Faculty Profile

Rajiv Sinha

B.Sc., Patna University, India, 1983
M.Tech., University of Roorkee, India, 1987
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, England, 1992

Room: 303B Western Laboratory Extension
Phone: (91-512) 259 7317
email: rsinha[AT]iitk.ac.in
Web: http://home.iitk.ac.in/~rsinha/


  • Fluvial geomorphology and sedimentology
  • Lacustrine sedimentology
  • Remote Sensing Applications
  • Climate Change


  • National Mineral Award (2002)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for post-doctoral research in Germany (2000).
  • Career Award for Young Teachers, All India Council for Technical Education (1998)
  • Rated as top ten instructors at IITK for the core course ESO208 (1997-98 I semester) (1997)
  • Selected for the XVI Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (1996)
  • Lundgren Research Award & Cambridge Philosophical Society Research Award (1992).
  • Cambridge Nehru Scholarship for doctoral research at Cambridge University, UK (1989).
  • University Gold Medal during the M.Tech (Applied Geology) course (1987).
  • S.S. Merh Award from Geological Society of India for contributions in Quaternary Geology (2006)
  • Editorial Board Member, Quaternary International (Elsevier)


  • Srivastava, P., M. K. Rajak, R. Sinha, D.K. Pal, T. Bhattacharyya, A high resolution micromorphological record of the Late Quaternary paleosols from Ganga-Yamuna Interfluve: Stratigraphic and Paleoclimatic implications, Quaternary International, vol.227(2), 2010, pp.127-142.
  • Sanyal, P. and Sinha, R., Evolution of the Indian summer monsoon: Synthesis of continental recordsGeological Society of London Spl Publ, vol.342, 2010, pp.153-183.
  • Gibling, M.R., Fielding, C.R. and Sinha, R. Alluvial valleys and alluvial sequences: towards a geomorphic assessment, SEPM special publication (in press)
  • Sinha, R., The Great avulsion of Kosi on 18 August 2008. Current Science, VOL.97(3), 2009, pp.429-433.
  • Westaway Rob, David R. Bridgland, R. Sinha, Tuncer Demir., Fluvial sequences as evidence for landscape and climatic evolution in the Late Cenozoic: a synthesis of data from IGCP 518, Global and Planetary Change, vol.68(4), 2010, 237-253.
  • Waliur Rahaman, Sunil K. Singh, Sinha, R. and S.K. Tandon., Climate control on erosion distribution over the Himalaya during the past ~100 ka. Geology, June 2009, 37(6), 2009, pp. 559-562
  • Sinha, R. Gibling M.R. and Y. Kettanah, , S.K. Tandon, P.S. Bhattacharjee, and A.S. Dasgupta, P. Ghazanfari., Craton-derived alluvium as a major sediment source in the Himalayan Foreland Basin of India. GSA Bulletin; November/December 2009, vol.121(11-12), 2009, pp.1596-1610.
  • Sinha, R. and Sarkar, S., Climate-induced variability in the Late Pleistocene-Holocene fluvial and fluvio-deltaic successions in the Ganga plains, India. Geomorphology 113, 2009, pp.173-188.
  • Singh, R.N., Petrie, C.A., French, C.A.I., Goudie, A.S. Gupta, S., Tewari, R., Singh, A.K., Sinha, R., Srivastava, R. Yadav, S., and Singh, V.K, Settlements in context: Reconnaissance in western Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, Man and Environment, XXXIII (2), 2008, pp.71-87
  • Sinha, R., G.V. Bapalu, G.V., Singh, L.K., and Rath, B., Flood risk analysis in the Kosi river basin, north Bihar using multi-parametric approach of Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP). Indian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol.36, 2008, pp.293-307