Sunil Narumalani

Sunil Narumalani

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Title Remote Sensing/GIS Scientist
Address 314 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-3751
FAX 402-472-2946
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Sunil Narumalani has been the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) since 2009. Some of Sunil's responsibilities include Achievement-Centered Education implementation, curriculum issues, distance education, new student enrollment, the CAS Advising Center and recruitment. Sunil continues to hold a 25 percent appointment as a professor in the School of Natural Resources - Faculty of Geography/GISciences. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT).

Sunil Narumalani

His research interests are in land use/land cover interpretation, change detection studies, homeland security and defense-related applications of remote sensing and GIS.

Specific projects he has worked on include the development of a UNL campus-wide GIS for regular daily operations and security, integrated natural resources management for the Nebraska National Guard and mapping of invasive species at select national parks. In addition, he has been involved with several colleagues at CALMIT toward providing geospatial technology training and support to the U.S. military's efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Past research includes the mapping of agroecozones (agriculturally dominated ecological zones) of Nebraska for the USDA, biological diversity studies along the Platte River for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and land use change detection studies for the National Park Service.

Sunil received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of South Carolina in 1993 and has been with UNL since then. He teaches courses in remote sensing (digital image analysis) and advanced geographic information systems. His research focuses on the use of remote sensing for the extraction of biophysical information from space and airborne systems, integration of geospatial data sets for ecological and natural resources mapping and monitoring, and the development of new image-processing analyses techniques for information extraction.

Selected Publications

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.
Narumalani, S., D. Mishra, and R. Rothwell, 2004. " Change Detection using Image Analysis and Landscape Metrics," Remote Sensing of Environment, 91: 478-489.
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.
Narumalani, S., D. Mishra, M Karabulut, and M. Palecki, (IN PRESS). " An Assessment of Vegetation Response to Different Moisture Conditions using SPOT-XS Data, " Submitted to Asian Journal of Geoinformatics.

Educational Background

  • MA - University of Bombay, Accounting (1981)
  • MA - University of Georgia, Geography (1989)
  • PhD - University of South Carolina, Geography (1993)

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Notable Websites

Remote Sensing, Geographic information systems (GIS), Applications in Wetlands, Natural resources management/monitoring, Homeland defense, Military applications of geographic information systems (GIS), Biological diversity, Environmental change, Environmental degradation, Environmental Management, Wetlands

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 DOD Agreement
Starting Date 1/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Sunil Narumalani
Ending Date 12/31/2015
Funding Level $10,000.00
Funding Source Department of Defense

Grant Title Geographic Info System Support (additional funding)
Starting Date 1/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Sunil Narumalani
Ending Date 9/30/2011
Funding Level $55,008.00
Funding Source Nebraska Military Department

Grant Title Geographic Information System Support
Starting Date 10/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Sunil Narumalani
Ending Date 9/30/2010
Funding Level $66,443.00
Funding Source Nebraska Military Department


Graduate Program(s)

Master of Arts in Geography

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences