Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Pukar Man Amatya


Pukar Man Amatya's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.5956
Org Code: 617
Mail Code 617
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

My work focuses on developing open source landslide detection algorithms for producing multitemporal landslide inventories utilizing high-resolution imagery.


Associate Research Scientist

UMBC - Greenbelt, MD

December 2021 - Present

Associate Scientist

USRA - Greenbelt, MD

July 2019 - November 2021

Visiting Scientist

USRA - Greenbelt, MD

January 2017 - June 2019


PhD in Atmospheric Physics and Atmospheric Environment

Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Beijing, China

September 2011 to July 2015

MSc in Water Resources and Environmental Management

Faculty of Geo-information and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente

Enschede, Netherlands

September 2009 to March 2011

Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering

Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University

Kathmandu, Nepal

November 2003 to November 2007



2024. "Multitemporal landslide inventory and susceptibility map for the Arun River Basin, Nepal." Geoscience Data Journal [10.1002/gdj3.240] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Learnings from rapid response efforts to remotely detect landslides triggered by the August 2021 Nippes earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace in Haiti." Natural Hazards [10.1007/s11069-023-06096-6] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "A dynamic landslide hazard monitoring framework for the Lower Mekong Region." Frontiers in Earth Science 10 [10.3389/feart.2022.1057796] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "The influence of land use and land cover change on landslide susceptibility in the Lower Mekong River Basin." Natural Hazards 115 1499–1523 [10.1007/s11069-022-05604-4] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "Global Landslide Forecasting System for Hazard Assessment and Situational Awareness." Frontiers in Earth Science 10 [10.3389/feart.2022.878996] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "Insights from the topographic characteristics of a large global catalog of rainfall-induced landslide event inventories." Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 22 (3): 1129-1149 [10.5194/nhess-22-1129-2022] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "Generating landslide density heatmaps for rapid detection using open-access satellite radar data in Google Earth Engine." Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 22 (3): 753-773 [10.5194/nhess-22-753-2022] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "Rainfall‐induced landslide inventories for Lower Mekong based on Planet imagery and a semi‐automatic mapping method." Geoscience Data Journal 9 (2): 315-327 [10.1002/gdj3.145] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Satellites Support Disaster Response to Storm-Driven Landslides." Eos 102 [10.1029/2021eo161725] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Data-Driven Landslide Nowcasting at the Global Scale." Frontiers in Earth Science 9 [10.3389/feart.2021.640043] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Landslide mapping using object-based image analysis and open source tools." Engineering Geology 282 106000 [10.1016/j.enggeo.2021.106000] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "The September 18-20 2020 Medicane Ianos Impact on Greece - Phase I Reconnaissance Report." Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Report GEER-068 [10.18118/G6MT1T] [Report]

2019. "Use of Very High-Resolution Optical Data for Landslide Mapping and Susceptibility Analysis along the Karnali Highway, Nepal." Remote Sensing 11 (19): 2284 [10.3390/rs11192284] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "The State of Remote Sensing Capabilities of Cascading Hazards Over High Mountain Asia." Frontiers in Earth Science 7 [10.3389/feart.2019.00197] [Journal Article/Letter]