The field of the expertise of the Institute covers the
application of modern mathematics to seismology and adjacent
Earth Sciences. Taking advantage on traditional interest of
Soviet "pure" mathematicians to the applied problems,
the Institute is build up on the direct involvement of the
world-class mathematicians like L. Kantorovich (Nobel Prize for
economy), I. Gelfand, Ya. Sinai and their schools.
Institute is known for pioneering results in the fields of
earthquake prediction, seismic risk, verification of compliance
to nuclear test ban treaty, structure of the Earth exploration of
mineral deposits, signal processing, wave propagation,
geophysical fluid dynamics, magnetic dynamo.
Most recent is the application of the concept of chaos to the
dynamics of the lithosphere. This approach led to development of
earthquake prediction algorithms, and to a new understanding of
instability of large system in general; potential applications
range from geological disasters to megacities and socio-economic
Since 1960 the faculty of the Institute maintained
cooperation with the leading research institutions from more than
20 countries. The Institute participates in many international
projects and conducts annual international workshops on
mathematical geophysics and earthquake prediction.
Institute has 122 employees, among them 12 Professors and
D.Sc., 43 Ph.D., 48 University graduates.
Laboratories with their chief-persons.
- Theory of chaos, Prof. Ya. Sinai
- Mathematical geophysics, Prof. V.
- Mathematical statistics, Prof. V.
- Analysis of wave field, Dr. B. Bukchin
- Seismological registration, Dr. Yu.
- Computers, Dr. I. Turetsky
- Inverse problems for dynamic system; scene
recognition (Ekaterinburg); Prof. Yu. Osipov, President,
Russian Academy of Sciences. Previously this group was
engaged in cruise missile navigation.
- Tectonics; active faults, mineral
deposits; Prof. D. Rundkvist, Director, Vernadsky State
- Universal symptoms of instability in the
system of interacting elements: theory, numerical
simulation; applications to the lithosphere and
- Fundamental equations for the active
lithosphere. So far - study of its basic properties:
dimensionality of attractor; fractality; scaling; limits
of similarity and self-similarity etc.
- New generation of earthquake prediction
algorithms, with tenfold increase of accuracy. This is
based on integration of modeling, phenomenology, and
- Instability/seismicity of platforms.
Mapping of lineaments for the whole Europe;
reconsideration of instability for the sites of high-risk
constructions. Pilot results include Siberia and Russian
- Monitoring of stress-strain field.
Kinematic and geometric incompatibility of motion.
- Interaction with civic protection
authorities in estimation of seismic risk and in
- Geophysical fluid dynamics: sedimentary
basin evolution; interplay of continents and mantle
- Inversion, mostly seismological.
- High resolution spectral analysis. Use of
networks (even global) as arrays.
- New broadband seismograph.