PhD candidate

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Profile summary

  • Quantifying forest resilience
  • Remote sensing applications
  • Subsoil forest dynamics
  • Time-series assessment
  • Water-induced tipping points

Chandrakant Singh’s research focuses on exploring the dynamic feedback of changes in rainfall due to climate and human-induced disturbances on tropical ecosystems

Singh’s research explores the changes in rainfall patterns due to climate change and land-use change, and how that change influences the resilience of natural and agricultural systems. Here, he looks at the eco-hydrological feedbacks of the tropical terrestrial ecosystems to uncover the adaptation dynamics and impacts using remotely sensed datasets and process-based models.

Since rainforests play a critical role in stabilizing the Earth’s climate and global water cycle, Singh’s research specifically focuses on the land systems of the South American and African rainforests.

Singh’s PhD is a part of Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene (ERA) project which aims to improve the understanding of interactions among planetary boundaries (the boundaries in which the Earth system remains in a stable state), and to understand the implications of simultaneous human pressure on several systems that are characteristic of the Anthropocene – the human dominated era.

Singh graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-ISM) Dhanbad, India, with a Master of Technology (M.Tech) degree in Environmental Science and Engineering. Singh also holds a Bachelor in Technology (B.Tech) degree in Civil Engineering from Bharati Vidyapeeth University Pune, India.

Awards and achievements

  • Youth for Climate and Water (funded by Erasmus+), 2022
  • Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) fellowship (funded by IIASA-FORMAS), June-August 2021
  • Erasmus+ mobility grant for research exchange at TU Delft, Feb-Dec 2020

Key publications

Singh, C., Wang-Erlandsson, L., Fetzer, I., Rockström, J., & van der Ent, R. (2020). Rootzone storage capacity reveals drought coping strategies along rainforest-savanna transitions. Environmental Research Letters.

Singh, C., van der Ent, R., Wang‐Erlandsson, L., & Fetzer, I. (2022). Hydroclimatic adaptation critical to the resilience of tropical forests. Global Change Biology.

Singh, C., Karan, S. K., Sardar, P., & Samadder, S. R. (2022). Remote sensing-based biomass estimation of dry deciduous tropical forest using machine learning and ensemble analysis. Journal of Environmental Management.

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Publications by Singh, Chandrakant