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Paul C. Doraiswamy, Ph.D.
Agricultural Meteorologist
USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
104 Bldg. 007, BARC-West
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350 USA
Voice: (301) 504-6576
Fax: (301) 504-8931

Research Interests:(click here to see a list of current research projects)

  • Retrieval of biophysical properties of agricultural crop canopies for applications in crop condition and crop yield assessment .
  • Modeling and simulation of crop development and crop yields at local and regional scales using medium and high resolution satellite imagery.
  • Integration of biophysical parameters derived from satellite remotely sensed data with crop yield simulation models.
  • Decision support systems for soil carbon management in agricultural crop areas and rangelands.


  • 1967 B.S. (Physics) Madras University, India.
  • 1971 M.S. (Agricultural Meteorology) University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.
  • 1977 Ph.D. (Forest Meteorology) University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Professional Experience:

  • 1975 - 1979: Research Scientist, Soil and Crop Sciences Dept, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.
  • 1979 - 1982: Principal Scientist, Lockheed Engineering and Management, Johnson Space Center, Clear Lake City, TX.
  • 1982 - 1988: Technical Advisor, USGS/USDA, US-Saudi Joint Commission for Cooperation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • 1988 - Present: Agricultural Meteorologist, USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, MD.


  • 2008: Cooperator of the Year, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

Selected Publications:(please contact the author to determine reprint availability)

(view author's publications/interpretive summaries/technical abstracts since 1999)

Doraiswamy, P. C., A. J. Stern, and B. Akhmedov, 2007, Crop classification in the U. S. corn belt using MODIS Imagery, Proceedings of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, CD-ROM, In Press. PDF Available Here.

Doraiswamy, P. C., B. Akhmedov, and A. J. Stern, 2006, Improved techniques for crop classification using MODIS imagery, Proceedings of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Denver CO, CD-ROM, p. 2084-2087. PDF Available Here.

Doraiswamy, P. C., B. Akhmedov, L. Beard, A. Stern, and R. Mueller, 2007, Operational prediction of crop yields using MODIS data and products, International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences Special Publications, In Press. PDF Available Here.

Teng, W.L., P.C. Doraiswamy and J.R. Wang. 1995. Temporal variation of the microwave polarized difference index and its relationship to the normalized difference vegetation index. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 61:1033-1040.

Doraiswamy, P.C. and P.W. Cook. 1995. Spring Wheat Yield assessment using NOAA AVHRR data. Canadian J Remote Sens. 21:43-51.

Zara, P. and P. Doraiswamy. 1998. Retrieval and Mapping of Land Surface Parameters, LAI and fPAR from Satellite Data. 1998 ASPRS Annual Conference Proceedings, pp.539 548.

Doraiswamy, P.C., A.J. Stern and P.W. Cook. 1998. Classification Techniques for Mapping Biophysical Parameters in the U.S. Southern Great Plains. Proceedings of the 1998 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. July 6-10, 1998.

Doraiswamy, P.C., P.Zara, and A. Stern. 2000. Satellite remotely sensed data application in estimating crop condition and yields. In - Remote Sensing Applications. Edited by M.S. Srinivas. Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi. Chapter 24: pp 229-240.

Doraiswamy, P.C., P. A. Pasteris , K. C. Jones, R. P. Motha, and P. Nejedlik. 2000. Techniques for methods of collection, data base management and distribution of agrometeorological data. Ag & Forest Meteorol. 103: 83-97.

Doraiswamy, P.C., S. Hollinger, T.R. Sinclair, A. Stern, B. Akhmedov and J. Pruger. 2001. Application of MODIS derived parameters for regional yield assessment. Proc. Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology III, 17-21 September 2001, Toulouse, France. CD-ROM 4542-1: 1-8.

Doraiswamy, P.C., N. Muratova, A. Stern and B. Akhmedov. 2002. Evaluation of MODIS data for assessment of regional spring wheat yields in Kazakhstan. Proceedings at the IGARSS Conference, June 24-28, 2002. Toronto, Canada. DC-ROM-I:487-490.

Doraiswamy, P.C., Hunt, E.R. Izaurralde, R.C., McCarty, G., Daughtry, C. and Venteris, E. 2003b. Soil Carbon Sequestration in Croplands. 30th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, November 10-14, 2003, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Doraiswamy, P.C., S. Moulin, P.W. Cook and A. Stern. 2003a. Application of NOAA AVHRR Data for Spring Wheat Yield Assessment, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Vol. 69 (6), 665-674, 2003

Daughtry, C.S.T., Hunt, E.R., Doraiswamy, P.C., McMurtrey, J.E. 2004. Remote sensing the spatial distribution of plant litter. Remote Sensing of Environment. (In Review).

Doraiswamy, P.C., Hatfield, J.L., Jackson, T.J., Prueger, J.H., Akhmedov, B., Stern, A.J., 2004. Crop condition and yield simulations using Landsat and MODIS imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment. (Accepted for publication).

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