Welcome to


UrbanPRism Research Group

Advised by Dr. Chandana Mitra,

Department of Geosciences

Auburn University


I do research on Climatology, urbanization and growth models, urban climate, climate change, South Asia-urbanization and impacts, sustainability, GIS and remote sensing, and climate modeling.

My research mainly has been funded by NASA, NSF, NOAA Sea Grant, USGS, Office of Water Resources, Alabama.

Peer reviewed article-length publications (* Students’ publication)

Saha, P., Bandopadhyay, S., Kumar, C., & Mitra, C. 2020. Multi-approach synergic investigation between land surface temperature and land-use land-cover. Journal of Earth System Science129(1), 1-21.

Contributor in the Urban Expert Team (UET) – World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Publication. 2019. Guidance on Integrated Urban Hydrometeorological, Climate and Environment Services. Volume II: Demonstration Cities.

*Nur. Shihab. And Mitra. C. Historical Urban Growth and Multi-seasonal Land Cover Classification of Dhaka: An Approach Using Google Earth Engine. Submitted to Asian Urbanization Conference Committee for journal publication. Nov 2019, Vietnam

Chatterjee, S., Khan, A., Dinda, A., Mithun, S., Khatun, R., Akbari, H. Kusaka, H., Mitra, C, … & Wang, Y. 2019. Simulating micro-scale thermal interactions in different building environments for mitigating urban heat islands. Science of the Total Environment663, 610-631.

*Chieppa, J., Bush, A., & Mitra, C. 2018. Using “Local Climate Zones” to Detect Urban Heat Island on Two Small Cities in Alabama. Earth Interactions22(16), 1-22.

*Jones, T., Marzen, L., Mitra, C., & Barbour, M. 2018. Identification and classification of geographically isolated wetlands in North Alabama using geographic object-based image analysis (GeOBIA). Geocarto International, 1-16.

Dong, L., Mitra, C., Greer, S., & Burt, E. 2018. The Dynamical Linkage of Atmospheric Blocking to Drought, Heatwave and Urban Heat Island in Southeastern US: A Multi-Scale Case Study. Atmosphere9(1), 33.

*Emran, A., Roy, S., Bagmar, M. S. H., & Mitra, C. 2018. Assessing topographic controls on vegetation characteristics in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) from remotely sensed data. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment11, 198-208.

Khan. A, Mitra. C. et al. 2017.Stepwise land-class elimination approach for extracting mixed-type built-up areas of Kolkata megacity. Geocarto International. pp 1-24.

*Li, X., Mitra, C., Dong, L., Yang, Q. 2017. Understanding land use change impacts on microclimate using Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth. doi: 10.1016/j.pce.2017.01.017

Mitra, C., Pandey, B., Allen, N. B., and Seto, K. C.  2016. Contemporary urbanization in India. Pp. 64-76. The Routledge Handbook of Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. Eds. Karen C. Seto, William D. Solecki, and Corrie A. Griffith. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-41573226-0

Mitra, C. and Shepherd, J. M. 2016. Urban Precipitation: A global perspective. Pp. 152-168. The Routledge Handbook of Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. Eds. Karen C. Seto, William D. Solecki, and Corrie A. Griffith. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-41573226-0

*Li, X., Mitra, C., Marzen, L., and Yang, Q. 2016. Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Wetland Cover changes in East Kolkata Wetlands, India from 1972 to 2011. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. Volume 7 Issue 2. DOI: 10.4018/ijagr.2016040101

Lee, M.-K., Mitra, C., Thomas, A., Lucy, T., Hickman, E., Cox, J., Rodger, C. 2015, Bringing global climate change education to middle-school classrooms – an example from Alabama, Handbook for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, 2nd edition. Springer, pp 1-17. (Cross-referenced in ‘Teaching publications’)

Alley, Kelly D.; Hile, R.; and Mitra, C. 2014. Visualizing Hydropower across the Himalayas: Mapping in a time of Regulatory Decline. Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies. Vol. 34: No. 2, Article 9. Available at:

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

*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 of the 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 of the Applied Geography. 36, 458-466.

Alley, K., Hile, R., C. Mitra, 2013. “Transparency, GIS and River Basin Management in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basin”. Page 36 – 57. Water Resources in South Asia: Conflict to Cooperation. Eds. M. F. Ahmed, Md. Khalequzzaman and Tanvir. Ahmed. BAPA and Ben, Bangladesh. ISBN: 978-984-33-6234-6

Hossain, F., A.T. Woldemichael, A. Degu, W. Yigzaw, C. Mitra and J.M. Shepherd. 2012. “Water resources vulnerability in the context of rapid urbanization of Dhaka City (A South Asian mega city). Climate Vulnerability: Understanding and Addressing Threats to Essential Resources. Elsevier Sciences. ISBN: 9780123847034.

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 (, 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. ISBN: 978-8-175-969-360.

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. DOI:

Other Publications:

C. Mitra 2016. Geographers at Work’ Profile. 7th Edition of Rowntree’s Diversity Amid Globalization. Pg 495

Mitra, C. 2014. Climate Change and GIS: An Essay. Our Changing Climates. Kauffman, M. Chad. Published by American Meteorological Society (AMS). Essay inset in Chapter 3.

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 (International Association of Urban Climate), Issue 28, Page 11, Available at