Tapan Pathak

Tapan Pathak

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Title Extension Educator in Climate Variability
Address 716 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-1483
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail tpathak2@unl.edu
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Office Hours

M-F 8 AM - 5 PM

Hi, I'm Tapan Pathak, Extension Educator for climate variability and climate change in the School of Natural Resources. I joined the faculty of UNL in April 2010.

My current work responsibilities include application of climate variability and climate change science to communicate risks, adaptation, and mitigation strategies to diverse clientele across the state of Nebraska. I will also be interacting with extension professionals from several disciplines to determine their decision-making needs regarding climate variability and change. This process will help us to develop educational materials and other climate risk tools tailored to specific needs for effective communication.

Prior to joining UNL, from 2005 to 2010, I was a research assistant at University of Florida. My dissertation was on forecasting cotton yield in the southeastern United States using climate forecasts and other climate information as a way to adapt to a variable climate. I used climate indices as an early indicator of crop yield and a crop simulation model for in-season updates of cotton yield forecasts. From 2002 to 2004, I worked on my M.S. research at Utah State University, which focused on validating existing potato yield models and various agricultural assessments using airborne multispectral remote sensing imagery.

I look forward to traveling throughout the state, holding workshops and trainings, and connecting with extension professionals and the people of Nebraska. I see this position as an opportunity to communicate current research on climate change to the community in a practical manner.

Selected Publications

Pathak, T.B., T. B. Bernadt, and N. Umphlett. 2013. Climate Masters of Nebraska: Innovative Action Based Approach towards Climate Change Education. Journal of Extension. (In-press)
Shulski, M.D., N. A. Umhplett, T.B. Pathak, and K.G. Hubbard. 2013. Climate Change: What does it mean for Nebraska? NebGuide G2208   On-Line
Van Liew, M.W., S. Feng and T.B. Pathak (2011). Assessing climate change impact on runoff and water quality at the field scale for four locations in the Heartland. Transaction of ASABE.56(3):883-900.doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.13031/trans.56.9134
Pathak, T.B., J.W. Jones, and C.W. Fraisse. 2012. Cotton yield forecasting for the southeastern United States using climate indices. Applied Engineering in Agriculture Journal. 28(5): 711-723
Pathak, T.B., J.W. Jones, C.W. Fraisse, D.L Wright, and G. Hoogenboom.2012. Uncertainty analysis and parameter estimation for the CSM-CROPGRO-Cotton model. Agronomy Journal. 104:1356-1362. doi:10.2134/agronj2011.0349
Pathak, T.B., K.G. Hubbard, and M. Shulski. 2012. Soil Temperature: A guide for planting agronomic and horticulture crops in Nebraska. Nub Guide: G2122.   On-Line
Van Liew, M.W., S. Feng and T.B. Pathak. 2012. Climate Change Impacts on Streamflow, Water Quality, and Best Management Practices for the Shell and Logan Creek Watersheds in Nebraska. International Agricultural Engineering Journal. 5(1): 13-34.   On-Line
Pathak, T.B., C.W. Fraisse, J.W. Jones, C.D. Messina, G. Hoogenboom. 2007. Use of global sensitivity analysis for cotton model development. Transactions of the ASABE 50(6): 2295- 2302   On-Line
Fraisse, C.W., G. Baigorria, T.B. Pathak. 2006. Spatial analysis of freeze events in Florida. Proc. Florida State Hort. 119:94-99

Educational Background

  • BS - Gujarat Agricultural University (India), Agricultural Engineering (2000)
  • MS - Utah State University, Irrigation Engineering (2005)
  • PhD - University of Florida, Agricultural Engineering (2010)


  • 2011 – Paula Ford Grant Proposal of the Year Award awarded by North Central Region-USDA SARE 
  • – Scholarship for excellent academic performance awarded by Gujarat Agricultural University (India) 
  • – Graduate Scholarship awarded by Utah State Univesity 
  • – Delta Epsilon Iota 

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Other Areas of Interest

Climate Variability and Climate Change
Climate based decision support tools

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Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Climate Masters of Nebraska Revised
Starting Date 1/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Tapan Pathak
Tonya Bernadt
Natalie Umphlett
Ending Date 12/31/2014
Funding Level $31,847.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

Grant Title Ensuring Sustainable Ag in the Face of a Changing Climate
Starting Date 1/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Tapan Pathak
Ending Date 12/31/2013
Funding Level $74,286.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture - NIFA

Grant Title Climate Masters of Nebraska
Starting Date 9/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Tapan Pathak
Tonya Bernadt
Natalie Umphlett
Ending Date 8/31/2013
Funding Level $41,752.00
Funding Source Environmental Protection Agency


SNR Speakers Bureau

What I can speak about:

Climate Variability, Climate Change and Agriculture, Climate Decision Tools

When I am most available to speak:

Based on the Work Schedule

What target audiences I am most comfortable speaking to:

  • General Public
  • Technical



Outreach Events

Climate Masters of Nebraska

When: Summer
Where: University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
Website: http://climatemasters.unl.edu

What is this event about:

Climate Masters of Nebraska is an adult education program which is developed to teach you about climate change and ways to reduce your carbon footprint.It is an action based climate change education program designed for the community. We have list of experts who will speak on various topics such as recycling, home energy, food, renewable energy along with a couple of educational field trips to local farms and landfill. The goal for the training is to educate community about the science of climate change and ways in which they can shrink their carbon footprints in daily life. Program is absolutely FREE for participants

Who sponsors this event:

School of Natural Resources

What target audiences is this event most geared towards:

  • General Public
  • Families
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