Dr. Syed Hilal FarooqAssistant Professor, HoS
School of Earth, Ocean and Climate Sciences

Research Interests

Contamination Studies; Coastal Water; Geothermal Energy; Environmental Impact Assessment

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Contact Details

  • 307, SBS Building, Argul Campus
  • 674-713-5522
  • hilalfarooq@iitbbs.ac.in

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 Degree Discipline Year School
 Ph.D. Earth Sciences 2010 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay




Geothermal Energy, Environmental Geochemistry, Hydrogeology, Analytical & Measurements Techniques, Coal and Petroleum Geology, Earth and Its Interior


Author(s) Recent Publication (International Journals)
Debnath S, Farooq S. H.*
1 Hydrogeochemistry of Garampani and Gelekipung thermal clusters of Dhansiri river basin, Assam, India. Environmental Earth Sciences. Vol. 81. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-022-10173 (2022)
Barik S. S., Singh R. K., Tripathy S., Farooq S. H., Prusty P.
2 Bioavailability of metals in coastal lagoon sediments and their influence on benthic foraminifera. Science of The Total Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.153986 (2022)
Ahmad S., Ahmad I., Umar R., Farooq S. H.
3 Spatio-temporal variation and health risk associated with trace element concentrations in groundwater of Mathura city using modified indexing approach. Arabian Journal of Geosciences. 15 (3). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12517-022-09434-3 (2022)
Mishra A. K. and Farooq S. H.
4 Trace metal accumulation in seagrass and saltmarsh ecosystems of India: comparative assessment and bioindicator potential. Marine Pollution Bulletin 174, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021. (2021)
Prusty P. and Farooq S. H.*
5 Understanding the effects of periodic freshening and salinization on coastal water quality and aquifer sediments through laboratory-based column experiments. Journal of Hydrology. Vol. 603. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.127060. (2021)
Farooq S. H.*, Zimik H. V. and Sveinbjörnsdóttir A. E.
6 Isotopic Characteristics of East Indian Geothermal Water. Proceedings World Geothermal Congress 2020+1. Vol. 2, 1-9. (2021).
Zimik H. V., Farooq S. H., Prusty P.
7 Source characterization of trace elements and assessment of heavy metal contamination in the soil around Tarabalo geothermal field, Odisha, India. Arabian Journal of Geosciences 14 (11), 1-14. (2021)
Mishra A.K., Khadanga M. K., Patro S., Apte D., Farooq S. H.
8 Population structure of a newly recorded (Halodule uninervis) and native seagrass (Halophila ovalis) species from an intertidal creek ecosystem. Lakes & Reservoirs: Research & Management 26 (3), e12376. (2021)
Barik S. S., Prusty P., Singh R. K., Tripathy S., Farooq S. H., and Sharma K.
9 Seasonal and spatial variations in elemental distributions in surface sediments of Chilika Lake in response to change in salinity and grain size distribution. Environmental Earth Science. https ://doi.org/10.1007/s1266 5-020-09009 –z (2020)
Prusty P, Farooq S H*, Swain D, Chandrasekharam D
10 Association of geomorphic features with groundwater quality and freshwater availability in coastal regions. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13762-020-02706-z (2020)
Prusty P. and Farooq S. H.*
11 Seawater intrusion in the coastal aquifers of India - A review. HydroResearch. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hydres.2020.06.001 (2020)
Prusty P. and Farooq S. H.*
12 Application of Water Quality Index and Multivariate Statistical Analysis for Assessing Coastal Water Quality. Environmental Processes. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40710-020-00453-4 (2020)
Farooq, S.H., Dhanachandra, W., Chandrasekaharam, D., and Ram, K.
13 Anomalous accumulation of arsenic in agricultural fields of Bengal delta: relation with irrigation practices and crop type. Applied Water Science. 9:119. DOI:10.1007/s13201-019-0904-1 (2019)
Prusty P., Farooq S. H., Zimik H.V., Barik S.S.
14 Assessment of the factors controlling groundwater quality in a coastal aquifer adjacent to the Bay of Bengal, India. Environmental Earth Sciences. 77:762. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-018-7943-z (2018)
Ramiz M. M., Modal M. E. A., Farooq S. H.
15 Geochemistry of ultramafic–mafic rocks of the Madawara Ultramafic Complex in the southern part of the Bundelkhand Craton, Central Indian Shield: Implications for mantle sources and geodynamic setting. Geological Journal, 1-23. DOI: 10.1002/gj.3290. (2018)
Farooq S. H., Prusty P., Singh R. K., Sen S., Chandrasekharam D.
16 Fluoride contamination of groundwater and its seasonal variability in parts of Purulia district, West Bengal, India. Arabian Journal of Geosciences. 11:709. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12517-018-4062-9. (2018)
Das M., Singh R. K., Vats N., Holbourn A., Mishra S., Farooq S. H., Pandey D. K.,
17 Changes in the distribution of Uvigerinidae species over the past 775 kyr: Implications for the paleoceanographic evolution of the Japan Sea. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 507, 201-213. (2018)
Zimik H. V., Farooq S. H., Prusty P.
18 Geochemical evaluation of thermal springs of Odisha, India. Environmental Earth Science, 76:593, 1-12. (2017)
Shahid S., Wang X., Farooq S. H., Keramat M., Lubis R. F., Akhter M. G.,
19 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation in Groundwater-dependent Irrigation System in Asia-Pacific Region. Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research. Technical Report. 1-44. doi: http://www.apn-gcr.org/resources/files/original/7dc89073fd712497e5bbbf4c4ae556a2.pdf (2017)
Chandrashekhar A.K., Chandrasekharam, D., Farooq, S.H.,
20 Contamination and mobilization of arsenic in the soil and groundwater and its influence on the irrigated crops, Manipur Valley, India. Environmental Earth Science, 75:142, 1-15.(2016)
Farooq S.H. and Chandrasekharam D.,
21 Surface Generated Organic Matter: An Important Driver for Arsenic Mobilization in Bengal Delta Plain, In Arsenic in Central Gangetic Plain (Eds.) H. Prommer, AL. Ramanathan, A. Mukharjee, B. Nath, Springer publication, pp. 179-196.(2015)
Shahid, S., Wang, X. J., Keramat M., Akhter G., Farooq S. H., Lubis R. F.
22 Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in Groundwater-dependent Irrigation Systems in Asian Countries. APN Science Bulletin, 4, 124-126. (2014)
Chandrasekharam, D., Farooq, S. H., Wang, Y., Chandrasekhar A.K., Xie, X. and Guo, Q.
23 A comparative study of the hydrogeochemistry of arsenic contaminated basins: Datong basin of PR China and Bengal basin of India and Bangladesh. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering. 6(5), 1103-1110. (2013)
Farooq, S.H., Chandrasekharam, D., Abbt-Braun, G., Berner, Z., Norra, S. and Stüben, D.
24 Dissolved organic carbon from the traditional jute processing technique and its potential influence on arsenic enrichment in the Bengal Delta. Applied Geochemistry, 27, 292-303 (2012).
Farooq, S.H., Chandrasekharam, D., Norra, S., Berner, Z., Eiche, E., Thambiduri, P. and Stüben, D.
25 Temporal variations in arsenic concentration in the groundwater of Murshidabad district, West Bengal, India. Environmental Earth Sciences, 62, 223-232 (2011).
Farooq, S.H., Saha, N., Pande, N., Iyer, K., and Bobby, P.M.
26 Harvesting Condensate Water from Air Conditioners. Xplore. 2, 55-62 (2011).
Farooq, S.H., Chandrasekharam, D., Berner, Z., Norra, S. and Stüben, D.
27 Influence of paddy generated DOC in contaminating the shallow aquifer in West Bengal. Water Research, 44, 5575-5578 (2010).
Ahmad, A.H.M., Bhat, G.M., Khan M.S., and Farooq, S.H.
28 Provenance of Glauconitic Sandstones of Kheinjua Formation of Semri Group, Son Valley, Central India: Evidence for uplift of a rifted Continental Margin Basin. Journal of Geological Society of India. 68 (2), 288-298 (2006).
Ahmad, A.H.M., Shahab, A.M.S., Farooq, S.H.
29 Texture, Mineralogy and Diagenesis of Jabalpur Sediments of Jabalpur Basin, M.P., Journal of Indian Association of Sedimentologist, 22, 243-250 (2003).
Ahmad, A.H.M., Singh, A.,.Khan M.H.A, and Farooq S.H.
30 Tidal channel upper shore face–beach foreshore model, an example from Bhander sandstone, Baretha area (Bayana), district Bharatpur Rajasthan. Indian Minerals, 56 (3-4), 281-288 (2002).
Ahmad, A.H.M., Khan, M.H.A, Sayeed, A.S.M., Farooq S.H., and Faisal S.M.S.
31 Petrography & Diagenesis of Fakirwari Sandstone (Chari Formation) Kutch, Gujarat. Indian Journal of Petroleum Geology, 10 (2) 37-50 (2001).
Recent Publication (International Conferences) Author(s)/Speaker(s)
Assessment of Groundwater Quality and Seasonal Variability of Trace Elements in Coastal Groundwater of Puri District, India. Goldschmidt 2018, August 12-17, Boston USA. (DOI: https://goldschmidt.info/2018/abstracts/abstractView?id=2018001855)
Pintu P., Farooq S.H., Zimik H. V.
Evaluation of Physico-Chemical Characteristics of Thermal Spring Water of Odisha, India. Goldschmidt 2018, August 12-17, Boston USA. (DOI: https://goldschmidt.info/2018/abstracts/abstractView?id=2018001842)
Horthing HV, Farooq S.H., Pintu P.
Suitability of Geothermal Spring Water for Estimation of Reservoir Temperature from Odisha, India. GSA Annual Meeting-2017, Washington, USA. (2017).
Zimik H. V., Farooq S. H., Prusty P.
Geomorphic Control on Occurrence of Fresh Groundwater in a Saltwater Intruded Coastal Aquifer. GSA Annual Meeting-2017 Washington, USA. (2017)
Prusty P, Farooq S. H., and Zimik, H. V.
Reservoir Temperature Estimation of Geothermal Springs of Odisha, India. Goldschmidt Conference-2017, 13-18 August 2017, Paris, France. pp. 296. (2017)
Zimik H. V, Farooq S. H. and Prusty P
Saltwater Intrusion into the Coastal Aquifer of Puri District, India: A Geochemical Approach. Goldschmidt Conference-2017, 13-18 August 2017, Paris, France. pp. 789. (2017)
Prusty P, Farooq S. H. and Zimik H. V
Variations in East Asian Winter Monsoon and its impact on the paleoceanography of Japan Sea over 400ka. In Quaternary Climate: Recent Findings and Future Challenges, 28-30 April 2016. National Institute of Oceanography Goa. (2016).
Das M., Singh R.K., Holbourn A., Farooq S.H., Kanjilal A.
Variability of Asian monsoon and its linkage with deep-sea water and ecological system of benthic foraminifera assemblages over 700 Ka. 1st CVAS Workshop during 28-30 November 2016 at Hamburg University, Germany. (2016).
Das M., Singh R.K., Farooq S.H., Vats N.
A Comparative Study of Arsenic Accumulation in Agricultural Fields. Arsenic Research and Global Sustainability: Proceedings of the Sixth International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment (As2016), June 19-23, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden. pp. 346-349. (2016)
Farooq S. H. , Dhanachandra W., Chandrasekharam D., Chandrashekhar A. K., Norra S., Berner Z. A., and Stüben D.
Arsenic accumulation in agricultural fields and its relationship with cultivation practices and crop type. Goldschmidt-2014, June 8-13, California, USA. pp. 665. (2014)
Farooq, S. H., Chandrasekharam, D., Dhanachandra W. and S. Norra, S.
Seasonal variability in arsenic concentration in the groundwater of Manipur, North-eastern state of India. Goldschmidt-2014, June 8-13, California, USA. pp. 666. (2014)
Chandrashekhar, A. K., Chandrasekharam, D. and Farooq, S. H.*
Arsenic Contamination in the Groundwater of Manipur, India. The 5th Conference of the International Medical Geology Association, 25–29 August 2013, Arlington, Virginia USA. 1-3. (2013)
Chandrashekhar, A. K., Farooq S. H., Chandrasekharam, D., Thambidurai P.
Future calamity of Arsenic Poisoning in the Groundwater of Thoubal and Bishnupur Districts of Manipur (India). Goldschmidt 2013, 25-30 August 2013. Florence, Italy. pp. 1434. (2013)
Chandrasekhar A.K., Farooq, S.H., Chandrasekharam, D., Thambidurai, P.
Extent of Arsenic Contamination in the Groundwater of Thuwal and Bishnupur Districts of Manipur (India): 7th European congress on Regional Geoscientific cartography and Information systems (EUREGEO), 12-15 June 2012, Bologna, Italy. 440-441. (2012)
Chandrashekhar, A. K., Farooq, S. H.*, Chandrasekharam, D., Thambidurai P.
Role of phosphate in mobilizing arsenic from soil to groundwater in West Bengal – an experimental investigation: 4th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment, 22-27 July 2012, Cains, Australia. pp. 280-281. (2012)
Vinay, G., Chandrasekharam, D., Nair, B., Trupti, G. and Farooq S.H.*
Arsenic contamination in groundwater of Surma basin of Assam and Mizoram, North Eastern India: 4th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment, 22-27 July 2012, Cains, Australia. pp. 47-49. (2012)
Thambidurai, P., Chandrasekharam, D., Chandrashekhar, A.K., and Farooq, S.H.
Fate of arsenic in agriculture soils in response to change in crop pattern and cultivation practices – A study from West Bengal (India): AGU Chapman Conference on Arsenic in Groundwater of Southern Asia, 14 -17 November 2011, Hanoi, Vietnam. pp. 20 (2011).
Farooq, S.H., Chandrasekharam, D., Dhanachandra, D., and Stüben, D.
Effect of traditional jute producing techniques in mobilization of arsenic in the Bengal Delta: 3rd International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment, 17 -21 May 2010, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan. pp. 99-101 (2010).
Farooq, S.H., Chandrasekharam, D., Berner, Z., Norra, S. and Stüben, D.
Organic carbon in paddy fields and its effect on arsenic in groundwater, West Bengal: National conference on Groundwater resource development and management in hard rocks, 12 -13 February 2010, University of Pune, Pune, India. pp. 50 (2010).
Farooq, S.H., Chandrasekharam, D., Thambidurai, P., Burner, Z., and Stueben, D.
Role of agricultural practices and product processing in mobilization of arsenic: German Alumni Groundwater Network, DAAD Expert Seminar on Water & Biodiversity, 1 - 6 November 2009, Bangalore,India. pp. 17. (2009).
Farooq, S.H. and Chandrasekharam, D.
Role of agricultural practices in mobilization of arsenic from sediments to groundwater: AGU Chapman Conference on Arsenic in Groundwater of Southern Asia, 24 - 27 March 2009, Siem Reap, Cambodia. pp.18 (2009).
Farooq, S.H., Chandrasekharam, D., Norra, S., Berner, Z., and Stüben, D.
Difference of arsenic mobilization in submerged soils of a jute pond and a rice paddy in West Bengal, India: Eurosoil Congress - 2008, 25 - 29 August 2008, University of Technology, Vienna, Austria. pp. 344 (2008).
Farooq, S.H., Chandrasekharam, D., Norra, S., Berner, Z. and Stüben, D.
Seasonal variation of arsenic concentration in groundwater of West Bengal, India. 2nd International Congress - "Arsenic from Nature to Humans", 21 - 23 May 2008, Valencia, Spain. pp. 77 (2008).
Farooq, S.H., Chandrasekharam, D., Norra, S., Berner, Z. and Stüben, D.
The possibility of removal of arsenic from food chain: International Groundwater Conference – 2006 (IGC-2006), 01 - 04 February 2006, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. pp. 228 (2006).
Farooq, S.H., and Chandrasekharam D.

Academic Honors & Awards

  • United Nations University Fellowship
  • DAAD Fellowship under Re-invitation Programme
  • DAAD Ph.D. Fellowship under Sandwich Program
  • Participated in the International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP) and awarded a fellowship by US-NSF
  • Grants by American Geophysical Union (A.G.U.) on competitive basis
  • Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) from CSIR, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India
  • Qualified National Eligibility Test (NET) – JRF, conducted by University Grants Commission (UGC), Govt. of India

Research Scholar

Ph.D. Scholar
Mr. H. Zimik (Awarded in  2020)
Mr. P. Pusty (Awarded in 2021)
Ms. M. Das (Awarded in 2021, Co-supervised)
Mr. Samshaad Khan (Awarded in 2021, External, Co-Supervisor)
Mr. Sandip Kr. Mohakud (Joined in 2019 ...)
Mr. Bhibabasu Pradhan ((Joined in 2021 ......)
Post-doctoral Fellow
Dr. Amrit Kumar Mishra (Joined as NPDF in 2021)


  • Middle Pleistocene to Holocene dynamics of Antarctic Circumpolar Current and its implications to global climate: Evidence from Southern Pacific. by SERB (Co-PI with Dr. R. K. Singh)
  • "Sea water intrusion into coastal aquifers of Odisha"  by MoES.
  • International Collobrative Project entitled "Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation in Groundwater-dependent Irrigation System in Asia-Pacific Region" by Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research.
  • Young Scientist Project from Department of Science and Technology on "Lateral variability in the distribution of arsenic in agriculture fields and its mass balancing - a study from West Bengal" (2011).

Selected Workshops

  • “Advance Training on Analysis of Elements by Inductively Coupled Plasma- Optical Emission Spectrometry” conducted by Agilent Centre of Excellence, Gurgaon. July 2017.  
  • Workshop on "Oceanic Processes along the Coasts of India" at National Institute of Oceanography(NIO) Goa, March 2015. 
  • Workshop on " Issues and Challenges of Geotermal Energy" at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujrat, July 2013.
  • "Indo-Australian workshop on Arsenic" at School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, October 2012.
  • Workshop on "Recovering uncompromised samples of aquifer sands with in-situ groundwater from up to 300-m depth in South and South Asia" organized by International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP), Hanoi, Vietnam. April 2011.
  • Workshop on "Use of Synchrotron X-ray and IR methods in the Geosciences" at ANKA, Forschungszentrum (A Humboldt Research Center), Karlsruhe, Germany, Nov. 2007.
  • "Triple B Workshop (Berlin, Beijing, Buenos Aires) on Urban Atmospheric Pollution in Mega Cities" at Institute of Mineralogy and Geochemistry, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, Oct. 2007.
  • Workshop on "Planetary Atmosphere, Ionosphere and Magnetosphere" conducted by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Tiruanantpuram, India, February 2003.

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), Oxfordshire, UK.
  • German Alumni Water Network (GAWN), Universität Siegen, Germany.
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG), USA.

M.Sc. Dissertations Supervised

2013-2015 Batch

1.         Ms. Steffinie Sawian

2.         Mr. Pintu Prusty

3.         Ms. Indhulekha K.


2014-2016 Batch

4.         Mr. Samir Debnath

5.         Ms. Urmi Ghosh

6.         Mr. Subhash Singh Chandel

7.         Ms. Sibani Priyadarsani Malik

8.         Mr. Deep Konar

9.         Mr. Prabhas Kumar Mohanty


2015-2017 Batch

10.       Mr. Pintu Layek

11.       Mr. Ashish Tiwari

12.       Mr. Apurba Nayan Das

13.       Mr. Sourav Dutta

14.       Mr. Subhajit Sen

15.       Mr. Shashikant Singh


2016-2018 Batch

16.       Mr. Rajesh Rath

17.       Mr. Abdul Rajik Khan

18.       Mr. Sandip Kumar Mohakud

19.       Mr. Suraj Vichhi

20.       Mr. Manoj Kumar Routray


2017-2019 Batch

21.       Mr. Sujay Nandi

22.       Mr. Subhajit Pothal


2018-2020 Batch

23.       Mr. Asim Ranjan Mondal

24.       Mr. Ashutosh Sahoo


2019 -2021 Batch

25.       Mr. Rakesh Dash

26.       Mr. Debashish Sahu

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