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Dr Ramesh Veerappan

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Geo Informatics , Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies

M.Sc. in Applied Geology,
M.Tech. in Geological Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics (Bharathidasan University),
Ph.D. in Geology (Periyar University, Salem)

Dr. Ramesh Veerappan is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Geoinformatics, Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Dr. Ramesh Veerappan received the M.Tech. degree in Geological Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics, from the Bharathidasan University, and the Ph.D. in Geology from the Periyar University, Salem, India. His main research interest includes disaster mapping, with a special focus on Geoinformatics in Hazard, Vulnerability, and Risk mapping using statistical methods and landslide slope stability analysis. He has been involved in collaborative research projects in various instances. He is the author or co-author of 21 papers in international refereed journals indexed in SCI and Scopus and chapters in the book. He also organized workshops as convener and summer/winter school on Geospatial Technology & Its Application as co-convener sponsored by NRDMS, DST.

Membership in Professional Bodies/Societies

Life Member - Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG), Ahmedabad

Member - American Geophysical Union (AGU), USA (Berkner 2018)



Research Interests

Geospatial Science & Technologies in Disaster management

Natural Disasters – Hazard/Vulnerability/Risk Mapping through advanced statistical and Machine Learning models

Landslides and Slope Stability Analyses


Research Guidance

M.Tech., (1 Completed)

Sayed Sumaira Iqbal – Geoinformatics in Flood Susceptibility Zonation mapping of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, using Frequency Ratio and Fuzzy Gamma Operator Models.  (2018)

M.Sc., /M.A., (18 Completed; 3 Ongoing)

Umang Vats – Use of Satellite Remote Sensing for Management of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mumbai from Climate Change Perspective. (2021)

Vaibhav Mohod – Landslide Susceptibility Zonation Mapping in Malshej Ghat Road Section (NH-222), Maharashtra using Analytical Hierarchy Process and GIS. (2021)

Himani Tiwari – Characterisation of Balia Nala Landslide and Estimation of Site-Specific Physical Vulnerability of Buildings through Indicator-based Approach and GIS in Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. (2020)

Sumit – Flood Inundation Modelling and Mapping & Its Impact on Land Use and Land Cover using Geoinformatics, in Part of Periyar River, Kerala, India. (2020)

Shivangi – Landslide Susceptibility Zonation Mapping using Evidential Belief Function Model along Rudraprayag to Ukhimath, Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand, India. (2020)

Naul Mohammed – Geoinformatics in Assessment of 2019 Bihar Floods and its Impact in Parts of Patna, India. (2020)

Reddi Sai Sushma – Cyclone Vulnerability Zonation Mapping using Geo-Spatial Techniques for Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. (2020)

Souradeepa Naskar – Application of Machine Learning based Algorithm in Forest Fire Susceptibility Assessment of Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India. (2020)

Vinay Laxman Soni – Application of Geoinformatics in Drought Hazard Assessment and Mapping using Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) Model in Wardha District, Maharashtra, India. (2020)

Shweta Bhardwaj – Application of Geoinformatics in Flood Susceptibility Zonation Mapping using Dempster Shafer’s Evidential Belief Function (EBF) in Chalakudy Taluk, Thrissur, Kerala, India. (2019)

Madhurima Chakraborty – Application of Geoinformatics in Drought Hazard Assessment and Mapping using Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) Model in Purulia District, West Bengal. (2019)

Nongmaithen Bragy Singh – Application of Geoinformatics in Landslide Hazard Zonation Mapping using Fuzzy Gamma Operator model in part of Trans-Asian highway (AH-1) (Mao-Kangpokpi), Manipur, India. (2019)

Pradnya Harishchandra Pawaskar – GIS-Based Evaluation of Water Quality Index in Part of Vashishthi River of Maharashtra. (2019)

Sourav Adhikari – Geoinformatics in Flood Susceptibility Mapping in part of Kolkata Municipal Corporation using Artificial Neural Network (ANN) Model. (2018)

Ankur Negi – Landslide Susceptibility Zonation Mapping using Statistical Index and Analytical Hierarchy Process – A study in part of National Highway – 58, Uttarakhand. (2017)

Sriram A – Flood susceptibility zonation and vulnerability mapping using Geo-informatics and Participatory GIS (PGIS) approach in Parangipettai Town Panchayat, Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu. (2017)

Ashar Ajaz Quadri – Flood Susceptibility Mapping in part of Jale and Singhwara Block of Darbhanga in Bihar, India. (2017)

Nikita Nair – Geoinformatics Based Meteorological and Agricultural Drought Assessment in Latur District, Maharashtra, India. (2017)

Research Papers in Referred International Journals (Total Impact Factor: 18.97; Citations – 224; H-index - 8; i10-index - 7)

Saranaathan S.E, Mani S, Ramesh V, Prasanna Venkatesh S (2021) Landslide Susceptibility Zonation Mapping Using Bivariate Statistical Frequency Ratio method and GIS: A Case Study in Part of SH 37 Ghat Road, Nadugani, Panthalur Taluk, The Nilgiris. Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Springer. 49(2):275-291, Impact Factor: 1.563, Indexed in SCIE and Scopus. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12524-020-01207-3

Veerappan Ramesh, Sayed Sumaira Iqbal (2020) Urban flood susceptibility zonation mapping using evidential belief function, frequency ratio and fuzzy gamma operator models in GIS: a case study of Greater Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Geocarto International, Taylor & Francis, Impact Factor: .4.889, Indexed in SCIE and Scopus. https://doi.org/10.1080/10106049.2020.1730448

Somnath Bera, Balamurugan Guru, Ramesh V (2018) Evaluation of landslide susceptibility models: a comparative study on the part of Western Ghat Region, India. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, Elsevier. 13:39-52 Indexed in Scopushttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352938517303099

Anbazhagan S, Ramesh V, Saranaathan S. E (2017) Cut Slope Stability Assessment along Ghat Road Section of Kolli hills, India. Natural Hazards, Springer. 86(3):1081-1104, Impact Factor: 3.102, Indexed in SCIE and Scopus. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-016-2731-0

Ramesh V, Mani S, Baskar M, Kavitha G, Anbazhagan S (2017) - Landslide Hazard Zonation Mapping and Cut Slope Stability Analyses along Yercaud Ghat Road (Kuppanur – Yercaud) Section, Tamil Nadu, India. International Journal of Geoengineering, Springer. 8(1):2, Indexed in Scopus. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40703-017-0039-x

Balamurugan Guru, Ramesh Veerappan, Francis Sangma, Somnath Bera (2017) Comparison of probabilistic and expert-based models in landslide susceptibility zonation mapping in part of Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu, India. Spatial Information Research, Springer. 25(6): 757-768, Indexed in Google Scholar. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41324-017-0143-1

Hinotoli V Sema, Balamurugan Guru, Ramesh Veerappan (2017) Fuzzy gamma operator model for preparing landslide susceptibility zonation mapping in parts of Kohima town, Nagaland, India. Modelling Earth Systems and Environment, Springer. 3(2):499-514, Indexed in Scopus. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40808-017-0317-9

Somnath B, Balamurugan Guru, Ramesh Veerappan (2017) Landslide Susceptibility Zonation Using Relative Effect Model in Part of Mahad Taluka, Maharashtra, India. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering. 10(05): 1020-1028, Indexed in Scopus.

Guru Balamurugan, Veerappan Ramesh, Touthang Mangminlen (2016) Landslide Susceptibility zonation mapping using frequency ratio and fuzzy gamma operator models in part of NH-39, Manipur, India. Natural Hazards, Springer. 84(01):465-488. Impact Factor: 3.102, Indexed in SCIE and Scopus. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-016-2434-6

Ramesh V, Anbazhagan S. (2015) Landslide Susceptibility Mapping along Kolli Hills Ghat Road section (India) using Frequency Ratio, Relative Effect and Fuzzy Logic models. Environmental Earth Sciences, Springer. 73(12):8009-8021. Impact Factor: 2.784, Indexed in SCIE and Scopus. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12665-014-3954-6

Anbazhagan S, Indhirajith R, Uma Maheswaran S, Jothibasu A, Venkatesan A, Ramesh V (2015) Electrical Resistivity Survey and Shallow Subsurface Geological Study in Hard Rock Terrain, Southern India. Journal of the Geological Society of India, Springer. 85(3):305-312. Impact Factor: 1.459, Indexed in SCIE and Scopus. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12594-015-0219-2

Anbazhagan S and Ramesh V (2014) Landslide Hazard Zonation mapping in Ghat road section of Kolli hills, India. Journal of Mountain Science, Springer. 11(5):1308-1325. DOI:10.1007/s11629-012-2618-9 – Impact Factor: 2.071, Indexed in SCIE and Scopus. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11629-012-2618-9

Guru Balamurugan, Somnath B, Ramesh V (2015) Post Disaster Damages and Bank Erosion by Bhagirathi River in Part of Bhatwari Block, Uttarkashi, India. International Journal of Current Research, 7(03):14169-14173. http://www.journalcra.com/article/post-disaster-damages-and-bank-erosion-bhagirathi-river-part-bhatwari-block-uttarkashi-india

Anbazhagan S, Ramesh V, Balamurugan M (2013) Geoinformatics in Infrastructure Facility Mapping and Development Planning in an University Campus. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering. Vol.06, No.06 (1), December 2013, pp. 1533-1540., SJR-0.15 & CSIR-NISCAIR INDIA Impact Factor-0.042, Indexed in Scopus. 

Research Papers (Chapters) In Edited Books & Proceedings

Nongmaithem Bragy Singh, Ramesh Veerappan (2021) GIS-based Landslide Susceptibility Zonation Mapping using Fuzzy Gamma Operator model in part of Trans-Asian Highway (Mao-Kangpokpi), Manipur, India. In: Pal, I et al. (Eds) Disaster Resilience and Sustainability. Publisher: Elsevier, pp. 171-196 (DOI: 978-0-323-85195-4.00027-5 and ISBN: 9780323851954). https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-85195-4.00027-5

Anbazhagan S, Ramesh V, Kamaraj S, Arivazhagan S (2018) “Weathering and Slope Stability Studies along Ghat Road Section of Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu, India”, National Workshop on Landslides, held during 23-25th May 2018 at Department of Geology, L.S.M. Government Post Graduate College, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. (Full Paper Accepted)

Ramesh Veerappan, Ankur Negi, Anbazhagan Siddan (2017) Landslide Susceptibility Mapping and Comparison Using Frequency Ratio and Analytical Hierarchy Process in Part of NH-58, Uttarakhand, India”, In: Mikos M et al. (eds) Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides - Volume 2 Advances in Landslide Science. Publisher: Springer International Publishing, pp. 1081-1091 (DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-53498-5_123 and ISBN: 978-3-319-53498-5) https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-53498-5_123

Ramesh V, Anbazhagan S, Nikita N (2017) "Landslide susceptibility mapping using Bivariate statistics and Analytical Hierarchy Process in Kolli Hills Ghat Road Section, India", International Conference on Urban Geoinformatics, held during 22-23rd, February 2017 at TERI University, New Delhi, India. Digital Proceedings Paper ID: ICUG-X284.

Ramesh V, Thanchuipou Phaomei, Baskar M, Anbazhagan S (2016) “Application of Fuzzy Operators in Landslide Susceptibility mapping along Yercaud ghat road section, Tamil Nadu, India”, In: N. Janardhana Raju (ed.) Geostatistical and Geospatial Approaches for the Characterization of Natural Resources in the Environment – Challenges, Processes, and Strategies. Publisher: Springer International Publishing. Copyright: Capital Publishing Company. pp. 545–553. (DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-18663-4_82 and ISBN: 978-3-319-18663-4) http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-18663-4_82

Anbazhagan S, Chatterjee A, Sethupathi AS, Guru Balamurugan and Ramesh V (2013) “Remote Sensing and GIS for Landslide Hazard Mapping – Case Study from Mumbai, India” In: R.A. Singh (ed.) Landslides and Environmental Degradation. Gyanodaya Prakashan, Nainital, pp. 89-106. (ISBN: 81-85097-90-9)
Anbazhagan S, Palpandian P, Jothibasu A, Uma Maheswaran S, Venkatesan A, Ramesh V (2013) “GIS Spatial Analysis for artificial research – A Case Study from Drought Prone Area” In: Anbazhagan S (ed.) Water Management: Historical Perspective and Development. Vasagan Publication, Salem, pp. 107-133. (ISBN: 978-93-83188-01-7)

Anbazhagan S, Ramesh V (2011) “Is it kumari continent engulfed by sea? – comparision of Tamil literature evidences with geological evidence (Kumari Kandathai Kadarkol Kondatha? Sanga Ilakkiya Sandrugalai Puviyariviyal Nokkudan Oor Oppaivu)”, Proceedings of National Conference on “Tamil Cheviyal Ilakkiyangalil Kaanalagum Peridar Melanmai Chinthanaigal” 10-11, February- 2011, Tamil University. pp. 352 – 361.

Anbazhagan S, Ramesh V (2010) “Research Activities in Periyar University during Xth Plan Period” Proceedings of the Seminar on Role of Periyar University in Social Welfare and Higher Education & 3rd TANFUFA-PUTA Joint Seminar on Governance in Higher Education. July 15-16, 2010. pp. 27-42.


Nongmaithem Bragy Singh, Ramesh Veerappan (2019) “GIS Based Landslide Susceptibility Mapping in Part of Trans-Asian Highway (AH-1) (Mao-Kangpokpi), Manipur, India, using Statistical Index Method” National Seminar on "Recent Research Trends in Geological Studies" GEOGRI-2019 at The Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul.

Pradnya Pawaskar, Ramesh Veerappan (2019) “Geographical Information Based Evaluation of Water & Soil Quality Index of Vashishthi Creek Area of Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra, India” National Seminar on "Recent Research Trends in Geological Studies" GEOGRI-2019 at The Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul.

Madhurima Chakraborty, Ramesh Veerappan (2019) “Geoinformatics in Drought Vulnerability Assessment – A Case Study of South Western Part of Purulia Dist. West Bengal”, 4th World Congress on Disaster Management, held during 29th Jan – 1st Feb 2019 at IIT Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Abstract, pp. 507. (ISBN: 978-93-5346-919-1).

Ramesh V, Anbazhagan S (2011) “Analysis of geological and Hydrological parameters for Landslide studies at Kolli hills”, 11th Tamil Science Congress, held during 26-27th, June, 2011 at Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul, Abstract. pp. 92-93 (ISBN: 817735986-X).

Anbazhagan S, Shanmugavalli G, Ramesh V (2010) Geomorphology and Rainfall Data Analysis for Landslide Susceptibility Mapping Kolli Hills – A Preliminary tudy. National Conference on ‘Geomatics in Disaster Management’ held during 9-10th, April, 2010 at Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Abstract. pp. 35-36.

Press Reports

"Periyar University research team studies landslides in Vathalmalai", The Hindu, 30th Nov, 2015. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/periyar-university-research-team-studies-landslides-in-vathalmalai/article7931722.ece





Funding Agency

Project / Training Conducted Period Grant Received

U.S. Department of Space

Developing and Improving Disaster Management Studies Course in India. 


USD 7500

Project PI: Dr. Thomas Oommen (MTU)

Project Leads (TISS)

Dr. Ramesh Veerappan

Dr. Guru Balamurugan

NRDMS, DST, Govt. of India

21days Training Programme on "Geospatial Technology" Emphasis on Basic Concepts and Applications"



Rs. 10,00,000

Dr. Guru Balamurugan

Dr. V Ramesh

Research Council, TISS

Drought Assessment using remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) techniques in part of Aurangabad Division (Marathwada Region), Maharashtra,   India.

06th April 2017-5th April 2019 (Completed)

Rs. 3,00,000

PI: Dr. V. Ramesh

NRDMS, DST, Govt. of India

21 Days Training Programme on "Geospatial Technology" Emphasis on Planning and Policy Development



Rs. 10,00,000

Dr. Guru Balamurugan

Prof. Dr. Anbazhagan

Dr. V. Ramesh



Kerala Flood Response 2018 – TISS along with District Collectrate of Alappuzha District and Kerala State Disaster Management Autority (KSDMA), involved in extensive field work to generate the geospatial database of different features like culverts/bridges, gruel centres, animal camps, and public distribution system offices using GIS technique in Kuttanad Taluk which is highly flood affected region in Azhapuzha district.

M.A./M.Sc. in Disaster Management  (3 courses)

MDM6 - Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS

MDM33 - Applications of Geoinformatics in Disaster Studies

MDM35 - Geospatial Technologies in Hazard, Vulnerability, and Risk Mapping


MDM36 - Fieldwork

MDM37 - Internship-I

MDM38 - Internship-II

M.Phil./Ph.D.  (1 Course)

Advanced Geospatial Technologies and its applications in Social Studies

IFRC-TISS Programme (1 Course)

Module 5: Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Risk Mapping and Management

Email: ramesh.veerappan[at]tiss[dot]edu

Dr. V. Ramesh, M.Tech., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,

Centre for Geoinformatics,

Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies (JTSDS),

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS),

Malti and Jal A. D. Naoroji Campus (Annex)

Post Box No: 8313, Deonar Farm Road, Deonar,

Mumbai - 400088, Maharashtra, India.