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     Soumendra Nath Bhanja

Ph.D. fromIIT Kharagpur - Geology and Geophysics
Supervisor(s)  Prof. Abhijit Mukherjee and Prof. Shubha Verma
Ph.D. status  Joined in 2011 :: In progress
AddressG-263, IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur, Midnapur (W), West Bengal-721302
Phone9748208278
Emailsoumendrabhanja@gmail.com
Formal Education
Exam / Degree Board / UnivBranchYear
M.Sc.University of CalcuttaEnvironmental Sciences2009
B.Sc.University of CalcuttaChemistry (Hons)2007
12W.B.C.H.S.EScience2004
10W.B.B.S.EGeneral2002

Research Areas
  • Groundwater storage change and its controlling factors over Indian region
  • Regional-scale groundwater recharge estimation
  • Impact of climate change on groundwater recharge rate
  • Groundwater recharge estimation using physical, chemical and numerical techniques
  • Chemical and optical properties of Aerosol
  • Aerosol radiative forcing and climate change

Skills
  • Experience in working/handling/reprocessing with large global/regional grided data files
  • Experience in working with Global models on various US, French, and Indian supercomputing platform
  • Geo-spatial statististics
  • Operating Systems- WINDOWS (98, XP, Vista, 7), LINUX (Fedora, Redhat, Ubuntu)

Awards
  • Best Poster Award (Science story) category at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, US
  • NASA travel grant for attending AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, US
  • Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship 2014-15 for doing an Internship in GSFC, NASA for 9 months
  • IIT Kharagpur students full travel grant for attending AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, US
  • Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) Student mobility award 2013-14 for doing an Internship in a Canadian University
  • CSIR Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (SPM) Fellowship-2011 in Earth Sciences
  • UGC NET-June 2012 Junior Research fellowship in Environmental sciences
  • CSIR-NET-June 2011 Junior Research fellowship in Earth sciences
  • CSIR-NET-December 2010 Lectureship in Earth sciences

Experience
  • Science Collaborator at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center between August, 2015 and May, 2016
  • Volunteer at Fulbright National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC), Washington. D.C., US
  • Research Intern at University Calgary, Canada in February-March, 2014

Fellowships / Scholarships
  • Receiving Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (SPM) Fellowship from CSIR, India from July 2012 onwards
  • Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research fellowship 2015-16
  • Received Junior Research Fellowships from CSIR, India in January 2012

Papers Published in Journals
  • Sources and Radiative Effects of Wintertime Black Carbon Aerosols in an urban atmosphere in east India by S. Verma, S. K. Pani and S. N. Bhanja Chemosphere 90 (2), 260-269 (2013)
  • Aerosol optical and physical properties during winter monsoon pollution transport in an urban environment by S. Verma, S. N. Bhanja, S. K. Pani and A. Misra Environmental Science and Pollution Research 21 (7), 4977-4994 (2014)
  • Groundwater systems of the Indian Sub-Continent by A. Mukherjee, D. Saha, C. F. Harvey, R. G. Taylor, K. M. Ahmed and S. N. Bhanja Journal of Hydrology Regional Studies 4, 1-14 (2015)
  • Aerosol extinction properties over coastal West Bengal Gangetic plain under inter-seasonal and sea breeze influenced transport processes by S. Verma, S. K. Pani, D. Bharath Kumar, A. R. Faruqi, S. N. Bhanja, and M. Mandal Atmospheric Research 167, 224-236 (2016)
  • Validation of GRACE based groundwater storage anomaly using in-situ groundwater level measurements in India by S. N. Bhanja, A. Mukherjee, D. Saha, I. Velicogna, and J. Famiglietti Journal of Hydrology In-Press (2016)
  • Spatio-temporal variability of groundwater storage in India by Soumendra N. Bhanja, Matthew Rodell, Bailing Li, Dipankar Saha, Abhijit Mukherjee Journal of Hydrology In-Press (2016)

Papers Presented at Conferences
  • Regional warming or cooling over India due to land use and land cover changes by S. Nayak, M. Mandal and S. Bhanja TROPMET, Advances in Weather and Climate Services, Kolkata, May 19-21, 2010 accepted (2010)
  • Seasonal Variation of aerosol Radiative forcing over the east coast of India by S. N. Bhanja and S. Verma Conference of Indian Aerosol Science and Technology Association, Bose Institute, Darjeeling, Mar 24-26, 2010 pp153 (2010)
  • Wintertime aerosol properties and their implications to radiative forcing over Eastern India by S. N. Bhanja, S. Verma and S. K. Pani European Aerosol Conference, University of Manchester, September 4-9, 2011 pp132 (2011)
  • Source evaluation of aerosols measured over the Indian subcontinent and ocean from combined measurement and modeling platforms by S. Verma and S. N. Bhanja European Aerosol Conference, University of Manchester, September 4-9, 2011 pp124 (2011)
  • Variation in Wintertime Black Carbon Aerosols at an Urban Center in the Eastern India by S. K. Pani, S. Verma and S. N. Bhanja 7th Asian Aerosol Conference, Xian, China, August 17-20, 2011 accepted (2011)
  • Source evaluation of the seasonal variation in aerosol optical depth distribution over the Indian subcontinent from combined measurement and modeling platforms by S. Verma, M. Schulz, Y. Balkanski, S. N. Bhanja and S. K. Pani 7th Asian Aerosol Conference, Xian, China, August 17-20, 2011 accepted (2011)
  • Aerosol optical properties over Kolkata by S.K. Pani, S.N. Bhanja and S. Verma National conference on Recent Advances in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Jan 20-21, 2012, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela pp218 (2012)
  • Impact of natural and anthropogenic aerosols on hydrological cycle and climate change by S. N. Bhanja International workshop cum seminar series on Challenges and opportunities in Air Pollution and Climate Change, IITM, Pune pp55 (2012)
  • Climate change impact on groundwater storage over parts of Indian subcontinent by S. N. Bhanja and A. Mukherjee American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2013 Vol. 1, p. 0853 (2013)
  • Abstraction-triggered long term groundwater storage depletion in parts of the Ganges basin of the Indian subcontinent by Soumendra Nath Bhanja, Abhijit Mukherjee and Matthew Rodell Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver Vol. 45, No. 7, p.490 (2013)
  • Satellite based estimates of groundwater storage depletion and its connection to climate change over Indian region by Soumendra Nath Bhanja and Abhijit Mukherjee Fourth National Research Conference on Climate Change at IIT Madras presented (2013)
  • Regional groundwater storage changes in the Indian subcontinent The role of anthropogenic activities by S. N. Bhanja, A. Mukherjee, M. Rodell, I. Velicogna, K. Pangaluru and J. S. Famiglietti American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2014 Presented (2014)
  • Potential delineation of groundwater storage using satellite-based vegetation index over parts of the Indian subcontinent by S. N. Bhanja, A. Mukherjee and M. Rodell Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada Vol. 46 (2014)
  • Present-day groundwater recharge estimation in parts of the Indian Sub-Continent by S. N. Bhanja, A. Mukherjee, Y. Wada, B. Scanlon, R. Taylor, M. Rodell, P. Malakar American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2015 Presented (2015)
  • Groundwater storage changes over Indian Sub-Continent, A quantitative approach by S. N. Bhanja, A. Mukherjee, M. Rodell, I. Velicogna, K. Pangaluru and J. S. Famiglietti NSF Workshop on Development and Application of Analytical Tools in Support of Food-Energy-Water Nexus Planning, Washington D. C. Presented (2015)
  • Estimating the performance of GRACE based groundwater storage anomaly using in-situ groundwater level measurements in India by S. N. Bhanja, A. Mukherjee, M. Rodell, J. Famiglietti Indo-US workshop, Hyderabad, India (November, 2016) Invited talk (2016)

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