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Dr. Upasana S. Banerji

Research Associate, Hydrological Processes (HyP) Group

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Education:

Ph. D. : 2017, Geology, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat.
Thesis : Holocene Climatic Variability using Mudflats from Saurashtra, Western India.
M. Sc. : 2009, Geology, Gujarat University, Gujarat.

Professional career:

2017 - Present Research Associate, National Centre for Earth Science Studies, Kerala.
2016 - 2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Geoscience Division, Physical Research Laboratory, Department of Space, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
2011 - 2016 Project Associate, Geoscience Division, Physical Research Laboratory, Department of Space, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
2009 - 2011 Junior Research Fellow, Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) Foundation, Forest Department, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Training:

  • “Visual interpretation using remote sensing data for Land use, Land cover & hydro-geomorphology, Introduction with application of GIS in Geology and Remote Sensing”. At Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG), 15-23 Nov 2007.
  • Summer Internship Program–2008 at Geosciences Division, Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, Gujarat in the month of May - June 2008.

Scientific Cruises and Field Trips:

  • Onboard ORV Sagar Manjusha (SAMA-05) from Kochi- Lakshadweep-Kochi (February, 2015).
  • Studies on Andaman and Lakshadweep corals to understand the paleoenvironmental changes and impacts of ocean atmospheric processes on Indian monsoon.
  • Onboard ORV Sagar Manjusha (SM-29) to Western Indian Coast (Goa- Arabian Sea- Kochi) (October, 2013).
  • Onboard ORV Sagar Manjusha (SM-24) to Bay of Bengal Coast (Haldia- Bay of Bengal -Paradip) (July, 2013).
  • Onboard ORV Sagar Kanya (SK-304) to Indian Ocean (Goa-Indonesia-Chennai) (March-May, 2013).
  • Holocene climate and sea level reconstruction from the mudflats along Southern Saurashtra Coast, Gujarat.
  • Onboard FORV Sagar Sampada (SS-300) from Kochi-Arabian Sea-Goa (March-April, 2012).
  • Ecological studies of corals from coastal sites and Islands of Gulf of Kachchh, Gujarat.

Research Interest:

Unprecedented need to study climate processes reinvigorated my interest in hitherto climate and related processes over past millennial to centennial time scales. Prime focus of my research is in reconstructing Holocene climate using natural archives that can offer high resolution climate records. I am also keen to understand the impacts of major forcing factors and ocean-atmospheric processes acting on climate perturbations during last few millennia.

Achievements and Awards:

  • DST sponsored International Travel Grant wide no ITS/2058/2017-18 for International Goldschmidt conference 2017, Paris, France.
  • Second prize for poster presented at Expert Meet and National Conference on "Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability: Records from Poles to Tropics" held on September, 9-10, 2014 organised by Center of Advanced Study in Geology, University of Lucknow.
  • Judges Appreciation awards for paper presented at Workshop on Satellite Meteorology: 50 Year Journey organized by Indian Meteorological Society Ahmedabad (IMSA) in 2010.
  • Conferred Gold Medal by Gujarat University during 2009 for being university topper in M.Sc (Geology).
  • First prize for paper presented at Chandangiri Goswami Memorial Seminar Compeitition-2009 organized by Geology Department, M. G. Science Institute, Ahmedabad.
  • First prize for paper presented at SCIENCE EXCELLENCE-2008 Organized by Gujarat University

Publications:

  1. Pradeep Srivastava, Rajesh Agnihotri, Deepti Sharma, Narendra Meena, Y.P Sundriyal, Anju Saxena, Ravi Bhushan, R. Sawlani, Upasana S. Banerji, C. Sharma, P. Bisht, N. Rana, R.J. Perumal. 8000 year monsoonal record from Himalaya revealing realignment of tropical and polar climatic system since mid-Holocene. Scientific Reports, 7 (14515).
  2. Banerji, U.S., Bhushan, R.,Jull, A.J.T., 2017. Mid-Late Holocene monsoonal records from an active mudflat of Diu Island, Southern Saurashtra, Gujarat, Western India. Quaternary International, 443, 200-210.
  3. Meena, N.K., Prakasam, M., Bhushan, R., Sarkar, S., Diwate, P., Banerji, U.S., 2017. Last-five-decade heavy metal pollution records from the Rewalsar Lake, Himachal Pradesh, India. Environmental Earth Science, 76-39.
  4. Banerji, U.S., Bhushan, R.,Maurya, D.M., 2016. Sedimentary records of paleoredox conditions at relict mudflat of Vasoj, Southern Saurashtra coast, Gujarat. Earth Science India, 9 (2), 114-125.
  5. Sarkar, S., Prakasam, M., Banerji, U.S., Bhushan, R., Kumar, P.,Meena, N.K., 2016. Rapid sedimentation history of Rewalsar Lake, Lesser Himalaya, India during the last fifty years - Estimated using 137Cs and 210Pb dating techniques: A comparative study with other North-Western Himalayan Lakes. Himalayan Geology, 37 (1), 1-7.
  6. Banerji, U.S., Pandey, S., Bhushan, R., Juyal, N., 2015. Mid-Holocene climate and land-sea interaction along the southern coast of Saurashtra, western India. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 111, 428-439.
  7. Joshi, D., Banerji, U.S.,Mankodi, P., 2015. Delayed recovery in Porites spp. following mass coral bleaching: a case study from the gulf of Kachchh, Gujarat, India. Journal of Global Biosciences, 4 (5), 2326-2331.
  8. Joshi, D., Munjpara, S., Banerji, U.S., Parasharya, D., 2014. Coral Bleaching Observations In The Gulf Of Kachchh, India-A Climate Induced Stress On The Scleractinians. Journal of Aquatic biology and Fisheries, 2, 106-113.
  9. Pandey, C.N., Raval, B.R., Parasharya, D., Munjpara, S., Joshi, D., Banerji, U.S., 2010. Recruitment and Growth Study of Coral Reefs in the Gulf of Kachchh. Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) Foundation, Gandhinagar.

Projects:

  1. “Trace elements and their isotopes in sediments and corals of the Northern Indian Ocean: Implications to Paleoclimate/Paleoceanography”, under GEOTRACES Project funded by MoES with Dr. Ravi Bhushan at Geosciences Division, Physical Research Laboratory
  2. “High Resolution Study of Climate and Oceanographic Processes from the Northern Indian Ocean”with Dr. Ravi Bhushan at Geosciences Division, Physical Research Laboratory.