Abhijit Chatterjee

Abhijit Chatterjee
Associate Professor

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POST DOCTORAL FELLOW (2009 - 2010) at National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL), Dept of Space, Govt of India

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Address: Environmental Science Section
Centenary Campus
Bose Institute
P-1/12 C.I.T. Scheme VII-M
Kolkata - 700054, India
E-Mail: abhijit[at]jcbose.ac.in
Phone: +91-33-25693282


We are engaged in carrying out field measurements of atmospheric aerosols at different aerodynamic diameter over different atmospheric environments in eastern India. Aerosols are chemically analyzed to find the major chemical composition and the major sources of aerosols. We investigate the factors that control the temporal variations over a long-term scale as well as short-term scale. We also study the role of aerosols in attenuating the incoming solar radiation through the measurement of Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD). Investigation is also made on the potential of aerosols to get activated to cloud condensation nuclei over different seasonal scales. In addition to the local emissions and sources, we also find out the contributions of the long-distant source regions and how they play role in the loading of aerosols over eastern Himalaya. We also study the role of various aerosol constituents on the acidity of precipitation over different regions in eastern India.

Other than the aerosols, several carbonaceous gaseous compounds like volatile organic compounds or VOCs, carbonyls, PAHs are also investigated. We have studied the relative role of the meteorology and the local emissions on the atmospheric abundance of these compounds.  

We have been studying on the Greenhouse gases over eastern Himalaya. How they vary on the temporal scale and how the long-distant regions affect their abundance over this part of Himalaya. We are also studying the exchange of Greenhouse gases between the biosphere and the atmosphere over eastern Himalayan high altitude conifer forest. Our preliminary results have shown that the eastern Himalayan conifer forest acts as the large sink of the CO2. 

I am acting as the Principal Investigator for a national network project National Carbonaceous Aerosols Program (NCAP) sponsored by MoEFCC, Govt of India

As a Principal Investigator of a DST funded project, my group is also working on the relative role of the anthropogenic and biogenic aerosols on the cloud condensation nuclei activity over eastern Himalaya. 

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Govt. of India has launched National Clean Air Program (later renamed as National Clean Air Mission) in January 2019 with the vision to combat air pollution in India, building action plans and strategies. The aim is to reduce the air pollution by 20-30 % in 2024 with respect to 2017 (as base year). The major activities include identification and quantification of major natural and anthropogenic sources, emission inventories followed by building action plans to mitigate air pollution for major polluted cities (122 as of now) in different states in India.

I am working as the Nodal Scientist and Knowledge Partner for the state of West Bengal under this national mission.


1.                 Biswas, H., A. Chatterjee, S .K. Mukhopadhya, T. K. De, S.Sen, and T. K. Jana.(2005). Estimation of ammonia exchange at the land–ocean boundary condition of Sundarban mangrove, north east coast of Bay of Bengal, India. Atmospheric Environment, 39, 4489-4499.

2.                 Chatterjee, A., C. Dutta, S. Sen, K. Ghosh, N. Biswas, D. Ganguly, and T. K. Jana.(2006). Formation, transformation, and removal of aerosol over a tropical mangrove forest. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 111, D24.

3.                 Som, D., C. Dutta, A. Chatterjee, D. Mallick, T.K.Jana, and S. Sen.(2007).Studies on commuters' exposure to BTEX in passenger cars in Kolkata, India. Science of the Total Environment, 372,426-432

4.                 Dutta, C., D. Som, A. Chatterjee, A.K.Mukherjee, T.K.Jana, and S.Sen. (2009). Mixing ratios of carbonyls and BTEX in ambient air of Kolkata, India and their associated health risk. Environmental monitoring and assessment, 148,97-107

5.                 Chatterjee, A, A Jayaraman, T.N Rao, and S Raha (2010). In-cloud and below-cloud scavenging of aerosol ionic species over a tropical rural atmosphere in India. Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry,66,27-40

6.                 Chatterjee, A, A Adak, A K. Singh, M K. Srivastava, S. K. Ghosh, S.Tiwari, P. C. S. Devara, S. Raha. (2010). Aerosol chemistry over a high altitude station at north eastern Himalayas, India. PLoS-One,5,e11122

7.                 Dutta, C., A. Chatterjee, T. K. Jana, A. K. Mukherjee, and S. Sen. (2010). Contribution from the primary and secondary sources to the atmospheric formaldehyde in Kolkata,India. Science of the Total Environment,408,4744-4748

8.                 Chatterjee, A., C. Dutta, T. K. Jana, and S. Sen. (2011).Fine mode aerosol chemistry over a tropical urban atmosphere: characterization of ionic and carbonaceous species. Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry, 69,83-100

9.                 Chatterjee, A, S. K. Ghosh, A. Adak, A. K. Singh, P. C. S. Devara, and S. Raha.(2012).Effect of dust and anthropogenic aerosols on columnar aerosol optical properties over Darjeeling (2200 m asl), eastern Himalayas, India. PLoS-One, 7, e40286

10.             Chatterjee,A.,Sarkar,C.,Adak,A.,Mukherjee,U.,Ghosh,S.K.,&Raha,S.(2013).Ambient air quality during Diwali festival over Kolkata–a mega-city in India. Aerosol and Air Quality Research,13,1133-1144

11.             Ganesan, A. L., Chatterjee, A., Prinn, R. G., Harth, C. M., Salameh, P. K., Manning, A. J.,...& O' Doherty, S. (2013). The variability of methane, nitrous oxide and sulfur hexafluoride in Northeast India.Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics,13,10633-10644

12.             Sarkar,C., Chatterjee,A., Majumdar,D., Ghosh,S.K., Srivastava,A., Raha,S. (2014).Volatile organic compounds over Eastern Himalaya, India: temporal variation and source characterization using Positive Matrix Factorization. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 14(23), 32133-32175.

13.             Adak,A.,Chatterjee,A.,Singh,A.K.,Sarkar,C.,Ghosh,S.,&Raha,S.(2014).Atmospheric Fine Mode Particulates at Eastern Himalaya, India: Role of Meteorology, Long-Range Transport and Local Anthropogenic Sources. Aerosoland Air Quality Research,14(1),440- 450.

14.             A Sen et al., (2014) Atmospheric fine and coarse mode aerosols at different environments in India and the Bay of Bengal during winter 2014,MAPAN,29,273-284

15.             Sarkar,C.,Chatterjee,A.,Singh,A.K.,Ghosh,S.K.,&Raha,S.(2015).Characterization of Black Carbon Aerosols over Darjeeling- A High Altitude Himalayan Station in Eastern India. Aerosol Air Qual.Res,15,465-478.

16.             Sharma,S.K.,Mandal,T,Shenoy,D.M.,Chatterjee,A,Saxena,M.,Saraswati (2015). Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology,95,661-669

17.             Das,S.K.,Chatterjee,A.,Ghosh,S.K.,&Raha,S.(2015).Fog-induced changes in optical and physical properties of transported aerosols over Sundarban, India. Aerosol and Air Quality Research,15(4),1201.

18.             Das,S.K.,Chatterjee,A.,Ghosh,S.K.,&Raha,S.(2015).An integrated campaign for investigation of winter-time continental haze over Indo-Gangetic Basin and its radiative effects. Science of the Total Environment,533,370-382.

19.             Sen,A.,Ahammed,Y.N.,Banerjee,T.,Chatterjee,A.,Choudhuri,A.K.,Das,T.,...&Mandal,T.K. (2016). Spatial variability in ambient atmospheric fine and coarse mode aerosols over Indo-Gangetic plains, India and adjoining oceans during the onset of summer monsoons, 2014.Atmospheric Pollution Research,7(3),521-532.

20.             Sharma,S.K.,Mandal,T.K.,Srivastava,M.K.,Chatterjee,A.,Jain,S.,Saxena,M.,...&Ghosh,S.K. (2016).Spatio-temporal variation in chemical characteristics of PM10 over Indo Gangetic Plain of India. Environmental Science and Pollution Research,23(18),18809-18822.

21.             Tyagi, S., Tiwari, S., Mishra, A., Chatterjee, A., & Bisht, D. S. (2016). Chemical Characteristics of Precipitation during Winter Season over Delhi: Source Identification of Measured Species. Earth Science India,9.

22.             Roy,A.,Chatterjee,A.,Tiwari,S.,Sarkar,C.,Das,S.K.,Ghosh,S.K.,&Raha,S.(2016).Precipitation chemistry over urban, rural and high altitude Himalayan stations in eastern India. Atmospheric Research, 181,44-53.

23.             Sen,A.,Abdelmaksoud,A.S.,Ahammed,Y.N.,Banerjee,T.,Bhat,M.A.,Chatterjee,A.,

...&Gadi,R.(2017).Variations in particulate matter over Indo-Gangetic Plains and Indo- Himalayan Range during four field campaigns in winter monsoon and summer monsoon: Role of pollution pathways. Atmospheric Environment, 154, 200-224.

24.             Roy,A.,Chatterjee,A.,Sarkar,C.,Das,S.K.,Ghosh,S.K.,&Raha,S.(2017).A study on aerosol-cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activation over eastern Himalaya in India. Atmospheric Research, 189, 69-81.

25.             Sarkar,C.,Chatterjee,A.,Majumdar,D.,Roy,A.,Srivastava,A.,Ghosh,S.K.,&Raha,S.(2017).How the Atmosphere over Eastern Himalaya, India is Polluted with Carbonyl Compounds? Temporal Variability and Identification of Sources. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 17(9), 2206- 2223.

26.             Ganesan,A.L.,Rigby,M.,Lunt,M.F.,Parker,R.J.,Boesch,H.,Goulding,N.,Umezawa,T.,Zahn,A., Chatterjee,A.,Prinn,R.G.,Tiwari,Y.K.,Schoot,M.,Krummel,P(2017).Atmospheric observations show accurate reporting and little growth in India’s methane emissions. Nature Communications, 8(1), 836.

27.             Ray, D., Chatterjee, A., Majumdar, D., Ghosh, S. K., & Raha, S. (2017). Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons over a tropical urban and a high altitude Himalayan Station in India: Temporal variation and source apportionment. AtmosphericResearch, 197,331-341.

28.             Ray,D.,Bhattacharya,T.S.,Chatterjee,A.,Singha,A.,Ghosh,S.K.,&Raha,S.(2018).Hygroscopic Coating of Sulfuric Acid Shields Oxidant Attack on the Atmospheric Pollutant Benzo (a) pyrene Bound to Model Soot Particles. Scientific reports, 8(1),129.

29.             Sen,A., Karapurkar,S., SaxenaM., Shenoy,D., Chatterjee, A.etal(2018).Stablecarbon and nitrogen isotopic composition of PM10over Indo-Gangetic Plains, adjoining regions and Indo-Himalayan Range during a winter 2014 campaign.Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 25,26279-26296.

30.             Abhinandan Ghosh, Arindam Roy, Abhijit Chatterjee, Sanat K Das, Sanjay K Ghosh and Sibaji Raha(2019).Impact of Transported Biomass Burning Plumes on the Size Segregated Aerosol Chemistry: A Case Study over a Tropical Urban Atmosphere in Eastern India. Aerosol and Air Quality Research,19,163-180.

31.             Chatterjee, A., A. Roy, S. Chakraborty, C. Sarkar, S. Singh, A K Karipot, S K Ghosh, A Mitra, and S Raha (2018). Biosphere Atmosphere Exchange of CO2, H2O Vapour and Energy during Spring over a High Altitude Himalayan Forest at Eastern India. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 18.

32.             Sarkar, C., Roy, A., Chatterjee, A., Ghosh, S.K. and Raha,S (2019).Factors controlling the long-term (2009-2015) trend of PM2.5 and Black Carbon aerosols at eastern Himalaya,India.ScienceoftheTotalEnvironment,656,280-296.

33.             Priyadharshini, S. Verma, A. Chatterjee, S. K. Sharma and T. K. Mandal (2019). Characterization of submicron aerosol ionic and carbonaceous species over a tropical urban atmosphere at lower Indo-Gangetic Plain. Aerosol and Air Quality Research,19,129- 147

34.             A Chatterjee, P C.S. Devara , R Balasubramanian , Daniel A. Jaffe (2019). Aerosol Climate Change Connection (AC3) Special Issue: An Overview. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 19: 1–4, 2019

35.             Jain S., Sharma, S., Srivastava, M., Chatterjee, A., Singh, R., Saxena, M., Mandal, T. K. (2019). Source apportionment of PM10 over three urban atmosphere at Indo-Gangetic Plain in India: An approach using different receptor model. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 76, 114-128.

36.             C Sarkar, C Venkataraman, S Yadav, H C. Phuleria and A Chatterjee (2019). Origin and properties of soluble brown carbon in freshly emitted and aged ambient aerosols over an urban site in India. Environmental Pollution, 254, 113077

37.             A Roy, A Chatterjee, A Ghosh, S K Das, S K Ghosh and S Raha (2019). Below-cloud scavenging of size-segregated aerosols and its effect on rainwater acidity and nutrient deposition: A long-term (2009–2018) and real-time observation over eastern Himalaya. Science of The Total Environment, 674, 223-233.

38.             A Ghosh, A Roy, S K Das, S K Ghosh, S Raha and A Chatterjee (2019). Identification of most preferable reaction pathways for chloride depletion from size segregated sea-salt aerosols: A study over high altitude Himalaya, tropical urban metropolis and tropical coastal mangrove forest in eastern India. Chemosphere, 245,125673

39.             D Ray, A Ghosh, A Chatterjee, S K. Ghosh, S Raha (2019). Size-specific PAHs and Associated Health Risks over a Tropical Urban Metropolis: Role of Long-range Transport and Meteorology, Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 19, 2446-2463

40.             A Chatterjee, M Dutta, A Ghosh, S K.Ghosh, A Roy (2020). Relative role of black carbon and sea-salt aerosols as cloud condensation nuclei over a high altitude urban atmosphere in eastern Himalaya. Science of The Total Environment, 742, 140468

41.             A Chatterjee, 2020. Use of Hypochlorite Solution as Disinfectant during COVID-19 Outbreak in India: From the Perspective of Human Health and Atmospheric Chemistry. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 20, 1516-1519

42.             A RaiS MukherjeeA Chatterjee, N Choudhary, G Kotnala, T. K. Mandal, S. K. Sharma (2020). Seasonal Variation of OC, EC, and WSOC of PM10 and Their CWT Analysis Over the Eastern Himalaya. Aerosol Science and Engineering, 4, 26-40

43.             Sharma, S. K., N Choudhary, G Kotnala, D Das, S Mukherjee, A Ghosh, Vijayan N, A Rai, A Chatterjee, T K Mandal (2020). Wintertime carbonaceous species and trace metals in PM10 in Darjeeling: a high altitude town in the eastern Himalayas. Urban Climate, 34,100668

44.             A. Chatterjee, S. Mukherjee, M. Dutta, A. Ghosh, S. K. Ghosh and A. Roy (2021). High rise in carbonaceous aerosols under very low anthropogenic emissions over eastern Himalaya, India: Impact of lockdown for COVID-19 outbreak. Atmospheric Environment, 244, 117947.

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  • Faculty Fellow in Bose Institute, 2010
  • Assistant Professor in Bose Institute, 2014
  • Associate Professor in Bose Institute, 2018
  • Nodal Scientist (West Bengal) for National Clean Air Mission, Govt of India, 2019
  • Editorial Board of International Journal, , 2019


1. Taught integrated M.Sc-PhD students for Space Science in Bose Institute for 2010-2013

2. Teaching Atmospheric Science for the students under PhD course work in Bose Institute


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Dr Chirantan Sarkar - Ph.D student (2010-2016) - Ph.D. degree awarded in the year of 2016. He worked as a Research Associate during 2016-2017 and as a Post-doc Fellow at IIT, Bombay during 2017-2019

Dr Arindam Roy - PhD student (2014-2020) - PhD degree awarded in the year of 2020. He is working as a Post-Doc Fellow in Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland

Miss Durba Das (2019-2020): Worked as Project Associate under Intramural Project


Mr. Abhinandan Ghosh: Working as Senior Research Fellow (Physico-chemical properties of size-segregated aerosols over different atmospheric environments in eastern India)

Mrs Monami Dutta: Working as Senior Research Fellow (Socio-economic factors behind India's air quality and future prediction)

Mr Saurayadeep Mukherjee: Working as Junior Research Fellow (Carbonaceous aerosols over high altitude Himalayan and tropical rural atmosphere in India)

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