Prof Abhijit Mukherjee, Geology & Geophysics, IIT Kharagpur 

Hydrogeology at IIT Kharagpur

Associate Professor
Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience
Dept. of Geology and Geophysics
School of Environmental Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Kharagpur

JSG Postdocotral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, USA 2006-2008
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, USA, 2006

Associate Editor
Journal of Hydrology (Elsevier B.V.)
Applied Geochemistry (Elsevier B.V.)
Frontiers of Environnemental Sciences: Water (Nature PG and Frontiers)

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Groundwater at IIT KGP

We have a broad, multidisciplinary interests in various fields of geosciences, with emphasis on groundwater and its interaction with other physical spheres. My group achieve our research by a combination of fieldwork, laboratory analyses, and computer applications and simulations. My present interest is characterizing groundwater flow dynamics and chemistry in large sedimentary basins and effects of global climate change on hydrosphere


  • Physical, Chemical and Isotopic Hydrogeology

  • Applied Hydrogeological Modeling

  • Solute and Contaminant Transport in Porous Media

  • Groundwater Storage/Recharge and influence of Climate Change


Department of Geology and Geophysics,
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur,
West Bengal 721302, West Bengal,

Email: abhijit @
Phone: +91-9007228876 (c), +91-3222-283396 (o)
Fax: +91-3222-282268

Research Thrust Areas

Arsenic and other contaminants fate and transport: from global-scale to laboratory scale
Interaction of groundwater with sea and river water
Groundwater recharge: controls of climate, vegetation and land-use
Groundwater evolution (flow and chemistry) of large sedimentary basins
Groundwater exploration, management and remediation
Estimation of future trends in groundwater storage over Indian subcontinent

Some Recent Publications

* Corresponding Author    # Student Author

Mukherjee, A.*, Verma, S., Henke, K.R., Gupta, S., Bhattacharya, P. Effects of global tectonics, sedimentation and aqueous flow cycles on provenance of global groundwater arsenic: Paradigms from three continents, 2013. Journal of Hydrology, DOI: 10.1016/j.hydrol.2013.10.044
Raychowdhury, N#., Mukherjee, A.*, Bhattacharya, P., Johanesson, K., Bundschuh, J., Sifunetes, G., Nordberg, E., Martin, R., Storniolo, R., 2013. Provenance and fate of arsenic and other solutes in the Chaco-Pampean Plain of the Andean foreland, Argentina: from perspectives of hydrogeochemical modeling and regional tectonic setup. Journal of Hydrology, DOI: 10.1016/j.hydrol.2013.07.003


Mukherjee, A.*, Scanlon, B.R., Fryar, A.E., Saha, D., Ghosh, A., Chaudhari, S., Mishra, R. 2012. Solute chemistry and fate of arsenic in the aquifers between the Himalayan foothills and Indian craton: Influence of geology and geomorphology, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 90, 283-302

Mukherjee, A.*, Fryar, A.E., Scanlon, B.R., Bhattacharya, P., Bhattacharya, A., 2011. Elevated arsenic in deeper groundwater of western Bengal basin, India: Extents and controls from regional to local-scale. Applied Geochemistry, vol. 26, 600-613.