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 primary research interests are in the field of urban climate, urban land cover, urban 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 GIS/remote sensing techniques and urban growth models to better understand the dynamics of human - environmental interactions. She and her students are using the WRF mesoscale climate model to discern land-atmosphere interactions and impacts.

Dr. Mitra's present research projects are related to quantifying land use, land cover change, converting digital numbers to degree temperatures to delineate urban heat island magnitude and estimating evapotranspiration for agricultural and urban areas. Her current research projects focus on South Asian countries and the US [Please click on the ‘Research’ link on the left side of the page]. Another of her present research initiatives is to create 'urban sustainability maps'. These maps will potentially help global cities make decisions and policies towards a more sustainable future based on their individual topography, structure, climate and several other inputs. In future she wants to expand her research to other parts of the world, along with environmental planning, plan for greener cities, and examine different ways of mitigating urban heat islands. Mitra is passionate about Climate change communication to the masses. She believes the first step to climate change mitigation is educating the general population and them taking ownership and responsibilities to mitigate the risks. She is a member of 'Climate Voices - Science Speakers Network', a new climate communications initiative of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the United Nations Foundation. Her academic research always ties in with dissemination of knowledge whether it is through K 12 education or using mass media to communicate or simply through her class lectures.


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: 10/02/2014