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R Sinha

Rajiv Sinha

Department of Earth Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Email : rsinha@iitk.ac.in, rsinha1965@gmail.com

My Research interests

  • Earth Surface dynamics: Terrain characterisation and landscape analysis using Earth Observation data,Soil moisture and crop water stress estimation using drone-based thermal imaging, wetland hydrology, connectivity and dynamics
  • River science: River dynamics, flood risk assessment, sediment dynamics, river response to climate change, rivers and ancient civilization
  • Groundwater structure and dynamics: Historical time series analysis, Aquifer stratigraphy
  • Fluvial sedimentology and stratigraphy: Late Quaternary stratigraphic development in Himalayan basins
  • Palaeoclimatic reconstructions: High resolution Holocene paleoclimatic reconstruction using a multi-proxy approach

My skills and expertise

  • Remote sensing and GIS analysis
  • Drone-based imaging and data analysis: optical, thermal and hyperspectral
  • Hydrological modeling
  • Stratigraphic analysis of drill cores
  • Geoelectrical surveys

Professional Experience

  • Apr’14- present: Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, IIT Kanpur
  • June'94- Apr 2014: Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur
  • Apr.'93-June'94: Scientist, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Fluvial geomorphology and Sedimentology), University of Cambridge, UK
  • 1992 Master of Technology (Applied Geology) University of Roorkee, India,1987
  • Bachelor's in Science, (Geology) Patna University, India, 1983

Professional Affiliations

Member, Editorial Board:

  • Journal of Sedimentary Research (SEPM) (2012-15)
  • Quaternary International (Elsevier) (2010-2015)
  • Earth Surface Processes & Landforms (Wiley Interscience) (2010-present)
  • Current Science, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (2015-present)
  • The Open Geology Journal (Bentham)
  • Indian Journal of Polar Research (NESA)
  • Journal of Indian Association of Sedimentologists

Memberships of professional societies

  • International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS) (National Correspondent)
  • Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)
  • Quaternary Research Association, UK
  • Geological Society of India
  • India Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies
  • Indian Society of Hydraulics
  • Indian Society of Remote Sensing

Awards and Honours

  • Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (2021)
  • Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad (2016)
  • Lalit Mohan Kapoor Chair, IIT Kanpur (2018-present)
  • Pandit Girish Ranjan and Sushma Rani Pathak Chair, IIT Kanpur (2014-16)
  • COFUND Senior Research Fellowship at Durham University (2014)
  • S.S. Merh Award for contributions in Quaternary Geology, Geological Society of India (2006)
  • National Mineral Award, Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India (2002)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for post-doctoral research in Germany (2000)
  • Career Award for Young Teachers, All India Council for Technical Education (1998)
  • Lundgren Research Award & Cambridge Philosophical Society Research Award, Cambridge University, UK (1992)
  • Nehru Scholarship for doctoral research at Cambridge University, UK (1989)
  • University Gold Medal, M.Tech(1987)

Special Achievements

  • Selected for the XVI Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (Dec.’96-Mar’97)(1998)
  • Anchored and directed a film on SAVE SOIL, USE FLYASH (2000, 17.20 minutes), produced by TV Centre, IIT Kanpur, sponsored by Flyash Mission, DST, New Delhi.


303B Western Laboratory Extension, Department of Earth Sciences, IIT Kanpur, Kanpur-208016,INDIA;
: +91-512-679-7317;
Email : rsinha@iitk.ac.in, rsinha1965@gmail.com