About Center

Dr. Anupma Sharma

Dr. M Someshwar Rao
Scientist-G & Head
National Institute of Hydrology
North Western Regional Centre
Sector-G, Shastri Nagar
Jodhpur – 342003 (Rajasthan), India
Ph: 0291-13500941,+91-1332-249225
Email: somesh[dot]nihr[at]gov[dot]in

About NWRC Jodhpur
The North Western Regional Centre (NWRC) is the 7th Regional Centre of NIH and has been established recently in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, on January 01, 2023. The area of jurisdiction of NWRC covers the north-western states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Punjab. The Centre has its main focus to carry out field-oriented hydrological studies through close interaction with various State and Central Government departments.

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To undertake, aid, promote and coordinate systematic and scientific work in all aspects of hydrology; and to cooperate and collaborate with other organizations in the field of hydrology.


  • Efficient utilization of surface and groundwater resources
  • Augmentation of groundwater recharge through water harvesting structures
  • Paleochannels as repositories of groundwater
  • Water quality monitoring and assessment
  • Studies to reduce and reverse desertification
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Alternate methods of water harvesting
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Integrated water resources management planning studies
  • Technology transfer and mass awareness initiatives

Thrust areas of research

  • Rainwater management for improving the water availability for human use and livestock, crop irrigation, and increasing the groundwater recharge.
  • Modelling studies of surface and groundwater resources for efficient utilization including conjunctive use.
  • Sustainable utilization of paleochannels as a potential source of subterranean water.
  • Climate change impact analysis, climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Research on site and regionally-specific technological solutions, based both on new scientific innovations and indigenous and local knowledge, to reduce and reverse desertification.
  • Studies on augmentation of groundwater recharge through water harvesting structures and their impact on enhancing groundwater availability.
  • Studies on dew and fog climatology to explore alternate methods of water harvesting.
  • Water quality monitoring and studies on assessment and prevention of surface water and groundwater contamination.
  • Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) planning studies to address the issue of water availability at the desired spatial and temporal scales, for various designated uses.
  • Studies on reduction of disaster risks arising from natural disasters viz. droughts, flash floods, and cyclones / tsunami in coastal regions.

Collaboration with other institutions

The NWRC shall work in close coordination with the Central and State irrigation and water resources departments and also with academic and research organizations working within the jurisdiction of the RC. The research programme of the RC shall be developed through the Regional Coordination Committee. The members of the committee shall be drawn from the Central and State departments, Academic and Research Organisations, NGOs and Individual experts working in the region.

Page last updated on 14.03.2023