Ajaykumar Kadam

Ajaykumar Kadam
North Maharashtra University | NMU · School of Environmental and Earth Sciences

M.Sc., SET, NET Ph. D.

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October 2014 - present
Savitribai Phule Pune University
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Publications (65)
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Identification of groundwater potential zones (GPZ) is a tedious task in the area that receives high rainfall, undulating topography with high runoff and complex geological settings. The present study was performed in the Karli River basin, West coast of Maharashtra, India with the integration of Vertical Electrical Soundings (VES), Dar-Zarrouk Par...
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The current study emphasizes on seasonal hydrogeochemistry, appraisal of groundwater quality for drinking purposes, as well as forms explanation with water quality index studies conducted with geospatial modeling. For this study, total eighty groundwater samples were collected from Yerraguntla, Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh, during pre-monsoon se...
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The present study attempts to decipher the seasonal variations in hydro-geochemistry of groundwater in the Terekhol River Basin, western coastal region, Maharashtra, India. A total of 65 groundwater samples of post-monsoon (POMS) and pre-monsoon (PRMS) seasons were collected and analyzed for major ion composition using standard analytical procedure...
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Efficiency of soil water conservation (SWC) structure depends on its precise locations as well as its success in reducing surface runoff, soil erosion and increasing biomass for sustainable watershed development. The present study focuses on the identification of site suitability potential for locating SWC structures in micro-watersheds of Shivgang...
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The present study undertakes the integration of hydrogeological, geospatial and multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) techniques to identify groundwater recharge potential zones and suitable recharge structures in parts of the Ajani-Jhiri watershed of the Tapi river basin, north Maharashtra, India. Hydrogeological thematic layers include drainage...
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The present study is focused on seasonal variation in groundwater quality, hydrochemistry, and associated human health risk in the Shivganga river basin, Western Maharashtra, India, to promote sustainable development of groundwater resources of this semi-arid region. The qualitative geochemical analysis, contamination levels, and human health risk...
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The presence of groundwater in the Deccan Traps of Maharashtra is governed by the heterogeneities in the basaltic flow morphology, weathered thickness, and morphological features. The rapid growth of population has led to a rise in water demand vis-a-vis severe water scarcity, especially in drought-prone regions. An attempt has been made to locate...
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The present study integrates various decision-making methods viz. Fuzzy Logic (FL), Frequency Ratio (FR), Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) to delineate the artificial groundwater recharge zones (AGRZs) in semi-arid region of south India. Eight criterions used in this process, including lithology, soil types, lineament density (LD), drainage densi...
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Groundwater is the only freshwater in the region, as textile industry effluents pollute the Noyyal river. Therefore, a hydrogeochemical investigation was conducted in the western Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu to examine the groundwater chemistry and its appropriateness for drinking and irrigation. For this purpose, 25 groundwater samples from a...
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Sustainable management of groundwater resources requires detailed basin-wide water assessments. Semi-urbanized areas surrounding metropolitan cities in the western part of India were assessed for their suitability for domestic, irrigation, and industrial purposes. These study areas reflect rapid urban growth with residential complexes, combined wit...
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Groundwater quality in the Shivganga river basin, Western India, was evaluated by an integrated approach using pollution index of groundwater (PIG), health risk assessment (HRA) and chemometric analysis. Sixty eight (68) representative groundwater samples were collected and analysed for pH, Electrical conductivity (EC), Total dissolved solids (TDS)...
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The importance of groundwater potential zone (GWPZ) is a vital aspect for the society as directly or indirectly it sustains and supports the urban, crop irrigation and industrial activities. This study involves multi-parametric comparative geospatial modelling for delineation of potential groundwater zones. The Remote Sensing based and supplementar...
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The importance of groundwater potential zone (GWPZ) is a vital aspect for the society as directly or indirectly it sustains and supports the urban, crop irrigation and industrial activities. This study involves multi-parametric comparative geospatial modelling for delineation of potential groundwater zones. The Remote Sensing based and supplementar...
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Fluoride (F⁻) in the environment has appealed the contemplation of numerous researchers across the globe; which is an essential element for human health within certain limits and toxic beyond that. Therefore, knowledge of variation of F⁻ is thus a necessity for taking preventative measures. In view of this, 60 samples were collected to study health...
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Fluoride (F�) in the environment has appealed the contemplation ofnumerous researchers across the globe; which is an essential elem-ent for human health within certain limits and toxic beyond that.Therefore, knowledge of variation of F�is thus a necessity for takingpreventative measures. In view of this, 60 samples were collected tostudy health ris...
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Land suitability analysis (LSA) for afforestation is an approach that stands amongst the most able frameworks revealing the concern for cultivable land and predicting the availability for sustainable development in semi-arid areas. In view of this, the objective of the present study is to propose a conceptual procedure for LSA that would help enhan...
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The groundwater quality degradation is due to agriculture, industrial and domestic activities; thus, sustainable management of available water resources becomes the need of the hour in arid and semi-arid regions. Therefore, the present study aims to find the source, occurrence, controlling factors and exposure risk of fluoride (F) and boron (B) con...
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Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is an efficient tool to bridge the gap between high expensive satellite remote sensing, manned aerial surveys, and labors time consuming conventional fieldwork techniques of data collection. UAS can provide spatial data at very fine (up to a few mm) and desirable temporal resolution. Several studies have used vegetation...
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A study on sub-watershed scale covering an area of 593 sq km representing basaltic terrain was performed with the aim of finding the areas with groundwater potential using geospatial modeling and multi-influential (MIF) method. Various thematic layers of influential parameters were generated with GIS-based modeling approach. ASTER-GDEM image having...
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Increase in demand for water for domestic, agricultural and industrial needs has led to overexploitation as well as contamination; hence, it is unremittingly important to monitor and maintain the health of waters. In view of this, a study was carried out wherein a total of 57 groundwater samples from Upper Bhima Basin of western India were collecte...
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The main objective of this study is to investigate the cumulative effect of mineral fertilizers and sewage sludge on nutrient status of kale (Brassica oleracea L. cv. ‘GM Dari’) and spinach (Spinacia oleracea L. cv. ‘Shalimar Green’). The experiment was carried out in a completely randomized block design with nine treatments including: no fertilize...
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The temporal changes in hydro-geochemistry of groundwater from lithological diversity of Amba Dongar area were assessed from human health risk point of view. In view of this, 104 samples were collected in post- (POM) and pre-monsoon (PRM) seasons to understand the ionic concentrations and seasonal variations in major cations and anions. Based on co...
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A study on sub-watershed scale covering an area of 593 sq km representing basaltic terrain was performed with the aim of finding the areas with groundwater potential using geospatial modeling and multi-influential (MIF) method. Various thematic layers of influential parameters were generated with GIS-based modeling approach. ASTER-GDEM image having...
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The precise depiction of groundwater recharge potential zones (GWRPZ), perform a crucial function in hard rock terrain, where occurrence, movement and availability of groundwater have restrictions. Keeping the significance of recharge areas in view, thematic layers of influencing parameters measured in the examined area of study are geology and geo...
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The study aims to identify the groundwater geochemistry and drinking water suitability through statistical and water quality index (WQI) approach in Kudal region of Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra, India. Twenty-two representative groundwater samples were collected during pre-monsoon and post-monsoon season in 2011. The analytical results depict t...
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Groundwater quantity and quality are equally important for the sustainable management of water resources in coastal parts of the world. Therefore, it is essential to study the geochemical mobility of ions in groundwater and their spatial variation in western coastal part of Maharashtra, India. A total of sixty-five (65) groundwater samples were col...
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Natural chemical structure of soil is triggered due to tremendous emissions from industrial, mining, domestic effluents, overuse of agricultural pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Hence, the chemical analysis of this resource is necessary to understand the chemical changes and the concentration of heavy metals. In this regard, 25 representative s...
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The integration of pollution index of groundwater (PIG), multivariate statistical techniques including correlation matrix (CM), principal component analysis (PCA), cluster analysis (CA) and various ionic plots was applied to elucidate the influence of natural and anthropogenic inputs on groundwater chemistry and quality of the Kadava river basin. A...
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Groundwater recharge potential (GWRP) plays a vital role as it directly or indirectly supports domestic, agriculture and industrial activities by infiltrating the rainwater. The present paper touches upon the methodology delineating groundwater recharge potential zones by applying geospatial and multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) to the derive...
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Groundwater recharge-based rainwater harvesting (RWH) is a standout among the most capable structures to reduce water deficit issues and to build the accessibility of water for sustainable development in the semiarid regions because of absence of precipitation and flighty precipitation patterns. The delineation of potential recharge zone (PRZ) with...
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The present study has applied artificial neural network (ANN) and multiple linear regression (MLR) techniques to predict the fitness of groundwater quality for drinking from Shivganga River basin, located on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghat region of India. In view of this, thirty-four (34) representative groundwater samples have been collect...
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Drought assessment for agricultural sector is vital in order to deal with the water scarcity in Ahmednagar and Pune districts, particularly in sub-watersheds of upper catchment of the River Bhima. Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometer (MODIS) satellite data (and 2017) for the years receiving less rainfall have been procured and various ind...
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Watersheds from semiarid regions are more sensitive to hydrological processes and sustainability of water resources than humid regions. Hence, it is indispensable to determine the response of watersheds to hydrological processes for water resource management. Thus, the hydrological response-based watershed prioritization study has been undertaken f...
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Groundwater quality issues are drawing attention of researchers, developers, practitioners and planners throughout the world wherein besides geogenic sources, the activities such as urbanization, agriculture and industry are the precursors in polluting this precious natural resource. India is one such country where groundwater is the prime drinking...
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The emergent water paucity calls for more resourceful alternatives of water conservation. Rainwater harvesting (RWH) is one of the most capable systems to increase availability of water and agriculture output in the semi-arid regions. Nevertheless, the assessment of RWH potential and selection of appropriate RWH locations pose a great challenge for...
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Groundwater quantity and quality are equally important for the sustainable management of water resources in coastal parts of the world. Therefore, it is essential to study the geo-chemical mobility of ions in groundwater and their spatial variation in western coastal part of Maharashtra, India. A total of sixty-five (65) groundwater samples were co...
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Watersheds from semiarid zones are sensitive to land degradation processes wherein the morphometric investigation is an important aspect to unwrap the susceptible areas. Hence it is a prerequisite for the assessment of erosional pattern of the watershed. Thus, based on the response to erosional processes, prioritization task has been undertaken for...
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Hydrogeochemistry and groundwater quality of the Kadava River Basin have been performed by analyzing 40 groundwater samples for pre- and post-monsoon seasons of 2011 through different geostatistical techniques. Analyses showed that the concentrations of Mg²⁺ exceeded Ca²⁺ in both the seasons suggesting silicate weathering as a source of ions. Avera...
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A comprehensive methodology that combines Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE), Remote Sensing data and Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques was used to determine the soil loss vulnerability of an agriculture mountainous watershed in Maharashtra, India. The spatial variation in rate of annual soil loss was obtained by integrating...
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A novel framework has been developed for delineating groundwater potential zones (GWPZ) using fuzzy datasets and the analytical hierarchical process (AHP) integrated with hydrogeological, geophysical and geospatial data for a hard-rock trap-covered terrain in Maharashtra, India. This approach is based on the consideration of ten factors that influe...
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Grazing in pastures results in the formation of degraded patches called piospheres. It alters soil composition and vegetation in the vicinity of the watering points, shade, mineral licks and sheepfolds. A comparative approach was adopted in Liddar valley of Himalaya to study soil and vegetation composition of piosphere patches using various techniq...
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Groundwater is an important source of drinking water in rural parts of India. Because of the increasing demand for water, it is essential to identify new sources for the sustainable development of this resource. The potential mapping and exploration of groundwater resources have become a breakthrough in the field of hydrogeological research. In the...
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Identification of soil-water conservation structures (SWCs) necessitates as the proximity of study area (Shivganga watershed) to the Western Ghats imparts high rainfall and runoff, resulting to accelerate soil erosion. To decrease soil erosion and improve water storage as well as recharge, the investigation of new possible structures is necessary....
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Watershed characterization and prioritization is carried out before taking up the task of management. Morphometric analysis plays significant role in prioritization of watersheds for proper use and various economic activities like animal husbandry. In the present study, morphometric investigations are used to ascertain plant growth potential of wat...
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In this study, RockWare software has been used in conjunction with geospatial techniques for geotechnical understanding and investigation of natural geological strata, depth, and volume of rock for suitability analysis of sites for check dam construction. Digital satellite image of Landsat 8 of Shivganga watershed was used for selection of sites fo...
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In semi arid tropics watershed planning is accomplished for sustainable development. Watershed characterization and prioritization is carried out before taking up the task of development and planning. Morphometric analysis plays significant role in watershed prioritization. In the present study, geomorphometric investigations coupled with geospatia...
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Uncontrolled urban development of Pimpri Chinchwad area was assessed to understand shifting of urban growth center and its controlling factors during last forty years. Out of forty, initial 20 years span (1973 to 1993) is compared to subsequent 20 years (1993 to 2013). The secondary data i.e. topographic maps (year 1970 and 2009) and satellite imag...
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A case study from hard rock terrain was conducted to find out the groundwater potential zones in Shivganga river basin, Pune, Maharashtra, India with an area of 175.89 km 2. The thematic maps such as geomorphology, lithology and drainage were prepared. The Digital Elevation Model (DEM) has been generated by interpolation of 20 m interval contours....
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Assessment of soil contamination due to heavy metal accumulation from Thane-Belapur industries zone, Mumbai, India