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M. Sc.-Ing. Mehdi Nikkhoo

Section 2.1: Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Helmholtzstraße 6/7
Building H 7, room 320
14467 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-1293
e-mail: mehdi.nikkhoo(at)


About the person

Function and Responsibilities:

  • Ph.D. Student in Geophysics

Research Interests:

I develop analytical and numerical models of crustal deformation due to magmatic and tectonic processes. The compound analytical models that I develop are flexible representations of the wide variation in volcanic source geometries. These models are fast and efficient for rapid inversions, which are crucial for hazard assessment and early warning purposes. I use the boundary element method to investigate the topographic and gravitational effects on the formation and temporal evolution of volcano deformation sources as well as the interactions between multiple sources. Applying these models to surface deformation data, which are detected through various geodetic techniques, and using nonlinear optimization techniques I can infer the location, geometry and strength of the subsurface sources of deformation.
For more details please also visit my webpage: Volcano Deformation


  • M.S., K.N.Toosi University of technology, Geodesy (2005-2008)
  • B.S., University of Tehran, Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering (1997-2002)