Edwin Nissen
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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

*student author


*Johnson, K. L., Nissen, E., and *Lajoie, L. (2018). Surface rupture morphology and vertical slip distribution of the 1959 Mw 7.2 Hebgen Lake (Montana) earthquake from airborne lidar topography. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 123, 8229-8248.

Scott, C., Arrowsmith, J R., Nissen, E., *Lajoie, L., Maruyama, T., and Chiba, T. (2018). The M7 2016 Kumamoto, Japan, earthquake: 3D deformation along the fault and within the damage zone constrained from differential topography. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 123, 6138-6155.

Langridge, R. M., Rowland, J., Villamor, P., Mountjoy, J., Townsend, D. B., Nissen, E., Madugo, C., Ries, W. F., Gasston, C., Hall, B., Albane, C., Hatem, A. E., and Hamling, I. (2018). Co-seismic rupture and preliminary slip estimates across the Papatea fault and its role in the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura Earthquake, New Zealand. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 108(3B), 1596-1622.

*Karasözen, E., Nissen, E., Büyükakpınar, P., Cambaz D., Kahraman, M., Kalkan, E., Abgarmi, B., Bergman, E., Ghods, A., and Özacar, A. A. (2018). The 2017 July 20 Mw 6.6 Bodrum-Kos earthquake illuminates active faulting in the Gulf of Gökova, SW Turkey. Geophysical Journal International, 214, 185-199.


Howell, A., Jackson, J., Copley, A., McKenzie, D., and Nissen, E. (2017). Subduction and vertical coastal motions in the eastern Mediterranean. Geophysical Journal International, 211, 593-620.   

Clark, K. J., Nissen, E. K., Howarth, J. D., Hamling I. J., Mountjoy, J. J., Ries, W. F., Jones, K., Goldstien, S., Cochran, U. A., Villamor, P., Hreinsdóttir, S., Litchfield, N. J., Mueller, C., Berryman, K. R., and Strong, D. T. (2017). Highly variable coastal deformation in the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake reflects rupture complexity along a transpressional plate boundary. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 474, 334-344.   

Walker, R. T., Wegmann, K.W., Bayasgalan, A., Carson, R. J., Elliott, J., Fox, M., Nissen, E., Sloan, R. A., Williams, J. M., and Wright, E. (2017). The Egiin Davaa prehistoric rupture, central Mongolia: a large-magnitude normal faulting earthquake, on a reactivated fault with little cumulative slip, in a slowly-deforming intraplate setting. In “Seismicity, Fault Rupture and Earthquake Hazards in Slowly Deforming Regions” (eds. Landgraf, A., Stein, S., and Hintersbergen, E.), Special Publication of the Geological Society of London, 432, 187-212.  


*Karasözen, E., Nissen, E., Bergman, E. A., *Johnson, K. L., and Walters, R. J. (2016). Normal faulting in the Simav-Gediz graben of western Turkey reassessed with calibrated earthquake relocations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 121, 4553-4574.  

Nissen, E., Elliott, J. R., Sloan, R. A., Craig, T. J., Funning, G. J., Hutko, A., Parsons, B. E., and Wright, T. J. (2016). Limitations of rupture forecasting exposed by instantaneously triggered earthquake doublet. Nature Geoscience, 9, 330-336.    
See also this associated Nature Geoscience News and Views article by Gavin Hayes.
Also highlighted by Science in this Editor's Choice article by Brent Grocholski.


Elliott, J. R., Bergman, E. A., Copley, A. C., Ghods, A. R., Nissen, E. K., Oveisi, B., Tatar, M., Walters, R. J., and Yamini-Fard, F. (2015). The 2013 Mw 6.2 Khaki-Shonbe (Iran) earthquake: insights into seismic and aseismic shortening of the Zagros sedimentary cover. Earth and Space Science, 2, 435-471.    

Copley, A., *Karasözen, E., Elliott, J. R., Oveisi, B., Samsonov, S., and Nissen, E. (2015). Seismogenic faulting of the sedimentary sequence and laterally-variable material properties in the Zagros Mountains (Iran) revealed by the August 2014 Murmuri (E. Dehloran) earthquake sequence.  Geophysical Journal International, 203, 1436-1459.    


Nissen, E., Maruyama, T., Arrowsmith, J. R., Elliott, J. R., Krishnan, A. K., Oskin, M. E., and Saripalli, S. (2014). Coseismic fault zone deformation revealed with differential lidar: examples from Japanese Mw ~7 intraplate earthquakes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 405, 244-256.   

*Johnson, K., Nissen, E., Saripalli, S., Arrowsmith, J. R., McGarey, P, Scharer, K., Williams, P., and Blisniuk, K. (2014). Rapid mapping of ultra-fine fault zone topography with structure from motion. Geosphere, 10, 969-986.   

Glennie, C. L., Hinojosa-Corona, A., Nissen, E., Kusari, A., Oskin, M. E., Arrowsmith, J. R., and Borsa, A. (2014). Optimization of legacy LiDAR datasets for measuring near-field earthquake displacements. Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 3494-3501.    

Nissen, E., Jackson, J., Jahani, S., and Tatar, M. (2014). Zagros “phantom earthquakes” reassessed — the interplay of seismicity and deep salt flow in the Simply Folded Belt? Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 119, 3561-3583.   


Allen, M. B., Saville, C., Blanc, E., Talebian, M., and Nissen, E. (2013). Orogenic plateau growth: Expansion of the Turkish-Iranian Plateau across the Zagros fold-and-thrust belt. Tectonics, 32, 171-190.  

Krishnan, A. K., Nissen, E., Saripalli, S., Arrowsmith, R., and Corona, A. H. (2013). Change detection using airborne Lidar: Applications to Earthquakes. In "Experimental Robotics" (eds. Desai, J. P., Dudek, G., Khatib, O., and Kumar, V.), Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics, 88, 733-743. 


Nissen, E., Krishnan, A. K., Arrowsmith, J. R., and Saripalli, S. (2012). Three-dimensional surface displacements and rotations from differencing pre- and post-earthquake LiDAR point clouds. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L16301.  

Elliott, J. R., Nissen, E. K., England, P. C., Jackson, J. A., Lamb, S., Li, Z., Oehlers, M., and Parsons, B. (2012). Slip in the 2010–2011 Canterbury earthquakes, New Zealand. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, B03401.  


Nissen, E., Tatar, M., Jackson, J. A., and Allen, M.B. (2011). New views on earthquake faulting in the Zagros fold-and-thrust belt of Iran. Geophysical Journal International, 186, 928-944.


Walker, R. T., Claisse, S., Telfer, M., Nissen, E., England, P., Bryant, C., and Bailey, R. (2010). Preliminary estimate of Holocene slip rate on active normal faults bounding the southern coast of the Gulf of Evia, central Greece. Geosphere, 6, 583-593.  

Nissen, E., Yamini-Fard, F., Tatar, M., Gholamzadeh, A., Bergman, E., Elliott, J., Jackson, J., and Parsons, B. (2010). The vertical separation of mainshock rupture and microseismicity at Qeshm island in the Zagros Simply Folded Belt, Iran. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 296, 181-194.  

Biggs, J., Nissen, E., Craig, T., Jackson, J., and Robinson, D. P. (2010). Breaking up the hanging wall of a rift border fault: the 2009 Karonga earthquakes, Malawi. Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L11305.   

• Roustaei, M., Nissen, E., Abbassi, M., Gholamzadeh, A., Ghorashi, M., Tatar, M., Yamini-Fard, F., Bergman, E., Jackson, J., and Parsons, B. (2010). The 25 March 2006 Fin earthquakes – insights into the vertical extents of faulting in the Zagros Simply Folded Belt. Geophysical Journal International, 181, 1275-1291.   


Nissen, E., Walker, R., Molor, E., Fattahi, M., and Bayasgalan, A. (2009). Late Quaternary rates of uplift and shortening at Baatar Hyarhan – implications for mountain building in the Mongolian Altai. Geophysical Journal International, 177, 259-278.  

Nissen, E., Walker, R., Bayasgalan, A., Carter, A., Fattahi, M., Molor, E., Schnabel,  C., West, A. J., and Xu, S. (2009). The late Quaternary slip-rate of the Har-Us-Nuur fault (Mongolian Altai) from Cosmogenic 10Be and Luminescence dating. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 286, 467-478.  


Nissen, E., Ghorashi, M., Jackson, J., Parsons, B., and Talebian, M. (2007). The 2005 Qeshm Island earthquake (Iran) – a link between buried reverse faulting and surface folding in the Zagros Simply Folded Belt? Geophysical Journal International, 171, 326-338.  

Walker R., Nissen, E., Molor, E., and Bayasgalan, A. (2007). Reinterpretation of the active faulting in central Mongolia. Geology, 35, 759-762.  

Nissen, E., Emmerson, B., Funning, G., Mistrukov, A., Parsons, B., Robinson, D., Rogozhin, E., and Wright, T. (2007). Combining InSAR and seismology to study the 2003 Siberian earthquakes: dextral strike-slip and anticlockwise rotations in the northern India-Eurasia collision zone. Geophysical Journal International, 169,  216-232.   


Talebian, M., Biggs, J., Bolourchi, M., Copley, A., Ghassemi, A.,  Ghorashi, M., Hollingsworth, J., Jackson, J., Nissen, E., Oveisi, B., Parsons, B., Priestley, K., and Saiidi, A. (2006). The Dahiuyeh (Zarand) earthquake of 2005 February 22 in central Iran: reactivation of an intramountain reverse fault. Geophysical Journal International, 164, 137-148.

Technical Reports & Theses


Nissen, E. (2018). Low-cost imaging and analysis of the August 24, 2014 M6.1 South Napa California earthquake surface rupture. National Science Foundation, EAR-1461574, Final Project Report.


Nissen, E. (2014). High resolution mapping of active faults and earthquakes using topography derived from lidar. United States Geological Survey, G12AC20042, Final Technical Report.


Nissen, E. (2009). Active mountain building in Mongolia and Iran. D.Phil. thesis, University of Oxford. 

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings & Extended Abstracts
* Student author


*Lajoie, L., *Johnson, K., and Nissen, E. (2018). Shallow slip and fault geometry of the 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah (Mexico) earthquake from differential lidar. Proceedings of the 9th International INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archeoseismology (PATA), 130-133.


Langridge, R., Ries, W., Rowland, J., Villamor, P., Kearse, J., Little, T., Nissen, E., Madugo, C., Litchfield, N., Gasston, C., Hall, B., Canva, A., Hatem, A., and Zinke, R. (2017). The role of surface-rupturing faults in the Waiautoa microblock, Clarence valley, New Zealand, during the Mw 7.8 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake. Proceedings of the 8th International INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archeoseismology (PATA), 220-233.

Nissen, E., *Malireddi, S. R., Clark, K., Hamling, I., Langridge, R., Ries, W., and Tagliasacchi, A. (2017). Three-dimensional coastal deformation in the Mw 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake from differential airborne lidar. Proceedings of the 8th International INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archeoseismology (PATA), 292-295.

Scott, C., Arrowsmith, J., *Lajoie, L., Nissen, E., Maruyama, T., and Chiba, T. (2017). The M7 2016 Kumamoto, Japan, Earthquake: 3D coseismic deformation from differential topography. Proceedings of the 8th International INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archeoseismology (PATA), 350-353.


Krishnan, A. K., Saripalli, S., Nissen, E., and Arrowsmith, R. (2012). 3D change detection using low cost aerial imagery. 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), doi:10.1109/SSRR.2012.6523892.


Nissen, E., Walker, R., West, J., Bayasgalan, A., Molor, E., Fattahi, M., and Schnabel, C. (2007). Late Quaternary slip rate on the Har-Us-Nuur fault: implications for the uplift of the Altai mountains. Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary earthquake conference commemorating the 1957 Gobi-Altay earthquake (eds. Ankhtsetseg, D., Levi, K. G., Schlupp, A., and Ulziibat, M.), 175-177.

Walker, R. T., Nissen, E., Molor, E., and Bayasgalan, A. (2007). The South Hangay fault: evidence for left-lateral strike-slip faulting in central Mongolia. Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary earthquake conference commemorating the 1957 Gobi-Altay earthquake (eds. Ankhtsetseg, D., Levi, K. G., Schlupp, A., and Ulziibat, M.), 245-248.