Department of Geology





Details of M. Aziz Hasan

Academic background

B.Sc. (Honours)  and M.Sc in Geology from University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

PhD in Land and Water Resources  Engineering from Royal Institute of  Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.

Areas of research interest

Hydrogeochemistry, Hydrogeology and Environmental Geochemistry.


Research experience

Research projects

[1]Operational monitoring of managed aquifer recharge to provide safe water to vulnerable populations in coastal, urban and drough prone areas. A collaborative action research between Department of Geology, DU, Department of Public health Engineering, GoB and Acacia Water, Netherlands. The project is funded by UNICEF, Bangladesh, 2015-2017.

[2]Upsacling of Managed Aquifer Recharge for community water supply in saline areas of Bangladesh. A collaborative action research between Department of Geology, DU, Department of Public health Engineering, GoB and Acacia Water, Netherlands. The project is funded by UNICEF, Bangladesh, 2013-2014.

[3]Sustainable Arsenic Mitigation (SAsMIT): Community driven initiatives to target arsenic safe groundwater as sustainable mitigation strategy. A joint research project between Department Land and water Resources Engineering, KTH, Sweden; Ramboll, Sweden; Department of Geology, University of Dhaka and NGO Forum, Bangladesh. Funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), 2008-2011.

[4]Arsenic in groundwater of Bangladesh: Options for safe drinking water.  In cooperation with Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden under the Asia – Swedish Research Link Programme (VR-Sida), 2004-2007.

[5]Genesis of high arsenic groundwater in the alluvial aquifers of Bengal Delta Plain in Bangladesh. In cooperation with Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida),1999-2001

[6]Subsurface investigation in the arsenic problem areas of Rajarampur, Baragharia and Chalnai; Nawabganj district, Bangladesh. Prepared for the Department of Public Health Engineering, under the financial assistance of UNICEF, Bangladesh. 1998.

[7]Sedimentological and mineralogical studies on arsenic contaminated aquifers within Bangladesh. Prepared for Ground water Circle, Bangladesh Water Development Board. 1997.

[8]Geophysical and hydrogeological studies for saline groundwater investigation in Mandathana, Naogaon district. Funded by the Bangladesh University Grants Commission. 1996.



In peer reviewed international journals

[1]Mohammed Hossain, M., Bhattacharya, P., Frape, S.K., Jacks, G., Islam, M.M., Rahman, M.M, von Brömssen , M., Hasan, M.A., Ahmed, K.M., 2014. Sediment color tool for targeting arsenic-safe aquifers for the installation of shallow drinking water tubewells. Sci. of the Tot. Env., 493, 615-625.

[2]von Brömssen, M., Markussen, L., Bhattacharya, P.,Ahmed, K.M., Hossain, M., Jacks, G., Sracek, O., Thunvic, R., Hasan, M.A.,Islam, M.M., Rahman, M.M., 2014. Hydrogeological investigation for assessment of the sustainability of low-arsenic aquifers as a safe drinking water source in regions with high-arsenic groundwater in Matlab, southwestern Bangladesh. Jour. of Hydrogeology, 518, 373-392.

[3]Robinson, C., von Brömssen, M., Prosun Bhattacharya, P.,Häller, S., Bivén, A., Hossain, M, Jacks, G., Ahmed, K.M., Hasan, M.A.,Thunvik, R., 2011. Dynamics of arsenic adsorption in the targeted arsenic-safe aquifers in Matlab,south-eastern Bangladesh: Insight from experimental studies. App. Geochem, 26, 624-635

[4]Hasan, M. A., Bhattacharya, P., Sracek, O., Ahmed, K. M., von Brömssen M., Jacks, G.,  2009. Geological controls on groundwater chemistry and arsenic mobilization: Hydrogeochemical study along an E–W transect in the Meghna basin, Bangladesh. J. of Hydrology, 378, 105–118.

[5]Hasan, M. A., von Brömssen, M., Bhattacharya, P., Ahmed, K. M., Sikder, A. M., Jacks, G.,  Sracek, O., 2009. Geochemistry and mineralogy of shallow alluvial aquifers in Daudkandiupazila in the Meghna flood plain, Bangladesh. Environ. Geol. 57, 499-511.

[6]Bhattacharya, P., Hasan, M. A., Sracek, O., Smith, E., Ahmed, K. M., von Brömssen, M., Huq, S.M.I., Naidu, R., 2009. Groundwater chemistry and Arsenic mobilisation in the Holocene flood plains in south-central Bangladesh. Environ. Geochem. Health 31, 23-43.

[7]von Brömssen, M., Larsson S.H., Bhattacharya, P., Hasan, M. A., Ahmed, K. M., Jakariya, M., Sikder, M. A., Sracek, O, Bivén, A., Doušová, B., Patricia, C., Thunvik, R., Jacks, G., 2008 Geochemical characterisation of shallow aquifer sediments of MatlabUpazila, Southeastern Bangladesh – Implications for targeting low-As aquifers. J. Cont. Hydrol. 99,137-149.

[8]Mukherjee, A., von Brömssen, M., Scanlon, B. R., Bhattacharya, P., Fryar, A. E., Hasan, M. A., Ahmed, K. M., Chatterjee, D., Jacks, G., Sracek, O., 2008. Hydrogeochemical comparison and effects of overlapping redox zones on groundwater arsenic near the Western (Bhagirathi sub-basin, India) and Eastern (Meghna sub-basin, Bangladesh) margins of the Bengal Basin. J. Contam. Hydrol. 99, 31-48.

[9]Hasan, M. A., Ahmed, K. M., Sracek, O., Bhattacharya, P., von Brömssen, M., Broms, S., Fogelström, J., Mazumder, M. L., Jacks, G., 2007. Arsenic in shallow groundwater of Bangladesh: investigations from three different physiographic settings. Hydrogeol. J. 15, 1507–1522.

[10]von Brömssen, M., Jakariya, M., Bhattacharya, P., Ahmed, K. M., Hasan, M.A.,Sracek, O., Jonsson, L., Lundell, L., Jacks. G., 2007. Targeting low-arsenic aquifers in MatlabUpazila, Southeastern Bangladesh. Sci. Total. Environ. 379, 121–132.

[11]Ahmed, K. M., Bhattacharya, P., Hasan, M. A.,Akhter, S. H., Alam, S. M. M., Bhuyian, M. A. H., Imam, M. B., Khan, A. A., Sracek, O., 2004. Arsenic enrichment in groundwater of alluvial aquifers in Bangladesh: An overview.  Appl. Geochemistry, 19, 181-200.

[12]A. S. M. Woobaidullah, K. M. Ahmed, M. A. Hasan and M. K. Hasan, 1998. Saline Ground Water Management in Manda Thana of Naogaon District, NW Bangladesh. Jour.  Geol. Soc.  India, 51 (January), 49-56.

[13]K. M. Ahmed, M. A. Hasan, S. U. Sharif and K. S. Hossain, 1998. Effect of Urbanisation on Groundwater Regime, Dhaka City, Bangladesh. Jour. Geol. Soc. India, 52 (August), 229-238.

[14]M. A. Hasan, A. S. M Woobaidullah, K. M. Ahmed and M. M. Rahman, 1997. Geochemistry and origin of saline ground water in Mandathana, Naogaon district, NW Bangladesh. Indian Jour.  Earth Sci., 24 ( 3-4), 26-32.

[15]K. M. Ahmed, A. S. M. Woobaidullah and M. A. Hasan, 1995. Hydrogeochemistry of the DupiTila Aquifer of Dhaka City, Bangladesh. ActaUniversitatisCarolinaeGeologica, 39, 113-121.

In peer reviewed national journals

[1]M. A. Hasan, Md. Badruzzaman and S. Q. Chowdhury, 2000. Chemical Characterization of Some Holocene and Pleistocene brick clays of Dhaka City and Savar area, Bangladesh. Dhaka Univ. Jour. of Science, 48(2), 129-134.

[2]K. M. Ahmed, M. A. Hasan, S. Q. Chowdhury, S. U. Sharif, M. E. Haq and A. K. M. S. Hossain, 1998. Impact of urbanisation on the geoenvironment of Dhaka City. J. Asiat. Soc. Bangladesh, Sci, 24(2), 339-352.

[3]MonirulHaq, M. A. Hasan and M. K. Hasan, 1997. Geochemical evaluation of ground water quality for irrigation - a case study. Bangladesh Jour. Water Resources Research,14-18, 139-150.

[4]A. S. M. Woobaidullah, M. A. Hasan, Md. Humayun Reza, Abdun Noor and Khairul Amin. 1994. An analysis of resistivity sounding data for ground water exploration in Dumdumnia -Nayapara, Teknaf. The Dhaka Univ. Jour. of Sci., 42(2), 229-234.

[5]A. S. M. Woobaidullah, M. A. Hasan, S. Q Chowdhury, K. M. Ahmed and A. Noor, 1993. Ground water potentiality - A review of the hydrological data available in the coastal belt of Khulna and Satkhira districts, Bangladesh. The Dhaka University Studies, B, 41(1), 19-26.

[6]S. Q. Chowdhury, M. A. Hasan, K. M. Ahmed and M. S. H. Khan, 1991. Clay Mineral - Its environmental control on the Neogene Shale with particular reference to Patharia Structure, Surma Basin, Bangladesh. Bangladesh Jour. Scientific Research, 11(2), 179-184.

[7]S. Q. Chowdhury, K. M. Ahmed, M. A. Hasan and M. H. Rahman, 1991. A note on thickness variation of Neogene  sediments between the two flanks of Sitapahar Anticline. Bangladesh Journal of Scientific Research, 9(2), 215-217.

Book chapters

[8]Bhattacharya, P., von Brömssen, M., Hasan, M. A., Ahmed, K. M., Jacks, G., Sracek, O., Huq, S.M.I., Naidu, R., Smith, E., Owens, G. 2008. Arsenic mobilisation in the Holocene flood plains in Southcentral Bangladesh: Evidences from the hydrogeochemical trends and modeling results. In: Bhattacharya, P., Ramanathan, AL., Mukherjee A.B., Bundschuh, J., Chandrasekharam, D. &Keshari, A.K. (eds.) Groundwater for Sustainable Development: Problems, Perspectives and Challenges. Taylor and Francis /A. A. Balkema, The Netherlands, 283-299.

[9]Bhattacharya, P., Ahmed, K. M., Hasan, M. A,Broms, S., Fogelström, J., Jacks, G., Sracek, O., von Brömssen, M. &Routh, J., 2006. Mobility of arsenic in groundwater in a part of Brahmanbaria district, NE Bangladesh In: Naidu, R., Smith, E., Owens, G., Bhattacharya, P. &Nadebaum. P., (Eds.) Managing Arsenic in the Environment: From soil to human health. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, 95-115.      

[10]A. M. Sikder, M. H. Khan, M. A. Hasan and K. M. Ahmed, 2005. Mineralogical characteristics of the Meghna Floodplain Sediments and arsenic enrichment in Groundwater. InBundschuh, J., Bhattacharya, P. and Chandrasekharam, D. (Eds.) Natural Arsenic in Groundwater: Occurrences, Remediation and Management. Taylor and Francis Group, London, 31-40.

[11]K. M. Ahmed, M. B. Imam, S. H. Akhter, M. A. Hasan and A. A Khan., 2001. Sedimentology and Mineralogy of arsenic contaminated aquifers in the Bengal Delta of Bangladesh. In: G. Jacks, P. Bhattacharya, and A..A. Khan (Eds.) Groundwater Arsenic Contamination in the Bengal Delta Plains of Bangladesh: Proceedings of the KTH-Dhaka University Seminar, KTH Special Publication, TRITA-AMI Report 3084, Stockholm, Sweden, 97-108.

Conference and seminar papers/abstracts

[1]M. A. Hasan, P. Bahttcharya, K. M. Ahmed, OndraSracek, M. vonBromssen and G. Jacks. Hydrogeochemical Evaluation of Groundwater along an E-W Transect of the Middle Meghna Basin, Bangladesh. Joint Annual Meeting, Geological Society of America, Houston, Texas, 5-9 October, 2008.

[2]M. A. Hasan, K. M. Ahmed, M. von Bromssen, A. M. Sikder, G. Jacks and P. Bahttcharya. Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Shallow Aquifer Sediments of Meghna Flood Plain, Bangladesh in Relation to Arsenic in Groundwater. Second International Conference on Ground Water for Sustainable Development: Problems, Perspectives and Challenges (IGC 2006), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1-4 February 2006.