Prajjwal Panday

Dr. Panday is a broadly trained geographer with expertise in environmental modeling, hydro-climatology, remote sensing, and geospatial technologies. His research and intellectual interests focuses on using a systems approach to determine linkages between climate variability, anthropogenic changes, and land-water interactions. His research also 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 as well as the Amazon. Dr. Panday is also currently working with local watershed organizations in the cities of Worcester and Webster to facilitate water quality monitoring activities.


  • B.S., St. Lawrence University
  • M.S., State University of New York
  • Ph.D., Clark University


  • De Faria, B.L., Staal, A., Silva, C.A., Martin, P.A., Panday, P.K. and Dantas, V.L., 2021. Climate change and deforestation increase the vulnerability of Amazonian forests to post‐fire grass invasion. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 30(12), pp.2368-2381.

  • Pelto, M., Panday, P., Matthews, T., Maurer, J. and Perry, L.B., 2021. Observations of Winter Ablation on  Glaciers in the Mount Everest Region in 2020–2021. Remote Sensing, 13(14), p.2692.

  • Contributing author to IPCC Chapter 4: Caretta, M.A., A. Mukherji, M. Arfanuzzaman, R.A. Betts, A. Gelfan, Y. Hirabayashi, T.K. Lissner, J. Liu, E. Lopez Gunn, R. Morgan, S. Mwanga, and S. Supratid, 2022: Water. In: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [H.-O. Pörtner, D.C. Roberts, M. Tignor, E.S. Poloczanska, K. Mintenbeck, A. Alegría, M. Craig, S. Langsdorf, S. Löschke, V. Möller, A. Okem, B. Rama (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press.

  • Kattel, D.B., Yao, T. and Panday, P.K., 2018. Near-surface air temperature lapse rate in a humid mountainous terrain on the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas.  Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 1-13.

  • Faria, B., Brando, P., Macedo, M., Panday, P.K., SoaresFilho, 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., Lefebvre, 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.

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Prajjwal Panday

Associate Professor of Environmental Science