West Makran Seismic Transect

The Makran subduction zone is a result of the northward subduction of the Arabian plate beneath the Eurasian plate. It is located in a complicated tectonic setting. Although showing relatively low seismicity, three earthquakes generating tsunamis in the Makran region have been reported. The project aims to better determine the plate geometry of the western part of the Makran subduction zone (Iran), the crustal structure and hence the seismogenic and tsunamogenic potential of this region. Within this project 3 NS-running crustal-scale refraction seismic line (each 200km long) have been recorded.

Time frame

  • 2017 - 2019


  • International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES, Iran), GFZ

Principal Investigators

  • Mohammad Mokhtari (IIEES), Christian Haberland (GFZ),  Michael Weber (GFZ), Jörn Lauterjung (GFZ)


  • Trond Ryberg (GFZ)


  • International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES, Iran)

Methods & Equipment

  • crustal-scale refaction seismics, forward modelling, reflection seismics, tomography
Christian Haberland
Group Leader
Dr. Christian Haberland
Geophysical Deep Sounding
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