Dr. Suresh Muthukrishnan's research interests cover the following areas:
Fluvial Geomorphology, modeling land cover transformation and its
impacts on water resources, landslides, and the
application of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing
methods to problem solving in social and environmental context.
The main question that Dr. Muthukrishnan's research seeks to answer is:
to what extent human transformation of natural landscapes have
influenced the natural river processes, and how do these changes in turn
impact the humans? Using field based observations
of stream geomorphology and GIS based modeling work, Dr. Muthukrishnan
seeks to identify the problems such as bank erosion, sedimentation, and
flooding, as well as to find the sources of such problems in order to
find a solution.
Dr. Muthukrishnan collaborates closely with River Basins Research
Initiative group as well as other faculty outside the group. In the
recent years, Dr. Muthukrishnan and Dr. Julian Reed (Health Sciences)
have established a long-term collaborative research project
studying the social and health impacts of trail development and usage as
well as rail2trail transformation, particularly focusing on trails in
Greenville and Spartanburg counties. Dr. Muthukrishnan also collaborates
with Dr. Bill Ranson and Dr. Jack Garihan on studying landslides in the Upstate of South Carolina.