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Our Research Strengths

The Department has a strong research program in the area of Atmospheric and Space Sciences. It is internationally known for its research in Cloud Physics. There is a very good Cloud Physics Laboratory housed in the Physics Department were simulation experiments are carried out inside a walk-in cold room reaching a lowest temperature of 243 K. The Department has participated in many field campaigns like CAIPEEX, Fluxnet etc. A good computational laboratory is available with a workstation.

The department has carried out several funded research projects and the list is given below.

     

Research projects undertaken by the Faculty are as follows

  • Laboratory Studies on IR transmission through clouds

    Funded by: United States Army under Indo-U.S. collaborative program.
    Principal Investigators: Dr. P. Pradeep Kumar,
    Duration of project: July 1994 to January 1998
    Outlay- Rs. 10, 41, 357/-
     

  • Laboratory and Field Measurements of Thunderstorm Electrical parameters
    Funded by: Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
    Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Pradeep Kumar
    Duration of project: October 1997 to October 2000
    Outlay- Rs. 4, 63, 893/-
     

  • Study of Atmospheric Boundary Layer over SHAR
    Funded by: Indian Space Research Organization
    Principle Investigator: Dr. P. N. Sen
    Duration of project: January 2000 to June 2003
    Outlay- Rs. 13,13,692/-
     

  • Development of Regional Atmospheric Model for Predicting Upper Wind Field over SHAR
    Funded by: Indian Space Research Organization
    Principle Investigator: Dr. K. C. Sharma
    Duration of project: January 2000 to June 2003
    Outlay- Rs. 11,97,163/-
     

  • Mathematical Modeling of viscosity of solid propellant and its characterizations
    Funded by: DRDO.
    Principle Investigator: Dr. K. C. Sharma
    Duration of project: May 2001 to March 2003
    Outlay- Rs. 3,25,000/-
     

  • Weather Forecasting Applications of Microwave Data from AMSU On Board the NOAA Satellites
    Funded by: Indian Space Research Organization
    Principle Investigator: Dr. R. N. Karekar
    Duration of project: January 2000 to March 2003
    Rs. 9,64,046/-
     

  • A study of weather over Himalayan terrain using Microwave Data from AMSU-B
    Funded by Indian Space Research Organization
    Principal Investigator: Wg. Cdr. D.M. Puranik
    Duration of Project: July 2003 to June 2004
    Outlay- Rs. 1,40,400/-
     

  • Development of Mathematical Model and Computer Code for Canister Rupture and Fuel Dispersion of Fuel Air Explosive Device
    Funded by: HEMRL (DRDO)
    Principal Investigator: Dr. K.C. Sharma
    Duration of Project: May 2004 to January 2006
    Outlay- Rs. 4,90,130/-
     

  • Development of Mathematical Model for Ignition Transient in Solid Rocket Motor
    Funded by: HEMRL (DRDO)
    Principal Investigator: Dr. K.C. Sharma
    Duration: April 2004 to March 2005
    Outlay- Rs. 3,61,560/-
     

  • Modelling Spatio-Temporal changes in Morphology and Tectonic elements along with seismicity in the NE regions of India, with the help of Remote Sensing Techniques
    Funded by: Indian Space Research Organization
    Principal Investigator: Dr. R.K. Sukhtankar
    Period : July 2004 to June 2007
    Outlay- Rs. 12,01, 550/-
     

  • A Dynamic Climatological study of precipitation over Maharashtra using conventional and remote sensed data
    Funded by Indian Space Research Organization
    Principal Investigator: Dr. K.C. Sinha Ray
    Duration: January 2005 to January 2007.
    Outlay- Rs. 16, 93, 400/-
     

  • Laboratory Simulation of Cloud Electrification under Polluted Condition.
    Funded by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India
    Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Pradeep Kumar
    Duration: December 2004 to December 2007.
    Outlay- Rs. 10, 15, 680/-
     

  • Study of the apparent convective cloud and cloud system motion during the south west Monsoon using the METEOSAT-5 half hour infrared images.
    Funded by Indian Space Research Organization
    Principal Investigator: Wg. Cdr. D.M. Puranik
    Duration: June 2005 to June 2007
    Outlay- Rs. 2, 53, 000/-
     

  • Raindrop Size distribution for convective and stratiform clouds over Pune.
    Funded by BCUD, University of Pune
    Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Pradeep Kumar
    Duration: January 2007 to March 2008
    Outlay: Rs. 3,00,000
     

  • Design and Development of a thermal gradient diffusion chamber for measurement of ice nuclei in the atmosphere.
    Funded by Indian Space Research Organization
    Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Pradeep Kumar
    Duration: August 2007 to July 2009
    Outlay- Rs. 7,00, 000/-
     

  • Study of Geomorphic and structural elements in select seismically active regions of India with remote sensing techniques.
    Funded by Indian Space Research Organization
    Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Pradeep Kumar
    Co-Investigator: Dr. R.K. Sukhtankar and Dr. S. K. Guha
    Duration: August 2007 to July 2009
    Outlay- Rs. 7, 26, 000/-
     

  • Preparing for Meghatropques: diurnal variation of convection and cloud evolution using AMSU-B and infrared data.
    Funded by Indian Space Research Organization
    Principal Investigator: Dr. D.M. Puranik
    Duration: October 2007 to September 2009
    Outlay: Rs. 4,90,000/-
     

  • Design and simulation of satellite borne high resolution interferometric measurement monsoon rain (SHIMMER)
    Funded by Indian Space Research Organization
    Principal Investigator: Dr. D.M. Puranik
    Duration: January 2008 to January 2009
    Outlay: Rs. 7,30,800/-
     

  • To study the winter precipitation and temperature over Western Himalayas (NW India) using VARSHA GCM.
    Funded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

    Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Pradeep Kumar
    Duration: May 2008 to May 2010.
    Outlay: Rs. 13,64,200/-
     

  • Studies of the selected seismically active regions using Remote Sensing and ground based techniques for Disaster Management
    Funded by Space Applications Center (ISRO) Ahmedabad
    Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Pradeep Kumar
    Co-Investigator: Dr. R.K. Sukhtankar and Dr. S.K. Guha
    Duration: January 2009 to January 2012
    Outlay: Rs. 10,15, 960
     

  • Study of Somali Jet using INSAT and other Satellite derived products
    Funded by Space Applications Center (ISRO) Ahmedabad
    Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Pradeep Kumar
    Co-Investigator: Dr. K.C. Sinha Ray
    Duration: January 2009 to January 2012
    Outlay: Rs. 9,32,000
     

  • Evapo transpiration measurement over agricultural fields using micrometeorological methods for efficient water resources management
    Funded under Indo-Austrian Collaborative Program (DST-BMWF)
    Indian Side Team: Dr. Anandakumar Karipot and Dr. P. Pradeep Kumar
    Austrian Side Team: Dr. Josef Eitzinger, Dr. Philipp Weihs, Dr. Erich Mursch-Radlgruber, Ms. Sabina Thaler and Heidi Trimmel
    Duration: April 2011 to March 2013
    Outlay: Rs. 5,43,900/-
     

  • To study Ozone Variations in the vicinity of Convective storms
    Funded by Space Applications Center (ISRO) Ahmedabad
    Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Pradeep Kumar
    Duration: September 2011 to March 2013
    Outlay: Rs. 5,00,000/-
     

  • Surface-layer characteristics and moisture budget of the monsoon boundary layer A study using micrometeorological measurements and Large-Eddy Simulation
    Funded by Ministry of Earth Sciences,
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Anandakumar Karipot,
    Duration July 2011 June 2014
    Outlay: Rs. 25, 32,000/-
     

  • Calibration and Validation of Land Surface Models using INSAT-3D Observations and in situ Measurements
    Funded by Space Applications Center (ISRO) Ahmedabad
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Anandakumar Karipot,
    Duration: October 2011 to March 2012
    Outlay: Rs. 4,90,000/-
     

  • Laboratory studies on Thunderstorm Electrification during Ice-Hail Collision
    Funded by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India
    Principal Investigator: Prof. P. Pradeep Kumar,
    Duration: July 2012 to March 2016
    Outlay: Rs. 16,31,000/-
     

  • Flux-tower measurements over a forest canopy representative of northern Western Ghats to quantify forest-atmosphere exchange of carbon dioxide, water vapor and energy.
    Funded by Ministry of Earth Sciences Principal Investigator: Dr. Anandakumar Karipot, Duration: 2012 2015 Outlay: Rs. 73, 10, 000/
     

  • Study of precipitation characteristics using disdrometer and satellite datasets over Pune.
    Funded by ISRO Cell Principal Investigator : Dr. Rohini Bhawar, Duration: 2014 2017 Outlay: Rs. 8, 40, 800/
     

  • Investigating aerosol-cloud forced climate change over India: a Multi-satellite approach
    Funded by Ministry of Earth Sciences Principal Investigator : Dr. Rohini Bhawar, Duration: 2015 2018 Outlay: Rs. 15, 83, 200/
     

Following Students Completed their Ph.D. Thesis working from the department.
 

Name

Year

 

Anil Kumar

2005

Submitted in Physics.

Makarand Kulkarni

2006

Submitted in Atmospheric & Space Sciences

Yogita Shukla

2007

Submitted in Atmospheric & Space Sciences

Sarika Jain

2008

Submitted in Atmospheric & Space Sciences

Debadatta Swain

2008

Submitted in Atmospheric & Space Sciences

Pushpa Dash

2008

Submitted in Atmospheric & Space Sciences

Bhupendra Raut

2010

Submitted in Atmospheric & Space Sciences

Sanjay More

2012

Submitted in Atmospheric & Space Sciences

Sushant Puranik

2014

Submitted in Atmospheric & Space Sciences

Umamaheshwari A

2014

Submitted in Atmospheric & Space Sciences


 


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