Bhavana Umrikar

Bhavana Umrikar
Savitribai Phule Pune University | University of Poona · Department of Geology

M.Sc. (Geology), Ph.D.

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Introduction
Bhavana Umrikar currently works at the Department of Geology, Savitribai Phule Pune University. Bhavana does research in Hydrogeology, Watershed Management and RS-GIS. Her most recent publication is 'Integrated geophysical, geospatial and multiple-criteria decision analysis techniques for delineation of groundwater potential zones in a semi-arid hard-rock aquifer in Maharashtra, India '. Previous research work includes the Study of coastal aquifers providing the suggestive measures to CRZ Act and spring sanctuary development. The current project focuses on Geo-environmental Study of Urban / Rural Interface with special reference to urbanization impact analysis on surface and ground waters of Pune Metropolis and delineation of groundwater potential zones using RS-GIS techniques.
Additional affiliations
April 2003 - July 2015
Savitribai Phule Pune University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
April 2003 - November 2020
Savitribai Phule Pune University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • JOINED THE DEPARTMENT DURING 2003
Education
April 2001 - November 2004
Savitribai Phule Pune University
Field of study
  • HYDROGEOLOGY

Publications

Publications (73)
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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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Groundwater potential zones perform a crucial function in hard rock terrain. With this view, the study has been carried out to identify the groundwater prolific zones using remote sensing (RS) and geographical information system (GIS) in Kamina sub-watershed of Bhima River Basin, Shirur Taluka of Pune District, Maharashtra, India. The thematic maps...
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The soil samples from the Yerala river basin situated in a semi-arid region have been analyzed for the various physico-chemical properties. The LULC map of the region was created to understand the distribution of land for various anthropogenic uses. Total 24 soil samples were analyzed using the standard techniques for the properties like pH, EC, so...
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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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A study on sub-watersheds of upper Bhima river basin namely BM-7,8,9,12,17,18,26,27,34 and 35 covering an area of 2360 sq.km was performed to decipher the potential groundwater zones. In remote and hilly areas, groundwater is considered as the primary source of water for drinking along with agricultural practises. The need for sustainable managemen...
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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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Rapid and haphazard urbanizationUrbanization is posing a threat to geo-environment in general and water resources in particular along the fringe areas of metropolitan cities in the world. This problem has reached an alarming stage in developing countries like India. Keeping this fact in view, thematic layers of contours, drainage network, geology 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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Groundwater occurrence in hard rock basaltic terrains is restricted to weathered and fractured zones and pockets wherein slow movement of groundwater, prolonged rock-water interactions and higher residence time alter the natural chemistry of groundwater raising water quality issues. The qualitative geochemical analysis, contamination levels and hum...
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The combination of geographic information system (GIS) and analytic hierarchy process (AHP) performs the drought vulnerability assessment of larger areas efficiently. The drought intensity and types are locale specific, and hence the spatial distribution helps in formulating the strategies to combat this natural hazard. With this view, the drought-...
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Monitoring Land use / Land cover (LULC) changes and develop a model is utmost important for the developing cities to avoid its haphazard growth, especially in fringe areas. With the help of satellite imageries available for last few years or decades, with different spatial and spectral resolution, this task has become easier and reliable. But, to g...
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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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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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Artificial recharge is highly recommended in declining groundwater level trends as well as partially replenished aquifers. Moreover, the quantification of the recharge to aquifers due to such measures is important in water resource budgeting, development and planning. With this objective nine locations representing varied geomorphology were selecte...
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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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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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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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The identification of artificial recharge areas for planning groundwater resources requires an efficient decision support tool to provide appropriate weights for various topographical, morphological, geological and hydrogeological factors responsible for occurrence and movement of groundwater. Water is essential for the survival of human being and...
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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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Today, with the recent development within the discipline of Geography, Botany, Geology, Physics and many others, the technology like computer science, GIS and remote sensing with the help of high-resolution satellites, developed to find out the potentialities in the discipline. The GIS has witnessed great improvements in the variety of its uses and...
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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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Morphometric characterisation of watershed helps in understanding the hydrologic processes, hydraulic properties of soil, terrain slopes and landform types that facilitates in prioritization of watersheds for sustainable development and management of natural resources. In the present study, morphometric analysis has been carried out in selected par...
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Morphometric characterisation of watershed helps in understanding the hydrologic processes, hydraulic properties of soil, terrain slopes and landform types that facilitates in prioritization of watersheds for sustainable development and management of natural resources. In the present study, morphometric analysis has been carried out in selected par...
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Major ion constituents present in groundwater are studied for shallow unconfined basaltic aquifer in order to understand the quality of groundwater resources and its impacts on inhabitants and irrigation. 30 groundwater samples collected from dug wells located in upper Bhima basin were analyzed to measure major cations and anions for establishing w...
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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 emulsification of major constituents in groundwater is accentuated to highlight the impact that is anticipated to be the prime concern due to depleting quality of this resource used for drinking purpose. In view of this, 53 groundwater samples of dug wells taping basaltic water table aquifer located in Haveli taluka adjoining Pune city of Mahar...
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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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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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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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The purpose of this paper is to develop an approach for the prioritization of the water stress areas by using the multi-criteria decision-making technique to target water risk management practices. The Survey of India toposheet maps on a scale of 1:50,000 were used for the preparation of base map of the study area. In order to prioritize the water...
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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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The morphometric analysis coupled with remote sensing and geographical information system techniques evaluates various valuable parameters for the watershed development plan of drought-prone Andhale watershed of Pune district, Maharashtra. The upper part of the watershed shows parallel–sub parallel and rectilinear drainage patterns indicative of st...
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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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Coastal watersheds differ from inland by their unique features including proximity to the ocean, weather and rainfall patterns, drainage system, subsurface aquifer conditions and geomorpholog-ical units. Land use changes and competing needs for water resources are especially more distinctive to such watersheds. This difference leads to put forward...
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Abstract-Prediction models are gaining popularity amongst the scientists and researchers from different domain. Till date, the utility of prediction models has been proved in majority of sectors to name a few, land use changes, growth pattern, population and infrastructure, city development plans, resources management, disaster prone areas etc. Mos...
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Khanaqin area is drained by an ancient river Al-Wand which is a vital source of water for agricultural activities in the area. In summer months, discharge in Al-Wand River decreases considerably, threatening the agricultural practices and economic situation in Khanaqin. It has been observed that the water levels were high in 1980s, reaching a disch...
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Effects of crude extract of portulaca oleracea L. in mammary tumor immunized with candida albicans ABSTRACT The suitability of water for irrigation should be evaluated on the basis of criteria indicative of its potential to create soil conditions. Irrigated agriculture has resulted in major environmental disturbances such as waterlogging, salinizat...