Er. Deepak Lal
Er. Deepak Lal
Associate Professor


Department
Centre for Geospatial Technologies
Qualification
B.Tech; M.S.;
Area of Specialization
Remote Sensing & GIS, Evapotranspiration, Surface Energy Balance Modelling, Agricultural Water Management, Yield Modelling
Phone No
8172999940
E-mail
deepakl@shiats.edu.in, deepakl@shiats.edu.in

Educational Details
DegreeUniversity/BoardYear
M.S.UTAH State University, USA2006
B.TechAAIDU, Allahabad2001


Professional Summary

Er. Lal is an agriculture/irrigation engineer with over 14 years of research and consulting experience in applying remote sensing and GIS techniques for improved water resource management and agricultural production. He hold a bachelor degree in Agricultural Engineering from Allahabad Agricultural Institute (Deemed University), India and a Masters degree in Irrigation Engineering from Utah State University, USA. During his bachelor and masters degrees, Er. Lal has been awarded a scholarship and merit certificates in recognition of his academic excellence. Through various projects (both research & consulting) in his career, Er. Lal has focused on estimating evapotranspiration (ET) requirements for diverse crops/landscapes following conventional crop coefficient methods and by mapping ET spatially through remote sensing based surface energy balance models utilizing both airborne and satellite data. He has also assisted in consulting projects related to irrigation planning and management. Additionally, Er. Lal has authored several project reports and professional papers.

Er. Lal joined Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences (SHIATS) in June 2013 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Soil Water, Land Engineering & Management (SWLEM). Later, he was appointed as the Head of Remote Sensing & GIS Unit. Recently, Er. Lal has been given the charge of Shepherd School of Engineering & Technology as its Dean. At SHIATS, Er. Lal is involved in conducting research and guiding both UG and PG students. Additionally, he provides consulting services in the aforementioned areas.

Prior to joining SHIATS, Er. Lal was associated with Davids Engineering Inc., as an Agriculture/Irrigation Engineer & Remote Sensing Specialist. Davids Engineering Inc., is an U.S. based consulting company which provides professional engineering and scientific services in the U.S. and internationally. At Davids Engineering, Er. Lal was involved in various consulting projects related to the application of remote sensing & GIS techniques in irrigation management, hydrological studies and water resources engineering.


Expertise
  • Over 14 years of research and consulting experience in applying  remote sensing and GIS techniques for improved water resource management and agricultural production.

 

  • Teaching and guiding under & post graduate students of various engineering disciplines such as Remote Sensing & GIS, Irrigation & Drainage Engineering, Soil & Water Conservation Engineering and Water Resource Engineering.

Publications

Peer Reviewed

  • Ali, Q. S.W.,  Lal, D., Ahsan, M.J., 2015. " Assessment of groundwater potential zones in Allahabad district by using remote sensing & GIS techniques." International Journal of Applied Research. Volume: 1, Issue: 13, Pages: 586-591, November, 2015.
  • Sani, S., Agarwal, V. C., Lal, D., Sunusi, A., 2015. "Optimal Route Location by Least Cost Path (LCP) Analysis using (GIS), A Case Study." International Journal Of Scientific Engineering and Technology. Volume: 4, Issue: 44, Pages:9621 - 9626, October, 2015. 
  • Sunusi, A., Agarwal, V. C., Lal, D.,  Suleiman, Sani, S.,  2015. "Selection of Road Alignment Location in Kano-Nigeria using GIS and Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) Model." International Journal Of Scientific Engineering and Technology. Volume: 4, Issue: 43, Pages:9449 - 9455, October, 2015. 
  • Abushnaf, A.M., Pandey, R.K., Lal, D., 2015. " Identification and Evaluation of New Industrial Zones in Giridih District using Remote Sensing & GIS Techniques." International Journal of Engineering and Techniques. Volume:1, Issue: 5, Sep-Oct 2015. 
  • Saber, H.M., and Lal, D., 2014. "Assessment of solar energy distribution for installing solar panels using remote sensing & GIS techniques." International Journal of Advanced Research in Engineering and Technology (IJARET).Volume:5,Issue:10,Pages:157-164. 

  • Irhoumah, J.M.S., Agarwal, V.C., Lal, D., “Landuse/Land Cover Mapping Cover Mapping of Allahabad City by Using Remote Sensing & GIS.” International Journal of Modern Engineering Research, Vol. 4 (6), June, 2014.
  • Irhoumah, J.M.S., Agarwal, V.C., Lal, D., Kumar, M., “Determination of Suitable Site for Solid Waste Disposal using Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques in Allahabad Municipality Area.” International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology, Vol. 3 (6), June, 2014. 

Conference Proceedings

  • Thoreson, B.P., Lal, D. and Clark, B.,  “Drip Irrigation Impacts on Evapotranspiration Rates in California’s San Joaquin Valley.”  Proceeding from the USCID Seventh International Conference on  Using 21st Century Technology to Better Manage Irrigation Water Supplies. Phoenix, Arizona, USA – April 9-12, 2013.
  • Clark, B., Lal, D., Patterson, K.L., Sanden, B. and Thoreson, B.P. “Development and Distribution of Crop Coefficients via Remote Sensing in California’s San Joaquin Valley.” Proceeding from the USCID Seventh International Conference on  Using 21st Century Technology to Better Manage Irrigation Water Supplies. Phoenix, Arizona, USA  – April 9-12, 2013.
  •  Lal, D., Clark, B., Bettner, T., Thoreson, B.P. and  Snyder, R. “Rice Evapotranspiration Estimates and Crop Coefficients in Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District, Sacramento Valley, California.” Proceedings from USCID Conference, Austin, Texas, USA  — April 3-6, 2012.
  • Lal, D., Clark, B., Thoreson, B.P., Davids, G and  Bastiaanssen, W.G.M. “Monitoring Near-Real Time Evapotranspiration using SEBAL: An Operational Tool for Water Agencies/Growers.”  Proceedings from USCID Conference on Upgrading Technology and Infrastructure in a Finance Challenged Economy Sacramento, California, USA  — March 23-26, 2010.
  • Lal, D., Clark, B., Thoreson, B.P., Eckhardt, J. “Application of the Surface Energy Balance using Landsat thermal imagery to improve on-farm water management in the Imperial Irrigation District.” Proceedings from the 17th William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium(an ASPRS conference) on The Future of Land Imaging…Going Operational, Denver, Colorado, USA , November  16 – 20, 2008.
  • Lal, D., Clark, B., Hetric, J., Thoreson, B.P., Dave, R., and Davids, G.Consumptive Use In The Phoenix Area – Remote Sensing to Evaluate Changes in Evapotranspiration from Urbanization.”  Proceedings from USCID Water Management Conference on Urbanization of Irrigated Land and Water Transfers, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA , May 28 – 31, 2008.
  • Clark, B., Soppe, R., Lal, D., Thoreson, B.P., Bastiaanssen, W.G.M., and Davids, G. “Variability of Crop Coefficients in Space and Time-Examples from California.”  Proceeding from the USCID Fourth International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage, Sacramento, CA, USA , Sept 30th – Oct 6th, 2007.
  • Neale, C.M.U., Addley, C., Vinukollu, R., Lal, D. and Zaccaria, D. “Estimating Water Surface Area at Different Flows Using High-resolution Multispectral Digital Imagery.” Proceedings from 20th Biennial Workshop on Aerial Photography, Videography, and High Resolution Digital Imagery for Resource Assessment – An American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Conference, Weslaco, Texas, USA, October 4-6, 2005.
  • Lal, D., Mishra, A.R., and Imtiaz, M. “Critical Appraisal of Canal Irrigation Project – A Case Study Of Meja Branch Canal”. International Agricultural Engineering Conference November 28-30, 2002, Wuxi, China.

Conferences
  • (Invited Speaker). Changes in vegetation cover: A  Key/indicator to environment change? 3rd National Conference on Science, Engineering and IT for River Ecosystems Conservation, Restoration and Management April 23-24, 2015, IERT, Allahabad, U.P., India.
  • (Invited Speaker). Mapping Urban Heat Island Effect In Allahabad Using Remote Sensing & GIS Techniques. 2nd National Conference on Science, Engineering and IT for River Ecosystems Conservation, Restoration and Management April 25-26, 2015, IERT, Allahabad, U.P., India.
  • Application of the Surface Energy Balance using Landsat thermal imagery to improve on-farm water management in the Imperial Irrigation District. 17th William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium(an ASPRS conference) on The Future of Land Imaging…Going Operational, Denver, Colorado, USA, November  16 – 20, 2008.
  • Airborne Thermal Infrared Imaging of Active Thermal Features within the upper, midway and lower geyser basins of Yellowstone National Park- A progress report. Annual meeting of the Geothermal Monitoring Working Group for Yellowstone National Park, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA, May 31, 2006.
  • Significance of Emergence Date in Canopy Reflectance-Based Crop Coefficient (Kcr) Formulation. 20th Biennial Workshop on Aerial Photography, Videography, and High Resolution Digital Imagery for Resource Assessment, Weslaco, Texas, USA, October 4-6, 2005.

Teaching Experience

Extensive teaching experience at both UG and PG levels, some of the featured courses taught include the following:

  • Irrigation Engineering
  • Engineering Hydrology
  • Geographical Information System (GIS)
  • Theory & Application of GIS
  • Photogrammetry & Cartography
  • GIS & Remote Sensing

Various soft skills including power point presentations, use of excel for solving numericals etc. are used while delivering the concerned lectures.


Additional Positions
DesignationOffice/Department
HeadGIS & Remote Sensing Unit
Joint DirectorDirectorate of International Education & Training
DeanShepherd School of Engineering & Technology

Other

Awards & Honors

  • Invited speaker in National Conference on Science, Engineering and IT for River Ecosystems Conservation, Restoration and Management April 25-26, 2015, IERT, Allahabad, U.P., India.
  • Scholarship from Utah State University, USA to pursue PG program, Fall 2002.
  • Dean’s Honor List Student with a GPA of 3.9/4.0, Utah State University,USA, Fall 2002.
  • Merit Certificate for academic excellence in Agricultural Engineering, Allahabad Agricultural Institute, August 2001.
  • President, Indian Student Association (2005 - 2006), Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA.

Certifications/Trainings

  • Certificate of Completion for training in Principles & Applications of Radar Remote Sensing with Emphasis on RISAT-1 Data Utilization, September, 2013, Dehradun, India.
  • Certificate of Completion for training in application and implementation of Mapping Evapo-Transpiration at High Resolution with Internalized Calibration (METRIC), March, 2012, Reno, Nevada, USA.
  • Certificate of Completion for training in the application and implementation of the ERDAS IMAGINE Leica Photogrammetric Suite 9.0 (LPS), June, 2006, Logan, Utah, USA.