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Dr. Upendra Baral

Doctorate from Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ITP-CAS) Beijing China

Upendra BARAL completed his undergrad and graduation from Tribhuvan University Nepal and doctorate from Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ITP-CAS) Beijing China. During doctorate research, his research orientation was on Central Himalayan foreland basin and its tectonics. After doctorate, Dr. Baral did his 3 years post doctorate research from ITP-CAS and conducted a comprehensive study in Eastern Himalayan geology and its tectonics. Dr. BARAL already published more than 30 paper in well-reputed international peer reviewed journals with a higher impact in earth sciences and presented his finding in numbers of national/international forum and seminars. Since, 2018 he is active member of the “State Key Laboratory of Tibetan Plateau Earth System Science, Resources and Environment, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing” and pursuing numbers of research in Himalayan region.

He also served the Oxford University, as a program coordinator in Oxford University Clinical Research Unit-Nepal for 5 years. Beside this, he is somehow try his goal of knowledge transfer by teaching Kantipur Engineering College, and Tribhuvan University as a visiting faculty.

Dr. BARAL has a sound knowledge in earth sciences and more precisely his focus of study is Himalayan tectonics, sedimentology and climate change. He is much aware about the advance geological laboratory tools like Laser-Ablation Mass Spectrometry, Electron Probe Microscopic Analysis, Cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry, along with some geophysical tools like Microtremor Array Measurements, Seismic Refraction Tomography etc.

Research Area

Sedimentology and Tectonics

Sedimentology, a branch of earth sciences commerce with the sedimentary rocks and stratigraphy. The sedimentology is the foundation for the study of natural resources as well as the paleoclimate. The sedimentary rocks hold a crucial information that supports us to interlink the endogenous and exogenous processes and designate the evolutionary history of our dynamic planet. The study also beneficiary to foretell the future evolution of the earth system.

The collision between two plates not only raise the area (e.g. the Himalaya) it generate enormous amount of energy. This will change the rock phenomenon and transform the rocks into various useful metallic and non-metallic ores. Beside this, the Himalaya will influence the climate, tourism, water sources, hydroelectricity, pilgrimage and many more. Therefore, the study of Himalaya is crucial for the human kind as well as national development.