Full Name
Himangshu Paul


R&D Group
Environmental Seismology


Seismology, Tectonics, understanding seismic signals pertaining to near-surface geohazards

  Academic Identity

I have had the privilege of doing research in different topics within the domain of earthquake seismology. I have contributed in understanding the source characteristics and seismogenesis in a variety of tectonic settings like the Himalaya (Sikkim, Nepal, J&K) and intraplate regions like Kachchh, Palghar, etc. I have also worked towards obtaining seismological image of the crustal structure beneath Sikkim Himalaya, Kachchh, south peninsular India and Singhbhum craton. I have also analyzed whole mantle structure from global tomographic models to understand the probable cause of the enigmatic geoid low over the Indian Ocean. Presently, I am involved in analyzing and understanding seismic signals pertaining to near-surface geohazards like landslide and floods. I am interested in further understanding the seismogenesis and source characteristics of tectonic, rain- and/or reservoir-induced or anthropogenically-induced earthquakes along with understanding the dynamics of the source evolution in case of landslides and floods.


Awarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Experienced Researcher award from European Commission


Awarded National Post Doctoral Fellowship from Department of Science and Technology (DST), India


CSIR-NET (LS) in Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences. AIR: 26


CSIR-NET (LS) in Physical Sciences. AIR: 253


IIT GATE in Geology & Geophysics. AIR: 219

  • Paul, H.and Ravi Kumar, M. (2022). Strong influence of tomographic models on geoid prediction: Case studies from Indian Ocean and Ross Sea geoids. Tectonophysics 836, 229429.
  • Cook, K. L., Rekapalli, R., Dietze, M., Pilz, M., Cesca, S., Purnachandra Rao, N., Srinagesh, D., Paul, H.,Metz, M., Mandal, P., Suresh, G., Cotton, F., Tiwari, V. M., and Hovius, N. (2021) Detection and potential early warning of catastrophic flow events with regional seismic networks, Science 374, 87-92.
  • Paul, H., Ravi Kumar, M. and Kumar, S. (2021). Evidence for reactivation of new faults and seismicity migration away from the causative fault of the 2001 MW7.7 Bhuj earthquake, western India, Geophy. J. Int.225, 1800-1813.
  • Paul, H.,Pandey, A., Ravi Kumar, M. and Kumar, S. (2021). Investigation of crustal thickness and uppermost mantle velocity beneath Gujarat, western India, utilizing Moho reflected P phases, Phy. Earth Planet. Int. 310, 106619.
  • Paul, H., Priestley, K., Powali, D., Sharma, S., Mitra, S., and Wanchoo, S. (2018). Signatures of the existence of frontal and lateral ramp structures near the Kishtwar Window of the Jammu and Kashmir Himalaya: Evidence from microseismicity and source mechanisms, Geochem. Geophys. Geosys.19(9), 3097-3114.
  • Paul, H., Ravi Kumar, M., Tiwari, V. M., Singh, A., Chadha, R. K., and Srinagesh, D. (2018). Density contrast across the Moho beneath the Indian Shield: Implications for isostasy, J. Asian Earth Sci.154, 67-81.
  • Paul, H.and Mitra, S. (2017). Three-dimensional crustal architecture beneath the Sikkim Himalaya and its relationship to active deformation, J. Geophys. R. 122(10), 7860-7878.
  • Paul, H., Mitra, S., Bhattacharya, S. N. and Suresh, G. (2015). Active transverse faulting within underthrust Indian crust beneath the Sikkim Himalaya, Geophys. J. Int.201(2), 1070- 1081.
  • Mitra, S., Paul, H., Kumar, A., Singh, S. K., Dey, S. and Powali, D. (2015). The 25 April 2015 Nepal earthquake and its aftershocks, Curr. Sci. 108(10), 1938-1943.

  1. Mr. U. Nanajee
  2. Mr. P. Athul
  3. Mr. Y. Mahesh
  4. Mr. Ravi P. Singh
  5. Mr. V. Mahalakshmi Naidu

July 2019-present


CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute,

Hyderabad, India

April 2017 – June 2019

National Post Doctoral Fellow,

Institute of Seismological Research,

Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

March 2016 – Mar 2017

Marie-Curie Post Doctoral Fellow,

University of Cambridge,

Cambridge, UK



Member, American Geosciences Union (AGU)


Member, European Geosciences Union (EGU)


Member, Indian Society of Earthquake Science (ISES)