Dr Harjinder Sembhi

Lecturer in Earth Observation Science

School/Department: Physics & Astronomy, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 223 1810



I am a Lecturer in Earth Observation Science and I based at Space Park Leicester within the Earth Observation Science group. Previously I was a research associate in the King’s Earth Observation and Wildfire Research Group at Kings College London and a senior post-doctoral research associate at the University of Leicester. I have over 15 year’s research experience in the field of thermal infrared land and atmosphere remote sensing. My primary expertise is in applications of satellite- ground- and airborne- sensors and models to monitor food and water security air pollution and policy development.


Co-Investigator on “Bablyon: modern heritage or ancient ruin?” (Nahrein Network UKRI AHRC led by Dept Archaeology University of Leicester 2019 - 2020) Principle Investigator on “Monitoring water availability and agricultural practises in India’s agricultural heartlands with thermal infrared technologies” (University of Leicester QR Research Institutional GCRF Award 2018) Principle Investigator on “Thermal infrared technologies for environmental assessment and decision making in the Ganges basin” (UKRI STFC GCRF 2017 to 2021) Co-Investigator on “Towards an integrated approach for assessing the impact of climatic stresses on agriculture and the exchange of greenhouse gases on the Indo-Gangetic Plain” (UKIERI British Council 2017 to 2020) Principle Investigator on “Characterising regimes of land stress across the Indo-Gangetic Plain with Earth Observation” (STFC 21st Century Global Challenges 2017) 


Majumder, A., Setia, R., Kingra, PK., Sembhi, H., Singh SP, Pateriya, B.,  Estimation of land surface temperature using different retrieval methods to study the spatio-temporal variations of surface urban heat and cold islands in Indian Punjab, Environ Dev Sustain, 2021

Singh, T., Khaiwal, R., Sreekanth, V., Gupta, P., Sembhi, H., Tripathi, S.N., Mor, S, Climatological trends in satellite-derived aerosol optical depth over North India and its relationship with crop residue burning: Rural-urban contrast, Sci Tot Environ, 748, 15, 2020

Sembhi, H., Wooster, M., Zhang, T., Sharma, S., Singh, N, Agarwal, S., Boesch, H., Gupta, S., Misra, A., Tripathi, S.N., Mor, S., Ravindra, K., Post-monsoon air quality degradation across
Northern India: assessing the impact of policy related shifts in timing and amount of crop residue burnt, Environ Res Letts, 2020

Misra, A., Tripathi, S., Sembhi, H., and Boesch, H.: Validation of CAMS AOD using AERONET Data and Trend Analysis at Four Locations in the Indo-Gangetic Basin, Ann. Geophys. Discuss.,, in review, 2020

Ghent, D., Veal, K., Trent, T., Dodd, E., Sembhi, H., Remedios, J., A New Approach to Defining Uncertainties for MODIS Land Surface Temperature. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 1021, 2019

Palmer, P.I., O' Doherty, S., Allen, G., Bower, K., Bösch, H., Sembhi, H., & 37 authors, A measurement-based verification framework for UK greenhouse gas emissions : An overview of the Greenhouse gAs Uk and Global Emissions (GAUGE) project. Atmos. Chem. & Phys., Vol. 18, No. 16, 11753-11777, 2018

Wang, Z., Warneke, T., Deutscher, N. M., Notholt, J., Karstens, U., Saunois, M., Schneider, M., Sussmann, R., Sembhi, H., Griffith, D. W. T., Pollard, D. F., Kivi, R., Petri, C., Velazco, V. A., Ramonet, M. & Chen, H.: Contributions of the troposphere and stratosphere to CH4 model biases, Atmos. Chem. & Phys., 17, 21, 13283-13295 13, 2017

Eichmann, K.-U., Lelli, L., von Savigny, C., Sembhi, H., and Burrows, J. P.: Global cloud top height retrieval using SCIAMACHY limb spectra: model studies and first results, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 793-815, 2016

Bulgin, C.E., Sembhi, H., Ghent. D, Remedios, J., and Merchant, C.J, Cloud Clearing Techniques over Land for Land Surface Temperature Retrieval from the Advanced Along TRack Scanning Radiometer, Int. J. Remote Sens., 35, 10, 3594-3615, 2014

Sembhi, H., Remedios, J., Trent, T., Moore, D. P., Spang, R., Massie, S., and Vernier, J.-P.: MIPAS detection of cloud and aerosol particle occurrence in the UTLS with comparison to HIRDLS and CALIOP, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 2537-2553, 2012



Agricultural productivity and detecting crop stress from space Mapping agriculture from drone-based sensors Detecting point source emissions sources of methane (i.e. agriculture landfills coalmines) Environmental impacts of agricultural residue burning Human health impacts of air pollution Environmental and health impacts of heat stress 


PA3240 Skills Elective group projects

Press and media

Agricultural residue burning and health impacts in India
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