Broad areas of research focus include forestry, rural energy, community and sustainable development, natural resource monitoring, climate change and related issues. My current research interests include i) climate change – mitigation, impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in the land use and forest sector including inventory of land use sectors, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) & Reducing Deforestation (REDD) in forest sector, ii) Biofuels, iii) Renewable energy.
I am an author for eight books, out of which four books are on climate change, one is on renewable energy, two are on community forestry and the other is on biomass energy. I have contributed to research on "Climate Change and Forests" at national as well as international level. I am an author for eight IPCC Assessment Reports during the last 10 years, including the latest IPCC Report, 2007. I was one of the Principal Authors for the two reports on Greenhouse Gas Inventory Guidelines of IPCC for land use sectors and these reports have been accepted by the UNFCCC and are in use by all the countries.
I am a Member of UNFCC expert panel on Kyoto Protocol, an UNFCCC Expert on GHG inventory of industrialized countries, Member of Science & Technology Panel of Global Environment Facilit, World Bank, UNDP, Asian Development Bank and UNEP with climate change as Focal Area, Member of Climate Change Impact & Adaptation Expert Committee, chaired by the Principal Scientific Advisor providing feedback to Climate Change Council chaired by the Prime Minister, Member of Climate Change Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Member of forestry sub-groups on International Matters of the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Member of FICCI Climate Change Task Force