LOCSS Expands to India

LOCSS sign at Achal Tal, city of Aligarh, India. Photo Credit: Shakeel Ahmad, Shahryar Ahmad, Aligarh Municipal Corporation
LOCSS Recently Expanded To Its Fourth Country

The LOCSS team has worked with local partners to install a gauge in a lake in India. Achal Tal Lake is located in the city of Aligarh, in the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. It is in a region of India that will be surveyed daily at the beginning of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission when it launches in 2022. It is our hope that this lake will be used to help validate SWOT measurements in the early stages of the mission. Monitoring water levels and volume change are of interest to the City of Aligarh, as they work to track runoff response and urbanization patterns for planning future stormwater management needs.

This effort was led by LOCSS team member Dr. Faisal Hossain, along with Shahryar Ahmad, both of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. They partnered with Harsha Karuamanchi of Kritsnam Technologies. They also worked with various local partners, including Aligarh Municipal Corporation and Government of India Smart Cities Project.

Lake height measurements from Achal Tal, as well as any future lakes in the country, can be found on our India Lake Data page.

We are very excited to begin our work in India, and look forward to expanding our partnerships and study lakes in the country.


We share stories about the lakes in our study, our partners and volunteer citizen scientists, as well as interesting results from our research.

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