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Santosh Rijal

Collegiate Assistant Professor
Santosh Rijal
219 Wallace Hall


·     Geospatial applications, GIS, remote sensing, spatial analysis

·     Environmental studies

I am working as a Collegiate Assistant Professor in a highly esteemed department of geography at Virginia Tech. Besides teaching, I like to use my geospatial skills to do research in several disciplines. For many years now, I have been continuously engaged in military projects primarily looking at land condition disturbances in military installations. My current research project includes permafrost monitoring and mapping in the military installations of Alaska. My hobbies are hiking, traveling, playing soccer etc. I feel honored to work as a team in the department. I love Virginia Tech and this small town of Blacksburg which I call ‘home away from home’.

Courses Recently Taught:

·     Principles of GIS (GEOG 2084)

·     Elements of GIS (GEOG 5064)

·     Introduction to Remote Sensing (GEOG 4354)

·     Advanced Remote Sensing (GEOG/GEOS 5354)

·     Modeling with GIS (GEOG 4084)

·     Advanced Modeling with GIS (GEOG 5084)

Recent Publications:

Rijal, S., G. Wang, P.B. Woodford, H.R. Howard, J.M.S. Hutchinson, S. Hutchinson, J. Schoof, T.J. Oyana, R. Li. 2018. Detection of gullies in Fort Riley military installation using LiDAR generated high resolution DEM. Journal of Terramechanics, 77, 15-22.

Rijal, S., G. Wang, P.B. Woodford, H.R. Howard, J. Schoof, T.J. Oyana, L.O. Park, R. Li. 2017. Comparison of military and non-military land condition using an imaged derived soil erosion cover factor. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 72(5), 425-437.

Wang, G., D. Murphy, A. Oller, H.R. Howard, A.B. Anderson, S. Rijal, N.R. Myers, P.B. Woodford. 2014. Spatial and temporal assessment of cumulative disturbance impacts due to military training, burning, haying, and their interactions on land condition of Fort Riley. Environmental Management, 54(1), 51-66.