Dr. Antara Dasgupta

Dr. Antara Dasgupta

Adjunct Research Associate
Department of Civil Engineering

Dr. Antara Dasgupta is the Senior Radar Scientist at Cloud to Street, where she evaluates radar satellite data and develops radar-based algorithms to improve flood mapping accuracy. She recently earned a dually-badged Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Monash University, and received her Master’s degree in Remote Sensing from the Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation. In addition to her passion towards leveraging radar data for flood monitoring, she has a keen interest in improving flood inundation forecasting accuracy through the integration of multiple flood data sources with numerical models. Antara has lived through several devastating floods in India, which drives her commitment towards better understanding and communicating flood risk. She was recently awarded the SSSI Victorian Spatial Excellence Award by the Department of Civil Engineering – Monash University, for outstanding contributions by a graduate student towards the advancement of the spatial sciences and was recognized as one of the Rising Stars of Asia – Women in Engineering by the Asian Dean’s Forum in 2019. Antara already has a number of academic publications and is passionate about making scientific communication more accessible.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Delhi University
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science, Doon University
  • Master of Science in Remote Sensing, University of Twente
  • Doctor of Philosophy, IIT Bombay and Monash University
Best E-poster

Australian Bureau of Meteorology Annual R&D Workshop themed A Land of Storms, Floods and Bushfires: Seamless and Integrated Forecasting

November, 2020
SSSI Victorian Spatial Excellence Award

(Monash Department of Civil Engineering Graduate Research Award 2020 for the Best PhD Thesis using Spatially Distributed Data)

October, 2020
Rising Stars of Asia – Women in Engineering

(Asian Dean’s Forum – Fully funded workshop by invitation only from top 100 global engineering faculties with a success rate <10%)

October, 2019
3 Minute Thesis Talk Competition: Winner in Category >2 years

(IITB-Monash Research Academy – Annual Oskar Awards)

August, 2019
AWSAR DST Popular Science Story Competition

(Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, All India Rank #22, success rate <5%)

February, 2019

 

Global Flood Hazard received the PROSE Award 2019

Earth Science Category (Association of American Publishers)

January, 2019
Berkner Travel Fellowship

(American Geophysical Union, open to all PhD students from low and lower middle-income countries with a success rate of <12%)

December, 2018
3 Minute Thesis Talk Competition: Runner up

(Faculty of Engineering – Monash University)

July, 2017
3 Minute Thesis Talk Competition: Winner in Departmental Heats

(Civil Engineering Department – Monash University)

June, 2017
Prime Minister’s Doctoral Research Fellowship

(Science and Engineering Research Board, Confederation of Indian Industries, and Skymet Weather Services Pvt. Ltd., India – Awards a maximum of 100 Indian PhD scholars with double scholarship, 50% from the government and 50% by a sponsoring industry, to encourage industrial innovation.)

Oct,’16-Apr,’18
3 Minute Thesis Talk Competition: Winner in Category <2 years

(IITB-Monash Research Academy – Annual Oskar Awards)

August, 2016
BNHCRC (Australia) Associate PhD Research Fellow Jul,’15-Jul,’20
MyCOE/SERVIR Himalaya Fellowship Dec,’12-Oct,’13

Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

Under Preparation

  1. Dasgupta, A., Grimaldi, S., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., & Walker, J.P. A Simple Framework for Calibrating Hydraulic Flood Inundation Models using Crowd-sourced Water Levels. Water Resources Research: Technical Note  (Manuscript in preparation).
  2. Dasgupta, A., Schumann, G.J.P., Ramsankaran, R., Grimaldi, S., Pauwels, V.R.N., Hostache, R., and Walker, J.P. From “Data-poor” to “Data-rich”: Advances in Flood Observations and Implications for Hydraulic Modelling. Surveys in Geophysics (Manuscript in preparation).
  3. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., Schumann, G.J.P., Grimaldi, S., Di Mauro, C., and Walker, J.P. A comparison of likelihood functions for SAR-derived flood extent assimilation using particle filters. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (Manuscript in preparation).
  4. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., Schumann, G.J.P., Grimaldi, S., and Walker, J.P. Assimilation of Crowd-Sourced and SAR-derived Flood Observations for Improved Inundation Forecasts. Advances in Water Resources (Manuscript in preparation).
  5. Nardi, F., Cudennec, C., Abrate, T. Allouch, C., Annis, A., Assumpção, T. H., Aubert, A., Berod, D., Braccini, A., Buytaert, W., Dasgupta, A., Hannah, D., Mazzoleni, M., Polo, M. J., Sæbø, Ø., Seibert, J., Tauro, F., Teichert, F., Teutonico, R., Uhlenbrook, S., Vargas, C. W., Grimaldi, S. Citizens AND HYdrology (CANDHY): towards a quantitative framework for evaluating citizen science projects in hydrology. Hydrological Sciences Journal (Manuscript in preparation).

Published

  1. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Schumann, G. J.‐P., Grimaldi, S., Pauwels, V. R. N., and Walker, J. P. (2021). On the impacts of observation location, timing and frequency on flood extent assimilation performance. Water Resources Research (Accepted).
  2. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Schumann, G. J.‐P., Grimaldi, S., Pauwels, V. R. N., and Walker, J. P. (2021). A mutual information‐based likelihood function for particle filter flood extent assimilation. Water Resources Research, 56. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020WR027859
  3. Nardi, F., Cudennec, C., Abrate, T. Allouch, C., Annis, A., Assumpção, T. H., Aubert, A., Berod, D., Braccini, A., Buytaert, W., Dasgupta, A., Hannah, D., Mazzoleni, M., Polo, M. J., Sæbø, Ø., Seibert, J., Tauro, F., Teichert, F., Teutonico, R., Uhlenbrook, S., Vargas, C. W., Grimaldi, S. (2020). Citizens AND HYdrology (CANDHY): conceptualizing a transdisciplinary unifying framework integrating human sensor and behaviour for citizen science addressing hydrological challenges. Hydrological Sciences Journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2020.1849707
  4. Dasgupta, A., Thakur, P. K., & Gupta, P. K. (2020) Potential of SAR-derived flood extents for hydrodynamic model calibration in data-scarce environments. ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 25 (9): 05020028. https://doi.org/1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001988
  5. Kumar, A., Dasgupta, A., Lokhande, S., & Ramsankaran, R. (2019) Benchmarking the Indian National CartoDEM against SRTM for 1D Hydraulic Modelling. The International Journal of River Basin Management, 11(13 May 2019), 1-10. https://doi.org/1080/15715124.2019.1606816
  6. Dasgupta, A., Grimaldi, S., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V. R. N., & Walker, J. P. (2018). Towards operational SAR-based flood mapping using neuro-fuzzy texture-based approaches. Remote Sensing of Environment, 215(15 September 2018), 313–329. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.06.019. (IF 2020 – 9.085; Q1; External Citations – 16)

(Co-)Edited Books/Monographs

  1. Earth Observation for Hydro-Meteorological Hazard (eds. B. Kar, G.J.-P. Schumann, Dasgupta, S. Grimaldi, X. Shen). Volume 1 of AGU-Wiley multivolume monograph series Disaster Resilience in a Changing World. (Proposal accepted – Expected Publication in Jan 2023).

Invited Book Chapters

  1. Dasgupta, A., Grimaldi, S., Ramsankaran, R., Hostache, R., Matgen, P., Chini, M., Pauwels, V. R. N., and Walker, J. P. (2020). Earth Observation for Improved Hydraulic Flood Forecasts. In Earth Observation for Flood Applications: Progress and Perspectives (ed. G. J.-P. Schumann). (Accepted – Expected Publication in June 2021).
  2. Dasgupta, A., Grimaldi, S., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V. R. N., Walker, J. P., Chini, M., Hostache, R. and Matgen, P. (2018). Flood Mapping Using Synthetic Aperture Radar Sensors from Local to Global Scales. In Global Flood Hazard (eds G. J. Schumann, P. D. Bates, H. Apel and G. T. Aronica). AGU Books. John Wiley Publications. doi:10.1002/9781119217886.ch4. (7 External Citations)

Peer-reviewed Full Conference Papers

  1. Dasgupta, A., Grimaldi, S., Ramsankaran, R., and Walker, J.P. (2017) Optimized GLCM -based texture features for improved SAR-based flood mapping, 2017 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Fort Worth, TX, 23-28 July 2017, pp. 3258-3261. DOI: 10.1109/IGARSS.2017.8127692 (Poster) (1 External Citation)
  2. Gupta, P. K., and Dasgupta, A. (2014) Open Source Tool for Snow Cover Area Assessment, Proceedings of ISPRS TC VIII Mid-Term Symposium, Hyderabad during 9-12 December 2014. (Oral)

Popular Science Stories

  1. Dasgupta A (2019) Missing Not Dead: The Horrifying Story of Man-made Flood Disasters. In: Parashar N, Mehndiratta N (eds) AWSAR Awarded Popular Science Stories: By Scientists for the People, 1st edn 2018. National Council of Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) Division and Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, pp 159–162. ISBN 9788174803375. Available at https://www.awsar-dst.in/assets/uploads/2020/AWSAR 1.0 book.pdf

Invited Keynote Presentations

  1. Dasgupta, A. (2020). Leveraging Earth Observation Data Assimilation for Improved Flood Inundation Forecasts. In Global Flood Partnership Virtual Conference: Global Flood Hazard and Risk Modelling, 18 Nov 2020.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., Schumann, G.J.P., Grimaldi, S., and Walker, J.P. (2021). Impact of observation spatiotemporal configuration on flood extent assimilation. In Proceedings of the Virtual Australian Earth Sciences Convention: Core to Cosmos, 9-12 Feb 2021.
  2. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Schumann, G.J.P., Di Mauro, C., Grimaldi, S., Pauwels, V.R.N., and Walker, J.P. (2020). Quantifying the Impact of Observation Operators on Flood Inundation Forecast Quality. In Proceedings American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: Shaping the Future of Science, 7-11 Dec 2020.
  3. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., Schumann, G.J.P., Grimaldi, S., and Walker, J.P. (2020). Leveraging Earth Observation Data Assimilation for Improved Flood Inundation Forecasts. In 2020 Bureau of Meteorology Annual Research and Development Workshop, 23-28 Nov 2020.
  4. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., Schumann, G.J.P., Grimaldi, S., and Walker, J.P. (2020). Harnessing the Potential of EO Data Assimilation for Improved Flood Inundation Forecasts. In Proceedings of the Earth Observation for Water Cycle Science Conference 2020, 16-18 Nov 2020, co-organized by ESA, GEWEX, EC (DG-RTD), UNESCO, CNES, CNRS/IPSL and the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin.
  5. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., Schumann, G.J.P., Grimaldi, S., and Walker, J.P. (2020). Optimizing SAR-based Flood Extent Assimilation for Improved Flood Inundation Forecasts. In Proceedings of the European Geosciences Union: Sharing Geosciences Online, 4-8 May 2020.
  6. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., Schumann, G.J.P., Grimaldi, S., and Walker, J.P. (2019). Optimizing Targeted SAR Acquisitions for Flood Extent Assimilation to Improve Inundation Forecasts. In Proceedings American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 9-13 Dec 2019.
  7. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., Schumann, G.J.P., Grimaldi, S., and Walker, J.P. (2019). Evaluating the Impact of Flood Extent Assimilation on Hydraulic Model Forecast Skill. In proceedings of MODSIM2019, 23rd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Canberra, Australia, 1-6 Dec 2019.
  8. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., Schumann, G.J.P., Grimaldi, S., and Walker, J.P. (2019). On the impacts of location, timing, and frequency of inundation extent assimilation on flood forecast skill. In Proceedings of Hydrologic Ensemble Prediction EXperiment (HEPEX), Reading, UK, 25-28 Nov 2019.
  9. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., Schumann, G.J.P., Grimaldi, S., and Walker, J.P. (2019). Improving Flood Forecasts using SAR-based Flood Extent Assimilation. In Proceedings of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 7-12 Apr 2019.
  10. Dasgupta, A., Grimaldi, S., Ramsankaran, R., Hostache, R., Schumann, G., Pauwels, V.R.N., and Walker, J.P. On the Spatiotemporal Impacts of Flood Extent Assimilation. In Proceedings American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Washington DC, 10-14 Dec 2018.
  11. Jain, P., Ramsankaran, R., & Dasgupta, A. GIS based Integrated Multi-Criteria Modelling Framework for Watershed Prioritization in India. In Proceedings American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Washington DC, 10-14 Dec 2018.
  12. Dasgupta, A., Hostache, R., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., Schumann, G.J.P., Chini, M., Grimaldi, S., Matgen, P., and Walker, J.P. (2018). Evolutionary assimilation of SAR-derived inundation extents into a flood model. In Proceedings of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 8-14 Apr 2018.
  13. Dasgupta, A., Schumann, G.J.P., Grimaldi, S., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., & Walker, J.P. (2018). Diagnostic Assessment of Localized Flood Flow Behaviour. In Proceedings of Hydrologic Ensemble Prediction EXperiment (HEPEX), Melbourne, VIC, 6-8 Feb 2018.
  14. Dasgupta, A., Grimaldi, S., Ramsankaran, R., Pauwels, V.R.N., & Walker, J.P. (2017). Use of Crowd-sourced Data to Assess the Skill of Hydraulic Flood Forecast Models. In Syme, G., Hatton MacDonald, D., Fulton, B. and Piantadosi, J. (eds) MODSIM2017, 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, 3-8 Dec 2017, pp. 516. ISBN: 978-0-9872143-7-9.
  • IITB-Monash Research Academy 4 years ~22000 USD
  • IITB-Monash Research Academy PhD Contingency Grant ~6000 USD
  • Prime Minister’s Doctoral Research Fellowship (Science and Engineering Research Board, Government of India and Skymet Weather Services) 1.5 years ~18000 USD
  • American Geophysical Union Berkner Travel Fellowship ~4000 USD
  • Monash University PhD Fellowship 1 year ~20000 USD
  • Monash University Travel Grant ~4000 USD
  • IIT Bombay Travel Grant ~1400 USD
  • MyCOE/SERVIR Himalaya Fellowship ~600 USD
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