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Dr Balamurugan Guru

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Geo Informatics , Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies, School of Research Methodology
Qualification

M.Tech. in Remote Sensing (Bharathidasan University) Ph.D. (IIT, Powai)

Working as a Associate Professor Since March 2017 (Assistant Professor 2008-2017) in Centre for Geoinformatics, Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Management. I have made significant contributions towards curriculum & infrastructure development, teaching, research and extension activities and developed new courses for M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D programmes in school as well as for institute. Establish the infrastructure facilities in the institute right from the base including space and lab setup. As co-coordinator for UGC-DRS, Rs.6.6 million worth of financial support brought to the school for basic equipment facilities. In addition to administrative work, regular teaching and guidance were made for M.Sc, M.Phil and PhD students. Handled/handling several research projects worth of Rs.4.2 millions as PI and Co-PI supported by national and international agencies. In part of extension activities, organized several Seminars, Workshops and training programmes. Centre for Geoinformatics were established in the institute apart from teaching to carry out the research in groundwater studies, disaster management plan and development, and other social sciences related aspects.

Disaster Response/Reports

  • Post Disaster field response and prepared the Sikkim Earthquake report (2011).
  • Post Disaster field response and prepared the Thane Cyclone report (2012).
  • Post Disaster field response and prepared the Uttarakhand Flood report (2013).
  • Post Disaster field response and prepared the Phailin Cyclone report (2014).
  • Post Disaster field response Chennai and Cuddalore Flood (2015).

Invited talk/Keynote/Guest Speaker

 - Delivered more than  15 invited/keynote/guest talks in different universities, institutes, and various organisations incluing ISRO, GSI, IIT's etc.

Participation in Workshop/Seminar/Conference/Training

- Attended more than 10 training programs organised by national and international organisations

 

Research Experience

Study at ITC, The Netherlands (2016)

Study at ITC, The Netherlands the certificate course in Integrated Water Resource Assessments with emphasis on Surface Water. As part of this course carried out the HBV, HECHMS model for surface water resource with respect to drought and flood in both urban and rural areas

PhD at IIT Bombay (2008)

Completed my Ph.D in the field of Remote Sensing and GIS for fractured aquifer and modelling studies in the Department of Earth Sciences, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India. The main objective of the study is to identify the fractured and deep aquifers in drought prone hard rock terrains from high resolution satellite data and ground based geophysical resistivity survey. The lineaments (fractures) were identified from satellite imagery using the conventional and image processing techniques. The geophysical resistivity survey was carried out along and across selected lineaments and the pump test was carried out in selected observation wells to get the aquifer characteristics like porosity, permeability, transmissivity, specific yield, and specific capacity and draw down. Suitable groundwater potential and artificial recharge zones were identified from weightage and ranking integration analysis.

Research work at Germany under DAAD scholarship (2007)

Carry out the groundwater aquifer modelling of Precambrian hard rock terrain at TU-Bergakademie, Freiberg, Germany. This modelling result was helped to understand the fractured aquifer behaviour with respect to the boundary condition, transmissivity (T), hydraulic conductivity (K) and also studied the sensitive behaviour of the aquifer system. Finally, carry out the groundwater prediction with respect to the variation of pumping rate and rainfall.

M.Tech Project work (2003)

As the part of M.Tech studies, carried out the Landslide hazards zonation mapping along Palani to Kodaikkanal Ghat road section using Remote sensing and GIS techniques at CERS, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli.

 

Research Area of Interest

Groundwater modeling and Predictions

Groundwater Exploration and Management

Natural Disaster Mapping and Damage Assessment

Remote Sensing and GIS applications in Disaster Management Plan

 

Research Guidance

  • PhD  ------------------------------------ 04 (Ongoing)
  • Integrated M.Phil and Phd ------ 02 (Ongoing)
  • MPhil ----------------------------------- 04 (Completed)
  • Master Degree ---------------------- 40 (Completed)
  • Master Degree ---------------------- 04 (Ongoing)
  • International Student Diplom --- 03 (Completed)

Book

  1. Sneha Krishnan, Guru Balamurugan (2011). Flood Risk Mapping, Publ: VDM Verlag. ISBN-10: 3639353838, ISBN-13: 9783639353839

 Abstract Volume Edited

  1. “Geomatics in Disaster Management” by Guru Balamurugan.  Conference Abstract Volume by TISS - April 2010

List of publications

Journal articles

  1. Guru Balamurugan, Karthik Seshan, Somnath Bera (2016). Frequency ratio model for groundwater potential mapping and its sustainable management in cold desert, India. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jksus.2016.08.003. (Elsevier)
  2. Guru Balamurugan, Veerappan Ramesh, Mangminlen Touthang (2016). Landslide susceptibility zonation mapping using frequency ratio and fuzzy gamma operator models in part of NH-39, Manipur, India. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-016-2434-6. (Impact factor 1.74)
  3. Balamurugan Guru, Anubhooti: Urban growth effects for land use changes leading to natural hazards in parts of Mumbai metro city, India. Disaster Advances 10/2015;  8 (10) pp.1-14. (Impact factor 2.27)
  4. Balamurugan Guru, Sridhara Aravind M: Land use land cover changes in pre- and post- earthquake affected area using Geoinformatics – Western Coast of Gujarat, India. Disaster Advances 02/2015; 8(4) pp.1-14. (Impact factor 2.27)
  5. Guru Balamurugan, Somnath, Ramesh V: Post disaster damages and bank erosion by Bhagirathi river in part of Bhatwari. International Journal of Current Research 03/2015; 7(3):14169-14173.
  6. Siddharth Bhatia, Guru Balamurugan, Annu Baranwal: High arsenic contamination in drinking water hand-pumps in Khap Tola, West Champaran, Bihar, India. 11/2014; 2. DOI:10.3389/fenvs.2014.00049
  7. Anbazhagan, M.K. Das and G. Balamurugan., (2006). Hydrogeochemical Studies in Precambrian Hard Rock Aquifer System, Hosur. Indian Journal of Geochemistry. 21(2), pp. 519-535.

Chapters in Book

  1. S Anbazhagan, A Chatterjee, AS Sethupathi, Guru Balamurugan, V Ramesh (2013): Remote Sensing and GIS for Landslide Hazard Mapping – Case Study from Mumbai, India. Landslides and Environmental Degradation, Edited by R.A. Singh, 01/2013: chapter Remote Sensing and GIS for Landslide Hazard Mapping - Case Study from Mumbai, India: pages 89-106; Gyanodaya Prakashan, Nainital., ISBN: 81-85097-90-9.
  2. Siddan Anbazhagan, Balamurugan Guru, T.K. Biswal (2011): Remote Sensing in Delineating Deep Fractured Aquifer Zones. Geoinformatics in Applied Geomorphology, First edited by Siddan Anbazhagan S. K. Subramanian Xiaojun Yang, 06/2011: chapter Remote Sensing in Delineating Deep Fractured Aquifer Zones: pages 205-229; CRC Press., ISBN: 13: 978-1439830482
  3. Biswal, T. K, Anbazhagan S, Arivazhagan, S. Guru Balamurugan, Krishanu Bandypadhyay and Mary (2009): Horizontal gliding and nappe sheets in the Charnockite hills, East of Salem, Tamil Nadu. Exploration geology and geoinformatics, 1st edited by Anbazhagan. S, Venkatachalapathy, R. Neelakantan, R, 01/2009: pages 9; Macmillan India Ltd., ISBN: 10:0230-63867-8
  4. Balamurugan Guru, S Anbazhagan, T.K. Biswal, K.N. Kusuma (2009): Surface Temperature Mapping using ETM, TIR images in parts of Precambrian Terrain, India.. Exploration Geology and Geoinformatics, Edited by S. Anbazhagan, R. Venkatachalapathy, R. Neelakantan, 01/2009: chapter Surface Temperature Mapping using ETM, TIR images in parts of Precambrian Terrain, India.: pages 237-244; Macmillan., ISBN: 10:0230-63867-8.
  5. S Arivazhagan, Guru Balamurugan, KN Kusuma, S Anbazhagan (2009): Spectral Reflectance Studies of Lunar Analog Rocks. Exploration Geology and Geoinformatics, Edited by S Anbazhagan, R Venkatachalapathy, R Neelakantan, 01/2009: chapter Spectral Reflectance Studies of Lunar Analog Rocks: pages 245-254; Mcmillan Publishers India Ltd.., ISBN: 10:0230-63867-8.
  6. Anbazhagan,S., Balamurugan, G., and DasGupta, S., Persai. P., (2006), Remote Sensing and GIS for groundwater development plan in drought prone area Tamil Nadu. In: Basavarajappa.H.T., PrakashNarasimha, K.N., Madesha.P., Suresh.B., and Balasubramanian.A., (eds). Remote sensing and GIS Applications. Bellur Prakashana, Mysore. Pp 134-139.

Full Paper in Conference Proceedings

  1. Balamurugan Guru, Himanshu Baswant, Prakash Priyadarshi, and Debasmita Majumder (2016): Damage Assessment Challenges and Disaster Development Conundrum - A case study of Leh flash flood 2010 using Geoinformatics. IEEE Workshop on Distributed Systems for Coordinated Disaster Management, IIM Calcutta, India January 2nd - 3rd, 2016
  2. Balamurugan Guru and Prakash Priyadarshi (2015): Study the 2013 Flood Damages and Risk Assessment in Kedarnath Area using Geoinformatic Techniques. International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management. Organised by: International Academy of Astronautics, Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment, International Institute of Space Law February 26-28, 2015 Thiruvananthapuram.
  3. Francis Sangma and Balamurugan Guru (2015): Flood and Bank Erosion Analysis of Majuli Island, Assam using Geoinformatics. . International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management. Organised by: International Academy of Astronautics, Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment, International Institute of Space Law February 26-28, 2015 Thiruvananthapuram.
  4. Balamurugan Guru, Muslonkar Nehasv, Anubhooti Y (2014): Study The Land Use and Land Cover Changes and CRZ in the Coastal Area of Ganjam District, Odisha. International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), Mid-Term Symposium of the Technical Commission VIII -, Hyderabad, India; 12/2014
  5. Balamurugan Guru (2013): Flood damages studies using Geoinformatics - A case study of parts of Bhagirathi River, Uttarakhand, India. International Conference on Disaster Management, O.P.Jindal Global University Sonepat, India; 10/2013
  6. Balamurugan Guru (2013): Geo-Informatics in Disaster Response and EOC Operations. Emergency Operating System, State level Disaster Management Plan (SDMA), Government of Jammu and Kashmir, India, Srinagar; 06/2013
  7. TK Biswal, Guru Balamurugan, S Anbazhagan (2013): Groundwater movement in fractured hard rock terrain - A case study of Precambrian Crystalline formation using geo-informatics and field techniques. National Seminar on Eco-friendly Mineral Development & Groundwater Management, Udaipur, India; 02/2013
  8. Balamurugan Guru, N Roy, Samrat S, Vikas N Kurne, Deepishika Purwar, Siddarth DD (2011): Applications of GIS in Public Health Risk Reduction – ArcGIS approach. 12th ESRI India User Conference, Noida, India; 12/2011
  9. Balamurugan Guru, Vikas N Kurne (2010): Application of GIS in Post Flood Epidemics – A case study, Mumbai. Spatial Dimensions on Health Care - Use of GIS in Health Studies, Mumbai, India; 09/2010
  10. Guru Balamurugan., Anbazhagan, S., and Biswal, T.K., (2008). Remote sensing for Delineating Deep Aquifer Zones, Hosur-Rayakottai Region, India. National Symposium on Advances in Remote Sensing Technology and Applications with Special Emphasis on Microwave Remote Sensing and Annual Convention of Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. December 18-20, 2008.

Published Abstracts

  1. Srikanth, B. Guru: (A16) Using Geographical Information Systems in Road Traffic Injury Research: A Case Study of New Mumbai, India. 05/2011; 26(S1). DOI:10.1017/S1049023X1100029X.
  2. Tanwar, V. Kaushik, N. Roy, S. Sinha, B. Guru: (A212) The 2008 Mumbai Terrorist Attacks and the Changing Pattern of Violent Injuries. 04/2011; 26. DOI:10.1017/S1049023X11002020
  3. Sneha Krishnan, Guru Balamurugan (2010): Flood Risk Mapping with Special Reference to Demographic and Physical Vulnerability Indicators, Parts of Mumbai, India. National Conference on ‘Geomatics in Disaster Management', Mumbai, India; 04/2010
  4. Biswal T K, Balamurugan Guru, Tanushree Mahadani, Singh YK, Vinee Srivastava (2010): Tectonic activities related to landslide studies. National Conference on ‘Geomatics in Disaster Management’, Mumbai, India; 04/2010

Plan Development Reports

  1. Expert Member in the plan development process of State Disaster Management Plan. Submitted to Government of Jammu and Kashmir (approved by Government in July 2015).
  2. Expert member in the plan development process of Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP). Submitted to State Government of Maharashtra (approved by Government in December 2015).
  3. Expert member in the development of People-Centred Early Warning Systems and Disaster Risk Reduction - A Scoping Study of Public Participatory Geographical Information Systems (PPGIS) in India. Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015
  4. Expert member in the plan development process of National Livelihood Mission of Chhattissgarh State (approved by Government 2014)
  5. Expert member in the Workshop on "Northern Indian Ocean, under the auspices of the United Nations, in support of the Assist the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects" at Earth System Sciences Organisation, held from 27th-28th January 2014 at ESSO-NIOT (MoES, Govt. of India), Chennai".

RESEARCH GRANT

(Total grant Received more than Rs.1.35 Crore as PI and Co-PI)

 

Agency

Project/Training Title

Period

Amount/ Status/

Remarks

NRDMS, DST,

Govt. of India

21days Training Programme on "Geospatial Technology" Emphasis on Planning and Policy Development"

2016-2017

Ongoing

Rs. 10,00,000

PI: Dr. Guru Balamurugan (Coordinator)

Co-PI: Prof. Anbazhagan

Co-PI: Dr. V. Ramesh

ICSSR, Govt. of India

Smallholders in Peri-urban Agriculture: To What Extent Do Inclusive Modern Supply Chains Aid Their Survival?

2 years

(2015-2017)

Ongoing

Rs. 28,00,000

PI: Sudha N, IGIDR, Mumbai

CoPI: Dr. Guru Balamurugan

CoPI: Elumalai K, ISEC,Bangalore

TISS, R&D

The study of largest river Island of Majuli: its erosion, morphological changes, and environmental impact using Geoinformatics

2 years

(2015-2017)

Ongoing

Rs. 3,00,000

 

PI: Dr. Guru Balamurugan

IDBI

Groundwater Exploration and Management, Model village study, Leh

2 years

(2012-2014)

Completed

Rs. 7,00,000

PI: Prof. S. Parasuraman, Director

PI: Dr. Guru Balamurugan

 

Max Planck Institutes and TISS

Study of periodical changes in physical features and its impact on natural resources in Mumbai (urban) using Geoinformatics techniques

2 years

(2013-2015)

Completed

Rs.3,00,000/-

 

PI: Dr. Guru Balamurugan

Tata Trust (JTCDM)

Mapping of Incident and its Patterns using GIS Applications

2 years

(2010-2012)

Completed

Rs. 3,00,000

PI: Dr. Guru Balamurugan for GIS

PI: Samrat S for Conflict

 

Tata Trust (JTCDM)

GIS Cell

4 years

(2008-2012)

Completed

Rs.25,00,000/-

PI: Prof. S. Parasuraman, Director

 

GRANT RECEIVED FOR THE DEPARTMENT

 

Agency

Project Title

Period

Amount/ Status/

Remarks

UGC-DRS

Thrust Area: Disaster, Risk, Vulnerability and Management

5 years

(2015-2020)

Ongoing

Rs. 66,00,000

Coordinator: Dr. Jacquleen J

Deputy Coordinator:

Dr. Guru Balamurugan

PG degree in disaster management (4 courses)

  • Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Digital Image Processing (DIP) and Image Processing Techniques
  • Remote Sensing and GIS in Disaster Studies
  • Geo-informatics in Disaster Management

PG degree in Habitat Studies (2 courses)

  • Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
  • Applications of Geo-informatics

MPhil/PhD Courses (2 Courses)

  • Concepts of Spatial and Non Spatial data Analysis in GIS
  • Application of Geoinformatics in Natural Resource Mapping

TISS – IFRC Online Courses (1 Course)

  • Geoinformatics & Information Communication Technologies in Disasters

Email: gurubala[at]tiss[dot]edu

Chairperson - Centre for Geoinformatics
Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Management (JTCDM)
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
Malti and Jal A. D. Naoroji Campus (Annex)
Post Box No. 8313, Deonar
Mumbai - 400 088