Director’s Message

You are welcome to the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG) at Dehradun. This is an autonomous institution of Department of Science & Technology (DST), GoI, which came into being in 1968. It has been pursuing basic researches to unravel the orogeny of majestic Himalaya and provide improved understanding on seismogenesis, geodynamic processes, climate-tectonic interactions, evolution and extinction of life, ore formation, glaciology, river system, natural hazards (landslides, floods, and earthquakes), anthropogenic impact etc. towards the well-being of population and safe-guarding the properties and structures in the Himalaya and adjoining areas. The research activities to understand mountain building processes and shed light on above topics are based on observations using rudiments of structural geology, petrology, paleontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, geomorphology, geophysics, remote sensing etc. In the back drop of wide ranging claims on the likely impact of climate change on Himalayan glaciers and their far-reaching consequences on Indian economy, the DST has established the ‘Centre for Glaciology’ at WIHG. The Institute has been nurturing a monitoring system in an integrated manner by hosting ‘Multi-Parametric Geophysical Observatory (MPGO)’ at Ghuttu (Tehri), Uttarakhand. This is a unique set up to perceive changes in subsurface properties that may lead to earthquake precursory study in the Himalayan region. The Institute has established as many as 54 Broad Band Seismographs and 16 Acceleragraphs spread over H.P., Uttarakhand, J&K, Punjab, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh. Similarly, around 17 GPS instruments are installed in H.P., Uttarakhand, J&K and Ladakh. The WIHG is well equipped with sophisticated analytical instruments run by competent scientists and technicians. The facilities are being utilized by the research scientists of Wadia as well as researchers from state & central universities, other institutes and organizations. Some important instruments available at WIHG are LA-MC-ICP-MS, Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometer, EPMA, ICP-MS, XRF, SEM, XRD, Raman Spectrometer, TL/OSL, Magnetic Susceptibility meter etc. The institute also provides consultancy services for engineering projects, drinking & ground water surveys, natural hazards, road & rail alignments in the Himalaya and adjoining region. During the glorious journey, a few scientists were honored with the Padma Awards and 15 Researchers with the National Geosciences Awards. The Institute has published more than 2000 research articles in the National & International Journals, and produced more than 120 Ph.Ds. The vision of WIHG is “Questing for Himalayan Seismogenesis, Geodynamics, Natural Hazards, Climate Variability and Natural Resources through Geoscientific study to fulfil the Societal Needs and pursue Basic Sciences”.