Lavanya Ashokkumar, Ph.D.



320 Sparkman Drive
Cramer Research Hall
Room 3048
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Ashokkumar is interested in understanding how fast glaciers move (dynamics) and how much glaciers melt (mass loss) contributes to sea-level rise. To effectively quantify the complex processes of glacier dynamics and mass loss, she uses a variety of techniques such as remote sensing (optical, synthetic aperture radar, gravimetry), numerical modeling and geospatial analysis. She is particularly interested in knowing the response of mountain glaciers in the Arctic and High mountain Asia to global temperature increases. 

Research interest - Satellite remote sensing, Geographic Information System, glacier modeling, sea-level rates

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Ph.D., Glaciology, remote sensing, Swansea University UK, 2017
  • M.S., Remote sensing, Anna University, India, 2012
  • B.Eng., Geo-informatics Engineering, Anna University, India, 2007

Honors & Awards

  • Polar Science Early Career Community Office (PSECCO) Conference Travel Grant for AGU Fall Meeting 2022 ($670).
  • Postdoc speed talk competition, University of Arizona. First place, 2020 ($2000).
  • Travel support by NASA and UW ($1500) for ICESat-2 Cryospheric Science Hackweek, University of Washington, Seattle, 2019.
  • Chevening Scholarship for dissertation writing and support – 2015 ($10000).
  • Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship for PhD in Remote sensing 2012–2016. Funding for 3.5 years ($20000 per annum).