Pragya is a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellow (2017-18) at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute’s Division of Agricultural Physics in New Delhi, India. Her research focuses on determining crop water stress, including estimating regional evapotranspiration (ET) using remote sensing modeling and a large aperture scintillometer. These estimates help map water use efficiency and identify critical areas where improved water efficiency can help farmers boost crop production.
In September 2017, Pragya began working with DWFI Director of Research Christopher Neale on a project that involves calibrating and applying remote sensing-based ET Models to monitor and assess drought conditions and relative crop performance across various hydroclimatic regions. By understanding seasonal crop ET and drought impact quantification, irrigation scheduling can be improved, thereby increasing crop water productivity.
Pragya holds a master’s degree in agricultural physics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture sciences from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.