Mousavi Zahra

Associate Professor

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


PhD. Earth Science

ISTerre, Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France

Thesis title: Characterization of active fault behavior in eastern Iran using a combined geodetic (GPS and InSAR) and tectonic approach; implications on seismic hazard
Supervisor: Andrea Walpersdorf
Co-supervisors: Erwan Pathier and Richard Walker
Oct. 2010- Dec. 2013

M.Sc. Seismology Engineering, MEEES program

Institute for Advanced Study/University of Pavia - ROSE School, Italy

Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France

Dissertation title: Interseismic deformation of two major active faults in eastern Iran: contribution of satellite radar interferometry (InSAR)
Supervisor: Andrea Walpersdorf
Co-supervisor: Erwan Pathier
Feb. 2009-Sept. 2010

M.Sc. Geodesy

K.N.Toosi University, Tehran, Iran

Dissertation title: Regionalization and extraction of seismic moment rate in Iran based on GPS observations
Supervisor: Behzad Voosoghi
Sept.2003-Dec. 2006

B.Sc. Geomatic Engineering

Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran

Dissertation title: : Independent triangulation model
Sept. 1998-Sept. 2002

High School Diploma. Mathematics and Physics

Farzanegan, SAMPAD, Zanjan, Iran

Jun. 1998


  • GPS
  • Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • Geodesy in Geophysics
  • Applied geophysics (Gravity methods)
  • Digital signal processing
  • Processing GPS data using GAMIT/GLOBK
  • Processing InSAR data using StaMPS
  • Master course, IASBS, Zanjan, Iran
  • Master course, University of Zanjan, Iran
  • Master course, IASBS, Zanjan, Iran
  • Master course, IASBS, Zanjan, Iran
  • Master course, IASBS, Zanjan, Iran
  • Workshop at Iranian Geophysical Society, Tehran, Iran
  • Workshop at Iranian Geophysical Society, Tehran, Iran

Journal article:

  • Jafari, M., Aflaki, M., Mousavi, Z., Walpersdorf, A. and Motaghi, K., 2023. Coseismic and post-seismic characteristics of the 2021 Ganaveh earthquake along the Zagros foredeep fault based on InSAR data. Geophysical Journal International, 234(2), pp.1125-1142.
  • Vajedian, S., Aflaki, M., Mousavi, Z., Ghods, A., Walker, R. and Maurer, J., 2023. Seismotectonic modeling of the 2017 Hojedk (Kerman) earthquake sequence from joint inversion of InSAR and offset tracking techniques. Remote Sensing of Environment, 288, p.113461.
  • Masoumi, Z., Mousavi, Z. and Hajeb, Z., 2022. Long-term investigation of subsidence rate and its environmental effects using the InSAR technique and geospatial analyses. Geocarto International, 37(24), pp.7161-7185.
  • Shahbazi, S., Mousavi, Z. and Rezaei, A., 2022. Constraints on the hydrogeological properties and land subsidence through GNSS and InSAR measurements and well data in Salmas plain, northwest of Urmia Lake, Iran. Hydrogeology Journal, 30(2), pp.533-555.
  • Aflaki, M. and Mousavi, Z., 2021. Interaction between the far-field stress and crustal boundary faults in the kinematics of active deformation around the Lut Block, Eastern Iran. Tectonophysics, 817, p.229053.
  • Walker, R.T., Bezmenov, Y., Begenjev, G., Carolin, S., Dodds, N., Gruetzner, C., Jackson, J.A., Mirzin, R., Mousavi, Z. and Rhodes, E.J., 2021. Slip-rate on the Main Köpetdag (Kopeh Dagh) strike-slip fault, Turkmenistan, and the active tectonics of the South Caspian. Tectonics, 40(8), p.e2021TC006846.
  • Mohammadnia, M., Najafi, M. and Mousavi, Z., 2021. InSAR constraints on the active deformation of salt diapirs in the Kalut basin, Central Iran. Tectonophysics, 810, p.228860.
  • Ajorlou, N., Hollingsworth, J., Mousavi, Z., Ghods, A. and Masoumi, Z., 2021. Characterizing near-field surface deformation in the 1990 Rudbar earthquake (Iran) using optical image correlation. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 22(6), p.e2021GC009704.
  • Mousavi, Z., Fattahi, M., Khatib, M., Talebian, M., Pathier, E., Walpersdorf, A., Sloan, R.A., Thomas, A.L., Rhodes, E., Clive, F. and Dodds, N., 2021. Constant Slip Rate on the Doruneh Strike‐Slip Fault, Iran, Averaged Over Late Pleistocene, Holocene, and Decadal Timescales. Tectonics, 40(6), p.e2020TC006256.
  • Amiri, M., Mousavi, Z., Atzori, S., Khorrami, F., Aflaki, M., Tolomei, C., Motaghi, K. and Salvi, S., 2020. Studying postseismic deformation of the 2010–2011 Rigan earthquake sequence in SE Iran using geodetic data. Tectonophysicsng>, 795, p.228630.
  • Babaee, S., Mousavi, Z., Masoumi, Z., Malekshah, A.H., Roostaei, M. and Aflaki, M., 2020. Land subsidence from interferometric SAR and groundwater patterns in the Qazvin plain, Iran. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 41(12), pp.4780-4798.
  • Rezaei, A., Mousavi, Z., Khorrami, F., Nankali, H., 2019. Inelastic and elastic storage properties and daily hydraulic head estimates from continuous global positioning system (GPS) measurements in northern Iran. Hydrogeology Journal, 28(2), pp.657-672.
  • Rezaei, A. and Mousavi, Z., 2019. Characterization of land deformation, hydraulic head, and aquifer properties of the Gorgan confined aquifer, Iran, from InSAR observations. Journal of Hydrology, 579, p.124196.
  • Aflaki, M., Mousavi, Z., Ghods, A., Shabanian, E., Vajedian, S. and Akbarzadeh, M., 2019. The 2017 M w 6 Sefid Sang earthquake and its implication for the geodynamics of NE Iran. Geophysical Journal International, 218(2), pp.1227-1245.
  • Khorrami, F., Vernant, P., Masson, F., Nilfouroushan, F., Mousavi, Z., Nankali, H., Saadat, S.A., Walpersdorf, A., Hosseini, S., Tavakoli, P. and Aghamohammadi, A., 2019. An up-to-date crustal deformation map of Iran using integrated campaign-mode and permanent GPS velocities. Geophysical Journal International, 217(2), pp.832-843.
  • Hajeb Z., Mousavi Z., Masoumi Z., Rezaei A., Investigation of Qom subsidence using InSAR and aquifer hydraulic characterization, Scientific Quaterly Journal, Geosciences, accepted  
  • Vajedian, S., Motagh, M., Mousavi, Z., Motaghi, K., Fielding, E., Akbari, B., Wetzel, H.U. and Darabi, A., 2018. Coseismic deformation field of the MW 7.3 12 November 2017 Sarpol-e Zahab (Iran) earthquake: A decoupling horizon in the northern Zagros Mountains inferred from InSAR observations. Remote Sensing, 10(10), p.1589.
  • Amiri M., Mousavi, Z., Motaghi K., 2018. Studying post-seismic deformation 2010 Mw 6.5 Rigan earthquake in SW Iran using InSAR, Iranian Journal of Geophysics, Vol 12, No 2.
  • Ahmadi N., Mousavi Z., Masoumi Z., 2018. Khoramdarreh Subsidence Estimation Using SAR Interferometry and Investigation its Risks, Iranian Remote Sensing & GIS, Vol.10, No.3.
  • Babaee, S.S., Mouavi, Z. and Roostaei, M., 2016. Time Series Analysis of SAR Images Using Small Baseline Subset (SBAS) and Persistent Scatterer (PS) Approaches to Determining Subsidence Rate of Qazvin Plain. Journal of Geomatics Science and Technology, 5(4), pp.95-111.
  • Mousavi, Z., Pathier, E., Walker, R.T., Walpersdorf, A., Tavakoli, F., Nankali, H., Sedighi, M. and Doin, M.P., 2015. Interseismic deformation of the Shahroud fault system (NE Iran) from space‐borne radar interferometry measurements. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(14), pp.5753-5761.
  • Aghajany, S.H., Voosoghi, B. and Mousavi, Z., 2015. Impact of Digital Elevation Models in Accuracy of InSAR Displacement Velocity Fields. Journal of Geomatics Science and Technology, 4(4), pp.123-138.
  • Walpersdorf, A., Manighetti, I., Mousavi, Z., Tavakoli, F., Vergnolle, M., Jadidi, A., Hatzfeld, D., Aghamohammadi, A., Bigot, A., Djamour, Y. and Nankali, H., 2014. Present‐day kinematics and fault slip rates in eastern Iran, derived from 11 years of GPS data. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 119(2), pp.1359-1383.
  • Mousavi, Z., Walpersdorf, A., Walker, R.T., Tavakoli, F., Pathier, E., Nankali, H.R.E.A., Nilfouroushan, F. and Djamour, Y., 2013. Global Positioning System constraints on the active tectonics of NE Iran and the South Caspian region. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 377, pp.287-298.
  • Mousavi, Z., Vosoughi B., 2008. Determination and regionalization of geodetic seismic moment rates, case study: National geodynamic network of Iran, Journal of the college of engineering, Tehran University, Volume 42, Number 3, Spring.

Conference proceedings:

  • Mousavi, “About 12 Novembre 2017 Sarpol-e-Zahab Earthquake", Trigger, Tehran, Iran, 2018
  • Ajorlou, J. Hollingsworth, Z. Mousavi, A. Ghods, Z. Masoumi, “Characterizing surface deformation in the 1990 Rudbar earthquake (Iran) using optical image correlation, Trigger, Tehran, Iran, 2018
  • Vajedian, M. Motagh, Z. Mousavi, K. Motaghi and E. Fielding, “Space geodetic investigation of the coseismic deformation associated with 12 December 2017 Mw 6.2 Hojdek and 12 November 2017 Mw 7.3 Sarpol-e Zahab Iran earthquakes”, 19th General Assembly of Wegener, Grenoble, France, 2018
  • Vajedian, Z. Mousavi, M. Motagh and A. Hojati, “Combining SAR Interferometry and offset tracking methods to measure near field coseismic deformation; application to the 12 December 2017 Mw 6.2 Hojedk earthquake in Iran”, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 20, EGU2018-19135-2, 2018
  • Babaee, Z. Mousavi, Z. Masoumi, A. Hojati, M. Rostaei, M. Aflaki, Land subsidence monitoring in Qazvin plain using Synthetic Aperture Radar interferometry. Tehran, Trigger, Tehran, Iran, 2017
  • Amiri, Z. Mousavi, C. Tolomei, S. Atzori, K. Motaghi, S. Salvi, Coseismic And Post-seismic Displacements Associated With 2010 Mw 6.5 Rigan Earthquake In SE Iran Revealed By Space-borne Radar Interferometry Observations, Fringe, Helsinki, Finland, 2017
  • Mousavi, GPS and earthquake hazard in Iran, Earthquake Science and Hazard in Central Asia, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 7-9 September,  2016
  • Ahmadi, Z. Mousavi , Z. Masoumi, Khoramdarreh Subsidence Estimation Using Persistent Scatterer Interferometry, 34th National and the 2nd International Geosciences Congress, Tehran, Iran, 22-24 February, 2016.
  • Mousavi, Pathier, E., Walker, R.T., Walpersdorf, A., Tavakoli, F., Nankali, H.,Sedighi. M., Doin, M-P., Measurement of Interseismic strain accumulation across the Shahroud Fault System by Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, International Conference and School on Structure, Tectonics and Earthquakes in the Alborz-Zagros-Makran Region, Tehran, Iran, 22-31 May, 2015.
  • Mousavi, A. Walpersdorf, R. Walker, F.Tavakoli, H. Nankali, E. Pathier, F.Tavakoli, Characterization of active fault behavior in eastern Iran using geodetic approach, 32nd National & first international Geosceines Congress, Tabriz, Iran, Feburary, 2014
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Khorrami, Determination of wet component in troposphere by GPS signals in IPGN (Iranian Permanent GPS Network), Geomatic Conference, National Cartography Center, Iran, 2007.
  • 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.
  • Vosoughi, Z. Mousavi, Regionalization of hazard Seismicity on Alborz based on seismic moment rate derived from GPS”, Geomatic 85, NCC, Iran,7 May 2006.
  • 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.
  • Mousavi, B. Vosoughi, Seismic Moment Rate and its Role in Earthquake Research”, Geomatic 84, NCC, Iran, NCC, Iran 2005.


  • Persian : Native    English:  Fluent   French : Intermediate    Azeri : Mother Language



Visualisation and Office Works

  •  Adobe Illustrator, GMT, Latex, Word

Scientific Softwares

  • GAMIT/GLOBK,  ROIPAC, NSBAS Chain, ER Mapper, DEFNOD,  StaMP, Sesarray package (Geopsy, Dinver), Sardin


  • ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics): Junior Associate of the Centre from 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2020
  • Doctorate School scholarship (ED TUE): One month of researchvisiting of Oxford university, UK, October 2012
  • PhD scholarship from French education ministry: Tyears , Joseph Fourier University, 2010
  • MEEES’s Scholarship: One year of master course of Engineering Seismology, European community, 2008
  • Scholarship of French Embassy in Tehran: 2 months of research visiting of ISTerre, November 2007