Dr. Sahebrao Sonkamble

Dr. Sahebrao Sonkamble has obtained Master of Science degree in Environmental Technology from SRTM University Nanded, Maharashtra, India in 2004. His M.Sc dissertation work on “Comparative studies of Groundwater Quality of Basaltic and Granitic Aquifers at the southern margin of DVP in India” has been published in Journal of Hydrology which has prompted him to opt Aqueous Geochemistry as a challenging career. Applying hydro-chemical evolution and Digital Elevation Model (DEM) he estimated Basaltic Trap thickness at lateral margins of Basalt-Granite (at DVP) for the implications of groundwater resource mapping. Dr. Sonkamble joined CSIR-NGRI as Research Scholar in 2007 and further enhanced his qualifications by obtaining Ph.D in Hydrogeology of coastal aquifers from Department of Geology, University College of Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India in 2012. His Ph.D research has 1) resolved hydrochemical complexity of coastal aquifers using source speciation, 2) identified dispositions of freshwater lens in coastal area, 3) demarcated seawater intrusion and industrial pollution zones, 4) vulnerability assessment of coastal aquifer system for irrigation suitability, and 5) establishing well design to avoid short circuiting of fresh and saline water at coastal belt which are published in peer reviewed SCI journals such as Marine Pollution Bulletin, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Environmental Earth Sciences, etc. Dr. Sonkamble has been serving CSIR-NGRI for past thirteen years in Groundwater Division and associated in executing fifteen R&D and applied science projects successfully, involving Geophysical, Hydrogeological, Topographical investigations and Environmental Impact Assessment studies for groundwater resources management in various geological terrains. He gained extensive field experience and operation of latest tools like Multi-Electrode Resistivity Imaging System, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Proton Precession Magnetometer, Insitu chemical parameter meter, Double Ring Infiltrometer, and Differential GPS. His other SCI publications as output of R&D projects are 1) identification of TSDF site for Cr6+ waste disposal, 2) application of GPR for detection of clandestine pipes, and earth & environmental aspects, 3) prediction of future groundwater scenarios using Flow and Mass Transport Modelling, and 4) delineation of fresh aquifers in Tannery Belt for sustainable development. He has taken charge of Additional Area Party Chief for AQMAH Nagpur pilot area under AQUIM project (World Bank funded) where he is able to demarcate individual Basaltic flow and Basalt-Gondwana contact integrating ground geophysics tools such as electrical resistivity (1D & 2D) and Heliborne EM.

He has published research articles in peer reviewed eminent journals (SCI) such as Water Research, Journal of Hydrology, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Science of the Total Environment, Chemosphere, Geophysics, etc.

His other significant major research findings under Saph Pani Project (European Union funded) are wetlands as natural treatment systems for wastewater and reuse in peri-urban areas. He has developed Decision Support Tool for sustainable groundwater resources in sugarcane growing areas of India and electrical resistivity surveys applied to locate potential groundwater zones in rural areas of Niger (West Africa) under Indo-African bi-lateral relations held during Oct-2015 in Delhi.

Currently, he is engaged in R&D projects involving, i) High resolution groundwater mapping in arid areas of NW India and, ii) detecting geological suitability for rail tunnels at Eastern Ghats and Himalayan regions, iii) Deciphering paleochannels between Ganga-Yamuna-Doab region.

Honoured with 'Associate Fellow' of Telangana Academy of Science.

Bagged ' Young Scientist Award' by Association of Hydrologist of India at ISM (IIT) Dhanbad.

A recipient of National Geoscience Award 2017 (Team) a prestigious award for Earth Science professions by Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India. The award is given under the category of Mineral Discovery & Exploration for Aquifer Mapping in different geological terrains in India using Ground and Airborne Geophysics.

Also designated as Assistant Professor of AcSIR (Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research) in the Groundwater Discipline.

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