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Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies

Sunil Narumalani

Sunil Narumalani

CALMIT, School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska
302 Hardin Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0973

Phone:402.472.9842 FAX:402.472.2946
e-mail: snarumalani1@unl.edu












Education

  • Ph.D. in Geography, University of South Carolina, July 1993.
  • M.A. in Geography, University of Georgia, June 1989.

Professional Experience

  • Professor and Research Coordinator, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska. (July 2007-present).
  • Associate Professor and Research Coordinator, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska. (July 1998-Dec 1998 with Geosciences), January 1999-June 2007.
  • Assistant Professor, Joint Appointment with the Department of Geosciences and School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska. August 1997-July 1998.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Nebraska. Teaching and Research in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems for environmental, and natural resources. August 1993-August 1997.

Recent Publications

  • Hoffman, J., Narumalani, S., D. Mishra, P. Merani, and R. Wilson, 2007. Predicting Potential Occurrence and Spread of Invasive Plant Species along the North Platte River, Nebraska, submitted to Invasive Plant Science and Management, October 2007.
  • Narumalani, S., D. R. Mishra, R. Wilson, P. Reece, and A. Kohler, 2007. Detecting and Mapping Four Invasive Species along the Floodplain of North Platte River, Nebraska. Weed Technology (in review).
  • Mishra, D. R., S. Narumalani, D. Rundquist, and M. P. Lawson, 2007. Enhancing the detection and classification of coral reef and associated benthic habitats: A hyperspectral remote sensing approach. Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, C08014, doi:10.1029/2006JC003892.
  • Narumalani, S., D. Mishra, J. Burkholder, P. Merani, and G. Willson, 2006. “Remote Sensing of Invasive Species Using Airborne Hyperspectral Data,” GeoCarto International: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Remote Sensing, 21(2): 59-66.
  • Mishra D., S. Narumalani, D. Rundquist, and M. Lawson, 2006. “Benthic Habitat Mapping in Tropical Marine Environments Using QuickBird Multispectral Data,” Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 72(9):1037-1048.
  • Mishra D., S. Narumalani, D. Rundquist, and M. Lawson, 2005. “Characterizing the vertical diffuse attenuation coefficient for downwelling irradiance in coastal water of Roatan Island, Honduras,” ISPRS International Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 60(1): 48-64.
  • Mishra, D., S. Narumalani, D. Rundquist, and M. Lawson, 2005. “High Resolution Ocean Color Remote Sensing of Benthic Habitats: A Case Study at Roatan Island, Honduras,” IEEE Transactions in Geosciences and Remote Sensing, 43(7): 1592-1604.
  • Narumalani, S., D. Mishra, M Karabulut, and M. Palecki, 2005. “An Assessment of Vegetation Response to Different Moisture Conditions using SPOT-XS Data,” International Journal of Geoinformatics, 1(2): 33 - 46.
  • Mishra D., S. Narumalani, M. Lawson, and D. Rundquist, 2004. “Bathymetric Mapping Using IKONOS Multispectral Data,” GIScience and Remote Sensing, 41(4): 301-321.
  • Narumalani, S., D. Mishra, and R. Rothwell, 2004. “Change Detection using Image Analysis and Landscape Metrics,” Remote Sensing of Environment, 91: 478-489.
  • Narumalani, S., D. Mishra, and R. Rothwell, 2004. “Analyzing Landscape Structural Change using Image Interpretation and Spatial Pattern Metrics,” GIScience and Remote Sensing, 41(1): 25-44.
  • Zhou, Y., S. Narumalani, W. Waltman, S. Waltman, and M. Palecki, 2003. “A GIS-Based Spatial Pattern Analysis Model for Ecoregion Mapping and Characterization,” International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 17(5): 445-462.
  • Maeder, J., S. Narumalani, D. Rundquist, R. Perk, J. Schalles, K. Hutchins, and J. Keck, 2002. "Classifying and Mapping Coral-Reef Structure Using IKONOS Data," Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 68(12): 1297-1305.
  • Maeder, J., S Narumalani, J. Schalles, D. Rundquist, and K. Hutchins, 2001. "Remote Sensing of Coral Reefs Using High-Resolution Satellite Data," In M.K. Kasim Moosa, S.Soemodihardjo, A.Nontji, A.Soegiarto, K. Romimohtarto, Sukarno and Suharsono (Editors) International Coral Reef Symposium, Refereed Proceedings, 1011-1016.
  • J. Schalles, J. Maeder, D. Rundquist, J. Keck, and S. Narumalani, 2001. "Spectral Reflectance Measurements of Corals and Other Reef Substrates at Close Range and Near the Surface," In M.K. Kasim Moosa, S.Soemodihardjo, A.Nontji, A.Soegiarto, K. Romimohtarto, Sukarno and Suharsono (Editors) International Coral Reef Symposium, Refereed Proceedings, 1017-1024.
  • Narumalani, S., Zhou, Y., and D. E. Jelinski, 1998. "Utilizing Geometric Attributes of Spatial Information to Improve Digital Image Classification," Remote Sensing Reviews, 16: 233-253.
  • Narumalani, S., Zhou, Y. and J. R. Jensen, 1997. "Development and Analysis of Riparian Buffer Zones Using Remote Sensing and GIS," Aquatic Botany, 58: 393-409.
  • Narumalani, S., J. R. Jensen, J. Althausen, S. Burkhalter and H. E. Mackey, 1997. "Aquatic Macrophyte Modeling Using GIS and Logistic Multiple Regression," Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 63(1): 41-49.
  • Arnavut, Z., and S. Narumalani, 1996. "Applications of Permutations to Lossless Compression of Multispectral-TM Images," SPIE Optical Engineering, 35(12): 3442-3448.
  • Jensen, J. R., He, K., S. Narumalani, J. D. Althausen, and M. Hayes., 1996. "Multisensor Analysis of Oil-Impacted Habitat Near Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia," Sistema Terra, 5(1): 39-42.
  • Carbone, G. C., S. Narumalani and M. King, 1996. "Integrating Remote Sensing and GIS Technologies for Physiological Crop Modeling," Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 62(2): 171-179.

Selected Grants

  • Narumalani, S., Geographic Information System Support for the Nebraska Army National Guard, Nebraska Military Department, $63,360, Oct. 2007 - Sept. 2008.
  • Narumalani, S. and G. Willson, Parks Assessment for NIOB and MORU, National Park Service, $125,000, August 2007-January 2009.
  • Narumalani, S., Geographic Information System Support for the Nebraska Army National Guard, Nebraska Military Department, $60,632, Oct. 2005 - Sept. 2006.
  • Narumalani, S., Wetlands Planning Level Surveys for Camp Ashland, Mead, and Greenlief, Nebraska Military Department, $112,563, June 2005 - May 2006.
  • Narumalani, S., Geographic Information System Support for the Nebraska Army National Guard, Nebraska Military Department, $59,038, Oct. 2004 - Sept. 2005.
  • Narumalani, S., Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan – 5th Year Revision – for Camp Ashland and Mead, Nebraska Military Department, $75,000, August 2004 – July 2005.
  • Narumalani S., Geographic Information System Support for the Nebraska Army National Guard, Nebraska Military Department, $58,410, Oct. 2003 - Sept. 2004.
  • Narumalani, S., Addendum: Flora and Fauna Inventory and Survey at three Nebraska Army National Guard Sites, Nebraska Military Department, $17,903, Aug 2003-March 2004.
  • Narumalani, S., Addendum: Noxious Weeds Inventory and Mapping at Capulin Volcano National Monument, Fort Union National Monument, and Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, National Park Service, $28,493/6 mo. (approved: August 2003).
  • Narumalani, S., Flora and Fauna Inventory and Survey at three Nebraska Army National Guard Sites, Nebraska Military Department, $93,000, Jan. 2003 - Dec. 2003.
  • Narumalani, S., Geographic Information System Support for the Nebraska Army National Guard, Nebraska Military Department, $54,564, Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2003.
  • Narumalani, S., Noxious Weeds Inventory and Mapping at Capulin Volcano National Monument, Fort Union National Monument, and Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, National Park Service, $53,472/2 years (approved: January 2002).
  • Narumalani, S., Land Use / Land Cover Interpretation and Analysis for Three National Monuments, National Park Service, $33,626/1 year (APPROVED: August 2001).
  • Narumalani, S. and J. Mason, Environmental Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Three Nebraska Army National Guard Sites, Nebraska Military Department, $92,419/1year (APPROVED: April 2000).
  • Narumalani, S. and J. Mason, Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans for Four Nebraska Army National Guard Sites, Nebraska Military Department, $91,110/1.5 years (APPROVED: July 1999).
  • Narumalani, S., Integrating GIS and Traffic Modeling Operations, Nebraska Department of Roads, $34,579/1year (APPROVED: August 1998).
  • Reichenbach, S. E., J. W. Merchant, R. Narayanan, S. Narumalani, J. S. Peake, P. Z. Revesz, D. C. Rundquist, A. Samal, S. Seth, Geospatial Data Integration for Decision Support, Nebraska Research Initiative, $1,346,100/6 years (APPROVED: July 1998).
  • Rundquist, D. C., J. W. Merchant, S. Narumalani, B. L. Blad, F. R. Echavarria, M. D. Eve, J. P. Lacy, R. M. Narayanan, S. E. Reichenbach, E. A. Walter-Shea, An Initiative to Create an Environmental Monitoring Laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NASA, $542,063/1.5 years (APPROVED: October 1997).
  • Narumalani, S., J. Savidge, and A. Richert, Development of a Platte River GIS for Quantifying and Evaluating Landscape and Biodiversity Patterns, Changes, and Trends, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, $52,250/2years (APPROVED: August 1997).
  • Narumalani, S., Analysis of Ecosystem Performance and Potential in Southcentral Nebraska, to U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, $50,000/1.5 years (June 1996-December 1997). APPROVED: Oct 1996.

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Physical Geography
  • Weather & Climate
  • Biogeography
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Advanced Techniques in GIS
  • Digital Image Analysis
  • Seminar in Remote Sensing
  • Seminar in GIS
  • Digital Image Analysis
  • Proseminar in Remote Sensing and GIS Research Methods

Current Students

  • Ph.D:
    • Paul Merani, Sharmistha Swain
  • MA:
    • Melinda Shinstock, Xueming Wu

Former Students

  • Ph.D:
    • Thomas Jeffrey, Deepak Mishra, Murat Karabulut, Amy Richert, Yingchun Zhou
  • MA/MS:
    • Jeffrey Rhodes, Paul Merani, Chad Smith, Michaela Johnson, Joseph Hlady, Jill Maeder, Abu-elgassim Gadem, Darcy Boellstroff, Kurtis Kroll, Nicole Albright, Forest Frost, Thomas Miewald, Kelly Klenke

Academic and Professional Honors and Awards

  • 3436th Military Intelligence Detachment, for geospatial assistance in Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom, January 2004.
  • American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, Autometric Award for Outstanding Paper on Photographic or Imagery Interpretation, April 1996.
  • University of Nebraska, Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, February 1995.
  • International Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, Commission VI, Best Poster Paper Award, August 1992.
  • Department of Geography, Paul Lovingood Award for Excellence in Research, May 1992
  • Sigma Xi First Place for paper presented at the South Carolina Academy of Sciences Meeting, April 1992.