Chandana Mitra
Assistant Professor

Office: Suite 2046J
Haley Center
Telephone: (334) 844-4229 

Climatology, urbanization and growth models, urban climate, climate change, South Asia-urbanization and impacts, sustainability, GIS and remote sensing, climate modeling

Chandana Mitra’s teaching responsibilities largely reflect her interests in urban growth, GIS and climate science. The courses she offers include GIS, climatology, physical geography, urban geography and Asia. 

Dr. Mitra’s training and primary research interests are in the field of urban climate, urban land cover/land use change, growth dynamics in developing countries, urban growth models, mesoscale weather processes and modeling, climate change, satellite remote sensing and GIS. She has extensively used urban growth models and mesoscale climate models to better understand the dynamics of human - environmental interactions. Her future research interests are to understand the role of aerosols in altering urban climatic patterns, along with environmental planning, greener cities, and examining different ways of mitigating urban heat island. Her current research projects focus on the U.S. and South Asian countries. However, she will be applying these methodologies and findings more globally in the future. 


Alley, K., Hile, R., C. Mitra, 2013. “Visualizing Hydropower Across the Himalayas: Mapping in a time of Regulatory Decline”. Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies. (Paper accepted, will be published in spring 2014).

*Hug, A., Mitra, C, Li, Y., and Marzen, L. 2013. “The Relationship between Land Cover and Temperature in the Auburn–   Opelika, Alabama Urban Area”.  Papers in Applied Geography. 36: 316-323. 

*Rahman, M., Mitra, C., Marzen, L. and  Li, Y. 2013. “Urban Expansion and Environmental Parameters--A Case Study of Huntsville, Alabama”. Papers in Applied Geography, 36, 458-466.

Shepherd, J.M., T. Anderson, L. Bounoua, A. Horst, C. Mitra, and C. Strother, 2013Urban Climate Archipelagos:  A new framework for urban-climate interactions. IEEE Earthzine, published online at


Alley, K., Hile, R., C. Mitra, 2012. “Transparency, GIS and River Basin Management in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basin”. Peer reviewed conference paper presentation at Water Resources in South Asia: Conflicts to Cooperation, Dhaka, January, 4-6.

Hossain, F., Woldemichael, A.T., Yigzaw, W., Degu, A., Mitra, C., and J.M. Shepherd, 2012. “Water resources vulnerability in the Context of Rapid Urbanization of Dhaka City (A South Asian mega city)”. Book chapter in Climate Encyclopedia (Water Resources) (doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-384703-4.00540-2).

Mitra, C., M. Shepherd and T. Jordan, 2012. “On the relationship between the pre-monsoonal rainfall climatology and urban land cover dynamics in Kolkata city, India”. International Journal of Climatology, 32: 1443–1454. doi: 10.1002/joc.2366


Mitra, C., M. Shepherd, and T. Jordan. 2011. “The dynamics of urban growth in Kolkata, India and potential impacts on pre-monsoon precipitation”. “Social Geography for the 21st century: Felicitation in honor of Dr Allen Noble”, edited by A. K. Dutt, V. Wadhwa, B. Thakur and G. M. Pomeroy.


Mahmood, R., R. Pielke Sr., K. Hubbard, D. Niyogi, G. Bonan, P. Lawrence, B. Baker, R. McNider, C. McAlpine, A. Etter, S. Gameda, B. Qian, A. Carleton, A.B.-Przekurat, T. Chase, A. Quintanar, J. Adegoke, S. Vezhapparambu, G. Conner, S. Asefi, E. Sertel, D. Legates, Y. Wu, R. Hale, O. Frauenfeld, A. Watts, M. Shepherd, C. Mitra, V. Anantharajan, S. Fall, R. Lund, A. Nordfelt, P. Blanken, J. Du, H. Chang, R. Leeper, U. Nair, S. Dobler, R. Deo, and J. Syjtus, 2008:  “Impacts of land use land cover change on climate and future research priorities”.  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS, Jan 2010)

Other Publications:

Mitra, C., 2014Climate Change and GIS: An Essay. Climate Studies, Kauffman, C.M. and J. Moran, American Meteorological Society, Chapter 3. [In press]

Mitra, C., M. Shepherd, and T. Jordan, 2008:  “The dynamics of urban growth in Kolkata, India and Potential impacts on pre-monsoon precipitation,” Urban Climate News: Quarterly Newsletter of IAUC,  Issue 28, Page 11, Available at

Last updated: 05/28/2014