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Sidha Sankalpa Moharana

I am Sidha Sankalpa Moharana. I am currently a research scholar pursuing Ph.D. in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences in the School of Earth, Ocean and Climate Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar. My research interest can broadly be summerised as Ocean - Atmosphere Interactions. My current research includes the investigation of variability in geophysical parameters driving the recent increase in global hurricane activity .



Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar

  • Ph.D. in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences

  • Thesis Title: Investigation of the role of geophysical parameters on enhanced tropical cyclone activity in recent years


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata

  • BS - MS in Geological Sciences

  • Thesis Title: Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm  FANI:  A study of its meteorological and electrical properties and its  role in coupling the lower and upper atmosphere



Dr K S Krishnan Geomagnetic Research Lab, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Allahabad

  • External MS Project Student

  • The electric coupling that exists between the lower atmosphere and the upper atmosphere was studied in detail using a case study of Cyclone Fani, an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm and the most intense of the 2019 Indian Ocean Cyclone Season. The unique meteorological properties which enabled ESCS Fani to survive for a long 30 hours after landfall, as well as its intense electrical discharges which disturbed the Ionosphere via atmospheric gravity waves, were investigated using VLF waves, GPS-TEC datasets, GLD360 and WWLLN datasets.


Dr K S Krishnan Geomagnetic Research Lab, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Allahabad

  • Summer Intern

  • The occurrences of electrical discharges over the cloud systems and sometimes reaching the base of Ionosphere, known as Transient Luminous Events or TLEs were investigated over the Indian subcontinent. 10 such TLEs (9 Sprites and 1 Gigantic Jet) over the central Indian region were characterized along with their parent thunderstorm properties.



1. Moharana, S.S., Swain, D. (2023). On the recent increase in Atlantic Ocean hurricane activity and influencing factors. Nat Hazards.


1. Moharana, S. S. & Swain, D. (2023). Cluster analysis of Tropical Cyclones in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. LAI2023, 9-12 January 2023.

2. Moharana, S. S. & Swain, D. (2022). Investigation of the Impact of Geophysical Parameters Modulating the Recent Rise in Hurricane Activity in the Atlantic Ocean. In Fall Meeting 2022. AGU.

3. Moharana, S. S. & Swain, D. (2022). Recent changes in the trends of Atlantic Hurricanes and the factors influencing them. AOGS2022, 1st - 5th August 2022. AS11/A022.

4. Moharana, S. S. & Swain, D. (2021). Atlantic hurricanes of 2020 and the factors influencing them.
OSICON-21, 12-14 August 2021, OSICON2021/155.

5. Moharana, S. S. & Singh, R. (2020). Probing a post monsoon Mesoscale Convective System (MCS)
and the generated Transient Luminous Events (TLEs) over Indian region. EGU General Assembly
2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-19407.

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