Dr. Hamid Nazari

Vice Director


Contacts Details

Tel: 0098 21 66070518

E-Mail: h.nazari@gsi.ir



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

Post box: 13185-1494



2015                HDR in Paleoseismology,  Universite Montpellier, Montpellier-France      

2006                PhD in Geology, University of Montpellier II; Montpellier-France

1996                MSc in Structural geology, Azad Islamic university, Tehran-Iran

1991                BS in Geology, University of Esfahan 


2009-present  Assistant professor, Research Institute for Earth sciences

2011-2012       Head of dept. of Marine geophysics

2011-2013       Head of Geo-hazard advisory board in GSI

Since 2009      Deputy of Research Institute for Earth sciences

1999-2008       Senior geologist in Seismotectonic Dept.

1997-1999       Senior geologist in Dept.

1995-1997       Head of Dept.

1992-1995       Field geologist in Stratigraphy Dept.

Since 1992      Geologist in Geological Survey of Iran



Major: Active Tectonic


Research Interests:

  •  paleoseismology
  •  paleoclimatology
  •  Archeoseismology
  •  Hazard assesment

Recent Projects


Chosen Publications


  • Nazari, H. (2015). Analyse de la tectonique active en Iran : Approches morphotectonique at paléosismologique : Implication en termes d’aléa sismique. Géosciences Montpellier, HDR thesis, Université Montpellier, Montpellier, France, pp :116.
  • Naimi-Ghassabian, N., Khatib, M.M., Nazari, H., Heyhat, MR., (2015), Present-day tectonic regime and stress patterns the formal inversion of focal mechanism data, in the North of Central–East Iran Blocks, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 111, 113-126.
  • Ritz, J-F., Avagyan, A., Mkrtchyan, M., Nazari, H., Blard, P-H., Karakhanian,A.S., Philip, H.,Balescu, S., Mahan, S.,Huot, S.,Münch, P.,Lamothe, M., (2015), Active tectonics within the NW and SE extensions of the Pambak-Sevan-Syunik fault: Implications for the present geodynamics of Armenia, Journal of  Quaternary International, 1-18.
  • Mkrtchyan, M.K., Ritz, J-F., Avagyan, A.V., Nazari, H., Karakhanian, A.S.,Blard, P-H., Martirosyan, M.P., (2014), New paleoseismological insights along the south eastern part of the pambak-sevan-sunik active fault, Electronic Journal of Natural Sciences, 23 (2), 3-8.
  • Nazari, H., Ritz, J-F., Walker, R.T., Salamati, R., Rizza, M., Patnaik, R., Hollingsworth, J., Alimohammadian, H., Jalali, A., KavehFirouz, A., Shahidi, A., (2014), Palaeoseismic evidence for a medieval earthquake, and preliminary estimate of late Pleistocene slip-rate, on the Firouzkuh Strike-slip fault in the central Alborz Region of Iran, Journal of Asian Earth Science, 82, 124-135.
  • Mkrtchyan, Mk., Avagyan A., Ritz, J-F., Nazari, H., Blard, P.H., Martirosyyan, M.P., (2014). Distributed Deformations along the NW party of the Pambak-Sevan-Sunik active fault, Proceedings of NAS of RA, Journal of Earth Sciences, 167 (1), 54-64.
  • Foroutan, M., Meyer, B., Sébrier, M., Nazari, H., Murray, A.S., Le Dortz, K., Shokri, M.A., Arnold, M., Aumaître, G., Bourlès, D., Keddadouche, K., Solaymani Azad, S., Bolourchi, M.J., (2014), Late Pleistocene-Holocene right slip rate and paleoseismology of the Nayband fault, western margin of the Lut block, Iran, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 119 (4), 3517-3560.
  • Nazari, H., (2014). Analytical evaluation of the probable time of the earthquake occurrence within Tehran region: an overview on paleoseismological investigations, Geociennces, 24 (94), 263-272.
  • Nazari, H., (2014), Probable Tsunami in the South Caspian Sea by a large earthquake!, ISEMG 2014, Adryaman -Turkey, 24-26 October.
  • Nazari, H., (2014), Timing Analysis of the eventual earthquake in the Tehran region, Iran, ISEMG 2014, Adryaman –Turkey, 24-26 October.
  • Sebrier, M., Foroutan, M., Meyer, B., Nazari, H., Murray, A.,Le Dortz, K.,Shokri, M.,Arnold, M.,Aumaitre, G., Bourles, D.,Keddadouche, K., Solaymani Azad, S.,Boulourch, M., (2014), Paleoseismic versus Paleoclimatic records on the Iranian plateau, Interdisciplinary meeting on climate change and seismic hazards during the Holocene in the Mediterranean (Cerege) , JULY 7 - 8.
  • Walker, R.T., Bergman, E.A., Elliott, J.R., Fielding, E.J., Ghods, A.R., Ghoraishi, M., Jackson, J., Nazari, H., Nemati, M., Oveisi, B., Talebian, M., Walters, R.J., (2013), The 2010–2011 South Rigan (Baluchestan) earthquake sequence and its implications for distributed deformation and earthquake hazard in southeast Iran, Geophysical Journal International (GJI), 193 (1), 349-374.
  • Copley, A., Faridi, M., Ghorashi, M., Hollingsworth, J., Jackson, J., Nazari, H., Oveisi, B., Talebian, M., (2013), The 2012 August 11 Aharearthquackes: sequence for tectonics an earthquacke hazard in the Turkish-Iranian plateau, Geophysical Journal International (GJI), V 10.1093/gji/ggs379, 1-7.
  • Rizza, M., Vernant, P., Ritz, J-F., Peyret, M., Nakali, H., Nazari, H., Djamour,Y., Salamati, R., Tavakoli, F., Chéry, J., Mahan, S.A., Masson, F., (2013), Morphotectonic and geodetic evidence for a constant slip-rate over the last 45 kyr along the Tabriz fault (Iran), Geophysical Journal International (GJI), V 10.1093/gji/ggt04, 1083-1094.
  • Foroutan, M., Nazari, H., Meyer, B., Sébrier, M., Fattahi, M., Le Dortz, K., Ghorashi, M., Hessami, K., Ghassemi, M. R., Talebian, M., (2013). Late Pliestocene-Holocene Paleoseismicity, Temporal Clustering, Probabilities of Future Large (M>7) Earthquake on the Dehshir Fault, Central Iran, Scientific Quarterly Journal, Geociennces, 23 (90), 75-90.
  • Le Dortz, K., Meyer, B., Sébrier, M., Braucher, R., Bourlès, D., Benedetti, L., Nazari, H., Foroutan, M., (2012), Interpreting scattered in-situ produced cosmogenic nuclide depth-profile data, Quaternary Geochronology,11, 98-115.
  • Foroutan, M., S´ebrier, M., Nazari, H., Meyer, B., Fattahi, M., Rashidi, A., Le Dortz, K., Bateman, M. D., (2012), New evidence for large earthquakes on the Central Iran plateau: palaeoseismology of the Anar fault, Geophysical Journal International (GJI), 189 (1), 6-18.
  • Ritz, J-F., Nazari, H. , Balescu, S., Lamothe, M. , Salamati, R., Ghassemi, A., Shafei, A., Ghorashi, M. , Saidi, A. (2012), Paleoearthquakes of the past 30000 years along the North Tehran Fault, Iran, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, 1-15.
  • Le Dortz, K., Meyer, B., S´ebrier, M., Braucher, R., Nazari, H., Benedetti, L., Fattahi, M., Bourl`es, D., Foroutan, M., Siame, L., Rashidi, A., Bateman, M.D., (2011), Dating inset terraces and offset fans along the Dehshir Fault (Iran) combining cosmogenic and OSL methods, Journal of Geophysical Journal International, 185 (3), 1147-1174.
  • Rizza, M., Mahan, S., Ritz, J-F., Nazari, H., Hollingsworth, J., Salamati, R., (2011), Using luminescence dating coarse matrix material to estimate fault slip-rate in arid domain: Example of the Astaneh Fault (Iran). Journal of Quaternary Geochronology, 6 (3), 390-406.
  • Nazari, H., Ritz, J.-F., Ghassemi, A., Bahar-Firouzi, K., Salamati, R., Shafei, A., Fonoudi, M.,(2011). Paleoearthquakes Determination of Magnitude ~6.5 on the North Tehran Fault, Iran, JSEE,13 (1), 159-166.
  • Fattahi, M., Nazari, H., Bateman, M.D., Meyer, B., Sebrier, M., Talebian, M., Le Dortz, K., Forouttan, M., AhmadiGivi, F., Ghoreishi, M., (2010), Refining the OSL age of the last earthquake on the Dheshir fault, Central Iran, Journal of Quaternary Geochronology, 5 (2), 286-292.
  • Hollingsworth, J., Nazari, H., Ritz, J-F., Salamati, R., Talebian, M., Bahroudi, A., Walker, R., Rizza, M. and Jackson, J., (2010), Active tectonics of the East Alborz mountains, NE Iran; rupture of the left-lateral Astaneh fault system during the great 856AD Qumis earthquake. Geophysical Research, 115 (B12), 313, doi:10.1029/2009JB007185.
  • Nazari, H., Ritz, J-F., Salamati, R., Shahidi A., Habibi, H., Ghorashi, M., KarimiBavandpur, A., (2010), Distinguishing between fault scarps and shorelines: the question of the nature of the Kahrizak ,North Rey and South Rey features in Tehran plain (Iran), Journal of Terra Nova, 22 (3), 227-237.
  • Hollingsworth, J., Jackson, J., Walker, R., Nazari, H., (2009), Extrusion tectonics and subduction in the eastern South Caspian region since 10 Ma: Reply, Journal of  Geology, 27 (12), 199–200.
  • 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., Ghoraishi, M., (2009), Holocene right-slip rate determined by cosmogenic and OSL dating on the Anar fault, Central Iran, Geophysical Journal International (GJI, Tectonic and Geodynamic), 179 (2), 700-710.
  • Nazari, H., Ritz, J-F., Salamati R., Shafei A., Ghassemi A., Michelot J-L., Massault, M., Ghorashi, M., (2009), Morphological and Paleoseismological analysis along the Taleghan Fault (Central Alborz, Iran), Geophysical Journal International (GJI), 178 (2), 1028-1041.
  • Nazari, H., Fattahi, M., Meyer, B., Sebrier, M., Talebian, M., Forootan, M., Le Dortz, K., Bateman, M.D. Ghorashi, M., (2009), First evidence for large earthquakes on the Deshir Fault, Central Iran Plateau, Journal of  Terra Nova, 21( 6), 417-426.
  • Nazari, H., Ritz, J-F., Salamati, R., Talebian, M., Gorashi, M., Ghassemi, A., Ansari, F., Bolurchi, M., Jamali, F., Javadipur, S., (2009), Linear structures in south of Tehran (Reys and Kahrizak "faults") : Fault scarps or Geomorphologic phenomenon ?!,  Journal of  Geosciences Scientific Quarterly, 18, N 73.
  • Hollingworth, J., Jackson, J., Walker, R., Nazari, H., (2008), Extrusion tectonics and subduction in the eastern South Caspian region since 10 Ma, Journal of  Geological Society of America, 36 (10), 763-766.
  • Nazari, H., Ritz, J-F., (2008), Neotectonics in Central Alborz, special issue, Journal of  Geosciences Scientific Quarterly, 17, N 1.
  • Shokri, M., Ghorashi, M., Nazari, H., Salamati, R., Talebian, M., Ritz, J-F., Mohammad Khani, H., ShahpasandZadeh, H., (2008), Preliminary results of paleoseismological trenching along the Astaneh fault,  Journal of  Geosciences Scientific Quarterly, 18, 84-93.
  • Jackson, J., Bouchon, M., Fielding, E., Funning, G., Ghorashi, M., Hatzfeld, D., Nazari,H.,Parsons, B., Priestly, K., Talebian, M., Tatar, M., Walker, R., Wright, T. (2006). Seismotectonic, rupture process, and earthquake-hazard aspects of the 2003 December 26 Bam, Iran, earthquake. Geophysical Journal International, 166 (3), 1270-1292.
  • Ritz, J. F., Nazari, H., Ghassemi, A., Salamati, R., Shafei, A., Solaymani, S., Vernant, P. (2006). Active transtension inside central Alborz: A new insight into northern Iran–southern Caspian geodynamics. Geology, 34(6), 477-480.
  • Fattahi, M., Walker, R., Hollingsworth, J., Bahroudi, A., Nazari, H., Talebian, M., Armitage, S., Stokes, S. (2006). Holocene slip-rate on the Sabzevar thrust fault, NE Iran, determined using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 245(3), 673-684.
  • Nazari, H., (2006). Analyse de la tectonique récente et active dans l'Alborz Central et la région de Téhéran: Approche morphotectonique et paleoseismologique. Science de la terre et de l'eau. Ph.D. thesis, University of Montpellier2, Montpellier, France, pp: 247.
  • Smith, B., Aubourg, C., Guezou, J. C., Nazari, H., Molinaro, M., Braud, X.,  Guya, N., (2005). Kinematics of a sigmoidal fold and vertical axis rotation in the east of the Zagros–Makransyntaxis (southern Iran): Paleomagnetic, magnetic fabric and microtectonic approaches. Tectonophysics, 411(1), 89-109.
  • Fielding, E. J., Talebian, M., Rosen, P. A., Nazari, H., Jackson, J. A., Ghorashi, M.,  Walker, R. (2005). Surface ruptures and building damage of the 2003 Bam, Iran, earthquake mapped by satellite synthetic aperture radar interferometric correlation, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth (1978–2012), 110(B3).
  • Pirazzoli, P. A., Reyss, J. L., Fontugne, M., Haghipour, A., Hilgers, A., Kasper, H. U., Nazari, H., Preusser, F., Radtke, U. (2004). Quaternary coral-reef terraces Kish and Qeshm Islands, Persian Gulf: new radiometric ages and tectonic implications, Quaternary International, 120(1), 15-27.
  • Talebian, M., Fielding, E. J., Funning, G. J., Ghorashi, M., Jackson, J., Nazari, H., Parsons, B., Priestly, K., Rosen, P., Walker,R., Wright, T. J. (2004). The 2003 Bam (Iran) earthquake: Rupture of a blind strike‐slip fault, Geophysical Research Letters, 31(11).
  • Preusser, F., Radtke, U., Fontugne, M., Haghipour, A., Hilgers, A., Kasper, H. U., Nazari, H., Pirazzoli, P. A. (2003). ESR dating of raised coral reefs Kish Island, Persian Gulf, Quaternary science reviews, 22(10), 1317-1322.