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Dr. Alik Ismail-Zadeh

Akademischer Mitarbeiter
Technische Petrophysik
Raum004, 50.41
Tel.+49 721 608 44610
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alik ismail-zadehUfv2∂kit edu

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Studies of dynamics of the crust, lithosphere, and mantle and their surface manifestations (including sedimentary basin evolution, salt tectonics, seismicity, seismic hazard and risk, volcanoes and orogeny) through multidisciplinary synthesis, theoretical analysis, and numerical experiments.
  • Ongoing research: computational geodynamics; data assimilation (inverse problems) in models of crustal and mantle dynamics; tectonic stress analysis; modeling of volcanic lava flow; modelling of seismicity; seismic hazards and risk analysis; evolution of descending lithosphere; mantle plume evolution.
  • Previously also: gravitational, thermal, and buckling instabilities of rheologically stratified (geo)structures; propagation of slow tectonic waves in the lithosphere; migration of seismic activity; subsidence and geothermal analysis of sedimentary basins and mechanisms of basin evolution; salt diapirism.

Current Projects

  • DFG project “Unravelling the areas prone to large earthquakes in the Caucasian region (KaukasUs-R)” (2016-2018)
  • Russian Science Foundation project "Modeling of volcanic lava flow with breccias" (2014-2016).

Completed Projects

  • DFG project “Evolution of descending lithospheric slabs as inferred from assimilation of geophysical, geodetic and geological data” (2009-2012).
  • Russian Academy of Sciences project “Mantle plume dynamics, heat flow changes and maturation of hydrocarbons” (2009-2010).
  • Chevron industrial project “Modelling of salt extrusion and raft development” (2008-2009).



Full list of publications can be viewed at: http://www.mitp.ru/~aismail/lpub.htm http://www.agw.kit.edu/img/intern/icon_external_link.gif



Ismail-Zadeh, A.T., Korotkii A., and Tsepelev, I. Data-driven Numerical Modelling in Geodynamics: Methods and Applications. Springer, Heidelberg, 2016.

Ismail-Zadeh, A., and Cutter, S. (eds.) Disaster Risks Research and Assessment to Promote Risk Reduction and Management. International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC), Paris. 2015. Available at the ICSU web site; http://www.icsu.org/science-for-policy/disaster-risk/documents/DRRsynthesisPaper_2015.pdf  (retrieved on 01.08.2015)

Ismail-Zadeh, A.T., Fucugauchi, J., Kijko, A., Takeuchi, K., and Zaliapin, I. (eds.) Extreme Natural Hazards, Disaster Risks and Societal Implications, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2014.

Ismail-Zadeh, A. T., and Tackley, P. J., Computational Methods for Geodynamics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010.

Ismail-Zadeh, A. (ed.) Computational Seismology and Geodynamics, Vol. 8, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., 2008.

Ismail-Zadeh, A. T., and T. Beer (eds.), Georisk: Interactions between Science and Society. Springer, Heidelberg, 2007.

Ismail-Zadeh, A. T. (ed.) Recent Geodynamics, Georisk and Sustainable Development in the Black Sea to Caspian Sea Region. American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings, vol. 825, Melville, New York, 2006.

Beer, T. and Ismail-Zadeh, A. T. (eds.) Risk Science and Sustainability. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2003.


Quantitative modeling of the lithosphere dynamics, earthquakes and seismic hazard [in press].
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Soloviev, A.; Sokolov, V.; Vorobieva, I.; Müller, B.; Schilling, F.
2017. Tectonophysics. doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2017.04.007
Geoscience international : the role of scientific unions.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2016. History of geo- and space sciences, 7 (2), 103–123. doi:10.5194/hgss-7-103-2016
Forging a paradigm shift in disaster science.
Ismail-Zadeh, A. T.; Cutter, S. L.; Takeuchi, K.; Paton, D.
2016. Natural Hazards, 86 (2), 969-988. doi:10.1007/s11069-016-2726-x
On the use of multiple-site estimations in probabilistic seismic-hazard assessment.
Sokolov, V.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2016. The bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 106 (5), 2233-2243. doi:10.1785/0120150306
Numerical modeling of fluid flow with rafts: An application to lava flows.
Tsepelev, I.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Melnik, O.; Korotkii, A.
2016. Journal of geodynamics, 97, 31-41. doi:10.1016/j.jog.2016.02.010
Quantitative reconstruction of thermal and dynamic characteristics of lava flow from surface thermal measurements.
Korotkii, A.; Kovtunov, D.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Tsepelev, I.; Melnik, O.
2016. Geophysical Journal International, 205 (3), 1767-1779. doi:10.1093/gji/ggw117
Making the Northern Indian Ocean a Hub of Geomagnetic Data.
Arora, K.; Nagarajan, N.; Thomson, A.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2015. Eos, 96 (16), 19-22. doi:10.1029/2015EO034037
Global risks: Pool knowledge to stem losses from disasters.
Cutter, S. L.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Alcántara-Ayala, I.; Altan, O.; Baker, D. N.; Briceño, S.; Gupta, H.; Holloway, A.; Johnston, D.; McBean, G. A.; Ogawa, Y.; Paton, D.; Porio, E.; Silbereisen, R. K.; Takeuchi, K.; Valsecchi, G. B.; Vogel, C.; Wu, G.
2015. Nature <London>, 522 (7556), 277–279. doi:10.1038/522277a
Linking mantle upwelling with the lithosphere descent and the Japan Sea evolution: a hypothesis.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Honda, S.; Tsepelev, I.
2013. Scientific Reports, 3, Article Nr. 1137. doi:10.1038/srep01137
Lithosphere–asthenosphere viscosity contrast and decoupling.
Doglioni, C.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Panza, G.; Riguzzi, F.
2011. Physics of the earth and planetary interiors, 189 (1-2), 1–8. doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2011.09.006
Scenario-based earthquake hazard and risk assessment for Baku (Azerbaijan).
Babayev, G.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Le Mouël, J.-L.
2010. Natural hazards and earth system sciences, 10 (12), 2697–2712. doi:10.5194/nhess-10-2697-2010
International Cooperation in Geophysics to Benefit Society.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Beer, T.
2009. Eos, 90 (51), 493–502. doi:10.1029/2009EO510001
Numerical techniques for solving the inverse retrospective problem of thermal evolution of the Earth interior.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Korotkii, A.; Schubert, G.; Tsepelev, I.
2009. Computers & Structures, 87 (11 - 12), 802 - 811
Geothermal evolution of the Astrakhan Arch region of the Pricaspian basin.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Wilhelm, H.; Volozh, Y.
2008. International journal of earth sciences, 97 (5), 1029–1043. doi:10.1007/s00531-007-0258-z
Thermal evolution and geometry of the descending lithosphere beneath the SE-Carpathians: An insight from the past.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Schubert, G.; Tsepelev, I.; Korotkii, A.
2008. Earth and planetary science letters, 273 (1-2), 68–79. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.06.012
Tectonic stress, seismicity, and seismic hazard in the southeastern Carpathians.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Sokolov, V.; Bonjer, K.-P.
2007. Natural hazards, 42 (3), 493–514. doi:10.1007/s11069-006-9074-1
Preventive disaster management of extreme natural events.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Takeuchi, K.
2007. Natural Hazards, 42 (3), 459 - 467
t* - an unsuitable parameter to characterize anelastic attenuation in the Eastern Carpathians.
Wenzel, F.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Weidle, C.
2007. Geophysical Journal International, 170 (3), 1139 - 1150
Numerical modeling of crustal block-and-fault dynamics, earthquakes and slip rates in the Tibet-Himalayan region.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Le Mouel, J.-L.; Soloviev, A.; Tapponnier, P.; Vorovieva, I.
2007. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 258 (3-4), 465 - 485
Quasi-reversibility method for data assimilation in models of mantle dynamics.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Korotkii, A.; Schubert, G.; Tsepelev, I.
2007. Geophysical Journal International, 170 (3), 1381 - 1398
Geothermal Evolution of the Astrakhan Crest Region of the Pricaspian Basin, Russia.
Krupsky, D.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Wilhelm, H.; Volozh, Y.
2006. Recent Geodynamics, Georisk and Sustainabe Development in the Black Sea to Caspian Sea Region : Proceedings of the International Workshop on Recent Geodynamics, Georisk and Sustainable Development in the Black Sea to Caspian Sea Region. Ed. : A. Ismail-Zadeh, 120-131, AIP Press, Woodbury (NY)
Three-dimensional numerical simulation of the inverse problem of thermal convection using the quasi-reversibility method.
Ismail-Zadeh, A. T.; Korotkii, A. I.; Tsepelev, I. A.
2006. Computational mathematics and mathematical physics, 46 (12), 2176–2186. doi:10.1134/S0965542506120153
Three-dimensional forward and backward numerical modeling of mantle plume evolution: Effects of thermal diffusion.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Schubert, G.; Tsepelev, I.; Korotkii, A.
2006. Journal of geophysical research / Solid earth, 111 (6), Art. Nr: B06401. doi:10.1029/2005JB003782
Numerical reconstruction of the initial temperature of diapiric structures in the earth: Effect of the heat diffusion.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Korotkii, A.; Schubert, G.; Tsepelev, I.
2005. 3rd M.I.T. Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics; Boston, MA; United States; 14 June 2005 through 17 June 2005. Ed.: K.-J. Bathe, 679-682, Elsevier, Amsterdam / Boston
Inverse problem of thermal convection: Numerical approach and application to mantle plume restoration.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Schubert, G.; Tsepelev, I.; Korotkii, A.
2004. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 145 (1-4), 99 - 114
Numerical apporach to 3D forward modeling of slow viscous flow.
Tsepelev, I. A.; Korotkii, A. I.; Ismail-Zadeh, A. T.
2003. Computational fluid and solid mechanics 2003 ; proceedings, Second MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, June 17-20, 2003. Ed.: k.-J. Bathe, 1169–1171, Elsevier, Amsterdam. doi:10.1016/B978-008044046-0.50286-4
Salt structures and hydrocarbons in the Pricaspian basin.
Volozh, Y.; Talbot, C.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2003. AAPG bulletin, 87 (2), 313–334. doi:10.1306/09060200896