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Dr. Dimitar Ouzounov

Associate Professor, Research Faculty
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Physics, Computational Science and Engineering
Phone: (703) 444-0850 or (714) 289-3112
University of Mining and Geology "St. Ivan Rilski", Bachelor of Science
Technical University of Sofia, Master of Science
Institute of Earth Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ph.D.


Research Scientist with more then 20 years of experience in Geophysics, Satellite Earth Observations, and Geocomputing. Conducts research on utilizing near-space Earth observations for studying geodynamics processes. Contributed in validation of the new geophysical theory of Lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere coupling in relation to earthquake processes. Devised advanced diagnostics of the atmospheric environment associated with natural and man-made disasters by surveying the Earth's electromagnetic environment. Coordinates international initiatives on utilizing space-borne and ground observations for earthquake hazard risk assessments. Won multiple NASA grants and published more than 150 papers. Teaches Satellite applications in Natural Hazards at Chapman University. Keynote speaker at international conferences. Hosted sessions on AGU, WPGM, AOGS, ESC and SPIE conferences.



Introduction in Natural Hazards (GHEC 510)


Research Interest:

Application of Remote Sensing forNatural Hazards Risk Management;

Earthquake hazard; Study of Earthelectromagnetic environment; Geocomputing



Various Sources



Ph.D.1990      Geophysics, Institute of Earth Physics,Moscow, Russia

M.Sc.1985      Computer Science and Applied Math, TechnicalUniversity, Bulgaria

B.Sc.  1983    Applied Geophysics, University of Mining and Geology, Bulgaria



  • 2009-present Associate Professor Chapman University, Orange, CA, USA
  • 2008-present Senior Scientist Applied Sciences, NASA/ Goddard SFC, Greenbelt, MD,USA
  • 2007-2009 Research Professor, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA , USA
  • 2004-2008 Principal Investigator, Geodynamics, NASA Goddard SFC/SSAI, Greenbelt, MD,USA
  • 1999-2004 Staff Scientist, GES DAAC, NASA/ Goddard SFC/SSAI, Greenbelt, MD,USA
  • 1990-1998 Research Scientist, Geophysical Institute, Academy & Sciences, Sofia. Bulgaria



  • Top-50 most cited article of published in Tectonophysics, Elsevier, 2006 – 2011
  • NASA Group Achievement Honor Award, member of GSFC Applied Sciences, 2008
  • NASA Group Achievement Award as a member of EOS DISC Centers Support, 2006
  • Top-25 most cited article in Earth and Planetary Science, ASR, Elsevier, 2005
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Achievement Award GES DAAC, 2002
  • NASA GSFC Achievement Award, member of MODIS Mission Support Team, 2001
  • Raytheon Team award, member of DAAC MODIS Mission Support Team, 2000


Professional Activities:

  • Leading convener for AGU Fall Meeting (2003-2012) and WPGM Meetings (2005-2012);
  • Reviewed papers for J. Geophys. Res., Geophys. Res. Lett. Springer, Elsevier.
  • Guest Editor on Natural Hazards and Predictability for Journal Asian Earths Sciences, International Journal of Geophysics and Research in Geophysics;
  • Interviewed by Science News, Technological Review, WSJ, ABC, New Scientists, Discovery Channel News, etc.


Professional Affiliations:

  • Natural Disaster Reduction Committee of International Aeronautical Federation (Paris);
  • IUGG WG on Electromagnetic Studies of Earthquakes and Volcanoes (EMSEV);
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU);
  • European Geophysical Union (EGU);
  • Seismological Society of America (SSA);
  • The International Society For Optical Engineering (SPIE).


In the News

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Sergey Pulinets and Dimitar Ouzounov, The Possibility of Earthquake Forecasting: Learning from nature, Institute of Physics Books, IOP Publishing, 2017, 2xx,( accepted, in print)
Dimitar Ouzounov, Sergey Pulinets, Menas Kafatos, Patrick Taylor, Thermal radiation anomalies associated with major earthquakes, in the book “Pre-Earthquake Processes: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Earthquake Prediction Studies”. Eds (Ouzounov,Pulinets, Hattori, Taylor), AGU Geophysical Monograph 234, Wiley, 2018 (accepted)
Sergey Pulinets, Dimitar Ouzounov, Alexander Karelin, Dmitry Davidenko Lithosphere–Atmosphere–Ionosphere –Magnetosphere- Coupling (LAIMC) – a concept pre-earthquake signals generation, in the book “Pre-Earthquake Processes: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Earthquake Prediction Studies” . Eds (Ouzounov, Pulinets, Hattori, Taylor), AGU Geophysical Monograph 234, Wiley, 2018 (accepted)
Dimitar Ouzounov, Sergey Pulinets, Katsumi Hattori, Jann-Yenq (Tiger) Liu, Peng Han, Multi-parameter assessment of pre-earthquake atmospheric signals, in the book “Pre-Earthquake Processes: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Earthquake Prediction Studies” . Eds (Ouzounov, Pulinets, Hattori, Taylor), AGU Geophysical Monograph 234, Wiley, 2018 (accepted)
Ouzounov D, S.Pulinets, T. Liu, K. Hattori, M. Hernández-Pajares, A.García -Rigo, M.Kafatos, 2017, Testing Geospace Technologies for Alerting Large Earthquakes: An Integrated Approach of Space and Ground Observations, Joint Scientific Assembly of the International Association of Geodesy and International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior, July 30-Aug 4, 2017 Kobe Japan, Abstract S11-2-03
Ouzounov D., S. Pulinets, T. Liu, K. Hattori, P. Han, 2017, Multi-parameter assessments of pre-earthquake atmospheric signals, Joint Scientific Assembly of the International Association of Geodesy and International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior, July 30-Aug 4, 2017 Kobe Japan, Abstract S12-2-02
Ouzounov D, K. Hattori, S. Pulinets, T. Liu, M.Kafatos, 2017, An Integrated Approach to Observations of Pre-earthquake Signals. Why Geospace observations still need ground data? JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017 20-25 May Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan
Ouzounov D , S.Velichkova-Yotsova , S. Pulinets, A. Velez , N. Hatzopoulos, 2017, Modulations in VHF Wireless Signals Linked to Pre-earthquake Processes, 32nd URSI GASS, Montreal, Canada, 19-26 August 2017
Ouzounov D., A. Rozhnoi , M.Solovieva, M.Hayakawa , P.F. Biagi, S.Pulinets, H.U. Eichelberger, K. Schwingenschuh , and V. Fedun, 2017, Pre- Earthquake Effects in Atmosphere and Ionosphere Revealed by Satellite and VLF/LF observations, 32nd URSI GASS, Montreal, Canada, 19-26 August 2017
Velez A., K. Tsinganos, V.Karastathis, M. Kafatos, D. Ouzounov, G.Papadopoulos, A. Tselentis, G. Eleftheriou,E. Mouzakiotis, F. Gika,T. Aspiotis, S.Liakopoulos, N. Voulgaris, 2016, A pilot study of the Earthquake Precursors in the Southwest Peloponnes, Greece, Fall AGU San Francisco, NH51C-1976
Sun K., X.Shan, D.Ouzounov, 2016, Analyzing thermal anomaly of the Nepal Mw7.9 earthquake on 25 April 2015 using OLR data, Fall AGU San Francisco, NH51C-1979
Ouzounov D, S. Pulinets, M. Hernandez-Pajares, A. Garcia-Rigo, A.De Santis, J. Pavón, J. Liu, C. Chen, K.Cheng, K. Hattori, M.Stepanova, N.Romanova, N.Hatzopoulos, M.Kafatos, 2016, Multi-instrument observations of pre–earthquake transient signatures associated with 2015 M8.3 Chile earthquake, Fall AGU San Francisco NH54B-07:
Pulinets S., D. Ouzounov , Earthquake precursors in atmosphere and ionosphere. A review and future prospects. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 18, EGU2016-3466, 2016 EGU General Assembly 2016, Vienna , Austria
Pulinets S, D. Ouzounov, D. Davydenko and A. Petrukhin, Multiparameter monitoring of short-term earthquake precursors and its physical basis. Implementation in the Kamchatka region. E3S Web of Conferences 11, 00019 (2016), Russia
Ouzounov D., X.Zhang, S.Pulinets, V. Tramutoli , T. Liu , K. Hattori, M. Parrot, J. Shi, X. Shen, Z. Xiao, Y. Yang , L.Wu ,Z. Zeren, S.Zhao, Validation of Geospheres Interaction During Large-scale Natural Disasters. The Lithosphere-Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling Concept, International Workshop on Understanding Earthquakes and Volcanoes from Lithosphere to Space, EMSEV 2016, 25-29 August 2016, Lanzhou, China
Parrot M. , V. Tramutoli , Tiger J.Y. Liu , S. Pulinets, D. Ouzounov, N. Genzano, M. Lisi , K. Hattori , A. Namgaladze , Atmospheric and ionospheric coupling phenomena related to large earthquakes , NHESS-2016-172
Ouzounov D., Pulinets S, Kafatos, M (2015) An Integrated Geo Space & Ground Approach for monitoring large earthquakes, SafeChania 2015: The Knowledge Triangle in the Civil Protection Service, Chania, Crete, Greece, 10-14 June 2015
Ouzounov D, V.Tramutoli, S. Pulinets, K. Hattori, J. Liu, M.Kafatos, Multi-parameter Integration of Space and Ground Observations for Detection Pre-earthquake Anomalies: Case of M6 Napa, CA and other earthquakes in 2014 / XXVI IUGG General Assembly, Prague, Czech Republic, June 22-July 2, 2015
Ouzounov D, S. Pulinets, K. Hattori, M.Parrot, V.Tramutoli, J. Liu, Cross–disciplinary observation of pre-earthquake signals and their validation. The LAIC approach / XXVI IUGG General Assembly, Prague, Czech Republic, June 22-July 2, 2015.
Ouzounov, Dimitar; Tramutoli, Valerio; Pulinets, Sergey; Liu, Tiger; Filizzola, Carolina; Genzano, Nicola; Lisi, Mariano; Petrov, Leonid; Kafatos, Menas; (2015) Multi-sensor Integration of Space and Ground Observations of Pre-earthquake Anomalies Associated with M6. 0, August 24, 2014 Napa, California, EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, 17, 6014
Pulinets, SA; Ouzounov, D; Karelin, AV; Davidenko, DV; 2015, Physical bases of the generation of short-term earthquake precursors: A complex model of ionization-induced geophysical processes in the lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere-magnetosphere system, Geomagnetism and Aeronomy, 55,4, 521-538
Fu, CC; Wang, PK; Lee, LC; Lin, CH; Chang, WY; G. Giuliani, D. Ouzounov, 2015, Temporal variation of gamma rays as a possible precursor of earthquake in the Longitudinal Valley of eastern Taiwan, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 2015, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2015.04.035
Ouzounov, Dimitar; Pulinets, Sergey; Tramutoli, Valerio; Liu, Tiegen; Hattori, Katsumi; Parrot, Michel; Namgaladze, Alexander; Solomentsev, Dmitry; (2014) Validation of Lithosphere-Atmosphere-Ionosphere coupling concept by geo space observation of natural and anthropogenic processes, General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (URSI GASS), Beijing, China
Ouzounov D., Pulinets S, Kafatos, M, Testing new methodologies for alerting large earthquakes, IDRC Davos 2014: 5th International disaster and risk conference, Davos, Switzerland, 24-28 Aug 2014
Ouzounov, D; Pulinets, SA; Hattori, K; Mogi, T; Kafatos, M; Multi-parameter Observations and Validation of Pre-earthquake Atmospheric Signals, AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, San Francisco, 2014
Sun, K; Ouzounov, D; Pulinets, SA; Shen, X; Kafatos, M; Atmospheric Responses to Pre-earthquake Processes Revealed by Satellite and In-situ Observations. Case Study for XinJiang, China (2008-2014), AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts , San Francisco, 3854, 2014
Ouzounov, D, Pulinets S., M.C.Kafatos, Interdisciplinary approach towards pre-earthquake processes: Observations, validation and testing, Second European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology /European Seismology Commission (2ECEES) Turkey, Aug 24-29, 2014
Ouzounov. D, S.Pulinets, K.Hattori, T.Mogi, M.Kafatos, Evaluation of Pre-earthquake Atmospheric Signals and Their Connections with Major Seismicity, Asia Oceania Geoscience Society (AOGS), Sapporo, Japan, July28-Aug 1, 2014
Ouzounov, D; Pulinets, SA; Davidenko, DA; Kafatos, M; Taylor, PG; 2013, Space-borne observations of atmospheric pre-earthquake signals in seismically active areas. Case study for Greece 2008-2009,Thales, Special book in honor of Prof. Emeritus Michael E. Contadakis, Ed. D. Arabelos, C. Kaltsikis, S. Spatalas, IN Tziavos, ZITI publishing, Greece, 259-265
Ouzounov D, Pulinets S, Davidenko D, Kafatos M, Taylor P (2012) Space-borne observations of atmospheric pre-earthquake signals in seismically active areas. Case study for Greece 2008-2009, Proceedings of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece,
Pulinets S, D. Ouzounov, Karelin AV, Boyarchuk KA, Tertyshnikov AV, Yudin, I (2012) Joint concept for detection of strong earthquake preparation processe in a complex system of lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere-magnetosphere.Space and Rocket Science, 2012, N93 (68)., 135-146
Ouzounov D. S.Pulinets, K.Hattori, M, Kafatos, P.Taylor (2011) “Atmospheric Signals Associated with Major Earthquakes. A Multi-Sensor Approach, in the book “Frontier of Earthquake short-term prediction study”, M Hayakawa, (Ed), Japan, 510-531
Pulinets S. and D.Ouzounov (2011) Satellite technology has no alternative. On the problem of monitoring natural and man-made disasters. Proceedings of the Institute of Aplied Geophysics, 89, 102-118 (in Russian)
Ouzounov D., S. Pulinets, A. Romanov, A. Romanov Jr., K. Tsybulya, D.Davydenko, M. Kafatos and P. Taylor (2011) Atmosphere-Ionosphere Response to the M9 Tohoku Earthquake Reviled by Joined Satellite and Ground Observations, Earthquake Science, 24, 557–564
Ouzounov, D; K.Hattori, J.Y. Liu, (2011) Validation of Earthquake Precursors-VESTO Preface, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences Volume: 41 Issue: 4-5 Pages: 369-370
Laverov N., Pulinets S., Ouzounov D (2011) Use of thermal ionization effect for remote diagnostics of radioactive contamination of the environment. Doklady Earth Sciences, Vol. 441, Part 1, pp. 1560–1563
Ouzounov D., S. Pulinets, K,.Hattori, M. Kafatos and P. Taylor (2011) Atmospheric Response to Fukushima Daiichi NPP (Japan) Accident Reviled by Satellite and Ground observations,(submitted) http://arxiv.org/abs/1107.0930
Pulinets S. and D.Ouzounov (2011) Lithosphere-Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling (LAIC) model - an unified concept for earthquake precursors validation, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, vol. 41, issue 4-5, 371-382
Pulinets S.A, A. A. Romanov, Yu. M. Urlichich, A. A. Romanov, Jr.,L. N. Doda, D. Ouzounov, (2009). The First Results of the Pilot Project on Complex Diagnosing Earthquake Precursors on Sakhalin, Geomagnetism and Aeronomy, Vol. 49, No. 1,115–123
Ouzounov D., S. Habib and S. Ambrose A., (2008). Multisensor approach analyzing atmospheric signals for possible earthquake precursors. Application of Remote Sensing for Risk Management, In the book “Risk Wise”, International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) Davos, Switzerland, Tudor Rose, 2008, 162-165
Bondur V., S. A. Pulinets, D. Ouzounov, (2008) Effects of the Large-Scale Atmosphere Vortical Processes on the Ionosphere (Katrina Example), Earth Studies from Space, 6, 3-11
Ouzounov, D., S. Habib, F. Policelli, P. Taylor, (2007). Learning new methodologies to deal with large disasters: Near space monitoring of thermal signals associated with large earthquakes. In the book “Elements of Life”, World Meteorological Organization, 124-125
Ouzounov,D., D. Liu, C. Kang, G.Cervone, M. Kafatos, P. Taylor, (2007). Outgoing Long Wave Radiation Variability from IR Satellite Data Prior to Major Earthquakes, Tectonophysics, Volume 431, Issues 1-4 , 20, 211-220
Parrot M. and D.Ouzounov, (2006). Surveying the Earth's Electromagnetic Environment From Space, EOS, Transactions of American Geophysical Union,26 December,Vol.87, 52, 595
Pulinets S., D. Ouzounov, A., Karelin, K. Boyarchuk, L. Pokhmelnykh, (2006). The Physical Nature of Thermal Anomalies Observed Before Strong Earthquakes, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 31, 143-153
Pulinets S., D. Ouzounov, L. Ciraolo, R. Singh, G. Cervone, A. Leyva, M.Dunajecka, Karelin, K. Boyarchuk, (2006). Thermal, Atmospheric and Ionospheric Anomalies Around the time of Colima M7.8 Earthquake of January 21, 2003, Annales Geophysicale, 24, 835-849
Ouzounov D., N. Bryant, T. Logan, S. Pulinets, P.Taylor, (2006). Satellite thermal IR phenomena associated with some of the major earthquakes in 1999-2004, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 31,154-163