Dr. Rakesh Kumar Dumka - Tectonic Geodesy - Best Researcher Award 

Institute of Seismological research - India

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Rakesh K. Dumka's academic journey began with a Master's degree in Geology from Kumaun University, followed by a Ph.D. in Geology, focusing on determining the crustal strain field in the Kumaun lesser Himalaya using GPS geodesy. His academic pursuits laid the foundation for his expertise in geoscientific studies, particularly in the fields of geodesy, remote sensing, and GNSS applications.

Professional Endeavors

Throughout his career, Dr. Dumka has held various roles, starting as a Junior Research Fellow and advancing to his current position as Scientist D at the Institute of Seismological Research (ISR), Gandhinagar. He has worked extensively in the areas of crustal deformation study, geodetic characterization of fault zones, and monitoring seismic hazards using advanced geospatial technologies like GNSS and InSAR.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Dumka's research contributions span a wide range of topics, including:

  • Crustal deformation studies in seismically active regions like Gujarat and Uttarakhand using GPS and InSAR techniques.
  • Monitoring urban subsidence and identifying strain zones to understand seismic hazards.
  • Conducting hydrological and glacier studies using GRACE and GPS data.
  • Investigating tectonic processes and active fault zones in India through geoscientific projects.

His expertise lies in conceptualizing and implementing geo-scientific projects, data analysis, and interpretation using various software and techniques.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Dumka's contributions to the field of geoscience have been widely recognized, earning him prestigious awards such as the Young Scientist Award from Uttarakhand Council of Science and Technology and acknowledgment from UNAVCO for his research on geodetic observations of water volume changes in dams.

Impact and Influence

With over 20 years of R&D experience and numerous publications in international and national journals, Dr. Dumka has made significant contributions to advancing our understanding of crustal deformation, seismic hazards, and geodetic processes. His work has not only contributed to academic knowledge but also has practical applications in mitigating geological risks and informing urban planning.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Dumka's legacy lies in his pioneering work in utilizing advanced geospatial technologies for geoscientific research and societal impact. His ongoing commitment to mentoring students, delivering lectures, and participating in scientific conferences ensures the continuity of his contributions to the field. As he continues his research endeavors, Dr. Dumka is poised to further influence the geoscientific community and contribute to our understanding of Earth's dynamic processes.

Notable Publication


Rakesh Kumar Dumka – Tectonic Geodesy – Best Researcher Award 

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