Dr.  Alik Ismail-Zade

Dr. Alik Ismail-Zade

  • Adenauerring 20b
    76131 Karlsruhe

Curriculum Vitae

Full CV: Ismail-Zadeh

Badische Neueste Nachrichten Article: BNN, 2010


  • BSc in Mathematics (summa cum laude), Baku State University, Baku, Azerbaijan, 1982
  • MSc in Mathematical Physics (summa cum laude), 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

Professional Experience (selected)

  • Invited Professor, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Paris, France (2005-2016)
  • Invited Lecturer, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy (2001-2015)
  • Invited Professor, University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Beijing, China (2014)
  • Senior Scientist, Geophysical Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe (2001-2012)
  • Invited Professor, Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (2007-2008)
  • Invited Research Professor, Department of Earth & Space Sciences, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA (2003)
  • Royal Society Visiting Scholar, Institute of Theoretical Geophysics, University of Cambridge, UK (2000)
  • Visiting Scientist, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden 1(998-2000)
  • Visiting Scientist, Centre for Parallel Computer, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (1996-1999)

Awards and Honors (selected)

  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2019
  • Ambassador Award, AGU, 2019
  • Fellow, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), 2019
  • Secretary, International Science Council (ISC), 2018-2021 (elected)
  • Member, Academia Europaea (AE), 2017
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society, 2013
  • Axford Distinguished Lecture Award, Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS), 2012
  • International Award, AGU, 2009
  • Secretary General, IUGG, 2007-2019 (elected)
  • The Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship Award, 2001

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

  • Unravelling the Areas Prone to Large Earthquakes in the Caucasian Region / Systematik der Regionen starker Erdbeben im Kaukasus

A. Ismail-Zadeh

A. Gorshkov (Russia)

  • Data-driven thermomechanical modelling of lava flows / Datengesteuerte thermomechanische Modellierung von Lavaströmen

A. Ismail-Zadeh

O. Melnik and

A. Korotkii (Russia)

  • Seismic Hazard Assessment in the Shillong Plateau / Seismische Gefahrenanalyse auf dem Shillong-Plateau

Abhishek Kumar (India)

Alik Ismail-Zadeh

  • Siberian traps and “Permian” anomaly: is there a link? / Sibirische Trappe und "Permian" Anomalie: gibt es eine Beziehung?

Alik Ismail-Zadeh

Anne Davaille and

Jean Bess (France)


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.


Knowledge exchange through science diplomacy to assist disaster risk reduction.
Kontar, Y. Y.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Berkman, P. A.; Duda, P. I.; Gluckman, S. P.; Kelman, I.; Murray, V.
2021. Progress in disaster science, 11, Article no: 100188. doi:10.1016/j.pdisas.2021.100188
A Method for Magma Viscosity Assessment by Lava Dome Morphology.
Starodubtseva, Y. V.; Starodubtsev, I. S.; Ismail-Zadeh, A. T.; Tsepelev, I. A.; Melnik, O. E.; Korotkii, A. I.
2021. Journal of volcanology and seismology, 15 (3), 159–168. doi:10.1134/S0742046321030064
3D Numerical Modeling of the Summit Lake Lava Flow, Yellowstone, USA.
Tsepelev, I. A.; Ismail-Zadeh, A. T.; Melnik, O. E.
2021. Izvestiya / Physics of the solid earth, 57 (2), 257–265. doi:10.1134/S1069351321020129
Data-driven Geodynamics.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2021. Journal of the Geological Society of India, 97 (3), 223–226. doi:10.1007/s12594-021-1670-x
Tectonic regimes and stress patterns in the Vrancea Seismic Zone: Insights into intermediate-depth earthquake nests in locked collisional settings.
Petrescu, L.; Borleanu, F.; Radulian, M.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Maţenco, L.
2021. Tectonophysics, 799, Article no: 228688. doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2020.228688
Earthquake Prediction, M8 Algorithm.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Kossobokov, V.
2021. Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. Ed.: H.K. Gupta, 2004–2008, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-58631-7_157
Active cloaking and illusion of electric potentials in electrostatics.
Helfrich-Schkabarenko, A.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Sommer, A.
2021. Scientific reports, 11 (1), Article: 10651. doi:10.1038/s41598-021-89062-1
Lava dome morphology inferred from numerical modelling.
Tsepelev, I.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Melnik, O.
2020. Geophysical journal international, 223 (3), 1597–1609. doi:10.1093/gji/ggaa395
Seismic hazard assessment of the Shillong Plateau using a probabilistic approach.
Baro, O.; Kumar, A.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2020. Geomatics, natural hazards and risk, 11 (1), 2210–2238. doi:10.1080/19475705.2020.1833989
Science for Earthquake Risk Reduction.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2020. Journal of the Geological Society of India, 96 (3), 213–216. doi:10.1007/s12594-020-1540-y
Geodynamics, seismicity, and seismic hazards of the Caucasus.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Adamia, S.; Chabukiani, A.; Chelidze, T.; Cloetingh, S.; Floyd, M.; Gorshkov, A.; Gvishiani, A.; Ismail-Zadeh, T.; Kaban, M. K.; Kadirov, F.; Karapetyan, J.; Kangarli, T.; Kiria, J.; Koulakov, I.; Mosar, J.; Mumladze, T.; Müller, B.; Sadradze, N.; Safarov, R.; Schilling, F.; Soloviev, A.
2020. Earth science reviews, 207, Article: 103222. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103222
A notable centenary for international science.
Reddy, D.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2019. Nature <London>, 572 (7767), 32. doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02325-w
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
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
Disaster-related science diplomacy: advancing global resilience through international scientific collaborations.
Kontar, Y. Y.; Beer, T.; Berkman, P. A.; Eichelberger, J. C.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Kelman, I.; LaBrecque, J. L.; Sztein, E.; Zaika, Y.
2018. Science & Diplomacy AAAS, 7 (2), 1–15
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
Seismic Hazards and Risks : Can we Assess them?.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2017. Lecture at the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2017
Seismic and Volcanic Hazards and Risks.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2017. Public Lecture at El Colegio Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico, 2017
Integrating Natural Hazard Science with Disaster Risk Reduction Policy.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2017. WLF 2017 : 4th World Landslide Forum : Landslide Research and Risk Reduction for Advancing Culture of Living with Natural Hazards, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 29th May - 2nd June 2017
From lithosphere dynamics and earthquake modelling through seismic hazard and risk assessments to disaster risk reduction.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2017. 6CNIS & 2CNISS : 6th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering and 2nd National Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (Keynote Lecture), Bucharest, Romania, 14th - 17th June 2017
Constraining lava flow and temperature from surface thermal measurements.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2017. European Science Foundation Workshop : Uncertainty Quantification in Lava Flow Hazard Modelling, Catania, Italy, 21st -23rd February 2017
Toward paradigm shift in disaster risk research.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2016. University of the Arctic (UArctic) Congress 2016, St. Petersburg, Russia, 12th - 16th September 2016
Geohazard research for disaster risk reduction.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2016. CCGG : 2nd Congress of China Geodesy and Geophysics (Keynote lecture), Nanjing, China, 23rd - 25th September 2016
Geohazard modeling and assessment for disaster risk reduction.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2016. International Conference on Data Intensive System Analysis for Geohazard Studies, Sochi, Mountain Cluster, Russia, 18th - 21st July 2016
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
Seismic Hazard, Earthquakes, and Disasters : Could We Predict Them.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2015. 10th International Workshop on Modern Methods of Processing and Interpretation of Seismological Data, Novkhany, Azerbaijan, 14th - 18th September 2015
Science-Driven Disaster Risk Research and Assessment.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2015. AGU Fall Meeting 2015, San Francisco, California, 14th - 18th December 2015
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
Where, When, and Why Does Earthquake Hazard Become Disaster?.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2014. Guest Lecture at the Luxemburg, International Institute of Applied System Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria, 29th April 2014
Science approach to disaster risk reduction.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2014. GEORISK 2014 : Improving Geophysical Risk Assessment, Forecasting, and Management, Madrid, Spain, 18th - 21st November 2014
Disaster Risk and Society.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2014. Keynote Lecture : 50th Anniversary of the Indian Geophysical Union, Hyderabad, India, 9th January 2014
Extreme natural events and societal implications – the ENHANS project.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2014. Extreme Natural Hazards, Disaster Risks and Societal Implications. Ed. : A. Ismail-Zadeh, 3–14, Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Extreme Natural Hazards, Disaster Risks and Societal Implications.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Fucugauchi, J. U.; Kijko, A.; Takeuchi, K.; Zaliapin, I.
2014. Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Ismail-Zadeh, A. T.
2013. Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards. Ed. : P. T. Bobrowsky, 979–979, Springer Science+Business Media
Ismail-Zadeh, A. T.
2013. Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards. Ed. : P. T. Bobrowsky, 907–908, Springer Science+Business Media
Earthquake prediction and forecasting.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2013. Encyclopedia of natural hazards. Ed.: P. T. Bobrowsky, 225–231, Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-4399-4_106
Visualization of lithosphere subduction: application to the mantle evolution beneath the Japanese Islands. iBook.
Helfrich-Schkarbanenko, A.; Honda, S.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Sommer, A.; Tsepelev, I.
2013. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
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
Visualization of lithosphere subduction: application to the mantle evolution beneath the Japanese Islands.
Helfrich-Schkarbanenko, A.; Honda, S.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Sommer, A.; Tsepelev, I.
2013. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). doi:10.5445/IR/1000035101
Computational geodynamics for seismic hazard analysis and earthquake prediction.
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2012. Encyclopedia of life support systems. Natural Disasters. Ed.: V.M. Kotlyakov, EOLSS Publishers