To better understand Geo-Hazards and to contribute to risk management policies related to social and technical issues associated with geo-hazards as well as disaster mitigation, to disaster risk reduction for resilience and to enhance disaster preparedness for effective response and to Build Back Better in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Thrust Areas:

  • Geological and Geotechnical Hazard Assessment
  • Landslide Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
  • Landslide Early Warning System (LEWS): Ground based IoT-WSN system, Geo-integrated Rainfall Threshold based LEWS; UAV based LEWS
  • Debris Flow run-out modelling and hazard assessment
  • Design of Geo-hazards Mitigation Measures
  • Ground Improvement Techniques
  • Underground Infrastructures
  • Engineering Geology & Geophysics
  • Remote sensing (Digital Image Processing) & GIS Applications

Infrastructure / Facilities:

  • Geotechnical Laboratory facilities for soil and debris material characterization
  • Geophysical Equipments such as Eletrical Resistivity Imaging and MASW.
  • Software Packages: RocScience, Itasca, Bentley Geotechnical, GeoSlope.
  • 1-Dimensional Shake Table Facility
  • Debris Flow Flume Test Set-up

Major Projects (Completed):

  • Large scale geological-geotechnical mapping from Rudraprayag-Sonprayag & Sonprayag-Kedarnath road sector – Sponsored by DST, New Delhi.
  • Safety of Vital Infrastructures against Landslides (SOVIAL) – CSIR Mission Mode Project.
  • Development of Fast, Durable and Energy Efficient Mass Housing Scheme: Design and Strengthening Measures for Building Foundation Systems in Hilly Regions & Ground Improvement using Granular Pile Anchor Foundation (GPAF) System – CSIR Mission Mode Project.
  • Engineering of Disaster Mitigation and Health Monitoring For Safe and Smart Built Environment (EDMISSIBLE): Engineering of Landslide Disaster Mitigation involving Hazard and Risk Assessment, Early Warning Instrumentation & comprehensive Geo-investigation and control measures for landslides in Chamoli-Joshimath region of Garhwal Himalaya – CSIR 12FYP Supra Institutional Network Project (SNIP).
  • Geo-technical Investigation, Slope Stability Assessment and Remedial Measures for Tungnath Temple, Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand – Uttarakhand Tourism Department, Dehradun.
  • Instrumentation and Monitoring of Buildings and Reinforced Soil Structures at Greenfield Airport, Pakyong, Sikkim – Airport Authority of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation, New Delhi.
  • Stability analysis and remedial measure design for landslide mitigation below Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Kohima-Thizama Road – NSDMA, Govt. Of Nagaland, Kohima.
  • Investigation and design of remedial measures for slope protection at Holiday Home, Mussoorie (Uttarakhand) – Border Road Organisation (BRO)

Major Projects (Ongoing):

  • Multi-temporal Optical Imaging Drone based Landslide Monitoring and Warning (EAGLE) – CSIR Niche Creating Project.
  • Geotechnical Novel Solutions for Underground Infrastructures (GeNIUS) – CSIR Niche Creating Project.
  • Evaluation and Design of low-cost ground instrumentation with Real-Time Monitoring for the Development of Landslide Early Warning system – National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS) scheme of Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC).
  • Rock mass characterization and numerical modelling of slopes subjected to blast loading – DTRL, Ministry of Defence, Delhi.
  • Geo-Investigation, Stability Assessment and Remedial Measures for Gadora Village Landslide Area, Uttarakhand – NHIDCL, Ministry of Road Transportation & Highway (MoRTH), New Delhi.
  • Instrumentation and Monitoring of Reinforced Soil Structure of Pakyong Airport, Sikkim – Airport Authority of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation, New Delhi.
  • Geotechnical Ivestigations nd Monitoring at Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata



  • Method for Strengthening Coal Pillars to Improve Underground Coal Recovery (Ajay Chourasia, Koushik Pandit and Jalaj Parashar) – 0156/NF/2018, dt. 15.10.2018.
  • A pullout device for soil nails and anchors (M. Samanta, M. Sharma, S. Sarkar & A. Dwivedi) – Applied.
  • An end openable anchor and its mechanism thereof  (M. Samanta,  A. Dwivedi, P. Punetha, M. Sharma, & S. Sarkar) – Applied


Technology Developed:

Helical anchors – Innovation, and Applications to Infrastructure Projects.

For further details contact:

Dr. D. P. Kanungo
Group Leader
Geo-Hazard Risk Reduction Group
Phone : +91-1332-283417
Fax : +91-1332-272272
Email : dpkanungo [at]