TIPTIMON - Tien-Shan-Pamir Monitoring Program

3D crustal geometry of the Darvaz fault system – assessing its role in the India–Asia collision

TIPTIMON (Tien-Shan-Pamir Monitoring Program) is a cross-disciplinary project that comprises long-term monitoring of geodynamics and climate in the Central Asian states Kyrgyzstan, Tadjikistan, and Uzbekistan. The monitoring seeks to quantify geologic processes like deformation, erosion, and sedimentation as well as their rates, interactions with climate factors, and hazard potential for human habitats.

The aim of the magnetotelluric part within TIPTIMON is to understand the 3D crustal structure in the main Pamir zone, which is Asia’s most active intra-continental subduction zone outside the Himalaya. We intend to install around 100 MT stations in the Central Pamirs and across the Darvas Fault in summer 2013. This investigation extends the dataset recorded during 2008 and 2009 as part of the TIPAGE program.

Principal Investigator

       PD Dr. Oliver Ritter (GFZ Potsdam)

Research scientists

       Walja Korolevski (GFZ Potsdam)

Cooperation partners

  • RAS Bishkek (Research Station of the Russian Academy of Sciences RAS, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan):
    Dr. Anatoly Rybin, Dr. Vlad Batalev, Vitalii Matiukov
  • Institute of Geology, Tajik Academy of Sciences, Dushanbe, Tajikistan:
    Prof. Dr. Lothar  Ratschbacher, Prof. Dr. Richard Gloaguen
  • TU Freiberg:
    Prof. Dr. Lothar  Ratschbacher, Prof. Dr. Richard Gloaguen
  • Universität Jena:
    Prof. Dr. Jonas Kley
  • GFZ Potsdam:
    Dr. Bernd Schurr (section 3.1)
    Dr. Xiaohui Yuan (section 2.4)
    Dr. James Mechie (section 2.2)
    Dr. Stephan Sobolev, Dr. Andrey Babeyko (section 2.5)

Experiment time frame 


Further information

CAME (BMBF Verbundprogramm WTZ Zentralasien – Monsundynamik & Geoökosysteme)

Methods & Equipment   

  • SPAM 4 real-time data acquisition instruments for broad band measurements (GFZ)
  • Induction coils (Metronix)
  • Non-polarisable Ag-AgCl electrodes (GFZ)




  • Funding by Federal Ministry for Education and Research
  • Funding for the experiments by the GFZ
  • All magnetotelluric instruments are provided by the magnetotelluric component of the geophysical instrument pool (GIPP-MT).

Project details



BMBF - Federal Ministry of Education and Research