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.


Mathematical and Numerical Models of Lava Dome Dynamics
Zeinalova, N.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Melnik, O.; Tsepelev, I.
2022, Juni 23. 33rd IUGG Conference on Mathematical Geophysics (CMG 2022), Online, 20.–24. Juni 2022
Guest Editorial: Special Issue on “Lithosphere Dynamics and Earthquake Hazard Forecasting”
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Kijko, A.; Nekrasova, A.; Shebalin, P.
2022. Surveys in Geophysics. doi:10.1007/s10712-022-09711-6
Lava Dome Evolution at Volcán de Colima, México During 2013: Insights from Numerical Modeling
Tsepelev, I. A.; Ismail-Zadeh, A. T.; Melnik, O. E.
2021. Journal of volcanology and seismology, 15 (6), 491–501. doi:10.1134/S0742046321060117
Lava Dome Morphology and Viscosity Inferred From Data-Driven Numerical Modeling of Dome Growth at Volcán de Colima, Mexico During 2007-2009
Zeinalova, N.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Melnik, O.; Tsepelev, I.; Zobin, V.
2021. Frontiers in Earth Science, 9, 735914. doi:10.3389/feart.2021.735914
Poor planning compounded European flooding catastrophes
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2021. Nature <London>, 598 (7879), 32. doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02712-2
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
Erratum to: 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 (5), 817. doi:10.1134/S1069351321120016
Lithospheric block-and-fault dynamics modelling: What did we learn about large earthquake occurrences and seismic hazard? (by invitation)
Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Soloviev, A.
2021, August 23. Joint Scientific Assembly IAGA-IASPEI (2021), Online, 21.–27. August 2021
Special Talk - Nexus of Earth observations, natural hazard analysis and risk assessments to impact policymaking (Invited)
Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2021, Mai 24. NSF Convergence Workshop on "Bringing Land, Ocean, Atmosphere and Ionosphere Data to the Community for Hazards Alerts" (2021), Washington, DC, USA, 24.–28. Mai 2021
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
Numerical Modeling of the 2007-2009 Lava Dome Growth in the Crater of Volcán de Colima, México
Zeinalova, N.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.
2021. GeoKarlsruhe (DGGV 2021), Karlsruhe, Deutschland, 19.–24. September 2021. doi:10.48380/dggvt14h-wg06
Data-Driven Numerical Modeling of the Lava Dome Growth at Volcán de Colima, Mexico During 2007-2009
Zeinalova, N.; Ismail-Zadeh, A.; Melnik, O.; Tsepelev, I.; Zobin, V.
2021. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting (2021), New Orleans, LA, USA, 13.–17. Dezember 2021
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