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Rabindra Adhikari

Name: Rabindra Adhikari

Position: Assistant Professor

Appointed Subject: Soil Science

Department: Watershed Management and Environmental Science (WME)


  • Master of Science – Soil Science (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Post Graduate Diploma: Remote Sensing and GIS (IIRS, India)

Interest Area:

  • Soil and Land Management, Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) assessment and mapping, Land Monitoring and forest biomass estimation using earth observation data

Research & Publications:

  • Subedi, T.B. & Adhikari, R. 2017. Micronutrient Requirement of Rice and its Management in Nepal (Rice Compendium). Crop Development Directorate (CDD), Nepal and Agronomy Society of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal. ISBN: 978-9937-0-2622-2 (pp 358-68)
  • Acharya, P., Dutta, J.P., Regmi P.P. and Adhikari, R. 2014. Economics of production, marketing and export potentiality of large cardamom in eastern hills of Nepal: A case from Illam district. Nepalese Journal of Agriculture Science, vol 12, 2014 (pp 74-81).
  • Adhikari, R. 2013. Evolution of the soil mineralogical composition in a toposequence on Isla Santa Cruz (Galápagos). M.Sc. research thesis. University Ghent, Belgium.
  • Khatiwada, B.P., Ghimire, R., Adhikari, R. and Osti, S. 2012. Increasing Crop Water Productivity through Local Crops and Technologies: A Case from the Ethnic Chepang Community of Nepal. Journal of Water, Energy and Environment (50-53).

Key Technical Skills

  • Conducting research on Agriculture soil science
  • Remote Sensing and Satellite Image Interpretation
  • Skill on Multi-Spectral Data Analysis (Optical, Microwave, Hyperspectral)
  • RS and GIS approach in soil erosion modeling (RUSLE, MMF..)
  • Forest Fire Mapping using Sentinel 1 and 2 imageries
  • Soil Fertility Assessment in the field and in laboratory
  • Biological Soil Test (Soil Fertility trial) in farmers filed as well as Research Field)
  • Soil survey and classification (WRB and USDA Soil Taxonomy)
  • Soil analysis; chemical – CEC, pH, SOC, P-retention, Selective dissolution, Clay separation, Mineral identification, texture determination, X-ray Diffraction techniques for soil mineralogy
  • Application of soil sensors equipment for soil research (vis-NIR, TDR, EMI)

Scholarships and Awards

  • Full funding support for entire course period (July 1st 2019 to March 31st 2020) in Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Deharadun, India by Centre for Space Science & Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) through United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).
  • Awarded with UGhent Master Grant (2011-2013) for the full study period of Masters in Physical Land Resources ‘Soil Science’ in Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  • Awarded free-ship during the study period of I. Sc. for 8 months

Organizational Involvement

  • Member: Editorial Board, Journal of Forestry and NRM (2017 – 2019) (https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/jfnrm)
  • Member (Student): IEEE, Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (2020)
  • Life Member: Nepalese Soil Science Society
  • Member: Soil Science Society, Belgium (2012-2013)
  • Member: International Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) – 2019, 2020
  • Member: American Micro-biological Society – 2019

Volunteer Service: 

  • United Nations Volunteer (UNV) – Nepal

Field Officer: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Kathmandu

Project: Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management and Livelihood Improvement Program

Field site: Chitwan, Madi


Email: [email protected], [email protected]