Department of Geography and Applied Geography

Dr. Subir Sarkar

Dr. Subir Sarkar



Members of Learned Societies: Geographical Society of India, Kolkata; Institute of Landscape System and Ecological Studies, Kolkata; Indian Institute of Geomorphologists, Allahabad; Association of North Bengal Geographers, Siliguri; Geological Society of India, Kolkata; Indian Institute of Geographers; The Deccan Geographers, Pune; NRDDC/GPS, Jalpaiguri; BOM, Jan Shikshan Sansthan.

Contact Addresses:

Contact No. +91- 0353-2776342 (O); 9434110158 (M); 03561-225039 (R)
Mailing Address Department of Geography and Applied Geography, University of North Bengal, P.O.- NBU, Dist- Darjeeling, West Bengal, Pin -734013, India.
e-Mail subirsnbu@yahoo.co.in

Subject Specialization:  Geomorphology, Environment studies, Disaster Management & Pedology.

Areas of Research Interest: Geomorphology, environmental hazards, geo-informatics, hydrology and watershed dynamics, decentralized development planning.

No. of Ph.D. students:    (a) Supervised: 10      (b) Ongoing: 06.

No. of M.Phil. students: (a) Supervised: Nil       (b) Ongoing: Nil .

No. of Publications:        (a) Journal(s) : 36     ( b) Book Authoted/Edited: 09           (c) Book Chapters: 30

Achievement & Awards:

Administrative Experiences:

Research Projects /Consultancy :

  • International Colloboration: 2
    • Continuing collaborative research with scientists from Polish Academy of Sciences since 1990 under INSA – PAS Exchange programme and so far two monographs and six research papers published.
    • Organised Indo-Polish joint Seminar on Geomorphology of High Mountains, in 2006.
    • Collaborative research jointly with Dr. Imre Nagy, under INSA-Hugarian Academy of sciences, Centre for regional studies, Bekescsaba, Szabo Dezco, 2011-12

Selective List of Publications:

            Books Authored:
  1. Present-Day Evolution of the Sikkimese-Bhutanese Himalayan Piedmont; jointly with Starkel L, Soja, R. & Prokop P., 2008, Polska Academia Nauk, Warszawa, No. 219, 122p.
  2. Master Plan for the Drainage System of Balurghat Municipality, CDS, North Bengal University, 2007, 184p.
  3. Flood and Waterlogging of Jalpaiguri Town: Problems and Prospects, JSNC, (Co- author), 2001, 90p.
  4. Rains, Landslides and Floods in the Darjeeling Himalaya, Indian National Academy of  Sciences, New Delhi, (Co-author), 2000, 168p.

    Books Edited:

  5. Living with Hazards; UGC SAP DRS-I, 2014; Monograph IV; University of North Bengal; 195p.
  6. Mapping Hazards and Disasters; UGC SAP DRS-I, 2012; Monograph III; University of North Bengal; 204p.
  7. Disaster Perception and Mitigation; UGC SAP DRS-I, 2011; Monograph II; University of North Bengal; 179p.
  8. Geo-hazards in Sub-Himalayan North Bengal; UGC SAP DRS-I, 2010; Monograph I; University of North Bengal; 188p.
  9. Applied Geography, Proceedings UGC, RC; University of North Bengal, 2004; 198p.

    Publication in Book/Chapter:

  10. Present-day evolution of the Himalayan piedmont  (jointly with L. Starkel, R. Soja, P Prokop) in Annual Report, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland 2010; 99-102.
  11. Role of extreme events in the transformation of drainage systems in sub-Himalayan West Bengal in Proc. symposium on Anthropogenic impact of River Deposition, 2003, Kielce, Poland, 201-208.
  12. Development of alluvial fans in the foothills of the Darjeeling Himalayas and their geomorphological and pedological characteristics, in Alluvial Fans: A Field Approach (ed. A. H. Rachocki & M. Church); 1990; John Willy and Sons, 321-333 (jointly S.R. Basu).
  13. Flush flood and related problems in Sub-Himalayan Eastern Duars of Alipurduar district, West Bengal; in Application of Geospatial Technology for Sustainable development, (ed. D. K. Mandal), 2015; 108-117.
  14. Land Degradation in Bhutanese Himalaya and its Impact on Fluvial Dynamics in Birpara-Madarihat block in Jalpaiguri district (jointly with D. Das) 2014, in SAP-DRS Monograph-IV: Living with Hazards (ed. S. Sarkar), 104-120.
  15. The Sikkim-Darjeeling Himalaya: Landforms, Evolutionary History and Present-Day Processes (Jointly with L. Starkel) in V. S. Kale (ed.), Landscapes and Landforms of India, World Geomorphological Landscapes, Springer Science +Business Media Dordrecht 2014, 157-164.
  16. Some aspects of pedogeomorphic relations in the Mahananda basin, Darjeeling Himalaya, in India: Geomorphological Diversityin Dikshit & Kale (ed.); 1994, Rawat Pub. 202-219.
  17. Study of Landslides and Associated phenomena in Upper Sivkhola basin (Paglajhora), Darjeeling Himalaya (jointly with D. Chattaraj); 2012,in SAP-DRS Monograph-3: Mapping Hazards and Disasters, 1-23.
  18. Geo-informatics in decentralised planning: A case study in Dhupguri block of Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal; in D. K. Mandal (ed.) Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS in Resource Management, NBU, 2012, 45-68 (jointly with S. Rana).
  19. Landslide hazards in Darjeeling Himalaya: Past, Present and the Future, in M. Desai & S. Halder (ed.) Coping with Disasters; Mitigation Strategy, Preventive Action and Recovery, 2012, 160-185.
  20. Flood Disaster: Perception and Mitigation – A Study in the Sub-Himalayan North Bengal in S. Sarkar (ed.) SAP-DRS Monograph-2: Disaster: Perception and Mitigation, 2011, 1-31.
  21. Watershed degradation and its management: A case study in the Sikkimese-Bhutanese Himalaya, Proceedings Regional Workshop on Rejuvenation of Springs by Artificial Recharge and Catchment area treatment with special reference to Rainwater Harvesting, Gangtak, 2011; CGWB, MWR, Govt. of India, 71-98.
  22. Effects of the 1993 extreme flood on the channel morphology of Jainti river, India; in Landform Processes and Environment Management, ed. Bandopadhaya, et. al, 2011; ISBN-81-87500-58-1, acb pub.; 113-120.
  23. Landslide Hazard in Darjeeling Himalaya, India, 2010 in S. Sarkar (ed.) SAP-DRS Monograph-1, Geo-Hazards in Sub-Himalayan North Bengal, NBU; 1-24.
  24. Flood Hazard in the Sub-Himalayan North Bengal, India in Singh S, Starkel, L. & Syiemlieh, H.J. (ed.)Environmental Changes & Geomorphic Hazards, 2008; Bookwell, 247-262.
  25. Geo-environmental appraisal of Sikkim Himalaya, proceedings Management strategies for the Indian Himalaya: development and conservation, Srinagar, Garhwal, 2007, 38-57.
  26. Development Challenges: Geo-ICT Infrastructure and Implementation Scenario of Geospatial Planning in Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal, 2005, IRMA.
  27. Hydro-meteorological study of high intensity rainstorms in the upper Tista basin, in Geomorphology and Environment (ed.) acb Pub. Kolkata 2004, 34-53.
  28. Water logging in Jalpaiguri town: Problems and Prospects, in Proceedings International Seminar on changing environmental scenario of India and adjacent countries, ACB Publishers, 2001, Kolkata, 143-59.
  29. Pedogeomorphic Relations in the upper Mahananda basin, Darjeeling Himalaya, in Development programme: An Economic and Environmental Approach, 2000, 45-56.
  30. Landslips in the Mahananda basin, Darjeeling Himalaya and their control, in Resource Management in Development Countries (ed.), Vol. 10, Concept.
  31. Some considerations on recent landslips at Rangpoo, Sikkim; in Sikkim: Perspective for Planning and Development (ed.), Sikkim Science Society, 1998, 605-612.
  32. Himalay sanglana uttarbonger sampratik banya: karan-o-tar pratikar (Bengali); in Paribesh-O-Unnayan, (ed.), 1997, 109-114.
  33. Impact of catastrophic erosion in the fluvial dynamics of the river Mahananda, Darjeeling Himalaya, in Research in Geography: Disaster and Environment, vol.2, (ed.); 1996, A.P.H. Pub. Co.; 337-348.
  34. Jalpaiguri jelar paribesh abakhya: sambhabhya pratikar (Bengali); Kirat Bhumi, 1996, 102-108.
  35. India’s soil resources: problems and prospects, in Planning in Perspectives of Development (ed.), 1995, M.D. Pub.; 179-197.
  36. Environmental degradation in the upper Mahananda basin: A case study of soil erosion and strategies for soil conservation, in Environmental Degradation and Developmental Strategies in India (ed.), Ashis Pub. House, 1991, 78-99.
  37. Ecosystem vis-a-vis landslides: A case study in Darjeeling Himalaya; in P.K. Saha(ed.) Impact of Development on Environment , Geographical Society of India, 1987, Vol. 2,  45-53 (with S. R. Basu).
  38. Pedogeomorphic parameters in environmental management: A case study in the upper Panchanai basin of Darjeeling Himalaya; Proce. Seminar on Planning and Environment, University of North Bengal, 1987, 128-139.
  39. Origin and characteristics of the soil of southwestern Purulia, West Bengal: A study in pedogenesis, in S.C. Mukhopadhaya (ed.)Geographical Mosaic (ed.) 1984, 293-303.


  40. Natural and human impact on land use change of the Sikkimese-Bhutanese Himalayan piedmont, India (jointly with Prokop, P); Quaestiones Geographicae 31(3); 2012, 63-75.
  41. Evolution of the Paglajhora Slump valley in the Upper Shiv Khola basin, The Darjeeling Himalaya, India, in Geographia Polonica, 2011, Vol. 84, Special Issue, Part 2, 117-126.
  42. Wspolczesna ewolucja piedmontu Sikkimesko-Bhutanskich Himalaijow (jointly with L. Starkel, R. Soja, P. Prokop) in Prace Komisji Paleogeographii Czwartorzedu Polskiej Academii Umiejetnosci,2010; Tom VII, 107-115.
  43. Different frequency of threshold rainfalls transforming the margin of Sikkimese and Bhutanese Himalayas, (Jointly with L. Starkel), Studia Geomorphologica Carpatho – Balcanica, 2002, Vol. XXXVI, 51-67.
  44. Landslides in Darjeeling Himalaya, India; Transactions, Japanese Geomophological Union, Vol. 20-3, 1999; 299-315.
  45. Impact of watershed degradation in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Bhugolika, Vol. 21 (2), 2014; 31-41.
  46. Human role in shaping the hydromorphology of Himalayan rivers: study of the Tista River in Darjeeling Himalaya; (Jointly with Ł. Wiejaczka & A. Bucała) Current Science, Vol. 106, No. 5; March, 2014; 717-724.
  47. Evolution of Relief and Drainage in the Himalayan Foreland of West Bengal, India in Geographical Thought, Vol. 10, 2012; 1-14.
  48. GIS based Decision support system: A study in Dhupguri block, Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal, 2011, in Geographical Thought, Vol. 9, 1-14, (jointly).
  49. Methodology for identifying backwardness and poverty pockets: A study in Dhupguri block, West Bengal, Geographical Thought, Vol. 8, 1-9, 2010, (jointly).
  50. Studies on bed material, scour depth and computation of minimum depth of foundation for the river Tista and Jaldhaka, West Bengal, India; jointly with M. K. Mukherjee, Geographical Thoughts, Vol. VII, 2009, 62-68.
  51. Some considerations on status of urban infrastructure in Dhupguri municipality; jointly with S. Rana), Geographical Thoughts, Vol. VII, 2009, 43-61.
  52. Some considerations on the processes of development planning using GIS: A case study of Dhupguri Municipality; Geographical Thought, Vol. VI, 2008, 61-74.
  53. Deterministic Modeling of Stage-Discharge Relationship of the River Sankosh, North Bengal, Indian Journal of Landscape Systems and Ecological Studies, vol. 19(2), 2007, 41-52 (jointly with M. Mukharjee).
  54. Jalpaiguri Zillar paribesh abakhya o sampratik bannya, Paschimbanga, Vol.34 No.48, 2001; 359-363.
  55. Genesis and characteristics of soils in West Bengal, Geographical Thoughts, 2000; Vol. 4(1), 55-70.
  56. Urban hydrology of Darjeeling town, India, Indian Journal of Geomorphology, Vol. (2), 211-220.
  57. The water resource of the upper Mahananda basin: problems and prospects, National Geographical Journal of India, Vol. 44(1-4), 1998, 105-112.
  58. Assessment of soil loss by water erosion: a review; Geographical Thought, vol.3, 1997, 53-66.
  59. Causes and Consequences of landslides in Darjeeling Town, (jointly with S.R. Basu), 1997, Indian Journal of Geography and Environment, Vol. 2, 20-35.
  60. Morphometric analysis of the upper Mahananda basin: a quantitative approach Journal North Bengal University Review (Science & Technology), Vol. 8(2), 1997, 45-65.
  61. Some considerations on slope instability in and around Toong Soong area of Darjeeling town; Journal Himalayan Paryavaran, Vol. 5(1), 1997, 58-69.
  62. Some considerations on the fluvial dynamics of the river Mahananda, Siliguri, Journal Geographical Review of India, Vol. 59(1), 11-24.
  63. An assessment of land capability in the upper Mahananda basin, W. B.; Indian Journal of Landscape Systems and Ecological Studies, Vol. 19(2), 1997, 41-52.
  64. Geomorphic characteristics of alluvial fans of the Ladakh Himalaya (jointly with S.R. Basu); Journal Geographical Review of India, Vol. 58 (4), 1996, 287-303.
  65. Land its use and potential in the sub-Himalayan North Bengal; Journal Geographical Memoirs (Special Issue) No.1, 1996, 1-5.
  66. Geomorphology and urban activities: a case study in Darjeeling town; Journal Himalayan Paryavaran, Vol. 4(1), 1996, 4-12.
  67. Genesis and classification of soils of the upper Mahananda basin, Darjeeling Himalaya; Journal The geographical Memoir, 1990, Vol. 2 (1-2), 117-129.
  68. Rain erosivity in the Darjeeling Himalayan region, West Bengal; Indian Journal of Landscape Systems and Ecological Studies, 1989, Vol. 12(1), 129-133.
  69. Some considerations on soil erosion hazard in the Darjeeling district (west of the river Tista), W.B.; 1989, Geographical Thoughts (occasional pub.) Vol. 1, pp. 45-54.
  70. Land capability classification of the Panchanai basin, W.B.; Indian Journal of Landscape System and Ecological Studies, 1988, Vol. 11 (1), 34-39.
  71. Soil classification in the Panchanai basin of Darjeeling district, W.B.; Journal Geographical Review of India, 1988, Vol. 50 (1), 29-38.
  72. Soil loss in upper Mahananda basin in the Darjeeling Himalaya; Journal Geographical Review of India, Vol. 49 (2), 1987, 47-56.
  73. Impact of individual forest tree on soil: A case of Dhupi tree; Indian Journal of Landscape Systems and Ecological Studies, Vol. 8(2), 1985, 70-75.
  74. Studies in genesis of catenary soils in the Ajodhya highlands of Purulia district, W.B.; Journal Geographical Review of India, Vol. 47(1), 1985, 25-35.
  75. Some considerations on recent landslides at Tindharia and their control; Indian Journal of Power River valley Development, Vol. 34 (10&11), 1984, p.188-194 (jointly with S.R. Basu).