- 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
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.
News articles with Singh, Chandrakant
Research news | 2022-02-22
Amid drought, trees’ ability to store water defines their resilience
Trees in the rainforest can increase their resilience to drought by improving the capacity of their roots to store moisture
Research news | 2020-10-27
The ability to deal with drought is crucial for the survival of rainforests
Study identifies thresholds for when rainforests in South America and Africa transition into savannas