Dr. Guru Balamurugan

Dr. Guru Balamurugan

Name: Dr. Guru Balamurugan
Designation: Associate Professor & Head
Phone: 04366-277230
Email: gurubala@cutn.ac.in


Biographic Sketch:
Dr Guru Balamurugan is an Associate Professor and HOD in the Department of Geology, School of Earth Sciences, CUTN, Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu. Previously, working as Associate Professor and Chairperson at the Centre for Geoinformatics, Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has completed an MTech in Remote Sensing and GIS from Bharathidasan University and a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). He was awarded AICTE-NDF, Government of India in 2004 and DAAD Fellowship, Government of Germany in 2006-07 for his PhD degree on ‘Groundwater Resource Mapping and Modelling’ from IIT Bombay. He also obtained the ‘Surface Water Resources’ certificate course from ITC, The Netherlands in 2016. He has published 3 books, 50+ research articles in peer-reviewed journals and 20+ conference papers. Furthermore, he has also carried out several projects worth Rs. 12.2 million as PI and Co-PI supported by national and international agencies. Under his guidance, 5 scholars were awarded their PhD degrees, 6 were awarded MPhil degrees, and currently, 3 scholars are doing their doctoral research and guiding more than 70 Master's Degree students in their research. He has organized workshops, seminars, training, conferences and outreach programs on Disaster Management, Climate Change, and Geospatial Technology. Dr Balamurugan Guru is actively involved in various State Governments for developing a disaster management plan, disaster response, NRLM, disaster risk reduction, and resilience aspects. His current research interests are Geospatial Technology in hydrogeology, sustainable development and climate change in water resources, geological mapping, natural hazards mapping, risk analysis, disaster management, and environment and social impact assessments.

Research Highlights :

  • Geospatial Technology in Groundwater Exploration, Modeling and Management
  • Sustainable Development of Water Resources
  • Climate change and impacts study
  • Remote Sensing and GIS Applications in Disaster Management Plan
  • Natural Disaster Mapping and Damage Assessment
  • Geospatial technology in EWS, rapid assessment, response and rehabilitation
  • Disaster Resilience  and Assessment
  • Environment Impact Assessment and Cumulative Impact Assessment

Recent Publications :

  1. Somnath Bera, Kaushal Raj Gnyawali, Kshitij Dahal, Raquel Melo, Miao Li-Juan, Balamurugan Guru, G.V. Ramana (2023). Assessment of shelter location-allocation for multi-hazard emergency evacuation. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2022.103435. Ref. IJDRR 103435. ISSN:2212-4209 (Scopus) IF: 5.00
  2. Sujata Kodag, Shibu K. Mani, Guru Balamurugan, Somnath Bera (2022). Earthquake and flood resilience through spatial Planning in the complex urban system. Progress in Disaster Science. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pdisas.2022.100219. ISSN: 2590-0617. Vol 14: 100219. (Scopus). IF: 6.30
  3. Gopal Barik, Balamurugan Guru, Francis Sangma (2021). Shoreline Changes Analysis and Forecast Using Digital Shoreline Assessment System 5.0: Evidence from Parts of East Coast of India. Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12524-021-01424-4. Vol. 49(11):2815-2830: ISSN: 0974-3006. (Scopus). IF: 2.50
  4. Rudra Mohan Pradhan, Balamurugan Guru, Biswajeet Pradhan, Tapas Kumar Biswal (2021). Integrated multi-criteria analysis for groundwater potential mapping in Precambrian hard rock terranes (North Gujarat), India. Hydrological Sciences Journal (Taylor & Francis) https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2021.1906427. ISSN: 0262-6667. Vol.66(6):961-978. (Scopus). IF: 3.50
  5. Somnath Bera, Raquel Melo, Balamurugan Guru (2021). Assessment of exposed elements in a changing built environment by using an integrated model of debris flow initiation and runout (Kalimpong region, Himalaya). Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10064-021-02352-w. Vol.80:7131–7152. ISSN:1435-9529. (Scopus). IF: 4.20
  6. Sachin Damle, Shibu K. Mani, Guru Balamurugan (2021). Natech guide words: A new approach to assess and manage natech risk to ensure business continuity. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jlp.2021.104564. Vol. 72. 104564. ISSN:0950-4230. (Scopus). IF: 3.50
  7.  Somnath Bera, Vaibhav Kumar Upadhyay, Balamurugan Guru, Thomas Oommen (2021). Landslide inventory and susceptibility models considering the landslide typology using deep learning: Himalayas, India. Natural Hazards. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-021-04731-8. Vol. 108: 1257-1289. ISSN:0921-030X. (Scopus). IF: 3.70
  8.  Elumalai Kannan., Balamurugan Guru., Sudha Narayanan (2021). Spatial economic analysis of agricultural land use changes a case of peri-urban Bangalore, India. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, DOI: 10.1080/13547860.2020.1717285. Vol 26 (1): 34-50. ISSN:1354-7860. (Scopus). IF: 1.40
  9. Somanth Bera, Balamurugan Guru, Thomas Oommen (2020). Indicator-based approach for assigning physical vulnerability of the houses to landslide hazard in the Himalayan region of India. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 50, 101891. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101891. ISSN:2212-4209. (Scopus). IF: 5.00
  10. Guru, Balamurugan., George, A, Liji., Kusuma, K. N., Kapoor, V. (2020). Artificial Recharge and its Impact on Groundwater Sustainability and Socioeconomic Status in Parts of Kumudvathi River Basin. Special Issue: Journal of the Geological Society of India, pp. 49-59. https://doi.org/10.17491/cgsi/2020/156159. ISSN:0016-7622. (Scopus). IF: 1.30

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