Departments
Department of Geography and Disaster Management

Brief Profile of the Department

The Department of Geography and Disaster Management has started its journey on 20th December, 2004. Within this short duration the Department has got National and International repute. By this time the Department has organized one National Seminar, one National Workshop and one State Level Workshop; the faculty members of the department has received National Award, established by-lateral International research collaboration, elected in the International Executive Committee and so on. Presently the Department is running with 4 laboratories (RS and GIS laboratory, Rock Microstructure laboratory, Fluvial Geomorphology laboratory and Pedology laboratory) and offering 3 Special Papers (Fluvial Geomorphology, Tectonic Geomorphology & Disaster Management and Environmental Geomorphology & Hazards). The Department has the mission to carry out detailed geomorphological and geo-technical studies especially on natural hazards.

Year of Establishment:

2004

Head of the Department:

Dr. Nibedita Das (Pan)

Courses Offered:

M.A./ M.Sc., Ph.D.

Intake Capacity:

26

Total Research Project Funding (Completed & Ongoing):

2 (two) completed and 4(four) ongoing (21.07 lacs)

Syllabus for Various Courses Offered:

Seminar/Conference/Workshop/Refresher/Orientations etc. Organized

  • International Seminar and 48th Regional Science Conference, 5th-7th January, 2017
  • Lecture on 'Evolution of Remote Sensing in India' in Dept of Geography & Disaster Management, 25th Nov, 2013
  • 33rd Annual Conference of the Indian Geographers(IIG) & International Seminar on Population, Development & Disaster Management, 8th - 11th February, 2012
  • Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India sponsored National Workshop on Hydrogeomorphic Hazards: Challenges for Science Communication (18-20th November, 2009)
  • 21st IGI (Indian Institute of Geomorphologists) Conference and NATIONAL SEMINAR ON “Geomorphic Hazards : Issues and Challenges” (28th – 30th November, 2008)
  • TIFAC Sponsored One Day Workshop on Geographical Indication Items jointly organized by the Department of Geography & Disaster Management, Tripura University and Tripura State Council for Science & Technology, Govt. of Tripura on 8.12.2006

Address of Communication:

Department of Geography and Disaster Management,
Tripura University (A Central University),
Suryamaninagar - 799022, Tripura (West), India
Phone: +91-381-237 9151
email: hod_geography[at]tripurauniv.in

Laboratory Facilities:

  1. 44? Plotter
  2. Wide Scanner (48?)
  3. Geomatic V 10.1 software with 10 user License
  4. Total Station (Leica made) with Liscad software
  5. Rock Cutter and grinding machine
  6. Rock Polishing and lapping machine
  7. Eclectrical resistivity meter (ASRM)
  8. Automatic Weather Station
  9. Digital Water Current and Discharge Meter
  10. Microscope

Details of Research groups:

FLUVIAL GEOMORPHOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP

Thrust Areas
  1. Fluvial Dynamics
  2. Fluvial Hazards and disaster Management

The Fluvial Geomorphology Research Group concerns with the fluvial hazards and disaster management, particularly within Tripura State. Being a state of North-East India, Tripura lies in the neo tectonic zone and different hazards related to river action are very much frequent and turn into disaster. There is paucity of hydrological data in this border state and official records on different aspects are also lacking. Keeping in view of these constraints the Fluvial Geomorphology Research Group is working on different drainage basins of Tripura. The team is pursuing intensive field survey for collection of hydrological data through various measurements and thus preparing a data bank on 10 major river basins of Tripura. Fields of fluvial hazards already considered include sedimentation and bar formation, bank erosion and shifting of channel, flood, landslide etc. In each field Frequency Mapping and Hazard Zonation Mapping are in progress with the application of RS and GIS technique. Fluvial dynamics and their impact on land use in different river basins are also in progress.


Members of the Group:
Group leaderMembers
Dr. Nibedita Das (Pan) Mrs. Bijaya Bhattacharya (Research Scholar)
Ms. Mugdha Chakraborty (Research Scholar and DST project Assistant)
Ms. Rina Rani Deb (Research Scholar)
Ms. Moujuri Bhowmik
Ms.Sima Majumder

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOMORPHOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP

Thrust Areas
  1. Applied Geomorphology
  2. Geomorphological Hazards

The Environmental Geomorphology research group concentrates mainly on Landslide Hazard Zonation, Geotechnical Investigation of individual landslides, soil erosion, flood, river bank erosion and water quality assessment.
Landslide Hazard Zonation mapping and risk assessment is being prepared by the research group at Meso scale based on the BIS rating scheme as well as the Buffer method on the Kurseong subdivision of Darjiling Himalayas as a whole at meso scale (1:50,000) under the bi-lateral project funded by the Ministry of University and Research, Govt. of Italy. As till now the department does not have any well equipped laboratory that is why for geo-technical investigation of individual landslides very few tests like texture, moisture , pH etc are done by the group themselves with the existing equipments but other tests like Atterberg Limits and Shear Parameters are done on higher basis from other laboratories. Generation of data base for landslides in Tripura is in progress.
Assessment of Soil Erosion on Meso-scale is being practiced on the basis of RUSLE method. Till today two such works have been produced to determine the amount of annual soil loss and its distribution in the Tripura University Campus. Some manual experimental works are also going on to estimate the amount of annual soil loss generated from different slope categories in the University campus itself.

QUATERNARY LANDFORM RESEARCH GROUP

Thrust AreasThe researches by QLRG focus on last two million years landform evolution in the tropical coastal and paleo-coastal areas. The principal aspects of researches are:
  1. Dynamics of Coastal Geomorphology and Lake basin Geomorphology
  2. Cenozoic rock microstructure and paleo-environment
  3. Tectonic Geomorphology and seismo-tectonic microzonation of Tripura

Geological, geophysical, geomorphic and ecological evidences of coastal areas, lake basins areas and tectonic regions are the major interests of study this group. The members of this research team are engaged in studies rock microstructures of the western and eastern geo-tectonic provinces of Bengal basin and Tripura and other geophysical signatures. In the years 2009 a well equipped Rock Microstructure Laboratory has been developed by the Department of Geography and Disaster Management, Tripura University for in-depth researches on landform evolution history. Members of this research group are also engaged in the experiments of modeling and their application for scientific assessment of short term and long term landform geodynamics and tectonic microzonations. Investigations on different seismo-tectonic zones of Tripura and their seismic and geo-electrical mapping are going on for earthquake disaster management. Research collaborations with Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, India and IIT Kharagpur, India have been established recently. During the years 2008-2010 this research team published more than 15 research papers in national and international journals. A permanent GPS station (funded by MoES) and seismic observatory will be established shortly for monitoring seismo-tectonic hazards in Tripura and surrounding areas.

Collaborations:

A bi-lateral research collaboration between the University of Turin, Italy (Prof. Marco Giardino) and the Department of Geography and Disaster Management, Tripura University (Dr. Sunil Kumar De) has been established for two years (2006-2008).

Staff Members:

Office Staffs & Contact Details
PhotoNameDesignationContact Details
  Sarajit Debbarma Laboratory Attendant

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  Babul De Cook

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Ph.D. Scholars:

PhotoNameTitle of the ThesisContact Details
  Moujuri Bhowmik Fluvial hazards and their impact on socio-economic condition in West Tripura District M: +919436184297,
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  Sima Majumdar Changes of Drainage systems and their impact on landuse between Baramura and Atharamura Hill ranges, Tripura M: +919862236184,
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  Gunjan Mukherjee Seismo-tectonic microzonation at and around Agartala city by using integrated geophysical tools M: +919836648252, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project Scholars:

PhotoNameTitle of the ThesisContact Details
  Mugdha Chakraborty Fluvial hazards and their impact on socio-economic condition of the Haora River Basin, West Tripura email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , M: +918794563109
  Chandrani Debbarma Crustal deformation monitoring and regional level seismo-tectonic mapping for Earthquake Disaster Management Planning in Tripura Mob: +919436132913
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