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Sunil Bhaskaran
Position: Professor and Director of BGCCCI
Campus Affiliation: Bronx Community College
Phone: (718) 289-5566 or (718) 289-5523
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., GIS & Remote Sensing, University of New South Wales
Research Interests: Applications of geospatial techniques for mapping urban land use; emergency services; disaster management; Integrating and modeling spaceborne; airborne remotely sensed data with GIS data for air pollution; energy studies; developing spatial decision support systems. Advanced per-pixel and object-based-classification approaches to extract urban features from high resolution space borne data. Multispectral and hyperspectral data analysis for disaster management and vulnerability assessment.
Dr. Sunil Bhaskaran has a PhD (2003) from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (known earlier as School of Geomatic Engineering), University of New South Wales, Sydney. He has been serving BCC as a teaching faculty since 2010 and as a doctoral faculty at the Earth and Environmental Sciences (E.E.S), Graduate Center, CUNY since 2008. Sunil has mentored over 60 students in focused undergraduate research, and collaborated with faculty from different disciplines in geospatial technology, which is an emerging field of study in the US. His pioneering efforts in promoting geospatial technology have led to institutional awareness about its potential. The BCC Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute (BGCCCI) arguably one of its kinds in the CUNY system was officially opened on the 3rd October, 2014. Sunil was appointed as the Director of BGCCCI ( and given the responsibility of strategically leading the center. Sunil is the college coordinator of the environmental technology program which has been registering increasing student enrollments and based on data from the office of institutional research is one of the most successful programs at BCC.

Sunil has been the recipient of several awards and grants from industry and federal government including the Digital Globe foundation, PSC CUNY, Natural Resources Imagery Grant Program Award. He was the director of the BCC-Summer Transport Institute, where 50 students from title -1 school participated in a week-long workshop that exposed them to emerging STEM disciplines and careers in the transportation industry. He has authored over 58 research papers, technical reports, and is a member of a panel of peer-reviewers on international journals. Sunil has delivered over 30 invited seminars and workshops including the keynote address at the 6th International Remote Sensing Conference, Japan and the 2013 spring faculty convocation at BCC.

Recent Publications:
  • Md. Ejaz Alam., Javed Mallick, Sunil Bhaskaran, Atiqur Rahman and D. Dutta., Spatiao-temporal assessment of vegetation covers in the upper catchment of Kosi River basin using MODIS data., International Journal of Remote Sensing and Geoscience (IJRSG), Volume 2, Issue 6, Nov. 2013
  • Bhaskaran, S., Devi, S., Bhatia, S., Samal, A, and Brown Leroy (2013), Mapping shadows from very high resolution satellite data using HSV and edge detection techniques. Applied Geomatics. DOI 10.1007/s12518-013-0118-4 (not paginated).
  • Jimenez, K., Aboubaker Kaba, Leroy Brown, Mohammad Rahman and Bhaskaran, S., (2012), Undergraduate research and faculty supervision – Research Experiences in Geospatial Science and Technology Projects at the Bronx Community College, Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (PURM, Issue 3-1, pp. 1-9).
  • Bhaskaran Sunil, Eric Nez , Karolyn Jimenez & Sanjiv K. Bhatia (2012):Rule-based classification of high-resolution imagery over urban areas in New York City, Geocarto International, DOI:10.1080/10106049.2012.726278ifirst articlepp: 1-19.
  • Javed Mallick, AtiqurRahman, MaikNetzband and Sunil Bhaskaran, (2011) Thermal satellite data for assessment and monitoring of surface temperature changes and its impact on micro-climate of Delhi. Urbanization and Global Environmental Change, UGEC Viewpoints, International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP)on Global Climate Change, Arizona State University, USA Vol. No 6, pp:18-23, November, 2011.

Affiliations: BCC Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute, Bronx Community College