Dr. Morteza Talebian

Director of Research Institute for Earth Sciences


Contacts Details

 Tel:   0098-66070518

 Fax:  0098-66070511

E-Mail: morteza.talebian@gmail.com


Research Institute for Earth Sciences, Geological Survey of Iran, Azadi Sq., Meraj-street,  Tehran-Iran.

Post box: 13185-1494



  • Director of the Research Institute for Earth Sciences,GSI;   2009-present
  •  Head of Seismotectonic department, Geological Survey of Iran; 1996-2007
  •  PhD in Seismotectonic; University of Cambridge; 2000-2003
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Seismology; The International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, Japan; 1994- 95.  


Major: Seismotectonic

Research Interests:

  • Morphotectonic Study of Active Faults
  • Earthquake Seismology
  • Earthquake Hazard Assesment


Recent Projects

  • Earthquake Hazard Assesment


        Chosen Publications:


  • Nemati, M., Hollingsworth J., Zhan Z., Bolourchi M. J., and Talebian M., Microseismicity and seismotectonics of the South Caspian Lowlands, NE Iran, Geophys. J. Int. 193(3): 1053-1070.doi: 10.1093/gji/ggs114, 2013.
  • Ghods, A., Rezapour, E. Bergman, G. Mortezanejad, and M. Talebian, Relocation of the 2006 Mw 6.1 Silakhour, Iran, Earthquake Sequence: Details of Fault Segmentation on the Main Recent Fault, BSSA, 102, 398-416, 2012.
  •  Fattahi, M., Walker, R.T., Talebian, M., Sloan, R.A. and Rasheedi, A. The structure and late Quaternary slip rate of the Rafsanjan strike-slip fault, SE Iran. Geosphere, 7: 1159-1174, 2011.
  •  Allen, M. and Talebian M., Structural variation along the Zagros and the nature of the Dezful Embayment, Geol. Mag. 148 (56), 2011, pp. 911924., Cambridge University Press, doi:10.1017/S0016756811000318, 2011.
  • Tabatabaei, S. H., Salamti, A.S., Ghalandarzadeh A., Riahi M.A., Beitollahi A., Talebian M., Preparation of Engineering geological map of Bam using geophysical and geotechnical approach, Journal of Earthquake Engineering , 00:1-19, Doi: 10.1080/13632460903527963, 2010.
  • Walker R.T., Talebian M., Saiffori S., Sloan R., Rasheedi A., MacBean N., Ghassemi A.. Active faulting, earthquakes, and restraining bend development near Kerman city in southeastern Iran, Journal of Structural Geology, V. 32, Issue 8, August 2010, P. 1046-1060, 2010.
  • Hollingsworth, J. Nazari H., Ritz J-F., Salamati R., Talebian M., Bahrudi A., Walker R., Rizza M., and Jackson J.. Active tectonics of the East Alborz mountains, NE Iran; rupture of the left-lateral Astaneh fault system during the great 856AD Qumis earthquake, Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth., V. 115, B12313, 19 PP., doi:10.1029/2009JB007185, 2010.
  •  Fattahi, M., Nazari H., M.D. Batemanc, B. Meyere, M. Se´ brier e, M. Talebian d, K. Le Dortz e, M. Foroutan d, F. Ahmadi Givi a, M. Ghorashi. Refining the OSL age of the last earthquake on the Dehshir fault, Central Iran, Quaternary Geochronology, V. 5, P. 286–292, 2010.
  •  Hollingsworth, J., Fattahi, M., Walker, R., Talebian, M., Bahroudi, A., Bolourchi, M.J., Jackson, J. and Copley, A.. Oroclinal bending, distributed thrust and strike-slip faulting, and the accommodation of Arabia-Eurasia convergence in NE Iran since the Oligocene. Geophysical Journal International, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04591.x. 2010.
  •  Walker R. T., Talebian M., Sloan R.A. , Rasheedi A., Fattahi M., and Bryant C.. Holocene slip-rate on the Gowk strike-slip fault and implications for the distribution of tectonic strain in eastern Iran, Geophys. J. Int., 181, 221 – 228, 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04538.x, 2010.
  • Nazari H., Fattahi M., Meyer B., Sébrier M., Talebian M., Foroutan M., Le Dortz K., Bateman M.D., Ghorashi M. . First evidence for large earthquakes on the Deshir Fault, Central Iran Plateau, Terra Nova, 00, 1-10, 10.1111/j.1365-3121.2009.00892.x, 2009.
  •  Le Dortz , K. Meyer B., Sébrier M., Nazari ,H.; Braucher, R.; Fattahi, M.;Benedetti, L. ; Forouttan, M.; Siame ,L.; Bourlès, D.; Talebian ,M.; Bateman,M. D.; and M. Ghoraishi. Holocene right-slip rate determined by cosmogenic and OSL dating on the Anar fault, Central Iran .Geophysical Journal International (GJI Tectonic and Geodynamic), , doi: 10.1111/j.1365- 246X.2009.04309.x., 2009.
  • Fattahi, M., Nazari, H., Bateman, D., Meyer, B., Se´ brier, M., Talebian, M., Le Dortz K., Foroutan, M., Ahmadi Givi F., and Ghorashi, M.. Refining the OSL age of the Last earthquake on the Deshir Fault, Central Iran, Quaternary Geochronology, doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2009.04.005, 2009.
  • Nankali H.R., F. Sobouti, B. Voosoghi, K. Hessami, M. Talebian, A. Walpersdorf and F. Tavakoli, 3D Mechanical Modeling of the GPS Velocity Field Along the Main Recent Fault and Kazerun Fault (Zagros, Iran), Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2008.
  • Nissen, E., Ghorashi, M., Jackson, J., Parsons B., and Talebian M., The 2005 Qeshm Island earthquake (Iran)—a link between buried reverse faulting and surface folding in the Zagros Simply Folded Belt?, Geophys. J. Int. , doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03514.x, 2007.
  • Allen, M.B., Blanc, E.J.-P., Walker, R., Jackson, J., Talebian, M., and Ghassemi, M.R., Contrasting styles of convergence in the Arabia-Eurasia collision: why escape tectonics does not occur in Iran, in Dilek, Y., and Pavlides, S., eds., Postcollisional tectonics and magmatism in the Mediterranean region and Asia: Geological Society of America Special Paper 409, p. 579–589, doi: 10.1130/2006.2409(26), 2006.
  • Jackson J., Bouchon M., Fielding E., Funning G., Ghorashi M.,Hatzfeld D., Nazari H., Parsons B., Priestley K.,Talebian M., Tatar M., Walker R. and Wright T..Seismotectonic, rupture process, and earthquake-hazard aspects of the 2003 December 26 Bam, Iran, earthquake. Geophys. J . Int., doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2006.03056.x, 2006.
  •  Fattahi M., Walker R., Hollingsworth J., Bahroudi A., Nazari H., Talebian M., Armitage S. and Stokes S.. Holocene slip-rate on the Sabzevar thrust fault, NE Iran, determined using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2006.
  • Parsons B., Wright T., Rowe P., Andrews J., Jackson J., Walker R., Khatib M., and Talebian M. The 1994 Sefidabeh (eastern Iran) earthquakes revisited: new evidence satellite radar interferometry and carbonate dating about the growth of an active fold above a blind thrust fault, Geophys. J. Int., 164, 202–217, 2006.
  • Talebian M., Bolourchi M., Copley A., Ghorashi M., Hollingworth J., Jackson J., Nissen E., and Priestley K., The Dahuiyeh (Zarand) earthquake of 22 February 2005 in central Iran: reactivation of an intra-mountain thrust, Geophys. J. Int., 164, 137–148, 2005.
  •  Fielding E. J., Talebian M., Rosen P. A., Nazari H., Jackson J. A., Ghorashi M., and Walker R., Surface ruptures and building damage of the 2003 Bam, Iran, earthquake mapped by satellite synthetic aperture radar interferometric correlation Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 110, B03302, doi:10.1029/2004JB003299, 2005.
  • Walker, T. R., Jackson J., Qorashi, M. and Talebian M., The Jun 2002 Changureh (Avaj) earthquake in Qazvin province, NW Iran: Source parameters, surface deformation and geomorphology, Geophys. J. Int., 160, 707-720, 2005.
  • Talebian M., Fielding E. J., Funning G. J., Ghorashi M., Jackson J., Nazari H., Parsons B., Priestley K., Rosen P. R., Walker R. and Wright T. J., The 2003 Bam (Iran) earthquake: rupture of a blind strike-slip Fault, Geophysical Research letter, doi: 10.1029/2004GL020058, 2004.
  • Talebian M. and Jackson J.A., A reappraisal of earthquake focal mechanism and active shortening in the Zagros mountains of Iran, Geophys. J. Int., 156, 506-526, 2004.
  • Talebian M. and J.A. Jackson, Offset on the main recent fault of NW Iran and implications for the late Cenozoic tectonics of the Arabia-Eurasia collision zone, Geophys. J. Int., 150, 422-439, 2002.
  • Berberian M., J.A. Jackson, E.J. Fielding, B.E. Parsons, K. Priestley, M. Qorashi, M. Talebian, R. Walker, T.J. Wright and C. Baker, The 1998 March 14 Fandoqa earthquake (Mw 6.6) in Kerman province, southeast Iran: re-rupture of the 1981 Sirch earthquake fault, triggering of slip on adjacent thrusts and the active tectonics of the Gowk fault zone, Geophys. J. Int., 146, 371-398, 2001.
  • Berberian M., J.A. Jackson, M. Qorashi, M. Talebian, M. Khatib, and K. Priestly, The 1994 Sefidabeh earthquakes in eastern Iran: blind thrusting and bedding-plane slip on a growing anticline, and active tectonics of the Sistan suture zone, Geophys. J. Int., 142, 283-299, 2000.
  •  Berberian M., M. Qorashi, J. Shoja-Taheri, and M. Talebian, Seismotectonics and earthquakefault hazard investigations in the Mashad-Neishabour region (Contribution to the seismotectonics of Iran, part VIII). Geol. Surv. Iran, 233P (in Persian), 2000.
  • Berberian M., J.A. Jackson, M. Qorashi, M.M. Khatib, K. Priestley, M. Talebian and M. GhafuriAshtiani, The 1997 May 10 Zirkuh (Qa'enat) earthquake (Mw 7.2): faulting along the Sistan suture zone of eastern Iran. Geophys. J. Int., 136 (3), 671-694, 1999.
  •  Talebian M. and S.N. Raisossadat, Geological map of Dehdez area (Zagros), Geol. Surv. Iran, 1:100000 series, Sheet No. 6053, 1998.
  • Berberian M., M. Ghorashi, M. Talebian and J. Shoja-Taheri, Seismotectonic and earthquake-fault hazard investigations in the Semnan region (Contribution to the Seismotectonics of Iran, Part VII). Geol. Surv. Iran, No. 63, 266p ( in Persian), 1996.
  • Talebian, M., Seismic Risk Analysis in Japan: Peak ground acceleration and uniform risk response spectra, Rep. of Int. Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (IISEE-Japan), 31, 59- 70, 1995. Talebian M., Gravity collapse structures in the Kuh-e-Mongasht Anticline ( Zagros). Journal of Geological Survey of Iran ( Geo Sciences), Vol. 2, No. 8, 1993.