Dr. Tanvi Arora, a Senior Scientist at CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute (CSIR-NGRI), has been honored with the prestigious NESA Eminent Scientist Award for the year 2023. This recognition by the National Environmental Science Academy, New Delhi, is a testament to her significant contributions to groundwater exploration and critical zone science.
Pioneering Work in Hydrogeophysics
Dr. Arora’s groundbreaking work in time-lapse hydrogeophysics for vadose zone and critical zone studies has made a substantial impact in various parts of the country. Her research has highlighted the importance of the unsaturated zone, asserting that recharge is a crucial component of groundwater balance. She has conducted both theoretical and field studies to establish the relationship between electrical resistivity and soil moisture in the unsaturated zone of hard rock terrains.
Addressing Contaminant Studies
In addition to her work in hydrogeophysics, Dr. Arora is also involved in various projects related to contaminant studies. She applies geoelectrical methods, including self-potential, electrical resistivity, and induced polarization, to a variety of problems, including the contamination of aquifers.
Dr. Arora’s work extends beyond national borders, with her involvement in international projects of societal relevance. She has been part of projects sponsored by UNESCO, World Bank, National Hydrology Program, European Union, and Government of Africa (WAPCOS). Her research work has been presented in different continents.
Role in UNESCO-IGCP Board
Dr. Arora’s expertise in hydrogeology has led to her appointment as a member of the UNESCO-IGCP board on the theme of Hydrogeology. She is the only Indian in the 11-member team. The board provides important technical expertise and advice on scientific projects supported by the program.
Dr. Tanvi Arora’s work in groundwater exploration and critical zone science has not only earned her prestigious awards but also contributed significantly to the field. Her research and projects continue to impact both national and international communities, making her a beacon in her field.