Dr. Shridhar Jawak possesses nearly 14 years of extensive research experience in Earth observation (EO) and remote sensing (RS) applications, primarily focused on the Earth’s cryosphere. Additionally, he has coordination and management experience gleaned from his involvement in research infrastructure projects based in Svalbard. From September 2018 to August 2023, he held the position of Remote Sensing Officer/Senior Adviser at the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS), Svalbard, Norway. Dr. Jawak also served as a steering committee member and project participant in the EEA-funded Cryosphere Integrated Observatory Network on Svalbard (CRIOS) project.
Before joining SIOS, he was a project scientist at the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), Goa, India, where he was involved in EO and RS activities in polar science particularly focusing on Antarctica, Himalayas, and the Arctic.
Dr. Jawak’s research interests predominantly revolve around remote sensing of the Earth’s cryosphere, with a specific focus on utilizing multi-satellite data sources such as SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar), Optical, and LiDAR, as well as airborne data, to discern spatiotemporal changes in the Arctic, Antarctic, and Himalayan regions.
As of September 2023, he has joined NILU, where his role centers on active participation in a spectrum of ongoing research infrastructure and Earth observation projects within the ATMOS department. These projects include Aerosol, Clouds, and Trace Gases Research Infrastructure (ACTRIS) along with its national node, ACTRIS Norway, as well as the Copernicus Observations In Situ Networking and Sustainability (COINS) project.