Assistant Professor

Dr Kousik Das

Department of Environmental Science and Engineering


  1. Coastal Hydrogeology
  2. Extreme Climate
  3. Water Security and Health



The University of Burdwan


The University of Burdwan


IIEST Shibpur


Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur


  • 10/2021- 06/2022 – Postdoctoral Research Associate – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, USA
  • 03/2021- 05/2021- Research Associate - Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
  • 07/2015 – 12/2015- Project Assistant - Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
  • 07/2012 – 07/2013- Research Officer - The University of Burdwan, India
  • 08/2011 – 06/2012- Project Assistant - The University of Burdwan, India
  • Solute geochemistry and transport
  • Stable isotope geochemistry (water)
  • Surface water-groundwater interaction
  • Submarine groundwater discharge
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence in groundwater studies

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2021 - Postdoctoral Fellowship - Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
  • 2015 – Institute Silver Medal (1 st at M.Tech.) – IIEST Shibpur


  • International Association of Hydrogeologists (Indian chapter) (2016-2017)
  • European Association of Geochemistry (2018-2019)


  • Murgulet, D., Lopez, C. V., Douglas, A. R., Eissa, M., & Das, K. (2024). Nitrogen and carbon cycling and relationships to radium behavior in porewater and surface water: Insight from a dry year sampling in a hypersaline estuary. Marine Chemistry, 258, 104351.
  • Sarkar, S., Das, K., & Mukherjee, A. (2024). Groundwater Salinity Across India: Predicting Occurrences and Controls by Field-Observations and Machine Learning Modeling. Environmental Science & Technology.
  • Mondal, M., Mukherjee, A., Kumar, P., Ismaeel, N. M., & Das, K. (2024). A process-based impact of tropical cyclone and hurricane on surface water-groundwater interaction process and contaminant mobilization of coastal aquifers: A semi analytical review. Progress in Disaster Science, 100318.
  • Mondal, M., Mukherjee, A., Das, K., & Puppala, H. (2024). Understanding the susceptibility of groundwater of sundarbans with hydroclimatic variability and anthropogenic influences: A mini review. Groundwater for Sustainable Development, 101135.
  • Dey, U., Raj, D., Mondal, M., Roy, P., Mukherjee, A., Mondal, N. K., & Das, K. (2023). Microplastics in groundwater: An overview of source, distribution, mobility constraints and potential health impacts during the anthropocene. Groundwater for Sustainable Development, 101036.
  • Li, Y., Meenatchisundaram, K., Rajendran, K., Gohil, N., Kumar, V., Singh, V., ... & Awasthi, M. K. (2023). Sustainable Conversion of Biowaste to Energy to Tackle the Emerging Pollutants: A Review. Current Pollution Reports, 1-20.
  • Arsenic enriched groundwater discharge to a tropical ocean: Understanding controls and processes. Coomar, P., Das, K., Debnath, P., Verma, S., Das, P., Biswas, A., & Mukherjee, A. Environmental pollution, 120838 (2023).
  • Organic matter composition and inorganic nitrogen response to Hurricane Harvey’s negative storm surge in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas. Douglas, A. R., Murgulet, D., Greige, M., Das, K., Felix, J. D., & Abdulla, H. A. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9, 1683 (2022).
  • Influence of hydrology and sanitation on groundwater coliform contamination in parts of Western Bengal Basin: Implication to safe drinking water - Dey, U., Sarkar, S., Duttagupta, S., Bhattacharya, A., Das, K., Saha, S., Mukherjee, A. Frontiers in Water 84, (2022).
  • Shallow and deep submarine groundwater discharge to a tropical sea: Implications to coastal hydrodynamics and aquifer vulnerability - Das, K., Debnth, P., Layek, M.K., Sarkar, S., Ghosal, S., Mishra, A.K., Choudhury, K., Agrahari, S., Sengupta, P., Lane, J., Mukherjee, A. Journal of Hydrology (605), 127335 (2022).
  • Observing tidal and storm generated wave height impact on groundwater levels in a tropical delta (the Sundarbans) - Das, K., Sarkar, S., Mukherjee, A., Das, P., Pathak, A. Journal of Hydrology 603, 126813 (2021).
  • Impact of global-scale hydroclimatic patterns on surface water-groundwater interactions in the climatically vulnerable Ganges river delta of the Sundarbans - Das, K., Mukherjee, A., Malakar, P., Das, P., Dey, U. Science of The Total Environment 798, 149198 (2021).
  • Socio-Hydrological Approach to Explore Groundwater–Human Wellbeing Nexus: Case Study from Sundarbans, India - Halder, S.,
  • Solute exchange between multi-depth groundwater and surface water of climatically vulnerable Gangetic delta front aquifers of Sundarbans - Das K., Mishra A. K., Singh A., Agrahari S., Chakrabarti R., Mukherjee A. Journal of Environmental Management 284, 112026 (2021).
  • Quantifying the dynamics of sub-daily to seasonal hydrological interactions of Ganges river with groundwater in a densely populated city: Implications to vulnerability of drinking water sources - Das, P., Mukherjee, A., Lapworth, D.J., Das,K., Bhaumik, S., Layek, M.K., Shaw, A., Smith, M., Sengupta, P., MacDonald, A.M., Sen, J. Journal of Environmental Management 288, 112384 (2021).
  • Implication of submarine groundwater discharge to coastal ecology of the Bay of Bengal. Das, K., Debnath, P., Duttagupta, S., Sarkar, S., Agrahari, S., Mukherjee, A. Journal of Earth System Science 129 (1), 50 (2020).
  • Stable isotope dynamics of interaction of groundwater with the Ganges river - Das, P.,Mukherjee, A., Hussain, S.A., Jamal, S., Das, K., Shaw, A., Layek, M.K., Sengupta, P. Hydrological Processes 35(1), e14002 (2020).
  • Achieving Sustainable Development Goal for Clean Water in India: Influence of Natural and Anthropogenic Factors on Groundwater Microbial Pollution - Duttagupta, S., Mukherjee, A., Bhanja, S.N., Chattopadhyay, S., Sarkar, S., Das, K., Chakraborty, S., Mondal., D. Environmental Management, 1-14 (2020).
  • Groundwater vulnerability to pesticide pollution assessment in the alluvial aquifer of Western Bengal basin, India using overlay and index method - Duttagupta, S., Mukherjee, A., Das, K., Dutta, A., Bhattacharya, A., Bhattacharya. J. Geochemistry 80(4), 125601 (2020).
  • Depth-dependent groundwater response to coastal hydrodynamics in the tropical, Ganges river mega-delta front (the Sundarbans): Impact of hydraulic connectivity on drinking water vulnerability - Das, K., Mukherjee, A. Journal of Hydrology 575, 499-512 (2019).
  • Seasonal-to-diurnal scale isotopic signatures of tidally-influenced submarine groundwater discharge to the Bay of Bengal: Control of hydrological cycle on tropical oceans - Debnath, P, Das, K., Mukherjee, A., Ghosh, N.C., Rao, S., Kumar, S., Krishan, G., Joshi, G. Journal of Hydrology 571, 697-710 (2019).
  • Characterization of tidally influenced seasonal nutrient flux to the Bay of Bengal and its implications on the coastal ecosystem - Debnath, P., Mukherjee, A., Das, K. Hydrological Processes 32(9), 1282-1300 (2018).
  • Ecophysiological evaluation of tree species for biomonitoring of air quality and identification of air pollution-tolerant species - Sen, A., Khan, I., Kundu, D., Das, K., Datta, J. K. Environmental monitoring and assessment 189(6), 262 (2017).
  • Delineation of groundwater quality in the presence of fluoride in selected villages of Simlapal block, Bankura district, West Bengal, India - Das, K., Dey, U., & Mondal, N. K. Sustainable Water Resources Management 2(4), 439-451 (2016).
  • Dental fluorosis and urinary fluoride concentration as a reflection of fluoride exposure and its impact on IQ level and BMI of children of Laxmisagar, Simlapal Block of Bankura District, WB, India - Das, K., Mondal, N. K. Environmental monitoring and assessment, 188(4), 218 (2016).
  • Effective utilization of calcareous soil towards the removal of methylene blue from aqueous solution - Mondal, N. K., Das, K., Das., Sadhukhan, B. Effective utilization of calcareous soil towards the removal of methylene blue from aqueous solution. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy 18(3), 867-881 (2016).
  • Present status of soil moisture estimation by microwave remote sensing - Das, K., Paul, P. K. Cogent Geoscience, 1(1), 1084669 (2015).
  • Soil moisture retrieval model by using RISAT-1, C-band data in tropical dry and sub-humid zone of Bankura district of India - Das, K., Paul, P. K. The Egyptian Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Science 18(2), 297-310 (2015).
  • Modeling of the adsorptive removal of arsenic: a statistical approach - Roy, P., Mondal, N. K., Das, K. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 2(1), 585-597 (2014).
  • Dental fluorosis among children in Laxmisagar Village, Bankura District, West Bengal, India - Das, K., Dey, U., Roy, P., Pal, K. C., Mondal, N. K. Fluoride 46(4), 230-233 (2013).
  • Removal of arsenic (III) and arsenic (V) on chemically modified low-cost adsorbent: batch and column operations - Roy, P., Mondal, N. K., Bhattacharya, S., Das, B., Das, K. Applied Water Science 3(1), 293-309 (2013).
  • Dual effects of fluoride and calcium on the uptake of fluoride, growth physiology, pigmentation, and biochemistry of Bengal gram seedlings (Cicer arietinum L.) - Dey, U., Mondal, N. K., Das, K., Datta, J. K. Fluoride 45(4), 389-393 (2012).
Book chapter
  • Potential Impact of Climate Change on Surface Water and Groundwater Interactions in lower reaches of Ganges river, India. Groundwater of South Asia - Hossain, S.A., Das, K., Bhanja, S. Mukherjee, A. Chapter 34, pp 583-591 (2017).
Abstract Publication
  • Stable Calcium isotopic variability in Groundwater from coastal aquifers from the Sundarbans Delta, India. Ganguly, S., Das, K., Mukherjee, A., Chakrabarti, R. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, New Orleans, USA and online, December, 2021. (DOI- 2021AGUFM.H15B1053G)
  • Stable Strontium and Calcium isotopic variability in groundwater from coastal aquifers from the Sundarbans delta, India, Ganguly, S., Das, K., Mukherjee, A., Chakrabarti, R. The 12th International Symposium- Geochemistry of the Earth’s Surface (GES12), ETH Zürich, Switzerland, July, 2022. (DOI- 10.5281/zenodo.6829043)
  • Tracing Nutrient Fluxes Associated with Saline Submarine Groundwater Discharge In
    A Semiarid Estuary Using Stable And Radioactive Isotopes. Das, K., Murgulet, D., Lopez, C. The South-Central Section – 56 th Annual Meeting - 2022, Geological Society of America. Session: 15-1, (2022).
  • The drinking water vulnerability of Sundarbans in present variable hydroclimatic conditions and unsustainable management practices - Das, K., Mukherjee, A., Zahid, A. Halder, S. ISARM 2021 2 nd International Conference on Transboundary Aquifers, Challenges and Way Forward, (2021).
  • Temporally and Spatially Varying River Ganges Water-groundwater Interaction Through Hydrograph Separation and Stable Isotope Fingerprints - Das, P., Mukherjee, A., Das, K., Hussain, A., Jamal, S., Shaw, A., Layek, M.K., Sengupta, P., Basu, A. Sen, J. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. USA (2018).
  • Isotope Variations in Groundwater-Seawater Interactions in Ganges River Delta Front Aquifers - Das, K. and Mukherjee, A. Goldschmidt, 12-17 August, Boston, USA (2018).
  • Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Tidally Induced Discharged Groundwater in a micro-tidal coast of Bay of Bengal, India. Debnath, P., Das, K., Mukherjee, A. Annual General Meeting of the Geological Society of India, pp. 169 (2016).
  • Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Groundwater System of Bengal Delta Plain - Das, K. and Mukherjee, A. 5 th National Conference of Ocean Society of India, On Ocean and Climate Change, 28-30 August 2017, NCESS Thiruvananthapuram (2017).

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