Skip to main content

Arka Mitra

Postdoctoral Appointee - Wind Energy and Climate Sciences

Climate Scientist with background in Satellite Remote Sensing, Climate Change and Statistics/Physics. Interests include Climate (esp. Clouds), Energy & Sustainability. Keen interest in multi-disciplinary research & climate mitigation/adaptation.



  • Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences. 2023 The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • M.Sc. Physics. 2017 Presidency University, Kolkata, India.
  • B.Sc. Physics. 2015 Presidency University, Kolkata, India.


  • Graduate Research Assistant, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2017-2023  (Advisor: Dr. Larry Di Girolamo)
  • Conducted validation & error analysis of climate records of multiple Earth-observing satellites (1st author publication).
  • Developed and implemented a fused satellite algorithm for improved cloud detection (1st author publication).
  • Conducted a big-data analysis of NASA satellite records and global climate reanalysis to quantify the large-scale patterns of cloud changes between 2000-2022 (manuscript being prepared).
  • M.Sc. Dissertation Research, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Mumbai, India, 2017 (Advisor: Dr. Tulasiram Sudarsanam)
  • Conducted time-series analysis and developed a Neural Network-based prognostic model for the prediction of ionospheric electrodynamics. Led to 2 publications (1 coauthorship, 1 acknowledged).