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Dr Ramesh Veerappan

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Geo Informatics , Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies

M.Sc. in Applied Geology,
M.Tech. in Geological Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics (Bharathidasan University),
Ph.D. in Geology (Periyar University, Salem)

Working as Assistant Professor since May 2015 in Centre for Geoinformatics, Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies. Currently, involving in Teaching M.A./M.Sc., and M.Phil/Ph.D. courses and research guidance for M.A./M.Sc., and integrated M.Phil/Ph.D students. I am also involving in the guidance for internship students. In the school level, I have taken the responsibility of "Research Coordinator" since Sep 2016 onwards. I am involiving in the GIS laboratory related activities in the Centre. As Principal Investigator, currently carrying out a research project in the field Drought Assessment using Remote Sensing and GIS techniques in Part of Marathwada region. I am also extending my expertise in integrated science and social science aspect through writing new research projects to different sponsoring agencies.

Earlier, I was working as a Project Trainee in Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), I involved in generating natural resource database for different locations of Village Resource Centres (VRC) in Uttarakhand State, under Department of Space Sponsored Project Space Technology Enabled Village Resource Centres. I have also working experience in the project Geological, Geomorphological, and Geotechnical studies for Landslide Assessment sponsored by NRDMS, DST.

My specialization is in natural disaster (Hazard, Vulnerability, and Risk) mapping using geostatistical models and field based techniques through Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Digital Image Processing, Photogrammetry techniques. My other fields of expertise are Geotechnical analyses of rock and soil slope stability using geomechanical classification systems, Natural resource mapping, Rainfall threshold analyses, Infrastructure facilities mapping, public participatory GIS.


Membership in Professional Bodies/Societies

Member - American Geophysical Union (AGU), USA (Berkner 2018)

Life Member - Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG), Ahmedabad

Member - International Association of Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG)



Remote Sensing, Geographic Information System (GIS) and GPS

Digital Image Processing and Photogrammetry

Geostatistical Analyses in Natural Hazard/Susceptibility/Vulnerability/Risk Mapping

Geotechnical - Slope Stability Analyses

Early Warning Systems - Rainfall Threshold Analyses

Research Papers in Referred International Journals (Total Impact Factor: 6.847; Citations – 30; H-index - 3; i10-index - 1)

Anbazhagan S, Ramesh V, Saranaathan S. E (2017) Cut Slope Stability Assessment along Ghat Road Section of Kolli hills, India. Natural Hazards, Springer. 86(3):1081-1104 DOI:10.1007/s11069-016-2731-0 – Impact Factor: 1.833. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-016-2731-0

Ramesh V, Mani S, Baskar M, Kavitha G, Anbazhagan S (2017) - Landslide Hazard Zonation Mapping and Cut Slope Stability Analyses along Yercaud Ghat Road (Kuppanur – Yercaud) Section, Tamil Nadu, India. International Journal of Geoengineering, Springer. 8(1):2 DOI:10.1186/s40703-017-0039-x. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40703-017-0039-x

Hinotoli V Sema, Balamurugan Guru, Ramesh Veerappan (2017) Fuzzy gamma operator model for preparing landslide susceptibility zonation mapping in parts of Kohima town, Nagaland, India. Modelling Earth Systems and Environment, Springer. 3(2):499-514 DOI: 10.1007/s40808-017-0317-9. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40808-017-0317-9

Guru Balamurugan, Veerappan Ramesh, Touthang Mangminlen (2016) Landslide Susceptibility zonation mapping using frequency ratio and fuzzy gamma operator models in part of NH-39, Manipur, India. Natural Hazards, Springer. 84(01):465-488. DOI:10.1007/s11069-016-2434-6 – Impact Factor: 1.833. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-016-2434-6

Ramesh V, Anbazhagan S. (2015) Landslide Susceptibility Mapping along Kolli Hills Ghat Road section (India) using Frequency Ratio, Relative Effect and Fuzzy Logic models. Environmental Earth Sciences, Springer. 73(12):8009-8021. DOI:10.1007/s12665-014-3954-6 – Impact Factor: 1.569. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12665-014-3954-6

Anbazhagan S, Indhirajith R, Uma maheswaran S, Jothibasu A, Venkatesan A, Ramesh V (2015) Electrical Resistivity Survey and Shallow Subsurface Geological Study in Hard Rock Terrain, Southern India. Journal of the Geological Society of India, Springer. 85(3):305-312. DOI:10.1007/s12594-015-0219-2 – Impact Factor: 0.596. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12594-015-0219-2

Guru Balamurugan, Somnath B, Ramesh V (2015) Post Disaster Damages and Bank Erosion by Bhagirathi River in Part of Bhatwari Block, Uttarkashi, India. International Journal of Current Research, 7(03):14169-14173. http://www.journalcra.com/article/post-disaster-damages-and-bank-erosion-bhagirathi-river-part-bhatwari-block-uttarkashi-india

Anbazhagan S and Ramesh V (2014) Landslide Hazard Zonation mapping in Ghat road section of Kolli hills, India. Journal of Mountain Science, Springer. 11(5):1308-1325. DOI:10.1007/s11629-012-2618-9 – Impact Factor: 1.016. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11629-012-2618-9

Anbazhagan S, Ramesh V, Balamurugan M (2013) Geoinformatics in Infrastructure Facility Mapping and Development Planning in an University Campus. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering. Vol.06, No.06 (1), December 2013, pp. 1533-1540., SJR-0.15 & CSIR-NISCAIR INDIA Impact Factor-0.042. https://scholar.google.co.in/scholar?hl=en&q=Geoinformatics+in+Infrastructure+Facility+Mapping+and+Development+Planning+in+an+University+Campus&btnG=

Research Papers (Chapters) In Edited Books

Ramesh Veerappan, Ankur Negi, Anbazhagan Siddan (2017) Landslide Susceptibility Mapping and Comparison Using Frequency Ratio and Analytical Hierarchy Process in Part of NH-58, Uttarakhand, India”, In: Mikos M et al. (eds) Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides - Volume 2 Advances in Landslide Science. Publisher: Springer International Publishing, pp. 1081-1091 (DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-53498-5_123 and ISBN: 978-3-319-53498-5) https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-53498-5_123

Ramesh V, Thanchuipou Phaomei, Baskar M, Anbazhagan S (2016) “Application of Fuzzy Operators in Landslide Susceptibility mapping along Yercaud ghat road section, Tamil Nadu, India”, In: N. Janardhana Raju (ed.) Geostatistical and Geospatial Approaches for the Characterization of Natural Resources in the Environment – Challenges, Processes, and Strategies. Publisher: Springer International Publishing. Copyright: Capital Publishing Company. pp. 545–553. (DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-18663-4_82 and ISBN: 978-3-319-18663-4) http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-18663-4_82

Anbazhagan S, Chatterjee A, Sethupathi AS, Guru Balamurugan and Ramesh V (2013) “Remote Sensing and GIS for Landslide Hazard Mapping – Case Study from Mumbai, India” In: R.A. Singh (ed.) Landslides and Environmental Degradation. Gyanodaya Prakashan, Nainital, pp. 89-106. (ISBN: 81-85097-90-9)

Anbazhagan S, Palpandian P, Jothibasu A, Uma Maheswaran S, Venkatesan A, Ramesh V (2013) “GIS Spatial Analysis for artificial research – A Case Study from Drought Prone Area” In: Anbazhagan S (ed.) Water Management: Historical Perspective and Development. Vasagan Publication, Salem, pp. 107-133. (ISBN: 978-93-83188-01-7)

Papers Presented in National Seminars / Conferences

Ramesh V, Anbazhagan S, Nikita N (2017) "Landslide susceptibility mapping using Bivariate statistics and Analytical Hierarchy Process in Kolli Hills Ghat Road Section, India", International Conference on Urban Geoinformatics, held during 22-23rd, February 2017 at TERI University, New Delhi, India. 

Ramesh V, Mani S, Baskar M, Kavitha G, Anbazhagan S (2015) “Landslide Hazard Zonation Mapping and Cut Slope Stability Analyses along Yercaud Ghat Road (Kuppanur-Yercaud) Section, Tamil Nadu, India”, National Symposium on Geomatics For Digital India & Annual Conventions of Indian Society of Geomatics & Indian Society of Remote Sensing held during 16-18th, December 2015 at JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur, Rajasthan. Abstract. pp.92-93.

Arivazhagan S, Ramesh V (2015) “Geographic Information System in Public Health: Opportunities and limitations a review”, WaSH in India: Issues and Challenges (WIIC-2015) held during 5-6th, November 2015 at Gandhigram Rural Institue, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu, India. Abstract. pp. xx-xx.

Ramesh V, Anbazhagan S (2011) “Geoinformatics and Fuzzy Integration for Landslide Hazard Assessment – Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu, India”, National Symposium on Empowering Rural India through Space Technology, Annual Convention of Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Bhopal, November 9-11, 2011. Abstract. pp. 160-161.

Ramesh V, Anbazhagan S (2011) “Analysis of geological and Hydrological parameters for Landslide studies at Kolli hills”, 11th Tamil Science Congress, held during 26-27th, June, 2011 at Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul, Abstract. pp. 92-93 (ISBN: 817735986-X).

Anbazhagan S, Shanmugavalli G, Ramesh V (2010) Geomorphology and Rainfall Data Analysis for Landslide Susceptibility Mapping Kolli Hills – A Preliminary tudy. National Conference on ‘Geomatics in Disaster Management’ held during 9-10th, April, 2010 at Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Abstract. pp. 35-36.

Papers Published in Proceedings of National Seminars/Conferences

Anbazhagan S, Ramesh V (2011) “Is it kumari continent engulfed by sea? – comparision of Tamil literature evidences with geological evidence (Kumari Kandathai Kadarkol Kondatha? Sanga Ilakkiya Sandrugalai Puviyariviyal Nokkudan Oor Oppaivu)”, Proceedings of National Conference on “Tamil Cheviyal Ilakkiyangalil Kaanalagum Peridar Melanmai Chinthanaigal” 10-11, February- 2011, Tamil University. pp. 352 – 361.

Anbazhagan S, Ramesh V (2010) “Research Activities in Periyar University during Xth Plan Period” Proceedings of the Seminar on Role of Periyar University in Social Welfare and Higher Education & 3rd TANFUFA-PUTA Joint Seminar on Governance in Higher Education. July 15-16, 2010. pp. 27-42.

Press Reports

"Periyar University research team studies landslides in Vathalmalai", The Hindu, 30th Nov, 2015. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/periyar-university-research-team-studies-landslides-in-vathalmalai/article7931722.ece





Funding Agency

Project / Training Conducted Period Grant Received

Research Council, TISS

Drought Assessment using remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) techniques in part of Aurangabad Division (Marathwada Region), Maharashtra,   India.

06th April 2017-5th April 2019 (Ongoing)

Rs. 3,00,000

PI: Dr. V. Ramesh

NRDMS, DST, Govt. of India

21 Days Training Programme on "Geospatial Technology" Emphasis on Planning and Policy Development



Rs. 10,00,000

PI: Dr. Guru Balamurugan

Co-PI: Prof. Dr. Anbazhagan

Co-PI: Dr. V. Ramesh

PG degree in disaster management (2 courses)

  • Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Remote Sensing and GIS in Disaster Studies
  • Geo-informatics in Disaster Management

MPhil/PhD Courses (2 Courses)

  • Concepts of Spatial and Non Spatial data Analysis in GIS
  • Application of Geoinformatics in Natural Resource Mapping

Email: ramesh.veerappan[at]tiss[dot]edu

Dr. V. Ramesh, M.Tech., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,

Centre for Geoinformatics,

Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies (JTSDS),

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS),

Malti and Jal A. D. Naoroji Campus (Annex)

Post Box No: 8313, Deonar Farm Road, Deonar,

Mumbai - 400088, Maharashtra, India.