UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Arifin Arifin

Arafin Arafin
  • Supervisors: Richard G. Taylor (UCL Geography) and Mohammad Shamsudduha 
  • Funding: Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) Scholarship
  • Email: arifin.arifin.22@ucl.ac.uk

Groundwater characteristics and hydrostratigraphy of the Lower Kutai Basin, Indonesia

Groundwater, especially that found below a depth of ~300 m, has yet to be well characterised in most of Indonesia’s sedimentary basins. This programme of PhD study aims to provide an understanding of both deep and shallow groundwater characteristics of the Lower Kutai Basin, where Indonesia’s new capital city (Nusantara) is situated. I examine often-overlooked data from petroleum exploration wells to assess the characteristics of deep groundwater in the Lower Kutai Basin; data from registered water wells are employed to examine the characteristics of shallow groundwater. Both are then integrated to reconstruct the hydrostratigraphy of the basin.

Academic background

  • 2022 – now     PhD, Geography, University College London
  • 2019 – 2020    MSc, Groundwater Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology
  • 2011 – 2015    BSc, Geological Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology