Bhaskar Kundu - The Man with a Vision

Bhaskar Kundu - The Man with a Vision

Aug 24, 2015 | Aratrika Ghose

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There can never be enough emphasis on the importance of active research in the department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Recently, Dr. Bhaskar Kundu has bagged a prestigious project from the Ministry of Earth Sciences. Dr. Kundu who was previously a part of CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, has been a researcher in the Crustal Deformation Study group, since 2008. Dr. Kundu specializes in Tectonic-Geodesy, which includes crustal deformation study using geodetic measurements. He takes a keen interest in Active Tectonics such as earthquake and volcano related deformations, its interaction, lithospheric dynamics and plate kinematics process.

The proposal for his recently approved project had been sent sometime in the month of September, 2014, and was approved by March, 2015. The project basically deals with “Crustal deformation study across Narmada-Son Failed rift Zone in Central India”. The motivation behind this project comes from the complications and challenges to plate-interior deformation, in the Indian context. Dr. Kundu will be working as the principle investigator and NITR is acting as the principal implementing institution. In addition, Dr. V. K. Gahalaut, a scientist at the National Center for Seismology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Delhi and Prof. S. K. Samanta, Department of Geological Sciences, Jadavpur University, Kolkata are also involved in this project as co-investigators.

The proposed project expects to be able to study plate shifting in regular intervals for preparation for earthquakes and safety measures. The proposed study involves the installation of about 10 permanent GPS sites, in order to accurately note the position of a point on the Earth surface, in terms of latitude, longitude and geodetic height. The study and analysis from these systems is to be used for quantification of the slip-rate and crustal deformation, along with constraining the present deformation status, understanding the depth extent of the deformation and its role in earthquake occurrence in the plate-interior region. In the wake of the Nepal Earthquake tragedy, the objective assessment of seismic hazard in the Central Indian Tectonic Zone has become crucial. The study is also expected to help in the preparation of regional structural maps of greater precision and in comprehending the overall kinematics of the fault zones along with their manifestation on surface morphology.

Dr. Kundu expects to be able to take a few interested students under his wing and guide them in this project. After the sanction, the revision of the budget is underway and consequently, work on the project is expected to begin by the end of the year. 

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

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