Active Tectonics, Seismology, Seismotectonics and Geodynamics Research Group

Group Leader

Prof.Dr. Tuncay Taymaz
İstanbul Technical University, The Faculty of Mines, Department of Geophysical Engineering
Seismology Section, Maslak TR-34469, Istanbul, Turkey
T: (+90-212) 285-6245 office; 285-6200 secretary. F: (+90-212) 285-6201
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Active Tectonics, Seismology, Seismotectonics and Geodynamics Research Group within the Geophysics, Earth Physics area has broad interests ranging from waveform modelling for earthquake source studies, to elucidating lithospheric structures, to studying earthquake induced tsunamis, to developing new methods for imaging Earth's interior. The research group covers a range of activities designed to exploit the favourable location of Turkey relative to the world's active earthquake belts. This is reflected in studies using deployments of portable instrumentation to study the structure of the Anatolian continent and the mantle beneath. Research in different topics of earthquake source studies, theoretical and computational seismology are strengths of the group.

Earthquake Source Mechanisms: We study the physical processes of earthquakes. As it is widely known a better understanding of the earthquake source contributes to evaluations of earthquake damage and efforts in earthquake prediction. We analyze seismic waveforms, crustal deformations, and other geophysical data in order to investigate physical mechanisms of the earthquake source.

Seismotectonics: Using methods from a variety of geophysical fields, such as seismology and geodesy among other fields, inhomogeneities in the Earth’s crust, earthquake source mechanisms, and earthquake preparation processes are investigated to improve the understanding and evaluation of long-term earthquake occurrences. In particular, studies are conducted to investigate the heterogeneous structures in the regions of the subduction plate boundary and the lower crust of inland areas. The results of these studies help clarify the regional stress accumulation process.

Group Members

Tuncay Taymaz (Istanbul, Turkey)
Oğuz Cem Çelik (Istanbul, Turkey)
Seda Yolsal-Çevikbilen (Istanbul, Turkey)
Tuna Eken (Istanbul, Turkey)
Yeşim Çubuk (Istanbul, Turkey)
Judith Maria Confal (Istanbul, Turkey)

                 in collaboration with

Andreas Fichtner (ETH-Zurich, Switzerland)
Eric Fielding (NASA-JPL, CalTech, USA)
Erdinc Saygin (ANU-Australia)
Elizabeth Vanacore (Leeds, U.K)
Yuji Yagi (Tsukuba, Japan)

  Research Highlights


Geodynamic Evolution and Seismotectonics of the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Earthquake Source Studies and Tsunami Modelling and Simulation Studies at Megathrust Subduction Zones

Imaging Turkey: Hunting for the Moho
The Ambient Noise Tomography of Turkey
Case Studies by using High Resolution Seismic Imaging Adjoint Techniques
    - Multi-Scale Full Waveform Inversion for Europe and Western Asia with focus on the Anatolian Region
    - The Deep Structure of Continental Strike-Slip Faults – The North Anatolian Fault Zone
    - Moho Structure of the Anatolian Plate from Receiver Function Analysis
    - 3D Crustal Structure of north-central North Anatolian Fault Zone by Local Earthquake Tomography
Earthquake Source Parameters Along the Hellenic Subduction Zone and Numerical Simulations of Historical Tsunamis
Fault-Slip Source Models for the 2011 Mw 7.1 Van Earthquake in Turkey







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