Zahra Mousavi

Assistant Professor

I am an assistant professor of Geodesy at Department of Earth Sciences, Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS), Zanjan, Iran. I am interested in using satellite geodesy, especially InSAR and GPS, to investigate ground deformation associated with geophysical phenomena such as the earthquake cycle, volcanoes, land subsidence and subsidence.

Publication and Conferences

Book & Journal

Babaee S S, Mouavi Z , Roostaei M.
Time Series Analysis of SAR Images Using Small Baseline Subset (SBAS) and Persistent Scatterer (PS) Approaches to Determining Subsidence Rate of Qazvin Plain.
JGST. 2016; 5 (4): 95-111

Mousavi, Z. , Pathier, E., Walker, R.T., Walpersdorf, A., Tavakoli, F., Nankali, H.,Sedighi. M., Doin, M-P.
Interseismic deformation of the Shahroud fault system (NE Iran) from space-borne radar interferometry measurements
Geophysical Research Letters 42, no. 14 (2015): 5753-5761

Walpersdorf, A., I. Manighetti, Z. Mousavi , F. Tavakoli, M. Vergnolle, A. Jadidi, D. Hatzfeld et al.
Present-day kinematics and fault slip rates in eastern Iran, derived from 11 years of GPS data
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 119, no. 2 (2014): 1359-1383.

Mousavi, Z. , Walpersdorf, A., Walker, R.T., Tavakoli, F., Pathier, E., Nankali, H., Nilfouroushan, F., Djamour, Y.
Global Positioning System constraints on the active tectonics of NE Iran and the South Caspian region, Earth and Planetary Science Letters
377–378 (2013): 287–298.

Z.Mousavi , B. Vosoughi
Determination and regionalization of geodetic seismic moment rates, case study: National geodynamic network of Iran
 Journal of the college of engineering, Tehnran university, Volume 42, Number 3, Spring 2008.

Conference proceedings

Z. Mousavi , A. Walpersdorf, R. Walker, E. Pathier, F.Tavakoli
Geodetic observations from North Eastern Iran
G52A-08, Fall Meeting AGU , San Francisco,3-7 Dec., 2012.

Z. Mousavi , E.Pathier, A. Walpersdorf,I.Manighetti,M.Vergnolle,F. Tavakoli and H. Nankali
InSAR Time Series Analysis of Interseismic Deformation in Eastern Iran
Vol. 14, EGU2012-9846, EGU General Assembly, 2012.

Mousavi,Z. , E. Pathier, A.Walpersdorf, I.Manighetti, M.Vergnolle,F. Tavakoli,and H. Nankali
Investigation of interseismic deformation of active faults in eastern Iran: contribution of Space-born radar Interferometry
Vol. 13, EGU2011-9070, EGU General Assembly, 2011.

F. Khorrami, Z. Mousavi , A.Walpersdorf, H. Nankali, Y.Djamour, M.Sedighi, F.Tavakoli
Capacities of the Iranian permanent GPS network foratmospheric monitoring
Vol. 10, EGU2008-A-06993, EGU General Assembly 2008.

Y. Djamour, H. Nankali, M.Sedighi,F.Sadeghi, Z. Rahimi, Z. Mousavi , F. Khorrami, A. Aghamohammadi, S.Hosseini
First results inferred from the new Iranian Permanent GPS Network for Geodynamics (IPGN)
Vol. 9, EGU2007-A-04910, EGU General Assembly, 2007.

Z. Mousavi , F.Khorrami
Determination of wet component in troposphere by GPS signals in IPGN (Iranian Permanent GPS Network)
Geomatic Conference, National Cartography Center, Iran, 2007

B. Vosoughi, Z. Mousavi
Extraction and Regionalization of Geodetic Seismic Moment Rates based on GPS Derived velocity field of Iranian Geodynamic Network
5th Annual International Conference and Exhibition on Geographical Information Technology and Application, Map Asia 2006.

B. Vosoughi, Z. Mousavi
Regionalization of hazard Seismicity on Alborz based on seismic moment rate derived from GPS”
Geomatic 85, NCC, Iran,7 may 2006.

Z. Mousavi , B. Vosoughi
Determining seismic moment rate and it’s Regionalization in Iran based on GPS measurement”
7th International Congress on Civil Engineering, TarbiatModares University, Tehran, Iran, 8-10 may 2006.

Z. Mousavi, B. Vosoughi
Seismic Moment Rate and its Role in Earthquake Research”
Geomatic 84, NCC, Iran, NCC, Iran 2005.

Work Experience

Assistant Professor

Mar 2014

Department of Earth Science, Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS), Zanjan, Iran

Junior Associate

Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2020

ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics), Trieste, Italy .

Head of Geodynamic division

Feb. 2013 - Feb. 2014

National Cartography Centre (NCC), Tehran, Iran

Junior researcher (PhD thesis)

Oct. 2010 - Dec. 2013

Joseph Fourier University,Grenoble, France

Head of Geodynamic division

Dec. 2006 - Jan. 2009

National Cartography Centre (NCC), Tehran, Iran

GPS / Geodynamic expert

Sept. 2004-Dec. 2006

National Cartography Centre (NCC), Tehran, Iran


PhD. Earth Science

ISTerre, Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France
Oct. 2010 - Dec. 2013

Thesis title: Characterization of active fault behavior in eastern Iran using a combined geodetic (GPS and InSAR) and tectonic approach; implications on seismic hazard
Supervisors: Andrea Walpersdorf
Co-supervisors: Erwan Pathier and Richard Walker

M.Sc.Seismology Engineering, MEEES program

Institute for Advanced Study/University of Pavia - ROSE School, Italy
Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France
Feb. 2009 - Sept. 2010

Dissertation title: Interseismic deformation of two major active faults in eastern Iran: contribution of satellite radar interferometry (InSAR)
Supervisors: Andrea Walpersdorf
Co-supervisors: Erwan Pathier

M.Sc. Geodesy

K.N.Toosi University, Tehran, Iran
Sept. 2003 - Dec. 2006

Dissertation title: Regionalization and extraction of seismic moment rate in Iran based on GPS observations
Supervisors: BehzadVoosoghi

B.Sc.Geomatic Engineering

Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran
Sept. 1998 - Sept. 2002

Dissertation title: Independent triangulation model


Department of Earth Sciences
Institute for Advanced Studies
in Basic Sciences (IASBS)
No. 444, Prof. Yousef Sobouti Blvd.
P. O. Box 45195-1159 Zanjan Iran

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