubey, S., Shreevastava, A. & Krishnamurti, T. (2019). Characterizing the energetics of vortex scale and subvortex scale asymmetries during tropical cyclone rapid intensity changes. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. DOI:
  5. Shreevastava, A., Rao, P. S. C. & McGrath, G. (2018). Spatial analysis of the surface urban heat island. Land Surface and Cryosphere Remote Sensing, SPIE, 10777. DOI:
  6. Ching, J., Mills, G., Bechtel, B., ..., Shreevastava, A. et al. (2018). WUDAPT: An urban weather, climate, and environmental modeling infrastructure for the anthropocene. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. DOI: