My teaching and research interests focus on applications of geospatial technologies such as Remote Sensing and GIS in the field of natural resource management. Specifically, I am interested in evaluating long-term environmental benefits of conservation practices. Other research areas include land use land cover mapping and change analysis, plant stress detection using remote sensing techniques, and carbon sequestration.
Rao, M., and Z. Yang. 2009. Groundwater Impacts due to the Conservation Reserve Program In Texas County, Oklahoma. Applied Geography. In press.
Yang, Z., M. Rao, N. Elliott, S. Kindler, and T. W. Popham. 2009. Differentiating stress induced by greenbugs and Russianwheat aphids in wheat using remote sensing. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 67: 64-70.
Rao, M., G. Fan, J. Thomas, G. Cherian, V. Chudiwale, M. Awawdeh. 2007. A Web-based GIS Decision Support System for Managing and Planning USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Environmental Modelling and Software 22: 1270-1280.
Rao, M., M. Awawdeh, M. Dicks. 2005. Spatial Allocation and Environmental Benefits: The Impacts of the Conservation Reserve Program in Texas County Oklahoma. In: Allen, A.W., and Vandever, M.W., eds .2005. The Conservation Reserve Program - Planting for the future: Proceedings of a National Conference, Fort Collins, Colorado, June 86-9, 2004: U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Discipline, Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5145, 174-182.
Song, X., G. Fan., and M. Rao. 2005. Automatic CRP Mapping Using Nonparametric Machine Learning Approaches. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 43(4): 888-897.Yang, Z., M. Rao, N. Elliott, S. Kindler, and T. W. Popham. 2005. Using Ground-based Multispectral Radiometry to Detect Stress in Wheat Caused by Greenbug (Homoptera: Aphididae) Infestation. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 47:121-135.
Yang, Z., M. Rao, N. Elliott, S. Kindler, and T. W. Popham. 2005. Using Ground-based Multispectral Radiometry to Detect Stress in Wheat Caused by Greenbug (Homoptera: Aphididae) Infestation. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 47:121-135.
Rao, M. , and M. Awawdeh. 2004. Evaluating the Impacts of Conservation Reserve Program in Texas County Oklahoma. Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Conference, April 5-9, 2004 Salt Lake City, UT. ASPRS Special Issue.