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Nichols College

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Prajjwal Panday

Dr. Panday joined Nichols College in the fall of 2016. He comes from Clark University where he was a Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Geography and taught introductory courses for the Environmental and Earth Sciences Program that included Weather & Climate, Introduction to Earth System Science, and Introduction to Arctic Systems Science, and a graduate seminar course in Water, Climate and Society. Prior to that, Dr. Panday worked at the Woods Hole Research Center, an independent research institute located in Cape Cod, where he examined the impacts of deforestation on river hydrology in the Brazilian Amazon.

Classes taught

  • ESCI 243 Physical World
  • ESCI 410 Environmental Resource Management
  • ESCI 309 World Economic Geography

Industry Experience

Research Interests

Dr. Panday is a geographer with research and intellectual interests focused on using a systems approach to determine linkages between climate variability, anthropogenic changes, and land-water interactions. His research utilizes field-based observations, satellite remote sensing, geospatial data, and process-based modeling to understand terrestrial and hydrological processes across various spatial and temporal scales. Much of his work thus far has focused on the monitoring and modeling of various components of the hydrological cycle in some of the fastest changing regions of the world such as the Himalayas and the Amazon.

Relevant Publications

  • Faria, B., Brando, P., Macedo, M., Panday, P.K., Soarhes-Filho, B., and Coe, M.T., 2017. Current and future patterns of fire-induced forest degradation in Amazonia. Environmental Research Letters. Online 29 March 2017.
  • Gruber, S., Stumm, D., Schmid, M., Panday, P.K., Wester, P., Guegan, E., 2017. Review article: Inferring permafrost and permafrost thaw in the mountains of the Hindu Kush Himalaya region. The Cryosphere, 11(1): 81–99.
  • Panday, P.K., 2017. Climate hazards in the Himalayan region. In T. Sternberg (eds). Climate Hazard Crises in Asian Societies and Environments. Routledge, Abingdon, London.
  • Coe, M.T., Macedo, M.N., Brando, P.M., Lefebre, P., Panday, P.K., and D. Silvério, 2016. The hydrology and energy balance of the Amazon Basin. In Nagy, L., Forsberg, B., and Artaxo, P. (eds). Interactions Between Biosphere, Atmosphere and Human Land Use in the Amazon Basin, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
  • Panday, P.K., Coe, M.T., Macedo, M.N., Lefebvre, P., and A. Castanho, 2015. Deforestation and climate variability exert opposite effects on the water balance of Xingu River in eastern Amazonia. Journal of Hydrology, 523: 822-829
  • Panday, P. K., Thibeault, J. M., and K. E. Frey, 2014. Changing temperature and precipitation extremes in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region: An analysis of CMIP3 and CMIP5 simulations and projections. International Journal of Climatology.
  • Panday, P.K., Williams, C.A., Frey, K.E., and M.E. Brown, 2013. Application and evaluation of a snowmelt runoff model in the Tamor River basin in the eastern Himalaya using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) data assimilation approach. Hydrological Processes.
  • Panday, P.K., and B. Ghimire, 2012.Time-series analysis of NDVI from AVHRR data over the Hindu-Kush Himalayan region for the period 1982–2006. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33(21): 6710–6721.
  • Panday, P.K., Frey, K.E., and B. Ghimire, 2011. Detection of the timing and duration of snowmelt in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya using QuikSCAT, 2000–2008. Environmental Research Letters, 6: 1–13.


Dr. Panday loves spending time with his family, traveling, and trying new food tastes. He is also an avid follower of English football.