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Supriyo Mitra

Geophysics (University of Cambridge, UK, 2004)
Area of Interest:
Seismology, Continental Tectonics
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My research focuses in studying the crust and upper mantle structure of the Earth and its relation to tectonic deformation. This involves deployment of broadband seismographs as permanent stations and temporary arrays to record earthquake data from a range of distances. The recorded data is analysed using a variety of seismological techniques (a) to understand earthquake faulting, (b) to obtain seismic velocity structure and (c) to understand attenuation characteristics of the crust and upper mantle at different scales.

Academic Qualification:
  • Ph.D. (Geophysics), University of Cambridge, UK, 2004
  • M.Sc. (Applied Geology), Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2000
  • B.Sc. (Honours in Geological Sciences), Jadavpur University, 1998
  • Positions:
  • Visiting Faculty, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, (November 2004 - December 2005)
  • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, (December 2005 - May 2010)
  • UKIERI post-doctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK, (February - December 2008)
  • Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata, (May 2010 - )
  • Awards and Honors:
  • NASI Scopus Young Scientist Award 2012 in Earth Oceanographic and Environmental Sciences (Aug, 2013)
  • Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) awarded by CVCP, UK. (2000-2003).
  • Nehru Cambridge Scholarship awarded by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust for PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. (2000-2004).
  • Lundgren Scholarship awarded by the Cambridge Philosophical Society, UK, (2004).
  • UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) Fellowship for postdoctoral research at University of Cambridge, UK. (2008).
  • Recieved INSA Medal for Young Scientist for the year 2010. The award is for his "significant contributions to our understanding of Indian crust using seismological techniques".
  • Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences (2011 - 2014).
  • List of Publications:
  • Mitra, S., Priestley, K., Acton, C., Gaur, V.K. (2011) Anomalous surface wave dispersion and the enigma of “continental-like” structure for the Bay of Bengal, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.07.008

  • Mitra, S., Sribharath Kainkaryam, Amit Padhi, S.S. Rai and Bhattacharya, S. N. (2011) The Himalayan foreland basin crust and upper mantle, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors.Volume 184, Issues 12, pp 3440, January 2011, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2010.10.009

  • Acton, C.E., Priestley, K., Mitra, S. and Gaur, V. K. (2011) Crustal structure of the Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalaya and Southern Tibet, Geophysical Journal International. 184: pp 829–852, February 2011, doi:10.1111/j.1365246X. 2010.04868.x

  • Bhattacharya, S.N., Suresh, G. and Mitra, S. (2009), Lithospheric Swave velocity structure of the Bastar craton, Indian peninsula from surface wave phasevelocity measurements, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America; vol. 99; no. 4; pp. 25022508; August 2009, DOI:10.1785/0120080360.

  • Dasgupta, S, Nowack, R.L., and Mitra, S. (2009), Deconvolution of threecomponent teleseismic data from Southern Tibet using the SVA technique, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America; vol. 99; no. 3; pp. 19731983, June 2009, DOI:10.1785/01200701961.

  • Walling M Yanger, Mohanty, W.K., Nath, S.K., Mitra, S. and John Ajesh (2009), Microtremor survey in Talchir, India to ascertain its basin characteristics in terms of predominant frequency by Nakamura's ratio technique, Engineering Geology; vol 106; Issue 34; pp. 123132, 12 June 2009, DOI: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2009.03.013.

  • Mitra, S. , Bhattacharya, S.N., and Nath, S.K. (2008), Crustal structure of the Western Bengal Basin from joint analysis of Teleseismic Receiver Functions and Rayleigh Wave Dispersion, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, vol. 98, no. 6, pp. 27152723, December 2008, DOI: 10.1785/0120080141.

  • Rai, S.S., Priestley, K., Gaur, V.K., Mitra, S., Singh, M.P., and Searle, M.P. (2006), Confguration of the Indian Moho beneath the NW Himalaya and Ladakh, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 33, L15308, 2006, doi:10.1029/2006GL026076.

  • Mitra, S. , Priestley, K., Gaur, V.K., Rai, S.S. (2006), Frequency Dependent Lg Attenuation in the Indian Shield. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, vol. 96, no.6, pp. 24492456, December 2006, doi: 10.1785/0120050152.

  • Mitra, S. , Priestley, K., Gaur, V.K., Rai, S.S. (2006), ShearWave Structure of the South Indian Lithosphere from Rayleigh Wave Phase Velocity Measurements Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, vol. 96, no. 4A, pp. 15511559, August 2006, doi: 10.1785/0120050116.

  • Mitra, S. , Priestley, K., Gaur, V.K., Rai, S.S., Haines, J. (2006), Variation of Rayleigh wave group velocity dispersion and seismic heterogeneity of the Indian crust and uppermost mantle. Geophysical Journal International, Volume 164, Issue 1, January 2006, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X. 2005.02837.x

  • Mitra, S. , Priestley, K., Bhattacharyya, A.Kr., Gaur V.K. (2005), Crustal Structure and Earthquake Focal Depths Beneath Northeastern India and Southern Tibet. Geophysical Journal International, Vol.160, Issue 1, January 2005, doi:10.1111/j.1365246X.2004.02470.x.

  • Nath, S.K., Bhattacharya, S.N., Vyas, M., Pal, I., Sengupta, P., Mitra, S., Mohanty, W.K., Ganguli, S.S. (2005), The great SumatraAndaman earthquake of 26 December as perceived from the broadband seismograms of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur Seismological Observatory. Current Science, vol. 88, no. 9, 10 May 2005.

  • Biswal, T.K., Biswal, B., Mitra, S., Roy Moulik, M. (2002), Deformation pattern of the NW terrane boundary of the Eastern ghats Mobile Belt, India : A Tectonic Model and Correlation with Antartica. Gondwana Research, Vol.5, No.1, January 2002, pp. 4552.