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Conference on Climate Change: Shifting Science and Changing Policy


14 October 2011

Phirozeshah Mehta Building , Mumbai University ,

Vidyanagari, Kalina, Mumbai

Session 4: Geological evidence

  • Prof. Arun Deep Ahluwalia: Climate Change or Global Warming: Man Made or Natural or Both (Biography) 
  • Prof. Rajinder K. Ganjoo: Glacial Response to Environmental Changes in Nubra Valley (Ladakh) (Biography)
  • Dr. Rohinton Avasia: Holocene Sea level changes along the West Coast of India (Biography)

  • Dr Kandasamy Selvaraj: Effect of Mountain Glaciers in the Desert (Biography)


Biography of the Speakers

Prof. Arun Deep Ahluwalia


Professor Arun D Ahluwalia, Ph.D. FGS, is an Active Member Association of Petroleum Geologists (AMAPG) & Principal Investigator, Petroleum System PURSE Grant Project; Centre of Petroleum and Applied Geology, Aruna Ranjit Hall, Punjab University, Chandigarh. He is Ex-Chairman & Head & Professor, Geology Dept; Director, Centre of Advanced Studies in Geology; Coordinator SAP; Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.


Prof Ahluwalia is the Emeritus Geologist-Environmentalis, Planet Earth Centre, Government Museum of Natural History & B.S.M & Centre of Performing and Visual Arts, Chandigarh, India.


He is a Member of the US National Committee. He was a Visiting Scholar, Geology Dept, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; and at ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. He was a member of the Outreach Program Committee (OPC), of the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) of UNESCO.


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Prof. Rajinder K. Ganjoo

Professor R.K. Ganjoo born in 1959 did his graduation and post-graduation from University of Jammu. Subsequently, he shifted to Pune for his higher education and received his doctoral degree from the University of Poona. Trained in the field of Quaternary palaeoclimate, Prof. Ganjoo initially served at Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune as Research Assistant and continued his interest in the field of Quaternary geology in western and central India. He joined as Lecturer in Geology at University of Jammu in 1992. His field of study also shifted from western and central India to Siwaliks and High Himalaya. Prof. Ganjoo has completed eight major research projects related to the topics of palaeoclimate and glaciology. These research projects received funding from University Grants Commission, Department of Science and Technology and Space Applications Centre. He is presently working in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India on a major project concerning the issue of early peopling in Ladakh region.

Prof. Ganjoo has published seventy research papers in various national and international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of conferences. He has been a part of the group of Indian scientists who opposed to the controversial categorical statement made by IPCC on the complete disappearance of Himalayan glaciers in next two/three decades. His recent publications on the study of the glaciers in Ladakh region have proved that the behavior of Himalayan glaciers is complex and not yet fully understood. His contributions to the field of glaciology have earned him to be an Expert Reviewer of the Fifth IPCC Assessment Report. Besides, he is member of several national and international scientific committees. He is presently the Director, Institute of Himalayan Glaciology, University of Jammu, Jammu.


Dr. Rohinton Avasia


Dr. Rohinton Avasia has been in the field of Earth Sciences as an educator and consultant, for more than forty years. He was formerly at the St. Xavier’s College as the Head of Geology Department and concurrently served as a Research Guide and Chairman of the Board of Studies in Geology the University of Mumbai from 1986 to 2000. He is still attached to the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies of the University of Mumbai as an instructor of Geology. His main field of research is Mineralogy and Petrology.

He is also a Certified Gemologist and a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain since 1979 and currently is in charge of Gemmological Laboratory of the Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery established by the ‘Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council’ of India through the sponsorship of the ‘Ministry of Commerce & Industry’ of the Government of India.

Dr Kandasamy Selvaraj

Dr. Selvaraj Kandasamy is a geochemist, and an associate professor at State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University in China. He has carried out sediment geochemical research in diverse environmental set-up, ranging from lake to deep sea, for more than a decade. He had participated in number of cruise programs in the waters of Indian Ocean and marginal seas of the Pacific Ocean (South China Sea, Taiwan Strait and Luzon Strait and Western Pacific). His research interests include past monsoon variability in Asia and it’s teleconnection with high- and low-latitudes climate forcing (e.g. the North Atlantic climate and ENSO). He is also interested in studying the link between past oceanographic changes in the southeastern Arabian Sea and Indian monsoon variability during the Holocene.

Dr. Selvaraj Kandasamy mainly focuses to find and utilize suitable environment-specific geochemical proxies, including carbon and nitrogen isotopes and trace elemental ratios, for the rebuilding of past climatic and oceanographic changes.


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