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Dr.  Alik Ismail-Zade

Dr. Alik Ismail-Zade

Senior Scientist
Technische Petrophysik
CS 50.40

Phone+49 721 608-44610
alik ismail-zadehIhw4∂kit edu

Curriculum Vitae

  • BSc in Mathematics, Baku State University, Baku, Azerbaijan, 1982
  • MSc in Mathematical Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, 1983
  • PhD in Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, 1990
  • DSc in Geophysics (Habilitation), Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, 1997
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society, 2013
  • Member, Academia Europaea, 2017
  • Fellow, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), 2019


Full CV: Ismail-Zadeh

Badische Neueste Nachrichten Article: BNN, 2010

Research Interests

  • TECTONIC STRESS & SEISMICITY. Nonlinear block-and-fault dynamics of the lithosphere and earthquakes. Tectonic stress analysis and modeling. Seismic hazard and risk assessment. Applications: Caucasus, Tibet-Himalayan, SE-Carpathians (Vrancea), Apennines.
  • VOLCANIC FLOWS. Reconstruction of thermal and dynamic characteristics of volcanic lava from surface thermal measurements. Numerical modelling of lava flow with a ruptured crust. Two- and three-dimensional time-dependent and steady state modeling.
  • MANTLE DYNAMICS. Thermal plume evolution. Mantle-lithosphere interaction. Lithosphere-asthenosphere delamination. Continental collision. Pacific plate subduction and its evolution.
  • SEDIMENTARY BASINS. Mechanisms of basin evolution. Geothermal evolution. Salt tectonics and dynamic reconstruction of salt structures. Link between mantle dynamics and basin evolution. Application: North American, East European, and Siberian basins; Pricaspian salt basin and Gulf of Mexico.
  • COMPUTATIONAL GEODYNAMICS & METHODS. Development of methodology and software for geodynamic modeling using finite element methods, finite difference methods, finite volume methods, direct and inverse methods. Data assimilation. Data-driven numerical modeling.
  • RISK AND SUSTAINABILITY. Studies of related to disaster risk reduction, risk assessment, preparedness, and the role of science in risk reduction. Science policy and diplomacy. History of Earth and space sciences.


Current Projects



Full list of publications can be viewed at: Publication list A. Ismail-Zadeh


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.


Nonlinear dynamics of crustal blocks and faults and earthquake occurrences in the Transcaucasian region.
Vorobieva, I.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Gorshkov, A.
2019. Physics of the earth and planetary interiors, 297, 106320. doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2019.106320
A notable centenary for international science.
Reddy, D.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2019. Nature <London>, 572 (7767), 32. doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02325-w
IUGG evolves (1940–2000).
Joselyn, J. A.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2019. History of geo- and space sciences, 10 (1), 45–72. doi:10.5194/hgss-10-45-2019
IUGG: beginning, establishment, and early development (1919–1939).
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Joselyn, J. A.
2019. History of geo- and space sciences, 10 (1), 25–44. doi:10.5194/hgss-10-25-2019
IUGG in the 21st century.
Joselyn, J. A.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Beer, T.; Gupta, H.; Kono, M.; Shamir, U.; Sideris, M.; Whaler, K.
2019. History of geo- and space sciences, 10 (1), 73–95. doi:10.5194/hgss-10-73-2019
Crust Development inferred from numerical models of LA V A flow and its surface thermal measurements.
Tsepelev, I.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Starodubtseva, Y.; Korotkii, A.; Melnik, O.
2018. Annals of geophysics, 61, AC62. doi:10.4401/ag-7745
Seismic hazard assessment of the Shillong Plateau, India.
Baro, O.; Kumar, A.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2018. Geomatics, natural hazards and risk, 9 (1), 841–861. doi:10.1080/19475705.2018.1494043
Quantitative modeling of the lithosphere dynamics, earthquakes and seismic hazard.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Soloviev, A.; Sokolov, V.; Vorobieva, I.; Müller, B.; Schilling, F.
2018. Tectonophysics, 746, 624–647. 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