Alik T. Ismail-Zadeh
(magna c.l.) in Math
Baku State University, Azerbaijan
(magna c.l.) in Math & Physics
State University, Russia
Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
(Habilitation) in Geophysics
Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
B.Sc. thesis: Numerical solution to
one special system of ordinary differential equations.
M.Sc. thesis: On diffraction of inner waves in oceans.
Ph.D. thesis: Gravitational
instability of visco-elastic structures: Application
to lithosphere dynamics.
D.Sc. dissertation (habilitation): Numerical
modeling of geodynamic processes associated with sedimentary basin evolution.
- Since 2005, Visiting Research Professor, Institut de Physique
du Globe de Paris, FRANCE
- Since 2001, Director/Lecturer at advanced
schools/workshops/conferences, The Abdus
Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, ITALY
- 2014, Invited Professor, University of the
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Beijing,
- 2003-2012, Research
Scientist, Geophysical Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of
Technology, Karlsruhe, GERMANY
- 2005-2008, Invited
Professor, Earthquake Research
Institute, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JAPAN
- 2005-2007, Foreign
Simulator Center, Yokohama, JAPAN
Invited Professor, Department of Earth
& Space Sciences, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.
- 2002 - 2003, Senior Researcher, WSM
Project, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, Heidelberg, GERMANY
- 2001 - 2002, A. von Humboldt
Research Fellow, Geophysikalisches Institut, Universitaet Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, GERMANY
- 2000, Royal Society
Visiting Scholar, Institute of
Theoretical Geophysics, University of Cambridge, UK
- 1999, Invited Professor,
Physics, University of Roma “La Sapienza”, Roma, ITALY
- 1999, Invited Professor,
Institute of Earth Sciences, Hebrew
University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, ISRAEL
- 1998-2000, Executive
co-Director, Italian-Russian Institute on Advanced Geophysical Studies,
- 1998-2000, Associate
Professor, I.M. Gubkin
Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Moscow, RUSSIA
- 1998-2000, Visiting
of Earth Sciences, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, SWEDEN
- 1996-1999, Post-Doc and
Visiting Scientist, Centre for Parallel
Computer, Royal Institute of Technology,
- 1996, Visiting
of Geosciences, University of Mainz, Mainz, GERMANY
- 1995, Visiting
Scientist, Faculty of Earth Science, Vrije University, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
- 1995, Post-doc, Division
of Applied Geophysics, University of
Trieste, Trieste, ITALY
- 1990-1998, Researcher,
Senior Research Fellow, IIEPT,
- 1990, Researcher, Institute of Geology and
Geophysics, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Baku, AZERBAIJAN
- 1987-1990, Full-time
post-graduate student, Schmidt
Institute of Physics of the Earth, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow,
- 1983-1986, Junior
of Geology and Geophysics, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences,
- 2017, Member, Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe)
- 2013, Honorary Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society, London
- 2012, Axford Distinguished Lecture Award, Asia Oceania
- 2011, Honorary Member, IUGG Union Commission on Geophysical
Risk and Sustainability
- 2009, International
Award, American Geophysical Union
- 2007, Most Cited Paper
2004-2007 Award, Elsevier
- 2001, The Alexander von Humboldt
Research Fellowship Award
- 2000, The Royal Society Research Fellowship
- 1999, Fellowship Award
of the Russian President to
Early Career Doctors of Science
- 1997, Swedish Institute Scholarship Award
- 1995, Scholarship Award
of the Italian Ministry of Education,
Universities and Research
- 1995, Academia Europaea
Prize and Medal to Early Career Scientists
- 1995, IUGG & RFBR
- 1994, European Geophysical Society Travel Award to
- 1993, Soros International Science Foundation
SOCIETY & INTERNATIONAL UNION ACTIVITIES
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
- Chair (2017-2018), Graduate Award Committee, Natural Hazards Focus Group
- Chair (2015-2017), Member (2013-2014), International
- Member (2014-2015, 2007-2008), Panel of Experts on Revision of the
Natural Hazards Statement
- Adviser to the President (since 2015), Natural Hazards Focus Group
- Member (2011-2012), Task Force on Grant Challenges
- Member (2010-2012), AGU Council
- Founding President (2009-2012), Immediate Past President
(2013-2014), Natural Hazards Focus Group
- Member (2007-2008), Panel of Experts on Natural Hazards
- Director (2001-2010), AGU Outreach Center in Russia
- Member (2000-2006, 2008-2010), Committee on International
- Convener of Union, Natural Hazards, and Tectonophysics sessions
Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology (EUROSCIENCE)
- Elected Member (1997-2002), Governing Board
- Chair (1998-2012), Working Group “Science and Urgent Problems of
- Co-Chair (1997-2002), Working Group “East-West Cooperation”
- Convener of several symposia/sessions or an invited speaker at the
Euroscience Open Forums (ESOF)
in Budapest (2002, the one before the first ESOF), Stockholm (2004),
Munich (2006), Torino (2008),
Barcelona (2008), and Dublin (2012).
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
- Secretary-General (elected in 2007, re-elected for the term of
- Chair (2004-2007), Past Chair (2007-2015), Founding co-Chair (2000-2004),
Commission on Geophysical Risk and
Sustainability (GeoRisk Commission or GRC)
- Member, Site Comparison Committee (2014)
- Member, Fellows Selection Committee (2014)
- Member, Scientific Program Committees, 26th General
Assembly, Prague, Czech Republic (2013-2015)
- Member, Scientific Program Committees, 25th General
Assembly, Melbourne, Australia (2009-2011)
International Council for Science (ICSU)
- Chair (2014-2017), Vice-Chair (2012-2014), Member (since 2008),
Steering Committee, GEOUNIONS,
- Co-Chair, Ad-hoc Expert Group on Disaster Risk Assessment, International Council for Science (ICSU)
and International Social
Sciences Council (ISSC)
- Member (2011-present), Science Panel, Initiative on U.N. International
Year for Global Understanding
- Member (2010-2011), Panel
on Strategic Plan Development for the International Society for
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
- Member (2007-2009),
Council of the ICSU Federation of Astronomical and Geophysical Data
international and intergovernmental scientific groupings
Member (2017-2018), Scientific Board of the UNESCO-IUGS
Geoscience Program (IGCP)
- Member (2016-2017),
Science and Technology Program Committee,
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
- Principal Delegate
(2015-2019), intergovernmental Group on Earth
- Member (2011-present), Scientific
Program Committee, S&T Conference series, Preparatory
Commission for the Comprehensive
Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)
- Member (2012-present), Steering Committee, Asia-Pacific Region Global Earthquake and
Volcanic Eruption Risk Management (G-EVER)
- Member (2007-2010), Board of Directors, International Year of
Planet Earth (IYPE)
- Member (2007-2009), Council of the ICSU Federation of Astronomical
and Geophysical Data Services
- Member (2005-2007), Science Working Group, IGOS-Geohazards
- Member (1993-1995), EUROPROBE Task Force “GeoRift: Geodynamics of
IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
Association of Petroleum Geologists, Associate Member
Geophysical Union, Life Member (since 1993)
Geosciences Union, Member (since 2003)
Geophysical Society, Member (1996-2002)
- EuroScience, Founder Member (since 1996)
REVIEW AND REFEREE
- Reviewer of research
articles for the peer-reviewed research journals:
Geochem. Geosys. (G3); Geophysical Journal
Geophysical Research Letters; GeoMarine Letters; Journal of Geodynamics;
Journal of Geophysical Research; Journal of Quaternary Science; Natural
Natural Hazards Review; Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences;
Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics; Physics of the Earth and Planetary
Tectonophysics, Terra Nova.
Applied Mathematics and Mechanics: Applied Mathematics and Computations;
Computer and Structures; International Journal of Thermal Sciences;
of Computational Physics; Mathematical Problems in Engineering.
- Reviewer of the book
proposals for Elsevier, Springer, and the Cambridge University Press
of the European Research Council (ERC)
of the European Union Framework Programs (FP6, FP7)
- Reviewer of the EU-INTAS
of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research
of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and the German Federal Ministry
for Education and Research (BMBF) Grant Programs (2012-2014)
- Reviewer of the
Excellence Initiative Program, Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences,
Research and the Arts (2013)
- Reviewer of FONDECYT
PhD theses and DSc dissertations in Geophysics and Applied Mathematics
(more than 15 dissertations in several countries)
AND THESIS EVALUATION COUNCIL
Evaluation Council for Ph.D. theses and D.Sc. dissertations (in
Supreme Certifying Commission of the Russian Federation, Moscow
Scientific Council, International Institute of Earthquake Prediction
Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (since 1993)
(2016-present) Geosystems, Russian
Academy of Sciences
(2015-present), Surveys in Geophysics,
(2015-present), Proceedings, Earth Sciences, Azerbaijan
National Academy of Sciences
Publication Series of the IUGG, Cambridge University Press
(2013-2016), Advisory Board for Research Reviews, Natural Hazard Science,
Oxford University Press
Associate Editor (2004-2006), Computational Seismology and Geodynamics,
American Geophysical Union
(2003-2010), Editorial Board, Computational Seismology, Russian Academy of
(2007-), Electronic Newsletters of the International Union of Geodesy and
(2006-2007), Natural Hazards, Springer
OF SCIENTIFIC WORK
Studies of dynamics of the
crust, lithosphere, and mantle and their surface manifestations
(including sedimentary basin evolution, salt tectonics, seismicity, seismic and
lava flow hazards)
through multidisciplinary synthesis, theoretical analysis, and numerical
research (key words): computational
geodynamics; data assimilation (inverse problems)
in models of crustal and mantle dynamics; development of quantitative methods
geothermal evolution of sedimentary basins; salt diapirism;
modelling of seismicity; block-and-fault
dynamics of the lithosphere (earthquake simulator); evolution of descending
mantle plume evolution.
Seismic and Volcanic Hazard and Risk
models of a fault network interaction in the Tibet-Himalayan region to
seismicity and slip rates at major regional faults.
probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA) and its application
to the Tibet-Himalayan region.
for the Vrancea region (Romania).
hazard and earthquake risk assessment for the Baku city (Azerbaijan).
lava hazard evaluation based on lava flow with debris.
of tectonic stress localization and its change in the lithospheric slab in
of style of the slab subduction.
of coexisting shortening - extension and seismic activity in the Central
by the buoyancy of the lithosphere.
stress localization in the Vrancea earthquake-prone body beneath the
Inverse Problems and
of data assimilation in models of geodynamics and applications to mantle
of lithospheric plate sinking in the south-eastern Carpathians.
of the western Pacific and Philippine plate subduction beneath the
Japanese islands and
implication on the Japan Sea opening.
of flow and temperature inside volcanic lava flow based on surface
of sedimentary basin evolution complicated by salt tectonics: application
to Pricaspian basin
of the East European platform.
results in problems of Rayleigh-Taylor and Rayleigh-Bernard instabilities
of the (geo) structures
including analysis of Newtonian, Maxwell, non-Newtonian power law, and
perfectly plastic rheologies.
- Applications to salt
of salt structure evolution in the Pricaspain
Basin and in the Gulf of Mexico.
of eclogitization-induced mantle flow mechanism
for sedimentary basin evolution.
models of the evolution of intracratonic
sedimentary basins in North America (Illinois,
Michigan and Williston basins), East European (Dnieper-Donets, Moscow,
Pre-Ural, Timan-Pechora basins),
and Siberian (Tunguska and Viluy basins)
of geothermal evolution of the Astrakhan Arch of the Pricaspian Basin.
Numerical Methods (2-D
and 3-D) to solve geodynamical problems
numerical methods and algorithms of an enhanced accuracy to study problems
of Earth’s dynamics.
methodology for data assimilation in geodynamics (backward advection, variational/adjoint,
and quasi-reversibility methods).
OF INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS
Science and Technology Conference, Member of the Scientific Program
Committee, Vienna, Austria, 26-30 June 2017
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Session on Science and
Technology’s Engagement, Cancun, Mexico, 22-26 May 2017
“Seismic Hazard and Disaster Risk: Assessment, Testing, and
Implementation”, EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 23-28 April 2017
- Panel “Industry Perspectives on Natural Hazards
and Disaser Science: Research Needs and
Opportunities”, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 12-16 December 2016
- Session “Seismic Hazard and Disaster Risk:
Assessment, Testing, and Implementation”, EGU General Assembly,
Vienna, Austria, 17-22 April 2016.
“Science for Disaster Risk Reduction: From Integrated Research and Assessments
to Communication and Engagements”, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA,
14-18 December 2015
- Conference “Future Earth &
Space Science and Education”, Abdus Salam International Centre for
Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, 2-6 November 2015
- XXVI General Assembly of IUGG,
Prague, Czech Republic, 22 June – 2 July 2015
- CTBTO Science and Technology
Conference, Member of the Scientific Program Committee (Vienna,
Austria, 21-25 June 2015)
- CTBTO Science and Technology
Conference, Member of the Scientific Program Committee (Vienna,
Austria, 17-22 June 2013)
- AGU Joint Meeting of Americas, Member
of the Scientific Program Committee (Cancun, Mexico, 14-17 May 2013)
- First IUGG GRC
Conference “Extreme Natural Events and their Impacts”, Member of the
Scientific Program Committee (Orange, California, USA, 11-14 December
Sessions “Geohazards and Disaster Risks in the North Pacific Region” and
“Asia-Pacific Region Global Earthquake and Volcanic Eruption Risk
Management” at the AGU
Fall Meeting (San Francisco, California, 3 December 2012)
and Natural Hazards session “Predicting extreme events in natural and socio-economic
systems” at the AGU Fall Meeting (San Francisco, California, 5-6 December
- XXV General Assembly of the International
Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (Melbourne, Australia, 27 June – 8
symposium U02“Grand Challenges in Natural Hazards Research and Risk
Analysis” (Melbourne, Australia, 29 June - 2 July 2011).
U05 “Data Science/Informatics and Data Assimilation in Geophysical
Models”, XXV IUGG General Assembly, Melbourne, Australia (28 June – 7 July
symposium “Natural Hazards and Disaster Risks in the Middle East Region”
(Antalya, Turkey, 7-8 May 2011)
Workshop “Natural Hazards and Disaster Risks in Africa”, Pretoria, South
Africa (17-20 January 2011).
Symposium “Extreme Natural Events: Modeling, Prediction and Mitigation”,
AGU Fall Meeting (San Francisco, 12-17 December 2010).
Symposium “Natural Hazards and Disaster Risks in Latin America and the
Caribbean”, AGU Joint Meeting of Americas (Iguassu, Brazil, 9-10 August
“Data assimilation and model validations”, IUGG Conferences on
Mathematical Geophysics (Pisa, Italy, June, 2010).
CODATA symposium on geophysical data (Kiev, Ukraine, 5-8 October 2008)
"Earth Science for Society" (Karlsruhe, Germany, 4 August 2008)
Workshop on Natural and Human-Induced Hazards and Disasters in Africa
(Kampala, Uganda, 21-23 July 2007).
Symposium “High-Performance Computations in Geosciences”, IUGG XXIV
General Assembly (Perugia, Italy, 2-13 July 2007).
- IUGG-EuroScience Symposium “Riding the Storm: Can Science
Keep us in the Saddle?” at the 2nd European Science Open Forum
(Munich, Germany, July 2006).
Advisory Committee member and organizer of the Special Session “Mathematical
Aspects of Geohazard Research”, the 26th
IUGG Conference on Mathematical Geophysics (Israel, June, 2006).
Workshop “Recent Geodynamics, Georisk and
Sustainability in the Black Sea to Caspian region” (Baku, Azerbaijan, July
“Computational Fluid and Solid Geodynamics: Methods and Challenges” at
M.I.T. (Cambridge, USA, June 2005).
- IUGG-EuroScience-NATO workshop “Risk Science, Society and
Sustainability” at the European Science Open Forum (Stockholm, Sweden, August
“Computational Fluid Geodynamics” at M.I.T. (Cambridge, USA, June 2003).
on geophysical risks at the General Assembly of the International Union of
Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) (Sapporo, Japan, 2003).
- IUGG-Euroscience Advanced Research Workshop (Budapest,
at the General Assembly of the European Geophysical Society (The Hague,
The Netherlands, 1999).
at General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission (Tel Aviv,
at Zonenshain Conferences on Plate Tectonics
(Moscow, Russia, 1995, 1998).
Energy Technology Company, Houston, USA
- Unravelling the areas prone to large earthquakes in the
Caucasian region (Principal
Investigator, PI), received from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
of volcanic lava flow with breccias (PI), received from the Russian
Science Foundation (RSF), 2014-2016.
of lithosphere dynamics and seismic hazard assessment (PI),
received from the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2013-2015.
of descending lithospheric slabs as inferred from assimilation of
geophysical, geodetic and geological data (PI), received from Deutsche ForschungsGemeinschaft,
- Mantle plume dynamics, heat flow changes and
maturation of hydrocarbons (PI),
received from the Russian Academy of
Sciences, Moscow, 2009-2010.
numerical modeling of salt extrusion and raft evolution (PI),
received from Chevron, Houston,
assimilation of geological and geophysical data in models of geodynamics (PI),
received from the Russian Academy of
Sciences, Moscow, 2006-2007.
extrusion and deformations in salt's overburden (PI), received from
Chevron, Houston, USA,
approach to coupled structural
and thermal restoration of salt-bearing sedimentary basins: Application to
the Pricaspian salt basin, received from Deutsche ForschungsGemeinschaft,
modeling of dynamics of descending lithosphere and ascending mantle
plumes: implication for seismicity and magmatism (PI), received from the
Russian Academy of Sciences, 2003-2005.
approach to backward modeling of mantle convection (co-PI), received from
the NSF, 2003.
modeling of crustal and uppermost mantle motions caused by sinking relic
slab: Application to the earthquake-prone Vrancea region (PI), received from
the A. von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, 2001-2002.
Conversion of R&D in Missile Navigation to Nonlinear Problems in Earth
Sciences (co-PI and Project Director), received from the European Union
via the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC). The project
was mentioned as one of the best ISTC projects in 2000. The project’s
results were reported to Mr. V. Putin, President of the Russian
Federation, among the best international interdisciplinary scientific
modeling of motions of rheologically
heterogeneous media (PI), received from the Russian Foundation for Basic
modeling of rheologically stratified geostructures (PI), received from the Royal Society of
modeling of the evolution of salt structures in the Pre-Caspian basin
(PI), received from Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 1997-2000.
modeling of salt dome evolution (PI), received from Russian Foundation for
Basic Research, 1997-1998.
modeling of interaction between mantle flows and lithospheric plates, and
formation of sedimentary basins (Co-PI; Project Coordinator was Prof. W.
Jacoby, University of Mainz, Germany), received from INTAS (Brussels),
modeling of relic slab sinking (PI), received from the Russian Foundation
for Basic Research, 1995-1996.
- Extreme Natural Hazards and
Societal Implications (Leader), received from International Council
for Science (ICSU), 2010.
Geophysical Outreach Center in Russia (Director), received from ExxonMobil Exploration Company, 2005-2008.
Geodynamics, Georisk and Sustainability in the
Black Sea to Caspian region (Director), received from UNESCO, IUGG, and AGU, 2005.
Science, Society and Sustainability (Co-Director), received from NATO, 2004.
for Reduction of Risk and Sustainable Development of Society
(co-Director), received from NATO,
Born: Baku, Azerbaijan
Status: Married to Sonya Salman, concert pianist. Son David
Languages: Azeri (native), English (fluent), German (good),
Russian (fluent); Italian and Turkish (minor).
School 134, Mathematical Class for Gifted Children, Baku, Azerbaijan
(awarded by the Gold Medal for Excellence in Education in 1978)
Buel-Buel Music College (graduated with cum
laude as a pianist)