Remote Sensing of Northwest Himalayan Ecosystems

  • R. R. Navalgund
  • A. Senthil Kumar
  • Subrata Nandy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lii
  2. Ecosystems of the Northwest Himalaya – An Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Geology and Geodynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-16
    2. Gopal Sharma, P. K. Champati Ray, Suresh Kannaujiya
      Pages 57-66
  4. Water Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-68
    2. Praveen K. Thakur, Vaibhav Garg, Bhaskar R. Nikam, S. P. Aggarwal
      Pages 69-107
    3. S. P. Aggarwal, Vaibhav Garg, Praveen K. Thakur, Bhaskar R. Nikam
      Pages 109-138
    4. Praveen K. Thakur, S. P. Aggarwal, Pankaj Dhote, Bhaskar R. Nikam, Vaibhav Garg, C. M. Bhatt et al.
      Pages 139-169
    5. Charu Singh, Vidhi Bharti
      Pages 171-194
  5. Forest Resources and Biodiversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-196
    2. Harish Karnatak, Arijit Roy
      Pages 237-249
    3. Sameer Saran, Hitendra Padalia, K. N. Ganeshaiah, Kapil Oberai, Priyanka Singh, A. K. Jha et al.
      Pages 251-264
    4. Arijit Roy, Pooja Rathore
      Pages 265-283
    5. Subrata Nandy, Surajit Ghosh, S. P. S. Kushwaha, A. Senthil Kumar
      Pages 285-311
    6. N. R. Patel, Hitendra Padalia, S. P. S. Kushwaha, Subrata Nandy, Taibanganba Watham, Joyson Ahongshangbam et al.
      Pages 313-327
    7. S. Srivastava, I. Nandi, Y. Yarragunta, A. Senthil Kumar
      Pages 329-340
    8. Subrata Nandy, S. P. S. Kushwaha, Ritika Srinet
      Pages 341-352
  6. Agriculture

  7. Urban Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 401-402
    2. Pramod Kumar, Asfa Siddiqui, Kshama Gupta, Sadhana Jain, B. D. Bharath, Sandeep Maithani
      Pages 403-431
    3. Sandeep Maithani, Kshama Gupta, Asfa Siddiqui, Arifa Begum, Aniruddha Deshmukh, Pramod Kumar
      Pages 433-453
    4. Ritwik Mondal, R. K. Jauhari, N. Pemola Devi, Sameer Saran, A. Senthil Kumar
      Pages 455-467
  8. Geospatial Data, Web Services and Analysis Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 469-469
    2. S. Agrawal, S. Raghavendra, Shashi Kumar, Hina Pande
      Pages 471-500
    3. Kapil Oberai, Sameer Saran, Stutee Gupta, Priyanka Singh, S. K. Srivastav, A. Senthil Kumar
      Pages 549-564

About this book


Himalaya, one of the global biodiversity hotspots, is the abode of a variety of flora and fauna. The Himalayan ecosystems have immense ecological, socioeconomic, and aesthetic significance as they provide a wide range of ecosystem services. The northwest Himalaya (NWH), covering three states of India viz., Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir, starts from the foothills of Shivaliks in the south and extends to the greater Himalaya in the north.  This region is also the source of some of the major rivers of India. With the increase in population, the NWH ecosystems have been under threat due to deforestation, loss of biodiversity, expansion of agriculture and settlement, overexploitation of natural resources, habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, mining, construction of roads and large dams, and unplanned tourism. The Himalaya being young and geotectonically active, remains inherently unstable, fragile, and prone to natural disasters. Climate change is also likely to impact the Himalayan cryosphere drastically. Recognizing the importance of the Himalaya, a National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem, one of the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) of Govt. of India, to conserve biodiversity, forest cover and other ecological values in the Himalayan region has been taken up.

Spaceborne remote sensing with its ability to provide synoptic and repetitive coverage has emerged as a powerful tool for assessment and monitoring of the Himalayan resources and phenomena. Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun has taken up a number of studies in the fields of geology, water resources, forestry, agriculture, urban settlement, etc., over the last decade. The book summarises the work carried out in different disciplines, illustrated with tables and figures and a host of relevant references. It is hoped that the book serves as an excellent reference of immense value to the students, researchers, professors, scientists, professionals, and decision makers working in the NWH region.


Remote Sensing Himalaya Ecosystem Geodynamics Hydrological Modeling Forest Resources Mountain Agriculture Biodiversity Information System Disaster Management GIS Urban Environment

Editors and affiliations

  • R. R. Navalgund
    • 1
  • A. Senthil Kumar
    • 2
  • Subrata Nandy
    • 3
  1. 1.Indian Space Research OrganisationBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Indian Institute of Remote SensingIndian Space Research OrganisationDehradunIndia
  3. 3.Indian Institute of Remote SensingIndian Space Research OrganisationDehradunIndia

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