Dr. Roopam Shukla


Roopam Shukla is presently a Guest Scientist and an Assistant Professor at Center of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, India. Prior to her professorship role, Roopam was a postdoctoral researcher at the Adaptation in Agricultural Systems working group. 

Roopam describe herself as a socio-geoscientist who works at the interface between society and the natural environment. with the ultimate goal of developing sustainable solutions to complex environmental problems. Her research interest in social vulnerability assessment, climate change adaptation, and understanding impacts of climate change across different social and geographic contexts. Roopam is a member of Geo.X Young Academy as a member of Geo-Society group. Roopam was contributing author for the IPCC AR6 WGII (Chapter 16), where she contributes specifically to the synthesis of evidence on aspects of equity in adaptation responses. She serves as an editor for Community Science Journal and Exchange Hub, an associate editor for the Weather, Climate, and Society journal and a review editor for the Climate Risk Management section of Frontiers in Climate journal.

Roopam pursued her Ph.D. from TERI School of Advanced Sciences, India, focusing on vulnerability, resilience, and adaptation of agricultural communities. She holds a master's degree in Climate Science and Policy. 


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Roopam Shukla has her research interest in the broader domain of human dimension of climate change 

  • Vulnerability and adaptation in the smallholder farming systems.
  • Differentiated perception and risk attitudes 
  • Remote Sensing aided understanding of cropping systems

Peer-reviewed articles

Araos M*, Jagannathan K*, Shukla R, Ajibade I, de Perez EC, Davis K, Ford JD, Galappaththi EK, Grady C, Hudson AJ, Joe ET. ... & GAMI Team. (2021) Equity in human adaptation-related responses: A systematic global review. One Earth. (* share first authorship) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S259033222100484X

Raj, S., Shukla, R., Trigo, RM., Merz, B.,  Rathinasamy, M., Ramos, AM., Agarwal, A. Ranking and Characterization of Precipitation Extremes for the past 113 years for Indian western Himalayas. International Journal of Climatology. https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/joc.7215

Shukla, R., Gleixner, S., Yalew, A. W., Schauberger, B., Sietz, D., Gornott, C. 2021 Dynamic vulnerability of smallholder agricultural systems in the face of climate change for Ethiopia. Environmental Research Letters. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abdb5c

Dhamija, V., Shukla, R., Gornott. C., Joshi, P.K. 2020. Consistency in vulnerability assessment of wheat crop to climate change - A district-level analysis for India. Sustainability. https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/19/8256

Chauhan, N., Shukla, R.,  Joshi, P.K. 2019Assessing inherent vulnerability of farming communities across biogeographical zones in Himachal Pradesh, India. Environmental Development. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S221146452030021X 

Shukla, R., Agarwal, A., Gornott. C., Sachdeva, K., Joshi, P.K. 2019. Farmer typology to understand differentiated climate change adaptation in Himalaya. Scientific Reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-56931-9

Chauhan, N., Shukla, R.,  Joshi, P.K. 2019. Assessing impact of varied social and ecological conditions on inherent vulnerability of Himalayan agriculture communities.  Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1080/10807039.2019.1675494

Kurths, J*., Agarwal, A*., Shukla, R., Marwan, N., Maheswaran, R., Caesar, L., Krishnan, R., and Merz, B. 2019 Unraveling the spatial diversity of Indian precipitation teleconnections via nonlinear multi-scale approach. Nonlinear process in Geophysics discussion. https://www.nonlin-processes-geophys.net/26/251/2019/ (* share first authorship)

Anees, MM., Shukla, R.,  Punia, M., Joshi P.K. 2019. Assessment and visualization of inherent vulnerability of urban population in India to natural disasters. Climate and Development. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17565529.2019.1646629

Shukla, R., Agrawal, A., Sachdeva, K., Kruths, J., Joshi, P. K. 2018. Climate change perception: an analysis of climate change and risk perceptions among farmer types of Indian Western Himalayas. Climatic Change. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-018-2314-z

Shukla, R.,Chakraborty, A., Sachdeva, K., Joshi, P. K. 2018. Agriculture in Uttarakhand - an asset turning into a liability. Development in Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/09614524.2018.1420140

Chakraborty, A., Shukla, R., Sachdeva, K., Joshi, P. K. 2018. Perception-based evidence for climate change policies. Economic and Political Weekly. https://www.epw.in/journal/2018/6/commentary/perception-based-evidence-climate-change-policies.html

Shukla, R., Sachdeva, K., & Joshi, P. K. 2017. Demystifying vulnerability assessment of agricultural communities in the Himalayas: A systematic review. Natural Hazards. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-017-3120-z

Shukla, R., Sachdeva, K., & Joshi, P. K. 2016. An indicator-based approach to assessing the village-level social and biophysical vulnerability of agriculture communities in Uttarakhand, India. Journal of Mountain Sciences. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11629-016-4058-4

Shukla, R., Sachdeva, K., & Joshi, P. K. 2016. Inherent vulnerability of agricultural communities in Himalaya: A village-level hotspot analysis in the Uttarakhand state of India. Applied Geography. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0143622816302569

Chakraborty, A., Shukla, R., Sachdeva, K., Roy, P. S., Joshi, P. K., 2016. The climate change conundrum and the Himalayan forests: the way forward into the future. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India, Section B: Biological Sciences. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40011-016-0788-x

Prakash, M., Shukla, R.,Chakraborty, A., & Joshi, P. K. 2016. Multi-criteria approach to geographically visualize the quality of life in India. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504509.2016.1141119

Shukla, R., Chakraborty, A., & Joshi, P. K. 2015. Vulnerability of agro-ecological zones in India under the earth system climate model scenarios. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11027-015-9677-5

Publications in submission/ review

Shukla, R., Tyagi, N., Gornott. C., Sachdeva, K., Joshi, P.K. 2020. Not all farmers are same: Analyzing agriculture and farmer-centric policies to guide climate change adaptation planning. Environmental Science and Policy (in revision)

Conference proceedings and presentations

Shukla, R., Yalew, A. W., Gleixner, S., Schauberger, B., and Gornott, C.: Mapping the spatial and temporal dynamics in the vulnerability of smallholder farming systems in Ethiopia, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-7282, 2020

Shukla, R., Agrawal, A., Sachdeva, K., Kruths, J., Joshi, P. K. 2019. Perception of climate change and its impact among Himalayan farmers. European Geophysical Union 2019, Vienna.  https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2019/EGU2019-6072.pdf

Shukla, R., Sachdeva, K., Joshi, P. K. 2017. Inherent vulnerability approach for anticipatory adaptation planning for agriculture communities in the Himalayas. National Seminar on Climate Change and Agriculture, August 25-26, 2017, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Book chapters

Shukla, R., Sachdeva, K., Joshi, P. K Anticipatory Adaptation Planning: An Inherent Vulnerability Approach. Climate Change and Disaster Management. JR Bhatt, Anil K Gupta (eds), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and National Institute of Disaster Management, Government of India 2018

Joshi PK., Chakraborty, A., Shukla, R. Building a resilient community against forest fire disaster in the Northeast India. Development and Disaster Management, 187-200.

Scientific blogs

Roopam Shukla and Ankit Agarwal. Do Perceptions of Climate Change and its Impacts Differ Among Farmers in Indian Western Himalayas? Scientific Trends 2019.



Case Research on Climate Change Adaptive Behavior for Sustainable Livelihoods.

Development of a knowledge-based decision tool to simulate mechanism of vegetation change due to climate change in Western Himalayan Ecoregion (part of Uttarakhand) – a precursor to understanding responses to climate change and developing scenarios for adaptive strategies.

Climate change and Urban health.

GIS lab instructor at TERI University (2015-2016).

Extensive fieldwork conducted in Indian Western Himalayans.

Awarded Erasmus + Exchange Scholarship to visit Freie University, Berlin, Germany as a research associate for 6 months.

Awarded travel grant by United Nation University to attend AKEPT-ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme on ‘Nurturing Local Leadership towards Sustainable Development’.  Labuan Island & Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia (7 -14 August 2016).

Awarded travel grant by United NAtion University to attend ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School on ‘Urban Planning for Sustainable Development: Water Resources and Ecosystem Management’.  Tongji University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China (15-28 September, 2014).