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Shivesh Karan

Shivesh Karan
Currently studying the climate and environmental impacts of biochar use in Swedish agriculture through a life cycle and spatial perspective.


My key competencies lie at the intersection of three disciplines (Geospatial Science, Environmental Science, and Computer Science). I use geospatial technologies on a variety of land / environmental applications (Multi-Criteria risk assessment, Suitability analysis, Land-use/Land cover change analysis, GIS model development).

My doctoral dissertation was conducted at the Indian Institute of Technology, Dhanbad, where I studied the impacts of coal mining on water resources. In my research, I developed dynamic process-based spatially-explicit frameworks for vulnerability assessment of water resources due to coal mining activities.


March 2021 - Present: Studying the climate and environmental impacts of biochar use in Swedish agriculture through a life cycle and spatial perspective.

February 2019 - October 2020: Worked as a postdoctoral research engineer on developing sustainable bioeconomy strategies for France. I was responsible for the Research Objective 1 (RO1) of the Make Our Planet Great Again laureate project Cambioscop,  at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquees (INSA), Toulouse, France. In RO1, I developed a spatial database for residual biomass resources currently available in France, and evaluated the environmental impacts of their current use through a life cycle assessment approach. 


Ph.D. 2019. Environmental Science & Engineering. Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad, India.

Master of Technology. 2014. Environmental Science & Engineering. Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad, India.

Bachelor of Engineering. 2012. Computer Science & Engineering. Visvesvaraya Technological University, Bangalore, India.

Selected publications

Shen, Z., Tiruta-Barna, L., Karan, S.K. and Hamelin, L., 2022. Simultaneous carbon storage in arable land and anthropogenic products (CSAAP): Demonstrating an integrated concept towards well below 2° C. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 182:106293.

Singh, C., Karan, S.K., Sardar, P. and Samadder, S.R., 2022. Remote sensing-based biomass estimation of dry deciduous tropical forest using machine learning and ensemble analysis. Journal of Environmental Management, 308:114639.

Karan, S. K., and Hamelin, L., 2021. Crop residues may be a key feedstock to bioeconomy but how reliable are current estimation methods? Resources Conservation and Recycling, 164:105211. 

Karan, S. K., and Hamelin, L, 2020. Towards local bioeconomy: A stepwise framework for high-resolution spatial quantification of forestry residues. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 134:110350. 

Karan, S.K., Ghosh, S. and Samadder, S.R., 2019. Identification of spatially distributed hotspots for soil loss and erosion potential in mining areas of Upper Damodar Basin–India. Catena, 182:104144. 

Karan, S.K., Samadder, S.R. and Singh, V., 2018. Groundwater vulnerability assessment in degraded coal mining areas using the AHP–Modified DRASTIC model. Land Degradation & Development, 29 (8), pp.2351-2365. 

Karan, S.K., Samadder, S.R. and Maiti, S.K., 2016. Assessment of the capability of remote sensing and GIS techniques for monitoring reclamation success in coalmine degraded lands. Journal of Environmental Management, 182, pp.272-283. 

Karan, S.K., and Samadder, S.R., 2016. Reduction of spatial distribution of risk factors for transportation of contaminants released by coal mining activities. Journal of Environmental Management, 180, pp.280-290. 


Postdoctor at the Department of Energy and Technology; Division of Agricultural Engineering
Postal address:
Inst för energi och teknik, Box 7032
Visiting address: Lennart Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala

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