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Head:  Abdrakhmatov Kanatbek Yermekovich, doctor of geological-mineralogical sciences, professor

Seismotectonics Laboratory was established in 1988 on the basis of laboratory fusion depth tectonics, for many years headed by Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences V.I. Knauf and recent tectonics laboratory, the head of which was the doctor of geological-mineralogical sciences, professor Chedia O.K.

К.Е.Абдрахматов   О.К.Чедия В.И.Кнауф
K.E.Abdrahmatov   Chedia O.K. V.I. Knauf

The main area of research – seismic hazard assessment by geological methods, learning and active geodynamics paleoseismology.

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Key achievements:

  • The new seismic zoning map of the Kyrgyz Republic (2012).
  • Justification high seismicity in the Central Tien Shan in the past on the basis of studying paleoseismodislocations.
  • Identification and study of active faults in Kyrgyzstan.
  • The probabilistic seismic hazard assessment in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Seismic hazard assessment in the area of construction of Kambarata HPP-1 and HPP-2, Verhnenarynskogo, Kokomerenskogo and Sary Jaz hydroelectric.


Laboratory staff: O.M. Grichin, A.Mambetova, A.B. Fortuna, L.Panevkina, Ch Dzhumadylova, Zh.Bolotova, A.V. Sevostyanova, A.M. Korzhenkov, T.A. Charim, Nurmanbetov K., C. Ormukov.


A.K.Trofimov, V.A. Yazovsky A. Moldobaev, S. channel N. Baykulov

International activities

Since 2006, scientists conducted laboratory International Summer School on the study of landslides, which at various times was attended by students from the US, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, China, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and New Zealand. For the high quality of the school of the International Framework for landslides (IPL) Institute of Seismology, NAS was awarded the title and certificate of "Best World Center to reduce the risk of hazards."




The laboratory is constantly increasing its scientific potential due to contact and to work together to attract foreign scientists United States (Orogensky University, Institute of the Earth's crust of Southern California), Belgium (Royal Museum for Central Africa, University of Liège), the UK (Cambridge and Oxford), Germany (University of bedding ), Russia (Institute of Geosphere Sciences, Geological Institute, the Institute of Geology, Siberian Branch, Novosibirsk Federal University), Kazakhstan (Institute of Seismology, National Nuclear Center), Uzbekistan (Institute of Seismology), Tajikistan (Institute of Geology and Seismology Institute).

International projects

  1. Geodynamics of intercontinental mountain buildings, Tien Shan, Central Asia (1997-2001, National Scientific Foundation, USA).
  2. Landslides triggered by earthquakes, Kyrgyz Republic, Tien Shan (1996-2000, INCO-COPERNICUS foundation, EU).
  3. Geology Field mapping course in Kyrgyz Tien Shan, Central Asia (2002-2007, National Scientific foundation, USA).
  4. Regional seismic hazard field investigations and probabilistic assessment for the Chu River-Issyk-Kul corridor, Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2006, CRDF, USA).
  5. Open network of scientific Centers for mitigation risk of natural hazards in the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia (2006-2009, ISTC foundation).
  6. “The long arm of Himalayan orogeny – Tracing large prehistoric earthquakes along the northern Kyrgyz Tien Shan and the Mongolian Hangay” (Volkswagen Foundation, 2013-2015).
  7. International Working Group on Natural Hazards in the Tien Shan FP6-2002-INCO-Russia+NIS/SSA-4 Specific Measures in Support of International Cooperation (INCO) (2007-2008).
  8. Active faults and strong earthquakes (2000-2003, ISTC foundation).
  9. Scaling and displacement relationships for thrust faults (1999-2002, National Scientific foundation, USA).
  10. Geology Field mapping course in Kyrgyz Tien Shan, Central Asia (2002-2007, National Scientific foundation, USA).
  11. IPL Project M111 "Detail study of the internal structure of large rockslide dams in the Tien Shan (2003).
  12. The International field mission "Internal structure of the dissected rockslide dams in Kyrgyzstan" (2004).


During the existence of the laboratory it published 12 monographs and collections, more than 800 articles, protected 8 candidate and 2 doctoral theses.