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S. Das

Reader in Seismology

das@earth.ox.ac.uk

My research in earthquake studies has been conducted in several broad areas of observational and theoretical seismology over the last two decades. The major goal of the work is to understand the physics of the earthquake preparation and faulting process, and to predict expected motion at sites of engineering interest (the built environment) due to large earthquakes. The long-term goal is to prepare the physical basis for developing the capability to predict earthquakes, in future, if possible. Current research is focussed on the scaling of small to large earthquakes, study of very large submarine earthquake which cannot be studied by any other means such as GPS or SAR, and study of deep earthquakes and shapes of deep seismic zones along with its implications for mantle dynamics.


  • Pegler, G. and S. Das Analysis of the relationship between seismic moment and fault length for large crustal strike-slip earthquakes between 1977-92, Geophys. Res. Lett., 23, 905-908, 1996.

  • Pegler, G. and S. Das, An enhanced image of the Pamir - Hindu Kush seismic zone obtained from relocated earthquake hypocenters, Geophys. J. Intl., 134, 573-595, 1998.

  • Schoffel, H. J. and S. Das, Fine details of the Wadati-Benioff zone under Indonesia and its geodynamic implications, J. Geophys. Res., 104, 13101-13114, 1999.

  • Campus, P. and S. Das, Comparison of the rupture and radiation characteristics of intermediate and deep earthquakes, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 6177-6189, 2000.

  • Das, S., H-J Schoffel and F. Gilbert, Mechanism of slab thickening near 670 km under Indonesia, Geophys. Res. Lett., 27, 831-834, 2000.

  • Henry, C., S. Das and J. H. Woodhouse, (2000). The March 25, 1998 M = 8.1 Antarctic Plate earthquake: Moment tensor and rupture history, J. Geophys. Res., 105}, 16,097-16,119, 2000.

  • Robinson, D. P., C. Henry, S. Das and J. H. Woodhouse, Simultaneous Rupture Along Two Conjugate Planes of the Wharton Basin Earthquake, Science, 292, 1145-1148, 2001.


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