My main field of research in recent years has been focused on seismic studies of crustal and upper mantle structure in the Iranian plateau. In collaboration with my colleagues at IASBS we have set up and operated several temporary seismic lines in northwestern Iran, Alborz and Zagros Mountains and the Makran region in the southeast consisting of medium and broadband seismometers. We have employed receiver function studies, surface waves, seismic anisotropy and tomography techniques to obtain seismic images from the crustal and upper mantle structure in the Arabia-Eurasia collision zone and the Makran subduction zone. We have used cluster relocation techniques to study local seismicity in the region.
I am also interested in numerical modeling of deformation in the lithospheric and mantle scales. My interest in this field is focused on the role of rheology and thermal structure of the lithosphere in shaping the structure of the mantle flow and styles of deformation in collision and subduction zones and other geodynamic problems.
Sadeghi Bagherabadi, A., L. Margheriti, A. Aoudia, F. Sobouti, (2018). Seismic Anisotropy and Its Geodynamic Implications in Iran, the Easternmost Part of the Tethyan Belt, Tectonics, org/10.1029/2018TC005209.
Sadeghi Bagherabadi, A., F. Sobouti, A. Ghods , K. Motaghi, M. Talebian, L. Chen, M. Jiang, Y. Ai, and Y. He, (2018). Upper Mantle anisotropy and deformation beneath the major thrust-and-fold belts of Zagros and Alborz and the Iranian plateau, Geophysical Journal International, 214, 1913–1918, org/10.1093/gji/ggy233.
Motaghi K., A. Ghods, F. Sobouti, E. Shabanian, M. Mahmoudabadi, K. Priestley, (2018). Lithospheric seismic structure of the West Alborz – Talesh ranges, Iran, Geophysical Journal International, 215, 1766–1780, org/10.1093/gji/ggy372 .
Penney C., Tavakoli, A. Saadat, H. Nankali, M. Sedighi, F. Khorrami, F. Sobouti, Z. Rafi, A. Copley, J. Jackson, K. Priestley, (2017). Megathrust and accretionary wedge properties and behavior in the Makran subduction zone, Geophysical Journal International, 209, 1800-1830, org/10.1093/gji/ggx126.
Esmaeili, S., S. Rasouli, F. Sobouti, (2016). Design and Construction of a Seismometer Based on the Moire Technique; Detailed Theoretical Analysis, Experimental Apparatus and Primary Results. International Journal of Optics and Photonics.
Bavali, K., K. Motaghi, K., F. Sobouti, A. Ghods , M. Abbasi, K. Priestley, G. Mortezanejad, M. Rezaeian, (2016). Lithospheric structure beneath NW Iran using regional and teleseismic travel-time tomography, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 253, 97-107, org/doi.org/10.1016/j.pepi.2016.02.006.
Maheri-Peyrov M., A. Ghods , M. Abbasi, E. Bergman, F. Sobouti, (2016). ML Shear Wave Velocity Tomography for the Iranian Plateau, Geophysical Journal International, 205, 179–191 org/10.1093/gji/ggv504
Ahmadzadeh M., F. Sobouti, H. Rahimi, (2015). Variations of Qc coda in the Zagros of Iran. Journal of Seismology.19, org/10.1007/s10950-015-9520-1.
Aziz Zanjani A, A. Ghods , F. Sobouti, E. Bergman, G. Mortezanejad, K. Priestley, S. Madanaipour and M. Rezaeian, (2013). Seismicity in the western coast of the South Caspian Basin and the Talesh Mountains, Geophysical Journal International, org/doi.org/1093/gih/ggt299. (pdf)
Asaadi N., N. Ribe, F. Sobouti, (2011). Inferring nonlinear mantle rheology from the shape of the Hawaiian swell, Nature, org/10.1038/nature09993.
Askari, R., A. Ghods, and F. Sobouti, (2009). Calibration of an Ml scale in the Alborz region, northern Iran, Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, 99, 268-276. (pdf)
Nankali H., Vossoughi B., Sobouti F., Hesami K., (2009). Preliminary results for long-term strength in the Zagros mountains of Iran: insight from numerical modeling, Earth Sciences Research Quarterly, 18, 3-10.
Nankali H.R., Sobouti F., Vosoughi B., Hessami K., Talebian M., Walpersdorf A., and Tavakoli F., (2008). Mechanical Modeling of the GPS Velocity Field Along the Main Recent Fault and Kazerun Fault (Zagros, Iran), Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, 10, No. 2, 69-80.
Ghods A. and F. Sobouti, (2005). Quality assessment of seismic recording: Tehran seismic telemetry network, Asian Journal of Earth Sciences, 25, 687-694, 2005. (pdf)
Sobouti F., and J. Arkani-Hamed, (2002). Thermo-mechanical modeling of subduction of continental lithosphere, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 131, 185-203.
Sobouti F., A. Ghods and J. Arkani-Hamed, (2001). A New Numerical Method for the Advection of Material Interfaces in Geodynamic Problems, Journal of Geodynamics, 31,459-480. (pdf)
Ghods A., F. Sobouti, and J. Arkani-Hamed, (2000). An improved second moment method for solution of pure advection problems, J. Numer. Methods Fluids , 32(8),959-977. (pdf)
Sobouti F., and J. Arkani-Hamed, (1996). Numerical modeling of the deformation of the Iranian plateau, Geophysical Journal International, 126, 805-818.
Teaching and student supervision
Theory of elastic wave propagation
Gravity and geomagnetism
Geo-electrics and EM methods
Time series analysis and digital filters
All of the courses I teach are at graduate level.
I have supervised about 25 MSc and 3 PhD theses in the last 14 years. Most of them have been related to various topics in seismology, and some related to application of gravity and geomagnetic data in geological problems at local, as well as regional scales. I also supervise theses on numerical modeling of mantle and lithospheric deformation processes. Currently, I am the supervisor of 7 PhD students.
Member of the National Geophysical Society of Iran
Member of the American Geophysical Union
Member of the Seismological Society of America
Invited member, Academy of Sciences, Islamic Republic of Iran, Geology branch, since 2016