Dr. Labani Ray

Senior Principal Scientist , Thermal Geophysics, Rock Mechanics and Paleomagnetism

Dr. Labani Ray

Academic Identity


Geothermics/Thermal Geophysics

Research Area

Dr. Labani Ray has received her B.Sc. degree in Physics from the Vinaba Bhave Univ., Hazaribag and M.Sc.(Tech) degree in Applied Geophysics from the Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad. Dr. Ray obtained her Ph. D. degree in Geophysics from Osmania University, Hyderabad. Her doctoral thesis was selected as best Ph.D. thesis in Geophysics for the year 2002 and was awarded Best Ph.D. thesis award by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and Association of Exploration Geophysicists. Dr. Ray is currently working as a Principal Scientist and Head of Thermal Geophysics Group at CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad. She is also Asst. Prof of AcSIR.

Dr. Ray got BOYSCAST fellowship in 2008 by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and visited Earthquake Research Institute (ERI), Univ. Tokyo, Japan for one year. She also visited GeoForszunzentrum, Potsdam (GFZ) as a visiting scientist. 

 Her contributed can be categorized into Solid earth and Societal aspect of geothermics. She also has the experience of dealing geothermics data from Continent and as well as Oceanic regimes. She attempted three fundamental issues of the Earth Science, viz. (1) constructing crustal and sub-crustal thermal regimes of the Indian shield acquiring thermal gradient in boreholes and measuring thermal conductivity, heat production of the rocks pertaining the crustal column, (2) theoretical and practical aspect to estimate thermophysical properties of crustal rocks at high temperature that prevails in the deeper parts of the Earth for constraining accurate thermal regime, and (3) establishing the existence of hydrothermal circulation in old oceanic crust. Her research work comprises acquisition, processing, modeling and interpretation of heat flow, thermal conductivity and heat production data to elucidate thermal structure of the lithosphere.  Her work has great implication in thermal structure of Indian lithosphere. She published 20 papers in national/international journals and presented 50 papers in national and international seminar/symposium/meetings.