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Mohammad Mokhtari

Editorial Board Member of Geosciences

Associate Professor, International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, Iran

Research Areas

Geosciences, Petroleum and Tsunami


1991Ph.D.Bergen University, Geophysics/Geology, Norway
1980M.Sc.Southampton University, Oceanography
1976B.Sc.Azarabadegan University, Physical Geography (Geology), Iran


2010-presentvice president of Saman Paydar Insurance Risk Management Institute (SPRMI)
2009Visiting researcher, Geoscience of Australia, Indian Ocean Tsunami Hazard Assessment, Canberra, Australia
2006-presentPetrokav Energy LTD, co-founder and Chairman
2007-presentFounding member of Risk Management Excellence Center, IIEES
2000-presentPTS, CTBTO, Vienna, SAMS, Member of Passive Seismic Equipment Expert Panel

Publications: Journals

[1]  Sellevoll, M.A. and Mokhtari, M., (1988), An intra-oceanic seismic reflecting zone off Lofoten, N. Norway: Geology, 16, 666-668, USA.
[2]  Sellevol, M.A., Olafsson, I, Mokhtari, M and Giskehaug, A., (1988), Lofoten Margin, North Norway: Crustal structure adjacent to the Ocean-Continent transition: Nor. geol. Undersokelse. Special Publ.3, 39-48, Norway.
[3]  Mokhtari, M. and Pegrum, R. M., (1991), Structure and Evolution of the Lofoten continental Margin, Offshore Norway: Norsk Geolgisk Tidsskrift, Vol. 72, pp. 339-355, Norway.
[4]  Le Vay Kriger, R., Mokhtari, M. and Ireson, D., (1999). The evaluation and design of a seabed 4C survey in the Brage Field Using Vertical Seismic Profile Data: First Break, Vol. 17, No. 2, 49-57.
[5]  Farahbod, A.M., Lindholm, C., Mokhtari, M., Bungum, H (2003), Aftershock Analysis for the 1997 Ghaen-Birjand (Ardakul) Earthquake, JSEE: Summer 2003, Vol. 5, No. 2/1.
[6]  Mostafazadeh, M. and Mokhtari, M., (2003), Source Time Function of Caspian Basin and surrounding Area Earthquakes, JSEE, Vol. 5 (3).
[7]  Mokhtari M and Pourhossein, H. (2003), Significance of VSP Data for surface Seismic Data: South Ghashu Gas Field, South Iran, Iranian International Journal of Science, V.4, No. 2 Autumn 2003.
[8]  Nadim, F. Moghtaderi-Zadeh, M. Lindholm, C. Andresen, A. Remseth, S. Bolourchi, M.J. Mokhtari, M. Tvedt, E., (2004), The Bam Earthquake of 26 December 2003, Kluwer Academic Publishers in the Netherlands.
[9]  Javandolouie, Gh., Mokhtari, M. Dyrelius, D., (2004), On the Analytic Minimum Information Deconvolution Technique, Its Implication on Random Noise Elimination and Moho Phase, Iranian International Journal of Science.5 (1), 91-105.
[10]  Mokhtari, M. Farahbod, A.M, Lindholm. C, Alahyarkhany. M, Bungum., H. (2004), An approach to a comprehensive Moho depth and Crust and upper Mantle velocity model for Iran, Iranian International Journal of Science, Vol. 5(2), p. 223-244.
[11]  Mostafazadeh, A.M. Farahbod, Mokhtari, M., M. Allamehzadeh, (2004), Seismological Aspect of 26 December 2003 Bam Earthquake, JSEE, special publication Vol. 5 and 6.
[12]  Allamehzadeh, M. Dezvareh, M. Farahbod, A. M. Hatzfeld, D. Mokhtari, M. Moradi, A. S. Mostafazadeh, M. Paul, A. Tatar, M., (2005) Seismological Aspects of the 2003 Bam, Iran, Earthquake and Its Aftershock Analysis , Earthquake Spectra, Volume 21, No. S1, pages S101-S112, December 2005, EERI.
[13]  Rahimi-Tabar, M.R. Sahimi, M. Kaviani, K. Allamehzadeh, M. Peinke, J. Mokhtari, M. Vesaghi, M. Niry, M.D. Ghasemi, F. Bahraminasab, A. Tabatabai, S. Fayazbakhsh, F., (2005), Dynamics of the Markov Time Scale of Seismic Activity May Provide a Short-Term Alert for Earthquakes, arXiv: physics/05100043v1.
[14]  Tatar, M. Hatzfeld, D. Moradi, A.S. Paul, A. Farahbod, A.M. and Mokhtari, M. (2005), Aftershocks Study of the 26 December 2003 Bam Earthquake, JSEE special publication.
[15]  Yaminifard, F. Hatzfeld, D. Farahbod, A. Paul, A. Mokhtari, M., (2006), Evidence for a progressive transition between the Zagros continental collision and the Makran oceanic subduction (Iran): Micro-earthquake seismicity and crustal structure, Geophysical Journal International Vol. 170.
[16]  Abdollahi Fard, I, Braathen, A., Mokhtari, M. and Alavi, S.A (2006), Interaction of the Zagros Fold-Belt and the Arabian-type, deep-seated folds in the Abadan Plain and the Dezful Embayment, SW Iran. Petroleum Geosciences, Vol. 12, pp 347-362.
[17]  Paul, A. Kaviani, A. Hatzfeld, D. Vergne, J. and Mokhtari, M., (2006), Seismological evidence for crustal-scale thrusting in the Zagros mountain belt (Iran), Geophys. J. Int. Vol. 166, 338-323.
[18]  Abdollahie Fard, I., Alive, S.A. and Mokhtari, M., (2006), Structural Framework Of The Abadan Plain (SW Iran) and the North Persian Gulf Based on the Geophysical Data, Journal of Science University of Tehran, Vol. 32 (4) 107-122.
[19]  Redjaie, A.H., Mokhtari, M. and Preistely, K., (2006), Moho depth investigation in the Central Alborz, using receiver function method on recorded tele-seismic data, Geosciences, 86 (64).
[20]  Kaviani, A., Paul, A., E. Bourova, D. Hatzfeld, D., H. Pedersen, H. and Mokhtari, M., (2007), A strong seismic velocity contrast in the shallow across the Zagros collision zone (Iran), Geophys Journal International, 171.
[21]  Heidarzadeh, M., Pirooz, M. D., Hajizade, N.Z. and Mokhtari, M. (2007), Evaluation the Potential for Tsunami Generation In Southern Iran, International Journal of Civil Engineering, 4.
[22]  Baronian, Ch., Riahi, M.A., Lucas, C. and Mokhtari, M. (2007), A Theoretical Applicability of Artificial Neural Networks for Seismic Velocity Analysis, Journal of Applied Sciences, 7.
[23]  Mokhtari, M., Abdollahie Fard, I. and Hessami, Kh (2008), Structural elements of the Makran region, Oman sea and their potential relevance to tsunamigenisis, Natural Hazard, Volume 47, Number 2, 185-199.
[24]  Heidarzadeh, M., Pirooz, M.D., Zaker, N.H., Yalcinerc, A.C., Mokhtari, M. and Esmaeilye,A., (2008), Historical Tsunami in the Makran Subduction Zone off the Southern Coasts of Iran and Pakistan and Results of Numerical Modeling, Ocean Engineering, 35, 786-774.
[25]  Mokhtari, M. and Kiarasi, S. (2008), The pattern and magnitude of rotational piezomagnetic anomalies, along the dip-slip Mosha fault, Northern Tehran, Iran, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 8, 1293-1297, 2008.
[26]  Gorskov, A. I., Mokhtari, M. and Protrovskkaya, E.P. (2009), The Alborz Region: Identification of Seismogenic Nodes with Morphostructural Zoning and Pattern Recognition, JSEE, Vol. 11, No.1, 1-15.
[27]  Mokhtari, M. (2010), Earthquake prediction activities and Damavand earthquake precursor test site in Iran, Natural Hazard, Vol. 52, p. 351-368.
[28]  Hazineh, M., Mokhtari, M., (2010), Application of seismic inversion for computation of porosity in the Seraje gas field. JFE, Vol. 43, no. 6 p. 721-728
[29]  Redjaie, A.H., Rham, D., Mokhtari, M. Tatar, M., Priestly, K. and Hatzfeld, D. (2010), Variation of Moho depth in the Central part of Alborz Mountains, North of Iran, Geophysical Journal International, Vol.181 No.1 P. 173-184.

Publications: Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums

[1]  Mokhtari, M., (1999), Iranian National Network and IDNDR experience. International workshop on seismic analysis in Asia pacific Region, Philippines.
[2]  Mostafazadeh, M. Mokhtari, M. and Ghafory-Ashtiany, M., (2002), Comparison of Iran-NDC and IDC-REB Earthquake Catalogues of Iran during 2001, CTBT Working Group B, 19th Session.
[3]  Mokhtari, M., (2004), The Passive Seismic Aftershock Monitoring System (SAMS) Testing Program and Preliminary Results, Third International Conference on Monitoring of Nuclear Tests and their Consequences, Borovoye, Kazakhstan.
[4]  Tvedt, E. Mokhtari, M. Gudemstad, O.T., Kamalian, M., Hamzehloo H. and Tatar, M., (2005), Earthquake Hazard Assessment for the Ahwaz Oil Field, SW, Iran, EE-21C, Topic 2: Strong Ground Motion, Engineering Seismology, Earthquake Hazard and Risk. Assessment.
[5]  Mokhtari, M., (2006), Potential of Tsunami in the Makran (Sea of Oman) Region and Required Tsunami Early Warning System (a Contribution to IOEWS), EWC III, Bonn, Germany.
[6]  Mokhtari, M., (2006), An assessment of Tsunami Early Warning and mitigation System: A Case study from Iran within the context of IOTEWS, ASC 2006, Bangkok, Thailand.
[7]  Heidarzadeh, M., M. D. Pirooz, N.H. Zaker, and M. Mokhtari, (2006), The necessity for Development of a Tsunami Warning System for Southern Coasts of Iran, International Disaster Reduction Conference IDRC Davos 2006, Davos, Switzerland.
[8]  Mokhtari, M. (2008), Overview of Earthquake Prediction Activities in Iran, 5th Gulf Seismic Forum, Sana, Yemen.
[9]  Hassanpoor sedghi, M and Mokhtari, M, (2008), Multifractal analysis of the 1981 Kerman-Sirch and 2003 Bam earthquakes (Iran) from aftershock studies in Nayband Gowk fault system, EGU 2008, Vienna.
[10]  Ghafory-Ashtiany, M., Tatar, M. and Mokhtari, M (2008), (Keynote) Present Seismological Research Programs and Achievements in Iran, 7th General Assembly of Asian Seismological Commission and Seismological Society of Japan, 2008 Fall meeting, Japan.
[11]  Cummins, P. R., Burbridge, D., Mleczko, R., Natawidjaja, D., Latief, H., Rajendran, C.P. and Mokhtari, M. (2009). A probabilistic assessment of tsunami hazard in the Indian Ocean. Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) Meeting, Singapore.
[12]  Mokhtari, M., Al-Marzooqi, Y., Ghafory-Ashtiany, M., and Shaaban Megahed, A. (2010), Seismicity variations and Tsunami Hazard Assessment in the Makran Region as the key element for TEWS, 6th Gulf Seismic Forum, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
[13]  Al-Marzooqi, Y., Ghafory-Ashtiany, M. and Mokhtari, M. (2010), Integrated Natural Disaster Risk Reduction and Management for Sustainable Development of United Arab Emirates, 6th Gulf Seismic Forum, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
[14]  Mokhtari, M., (2011), Tsunami history and potential for future events in the Makran Region and their effect on the Persian Gulf , Seismicity and Earthquake Engineering in the Extended Mediterranean Region, 28 Feb.-3 March, Nicosia, Cyprus (Keynote)

Publications: Books/Book Chapters

[1]  Mokhtari, M., (1999), Principal of Seismic Method and it application to the Earth Sciences: Markaze Nasher Ulom Daneshgahi (University Press), 141 pp. (In Farsi).
[2]  Mokhtari, M., (2001), Simple Seismic, published by IIEES, 174 pp. (In Farsi). The original text is in English, by Prof. Nigel Allister Anstey and by written permission I have translated to Farsi. Some additional text has been added before publication.
[3]  Mokhtari, M., (2007), Living with Earthquakes: Know your faults, 180 pp. IIEES publication (In Farsi). The original text is in English, By Prof. Jams Jackson.
[4]  Mokhtari, M. et al. (2009), Introduction to Earthquake Prediction, 152 pp. Naghos-andishe (In Farsi).
[5]  Rahimi Tabar, M. Reza, Muhammad Sahimi, F. Ghasemi, K. Kaviani, M. Allamehzadeh, J. Peinke, M. Mokhtari, M. Vesaghi, M.D. Niry, A. Bahraminasab, S. Tabatabai, S. Fayazbakhsh and M. Akbari, (2007) Short-Term Prediction of Medium-and Large-Size Earthquakes Based on Markov and Extended Self-Similarity Analysis of Seismic Data in:"Modeling Critical and Catastrophic Phenomena in Geoscience: A Statistical Physics Approach", Lecture Notes in Physics, 705, pp. 281-301, P. Bhattacharyya and B. K. Chakrabarti (Eds), Springer Verlag, Berlin—Heidelberg.