Partha Sarathi Datta
Indian Institute of Technology, Independent Consultant on Water & Environment (Former Project Director, NRL, Indian Agricultural Research Institute)
New Delhi, India
Post-Graduate & Doctorate (Groundwater Recharge Estimation in Ganges Basin), Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Received UNESCO/UNEP Training on ‘Groundwater Protection from Pollution & Depletion’, Geohydrological Research Institutes, USSR. Long-standing recognized expert, adviser & consultant (Hydrology) to national/international agencies (IAEA, Vienna; Fluorosis Research & Rural Development Foundation; Centre for Science & Environment, Delhi) & NGOs. Undertaken innovative pioneering research & outreach field Initiatives and Assessed Groundwater Recharge & Pollution in River basins; Influent/effluent seepage & Recharge Potential under river flood plains; Paleo-Climate & Climate forcing, Land use & Environmental impacts on Hydrological regime; Crops WUE; Multi-sector Water Consumptive use & demands; Delineated aquifer recharge zones. Evaluated National & International laws/policies, and Developed Policy Guidelines on Resiliency planning for Groundwater protection; Water quality standards; Water & environment conservation; Water governance, harvesting & supply options; Adaptation strategies for Drought avoidance and Sustainable development. As Director, Nuclear Research Laboratory (established under the aegis of UNDP/SIDA/FAO/IAEA); Actg Director & Actg Jt. Director (Res), IARI, Delhi, Conceptualized, Supervised, Administered, Planned, Coordinated, Managed & Promoted inter-disciplinary vision, goals, priorities & opportunities for R&D Activities in Hydro- & Bio- Sphere; Established Infrastructure & Instrumental Facilities for Research, Education & Training needs; As PG Faculty, taught Environment/Climate Sciences, Hydrology, Impact Assessment. As Member Secretary In-Charge, Indian National Committee on Hydrology for IHP/ARCCOH (UNESCO), Min. of Water Resources, Planned, Coordinated, Facilitated & Aided regional level inter-organization & inter-country collaboration of R&D activities, Education & Training needs.
Groundwater provenance and recharge characteristics & mechanism; Groundwater Assessment, management & development; Pollution characteristics & dynamics; Paleo-climate reconstruction & Ensemble Models on Climate; Climate Resilient Groundwater Management Strategies; Groundwater Vulnerability to Impacts of over-exploitation, climate & pollution; Water treatment and supply in fluorosis endemic areas; Groundwater potential under river floodplains, etc.; International/national laws on water pollution control and S&T Policy; Watershed Management; Groundwater ethics for sustainability; Geo-ethics for Disaster Management from Natural Hazards, etc.