Dr. Kusumita Arora

Chief Scientist , Geomagnetism

Dr. Kusumita Arora


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Research Area

Kusumita Arora is a geophysicist, working at CSIR-NGRI for the last twenty years. She completed her graduation and post-graduation from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and subsequently completed her Ph.D. in Osmania University, Hyderabad and Freie Universitaet, Berlin under a DAAD Sandwich program. Her doctoral work consisted of developing a 3D model of the western passive margin of India based on gravity and geoid data.

Her early work focussed on applying potential field methods to investigate the structure and processes of the Earth. She has worked in several team projects viz. Gravity Map Series of India, projects sponsored by OIL, ONGC, etc. involving the analysis and modeling of gravity and magnetic anomalies for deciphering subsurface structure.

She also investigates small scale structural patterns from airborne LiDAR data on the horizontal plane and their continuity in the vertical plane from  ATV and other data along with cores from deep boreholes in context of earthquake patterns in the Koyna-Warna region of reservoir triggered seismicity. 

Over the last decade she has been leading the research in geomagnetism in the Institute and is concentrating on the upgradation of geomagnetic observatories as well as installation of new recording sites in Andaman-Nicobar, Lakshadweep and Kumaun Himalaya. been pursuing  and . She is actively pursuing the study of equatorial and low latitude geomagnetic field to analyse variations of the EEJ-CEJ and Sq patterns from magnetic records at these locations as well as the subsurface conductance structure. More recently studies of pulsation patterns in low latitude and equatorial locations from both ground and satellite data, have been initiated.