Dev Niyogi

Dev  Niyogi
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

John E. "Brick" Elliott Centennial Endowed Professorship in Geological Sciences

Office: WPR , EPS , ECJ
Mailcode: C1160

2020 onwards, Dave P. Carlton Centennial Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, and Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin.

2020 onwards , Affiliate Faculty, Center for Space Research, The University of Texas at Austin

2014 - 2020, Professor, Purdue University, Department of Agronomy, and Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

2005 - 2018 State Climatologist for Indiana, Purdue University

2017 - 2020, Affiliated Faculty, Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering, and Interdisciplinary Program in Environmental Science and Engineering, Purdue University.

2010 - 2015 University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University
2009 - 2014 Associate Professor with Tenure, Purdue University
2005 - 2009 Assistant Professor, Purdue University

2001 - 2005 Research Assistant Professor, NC State University


Dr. Niyogi was the most recent chair of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Board of Urban Environment and elected advisory board member of the International Association of Urban Climate. He is currently serving on the AMS Committee on Applied Climatology, and has previously served on AMS Committee on Agriculture and Forest Meteorology, invited member FGDC Spatial Climate Working Group, Member of the Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) model WG-14 (land surface models), and Member of the AGU Biogeochemistry meetings group / spring meeting student awards chair. He has provided invited testimonies to the National Academy study group, planning summer meetings, and Senate Working groups.

Areas of Expertise

Research seeks to significantly contribute to our understanding of the Earth system, particularly the urban and agricultural landscapes, and the dynamic role of coupled land surface processes on regional hydroclimatic and environmental extremes. An important ongoing and emerging focus of the group's research is to translate the scientific work undertaken into decision tools and portals with a particular focus on sustainable climate-ready/resilient coastal, cities, and agricultural systems. Examples of current research questions studied in Niyogi's group include: How to represent the land surface changes and feedbacks into predictive environmental models? How to best use the myriad of new datasets to develop efficient tools for agricultural and urban regions? What is a City in a complex network framework, and how to help design next-generation climate-resilient agriculture landscapes and cities? How can we develop predictive models, decision tools, and next-generation scientists and thinkers that can help manage resources and complex feedbacks in the Earth system, especially under extreme conditions? How can we use Machine Learning and other data-driven approaches to improve process-scale models for land-atmosphere interactions? Thus the research questions are both fundamental and process study based as well as highly applied and driven by issues and problems to be solved. Dr. Niyogi has coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed papers for international journals, 18 book chapters, and over 150 conference proceedings or abstracts for professional conferences such as the AMS and AGU annual meetings. According to Google Scholar, his research has been cited over 12,200 times (h-index > 55; i-index >175), and his work has been read over 52,000 times per Research Gate statistics. His work has been highlighted in various media outlets including in the popular press such as Yahoo!, MSNBC, Wired, CNN, LiveScience, National Geographic, Tedx Talk, NASA press releases, and recently for NPR following urbanization impacts on Hurricane Harvey rainfall. Dr. Niyogi's research is funded through a variety of competitive federal grants- NSF (Atmospheric and Geosciences, Hydrology, Cyberinfrastructure, Computer Sciences, Geoscience Education, International Programs, RAPID, and CAREER), NASA (Hydrology, Interdisciplinary Sciences), Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation, DOE, NOAA, and USDA/NIFA. He has developed over 30 successful research projects, which have led to a total award of more than $100 million to Purdue ($ 6 million as an individual share) through grants. At Purdue, Dr. Niyogi received Purdue Seeds for Success award, Million Dollar research award, and the University Faculty Scholar recognition, the NSF CAREER award, the USDA NIFA Partnership Award, and has been part of the 2018 Indiana Governor Award for Environmental Excellence- amongst other. At University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Niyogi is also part of the Theme Organizing Committee of the Planet Texas 2050


Visiting / Adjunct Professor - Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation & Management at Indian Institute of Technology - Roorke, (2019)

Indiana Governor’s Team Award for Environmental Excellence - Indiana Department of Environmental Management (2018)

Adjunct Professor - Department of Environmental Sciences in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (2016)