Mr.Thatikonda Suresh Kumar

Scientist C, Crustal Dynamics Group (CDG)

Email : suresht[at]ncess[dot]gov[dot]in

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Phone (Mob) : +91 9390881584

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M.Sc (Tech) : 2013, Applied Geophysics, IIT(ISM), Dhanbad, India.
B.Sc. : 2007, Mathematics, Physics, Electronics; Kakatiya University, Warangal, India.

Professional career:

2020 (June) - present Scientist C, National Centre for Earth Science Studies
2016 (Feb) - 2020 (June) Scientist B, National Centre for Earth Science Studies
2013 (June) - 2015 (June) CAT- Trainee Scientist, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune.

Research Interests:

Interest is in Geodynamics (Seismotectonic), Gravity Inversion, and Geo hazard assessment studies.

Field Work Experience:

  1. Field trip to Puttur Gram Panchayat of Thrissur Taluk to conduct a resistivity survey to verify the possibility of landslides in the Chittakunn area, during 6th-7th February 2024.
  2. Visited Idukki district, Kerala to gather basic information about past occurred landslides and Landslide-affected locations during 13th to 20th October 2023.
  3. Field reconnaissance survey conducted to gather basic information about Landslide-affected locations in Amboori and Ponmudi during 20th to 21st September 2023.
  4. Field visit to Varkala sea cliff for studying its erosion characteristics and current status on 18th July 2023.
  5. ERT survey was conducted in Calicut urban area during 30th March to 02nd April 2022.
  6. Field trip to Landslide affected locations in Koottickal and Kokkayar Villages, Kerala during 1st July to 8th July 2022.
  7. Landslide investigation field trip in Peermade Taluk of Idukki District and Kokkayar panchayat of Kottayam District, during 3rd to 12th October 2022.
  8. Participated in the 41st Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica as a part of the project entitled “Constraining geodynamic evolution of the princess Elizabeth Land (PEL), East Antarctica (EA) in relation to the Eastern Ghats Belt (EGB), India using geological and geophysical approaches” (Sanctioned by National Centre for Polar and Oceanic Research (NCPOR), Goa), during 18th November 2021 to 09th February 2022.
  9. Participated in the construction of Broad band seismic observatory at Kannur, Kerala in 2018, as a part of NCESS core program of establishment of seismic observatories along the western ghats, India.
  10. Resistivity survey conducted to find over burden thickness and plane of failure at Amboori on 22 June 2017.
  11. Field work was carried out at Panathur, Kasargod by using Inukton under water push camera from 07th to 09th August, 2017.


  1. Participating and Presented NCESS scientific materials and posters in the IISF (India International Science Festival), 2023 Faridabad, during 17th to 20th January 2024.
  2. Participating and Presented NCESS scientific material to the exhibition conducted by IMD for 149th IMD Foundation Day program at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 14th January 2024.
  3. Attended 2nd Indian Near Surface Geophysics Event (International Conference & Exhibition), November 7-8,2023, New Delhi, Pre-conference workshop on Resistivity and Induced Polarization workshop, November 6th, 2023.
  4. National Workshop on “Application of Geospatial, Geophysical and Machine Learning Techniques in Landslide Studies” organized by the Department of Geology at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) during 24th to 30th July 2023.
  5. Participated in the IISF 2019 (India International Science Festival, Kolkata) as a representative of NCESS during 3rd to 9th Nov 2019.
  6. Participated as NCESS representative in the expo at SASTHRA-2019, National Science and Technology Innovation Expo as part of Swasraya Bharat, The Kerala Science Fest 2019, Kochi.
  7. Participated in the 1st Indian International Near Surface Geophysics Conference & Exhibition during 28th to 29th November 2019 at New Delhi.
  8. Participated as a member of “Mastermind session on Landslides” which was being conducted at NCESS on 10.01.2019.
  9. Organized and actively Participated in National conference on " Land disturbance due to soil piping in western Ghat”, held at NCESS on 5th July 2017.
  10. Brain storming session held on 24 & 25th May 2017 at NCESS was conducted as prelude for 36th International Geological Congress Society, New Delhi.
  11. 3 days Advanced MATLAB Training course at ESSO-NCESS from 26th-28th September 2016.
  12. Participated in the workshop on Geodynamic processes and evolution of geophysical fields, tectonics, and climate at IISc Bangaluru from 19th - 23rd September 2016.
  13. One-day training program was organized and conducted on COMSOL Multiphysics at NCESS on 27th May 2016.
  14. “Brainstorming workshop on Geosciences. Seismology and Deep drilling “organised in NCESS, 4-5 April 2016.
  15. Attended Geosoft training program which was indented for Gravity and magnetics studies for the core program Western Ghat evolution studies at NCESS (March 2019).


  1. Rao, Padma, Krishna Jha, and Thatikonda Suresh Kumar. "A broadband seismological observatory at Larsemann Hills, Antarctica: Noise characteristics and data quality." Polar Science 38 (2023): 100970.
  2. Roy, Arka, and Thatikonda Suresh Kumar. "Gravity inversion of 2D fault having variable density contrast using particle swarm optimization." Geophysical Prospecting 69, no. 6 (2021): 1358-1374.
  3. Roy, Arka, Thatikonda Suresh Kumar, and Rajat Kumar Sharma. "Structure estimation of 2D listric faults using quadratic Bezier curve for depth varying density distributions." Earth and Space Science 9, no. 2 (2022): e2021EA002061.

Conference Proceedings:

  1. Thatikonda Suresh Kumar, Sravan K Kotluri, V Nandakumar (2023). “Geomorphological and Geotechnical characteristics of 2021 landslides and flood in Kerala” in the IGU Diamond Jubilee Annual Convention, 2023, organized by the Indian Geophysical Union (IGU) and the Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics, School of Marine Sciences, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) on November 22-24, 2023, at Kochi, Kerala, India.
  2. Padma Rao, B, Thatikonda Suresh Kumar and Krishna, J. (2023). Broadband seismological observatory- Analysis of noise characteristics and crustal structure beneath the Larsemann Hills, Antarctica, National Conference on Polar Science (NCPS), 16-19 May 2023.
  3. K M Bhatt, Thatikonda Suresh Kumar, and Arka Roy (2016), “Electromagnetic signal by the ocean dynamics” presented in a seminar, “Developments in Geosciences in the past decade Emerging trends for the future and impact on Society held at IIT KGP.
  4. Thatikonda Suresh Kumar, Arka Roy, (2016). “The b-value mapping and seismicity in the vicinity of Sagaing fault in Myanmar region “1st Triennial Congress of FIGA and 53rd Annual Convention of IGU and 34th Annual Convention of AHI “Geosciences for Sustainability”.