Namrata Chatterjee
Satellite Modelling Researcher, The Payne Institute for Public Policy

Namrata Chatterjee is a Satellite Modelling Researcher at The Payne Institute for Public Policy. She is working with data provided by the SNPP satellite flown by NASA and NOAA. She detects boats with the help of VIIRS day/night band (DNB) which collects low light imaging data in the visible to enable the detection of moonlit clouds. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Denver. Her research interests lie in human-environment geography, nighttime lights remote sensing, sustainable science, urban planning, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Namrata’s Ph.D. work is finding ways to include light pollution as a proxy measure for United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. She has two years of teaching experience (2019-21) in India and training in GIS.

Namrata is from Kolkata, India. She moved to Denver, Colorado in 2021. Outside work, she enjoys reading books, visiting museums, and exploring new places. She also spends most of her free time walking in the park, petting dogs, and also cooking Indian food.


Ph.D. (Geography), 2024 (tentative), University of Denver.

M.S. (Geography), 2018, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India.

B.S. (Geography), 2016, Shri Shikshayatan College (University of Calcutta), Kolkata, India.