Shailaja WastiCountry of origin: Nepal Currently in: United States, Houston General field of specialization: Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
Degrees2020 Master Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences2017 Master Physics
Current Research Activities
Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
I worked on the project “Estimation of land surface Evapotranspiration in Nepal using Landsat based METRIC model”. In this work, I implemented and evaluated models for Land Surface Evapotranspiration (ET) estimation in mountainous areas such as Nepal. I used Landsat 8 imagery along with the eddy covariance flux tower data for modeling and investigated the elevation-wise variation of ET in Nepal based on the estimations. Different ET estimation models were explored and the METRIC model was found to provide a good framework to best accommodate and represent the land surface variations towards high-resolution ET estimation. The ongoing efforts to use remote sensing-based estimations are focused on precision agriculture, irrigation planning, and large-scale environmental/climatic policy decisions.
Publications resulting from Research:
The outcome of my work is published in a journal of 'Atmospheric Oceanic Science Letters'.
Shailaja WASTI, Weiqiang MA & Yaoming MA (2020) Estimation of land surface evapotranspiration using the METRIC model in Nepal, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters, 13:6, 509-517, DOI: 10.1080/16742834.2020.1824984
Current professionCurrent professional activities type:ResearchPh.D. student at the University of Houston, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Other AwardsSep 2017Belt and Road Master FellowshipMasters Scholarship covering the entirety of tuition and living expenses for Masters studies at Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.Apr 2016Thesis grantGovernment of Nepal, Ministry of Science and Technology, BKMPOSDB (https://www.planeta- observatory.gov.np/) granted a fellowship for my master's thesis.