Full Name
Tanvi Arora

Senior Scientist

R&D Group
Electrical Geophysics


Hydrogeophysics Critical zone science

  Academic Identity

Tanvi ARORA did M.Tech (Geophysics) from Kurukshetra University, Haryana. She carried out her doctoral research at CSIR-NGRI as the Senior Research Fellow (CSIR-SRF) and was awarded PhD from Osmania University in 2008. She was awarded the “Sandwich Fellowship” from France Government and she completed a part of her thesis at CEREGE-CNRS, Aix-en-Provence in France. Since 2008, Dr. Arora is working as Scientist at NGRI with specialization in Hydro-Geophysics. She highlighted the importance of unsaturated zone in the work completed and it is supported that recharge is the most important component of groundwater balance. She carried out both theoretical and field studies to pursue the doctoral thesis towards relationship between electrical resistivity and soil moisture in the unsaturated zone of hard rock terrenes. She is involved in various Research oriented projects of National as well as International repute which include the projects sponsored by UNESCO, World Bank, National Hydrology Program, European Union and Government of Africa (WAPCOS). She has presented her research work in different continents. 

Being a Hydrogeophysicist, she is interested towards the development of geoelectrical methods (including Self-potential, electrical resistivity and induced polarization). She is also interested in the application of these methods to a variety of problems including the contamination of aquifers, time lapse measurements for effective recharge, critical zone science, vadose zone properties, lithological characterisation, as well as finding suitable zone of recharge as a point measurement. As an Assistant Professor, AcSIR, Dr. Arora is guiding 4 Doctoral Students. 

Tanvi has taken on both formal and informal communication positions in the Institute and different organizations such as the  SEG (Society of Exploration Geophysicist), IGU (Indian Geophysical Union), YES (Young Earth Scientist Network), SPG (Society of Petroleum Geophysicist), to capitalize on her ability to reach broad and diverse audiences in the field of Earthscience. Tanvi is passionately involved in collaborating her knowledge through classroom teaching as well as practical field trainings towards the Skill India initiatives of the country thriving to bridge the gap between Science and Society.


1. Carriers of Mass Transport Contamination in the unsaturated zone of the Ghazipur landfill site of Delhi, NCR [2022-2024]

2. Understanding Food-Energy-water Nexus in dynamics of Critical Zone: WRJ-1 Critical Zone Observatory [2020-2023]

3. Delineating the boundary of shallow saline zones encountered in Poyya, Karalam, Adat and Tholur Panchayats in Thrissur District, Kerala and investigating their origin and possibility of any underlying fresh water aquifers through geophysical surveys. [2020-2023]

4. Hydrogeological and Geophysical investigations in SIPCOT, Perundurai Industial Area, Erode District, TN [2020-2023]

1. Society of Exploration Geophysics, USA awarded CRAIG J.BEASLEY AWARD FOR SOCIAL CONTRIBUTION [2021] ( external link

2. Induction into UNESCO-IGCP Hydrogeology Scientific Board as a member [2020-2024]

3. AMITY Young Researcher Award in the field of Geophysics for social contribution [2019]

4.  Excellent Lecture Award during 1st International Conference on Exploration and utilization of underground space for the lecture on “Hydrogeophysical tools to identify the shrinking underground space with relevance to critical zone” [2019]




  1. Tanvi Arora et al. (2022) Electrical imaging to decode the potential aquifer locations for water security in semiarid Niger, Africa, Revised and submitted in Geosystems and Geoenvironment
  2. Warsi, T., Tanvi ARORA, Rizvi, S.S., Moosvi, A.R., Aslam, M.A.M., Khan, M.M.A., Mohammed (2022), A. Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in Water and Environment—A Scoping ReviewLife12, 520.
  3. Tanvi Arora (2022) Variographic analysis of the electrical structure of south Indian Unsaturated Zone.  Serie Correlacion Geologica 37(2), 15-25
  4. Tanvi ARORA, Farooq A. Dar, Taufique Warsi, and Shakeel Ahmed. (2021). Electrical imaging of karst terrene for managed aquifer recharge: a case study from Raipur, Central India, Journal of Earth System Science 130 (1), 1-14
  5. Tanvi ARORA and V.M.Tiwari (2019). Hydrological studies in India during last decade: A Review, Proc Indian National Science Academy, 85 (2), June 2019
  6. Farooq Dar, Tanvi ARORA, Taufique warsi, A. Rama Devi, Mr. Wajihuddin, Gestche Grutzamer, Ninad Bodhankar, Shakeel Ahmed (2017). 3-D Hydrogeological model of limestone aquifer for managed aquifer recharge in Raipur of central India, Carbonates and Evaporates, 32 : 459-471, DOI: 10.1007/s13146-016-0304-7.  
  7. Tanvi ARORA and Shakeel Ahmed. (2011). Characterization of recharge through complex vadose zone of a granitic aquifer by time lapse electrical resistivity tomography, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 73, 35-44
  8. Tanvi ARORA, Alexandre Boisson and Shakeel Ahmed (2016). Non-intrusive Hydro-geophysical Characterization of the Unsaturated Zone of South India-A case study", Volume 122, Pages 88-97, Special Issue: Contributions of the Global Earth Sciences Integration, Journal of African Earth Sciences.
  9. Tanvi ARORA, Niklas Linde, Andre Revil, and J. Castermant, (2007). Non-intrusive characterization of the redox potential of landfill leachate plumes from self-potential data. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 92, 274-292, doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2007.01.018. Most Cited Article published in 2007, extracted from SciVerse Scopus.
  10. Linde Niklas, Damien Jougnot, Andre Revil, S. K. Mattha¨i, Tanvi ARORA, Renard, and Claude Doussan (2007), Streaming current generation in two-phase flow conditions, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L03306, doi:10.1029/ 2006GL028878

  • Tanvi ARORA and Shakeel Ahmed (2022). Pathways to aquifer: How important are they? In “Hydrogephysics for improved modelling of groundwater flow process, Cambridge Scholars Publishers
  • Shakeel Ahmed, Tanvi