CREST-SAFE snow Field Experiment Real-time data

Dr. Lakhankar is Principal Investigator of CREST-Snow Analysis and Field Experiment (CREST-SAFE). CREST-SAFE data is available online and can be accessed through  This experiment is being carried out every winter seasons from 2010. The field experiment site is located at 46°52'00.9N and 68°00'47.9W on the premises of Caribou Municipal Airport and National Weather Service office at Caribou, ME. Caribou with a humid continental climate, offers the ideal conditions for snow studies, the normal seasonal snowfall for Caribou is approximately 116 inches (2.9 m). The record snowfall for Caribou is 197.8 inches (5.02 m) set in the winter of 2007-2008. Field observation data include synoptic/meteorological parameters, radiation fluxes and measured microwave emission (brightness temperature) at 10, 19, 37 and 89 GHz, vertical and horizontal polarization. In addition to dual polarized microwave radiometers, the field experiment site equipped with Gamma radiation sensor (to measure Snow Water Equivalent), CIMEL Sunphotometer, ultrasonic snow depth sensor, Infrared Thermometer (for Snow skin temperature), Net Radiation Sensors, Humidity, Temperature, snow temperature profiler (measures temperature at every 5 cm of snow layer), snow grain size, density, and network camera for real time remote monitoring of the site.

CREST Participates NASA SMAP Field Campaign (SMAPVEX19)
Dr. Lakhankar and CREST team participating in NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Validation Experiment 2019 (SMAPVEX19) conducted at Worcester County Massachusetts and Duchess County, New York.  SMAPVEX19 builds upon a long history of NASA’s satellite validation experiments, which include satellite remote sensing, an airborne campaign, a temporary in situ network deployment and intensive observation periods with physical visitation and sampling.  NOAA-CREST L-band (1.45 GHz) dual polarization microwave radiometer deployed for measuring soil and canopy brightness temperature. These field campaigns have application in a broad range of scientific areas, focusing on technology development and demonstration, validating satellite-based geophysical products and providing educational experiences for students.

2017 NOAA Satellite Conference, The City College of New York
Dr. Lakhankar was served as Program and Technical Committee and other various roles in organizing the 2017 NOAA Satellite Conference and Workshops at The City College of New York in July 17-20, 2017. The 2017 NOAA Satellite Conference Conference focused on the theme “A New Era of NOAA’s Environmental Satellites”, to promote meaningful interaction and dialogue between user communities and satellite-based data product developers; ensure user readiness for the next generation of satellite data; ensure effective communications among users, program managers and product developers; and identify and address high priority research needs and issues for both GOES-R and JPSS satellite information.

Convening the two International Conferences in India and Nepal
Dr. Lakhankar was member of organizing committee and convener of two back-to-back international conferences: (1) International Conference on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Impacts on Livelihood, Kathmandu Nepal, Jan 10-12, 2017 and (2) International Conference on Technological Advances in Climate-Smart Agriculture & Sustainability (, hosted at Nanded, India, Jan 16-18, 2017. He is also invited as Chief Guest and delivered Key-note address for International Conference on Recent Trends in Engineering and Science (ICRTES-2017) on Jan 20-21, 2017 at Jalagon, Maharashtra.
New York City-Urban Hydro-meteorological Testbed (NY-uHMT)
Dr. Lakhankar is Principal Investigator of the NYC urban Hydrometeorological Testbed (NY-uHMT) is one of a kind dense urban network anywhere in the world. The network will consist of 20 autonomous weather stations that will monitor both meteorological and hydrological state to understand the complex land-atmosphere interactions over urban areas. This project result in applications that will improve weather/climate forecasting and prediction, aid emergency response and critical decision-making. The in-situ data will be available in near real-time (every 15 minutes).  The in-situ data will be merge with NWS RADAR precipitation to create high-resolution temperature and precipitation product for NY City.  The developed product will be used accelerate the development and fusion of new observing data, modeling methods, and recent scientific research for developing effort on key hydrological and meteorological forecast issues (

Relief Help to Nepal Earthquake Victims in Villages
April 30, 2015: The powerful earthquake shook the Nepal. Research sites hosted weather stations in villages of Dhading and Syngja districts were severely affected magnitude of 7.9 richter scale. We took initiative with my friends and families to raise the fund in USA and purchased the relief material India (Kanpur).  We planned to direct our help to the people in villages that hosted our weather station and research demonstration site in Dhading district. Also, we targeted neighboring Gorkha district which is close to epicenter and has larger destruction.  As most of relief support material received in Kathmandu and moved slowly to remote villages, we enrooted our relief material through India/Nepal Sunauli border, which was easy to reach these areas.  Our local project team members collected the material at Border and distributed those in above mentioned villages.
Media: CUNY Matters, CUNY website (2) Colorado State University news.

Curriculum development in Advanced GIS Applications and Remote Sensing
Dr. Lakhankar is being involved in developing curriculum on Advanced GIS Applications and Remote Sensing under USPCAS-W Course Partnering Program funded by USAID for Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) in Pakistan.  The goal is to develop and deliver instruction that is consistent with quality expectations at the leading institutions of higher education in the world. .

Presenting seminar on satellite remote sensing at AITM Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Tarendra Lakhankar, a Research Scientist at NOAA-CREST Center at the City University of New York delivered a seminar at AITM on December 2, 2013. The title of the seminar was “Satellite Remote Sensing Application in Hydrological Monitoring and Modeling”. Read More >>>>

Study helps pastoralists prepare for hazardous events

Remote-sensing technologies, which use satellites to collect spatial data, may provide a more all-encompassing and accessible alternative, as it is not limited by geographical constraints like on-site monitoring stations.
Conduct consultative meetings and trainings in Nepal

I along with my two colleague Dr. Ajay Jha, Dr. Nir Krakauer visited Kathmandu, Nepal to conduct consultative meetings with stakeholders (national and district level offices, local NGOs and other USAID implementers) about mitigating, adapting, and building economic opportunities around livestock issues due to climate change. While they were there, they also met with potential partners for a conference this January and trained young researchers on remote sensing applications.
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Tarendra Lakhankar

Tarendra Lakhankar, PhD, PE.
NOAA-Center for Earth System Sciences & Remote Sensing Technologies
The City College of the New York
ST-185, Steinman Hall
160 Convent Ave New York NY 10031
Email: tlakhankar (at)
Office: 212-650-5815