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Earth and Climate Science 

The Earth Sciences is undergoing revolutionary changes with newer knowledge and information emerging about the Earth as a number of inter‐related systems: solid earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. This approach that views Earth as a single integrated system is emerging as a powerful tool to understand this large and slowly evolving system that has been in dynamic equilibrium for billions of years, cycling matter and energy through its sub‐systems and to provide a resource for the survival of its habitat. The Earth system is large, complex, multi‐variant and highly non‐linear resulting in complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty in the processes responsible for shaping the planet and its resources. Its understanding obviously calls for integration of subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology along with advanced computational methods.

Considering the necessity and importance of building a state of the art academic program, IISER Pune has launched a new initiative focusing on Earth and Climate Sciences. Current strengths of IISER Pune in natural sciences and mathematics in both teaching and research will provide a strong foundation to build an interdisciplinary earth and climate sciences program. In addition, this new program will have strong linkages with the neighboring institute, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune. Teaching would exploit deeper conceptual isomorphism to unify apparently disparate contexts and provide hands-on capabilities in concept, experiment, fieldwork, and computation.

Research in Earth & Climate Sciences program at IISER Pune would include the following broad areas.

  • Computational Geoscience
  • Characterization & Dynamics of near surface Earth system
  • Deep Earth Exploration
  • Water‐Science; Ocean
  • Atmosphere
  • Solid Earth Interaction Process Modeling
  • Earth and Life Evolution and Interaction

Prof. Shyam Rai heads the Earth and Climate Sciences program. We invite faculty with proven research competence; imaginative research proposals, which will greatly benefit (and benefited by) the unique Indian subcontinent; and an ability to communicate fundamental concepts to get in touch with us and learn more about career opportunities at the program.

Enquiries about Earth and Climate Sciences program at IISER may be addressed to: Prof. Shyam Rai ( shyamsrai at  iiserpune.ac.in )

Faculty Members
Name Designation Research
Argha Banerjee Assistant Professor Himalayan glaciers
Suhas Ettamal Assistant Professor Earth Science
Neena Joseph Mani Assistant Professor Climate dynamics, Tropical variability, Monsoons, numerical weather prediction, predictability.
Jahnavi Punekar Assistant Professor (Contractual) Micropalaeontology, Biostratigraphy, Palaeobiology
Shyam S. Rai Professor and Chair, Earth and Climate Science Geophysical data modelling, Inverse theory & its application, Deep earth exploration & understanding the earth process
Gyana Ranjan Tripathy Assistant Professor Weathering and Erosion; Re-Os Geochronology; Reconstruction of Past Marine redox conditions; Isotope geochemistry
Soumi Chakravorty DST-INSPIRE Faculty Fellow Physical and Dynamical Oceanography; Tropical Ocean and Atmospheric coupled processes; Monsoon Interannual Variability