Papoulia Joanna

by / Friday, 14 November 2014 / Published in people

Position: Research Director

Contact Info

Institute: Oceanography
Address: 46,7 Km Athinon Souniou, Anavissos 19013, Athens, Greece
Tel: +30 22910 76370


Born in Athens, Greece, in 1959. Graduated in 1976 from the Gymnasium of Filothei, Athens – Diploma in Geological Sciences in 1982 from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens – PhD degree in Seismology in 1988 from the same University.

Postgraduate studies at the Central Institute of Physics of the Earth (CIPE), in Potsdam, Germany (October-November 1987): Advanced Courses in Seismology and Geophysics.

Postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Geophysics (IFG), University of Hamburg Germany: Deep Seismic Soundings, Seismic tomography and Velocity modeling (March-October 2001, October 2003 – April 2004).

Dr. Joanna Papoulia was the first to establish a permanent offshore seismological station for continuous recording and transmitting seismic data in real time.

Education Profile
• Ph.D., Seismology, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 1988
• B.Sc., Geology, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 1982

Professional Profile
• 1985 – 1994: Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization of Greece (EPPO), Departments of Seismotectonics, Training, – Education and Informatics.
• 1995 – 1999: Associate Researcher at the Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
• 2000 – 2004: Senior Researcher, same Institute
• 2005 – todate: Director of Research, same Institute

Scientific and Professional Memberships
• Greek Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics
• Greek Geophysical Society
• Geological Society of Greece
• American Geophysical Union (AGU)
• Seismological Society of America (SSA)
• European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)
• Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG)

Awards and Recognition
• 1998: Award of the Academy of Athens – Prize for Geological Sciences.

• 1984-1985: Fellowship of the National Science Foundation of Greece for the PhD dissertation.

• September – October 1987: UNESCO Fellowship for postgraduate studies at the Central Institute of Physics of the Earth, CIPE, Potsdam, Germany.

• 1994-1997: Deputy Permanent Correspondent – Council of Europe for the Open Partial Agreement for Natural and Technological Disasters.

• March–October 2001 & October 2003 –April 2004: Fellowship of the Institute of Geophysics of the University of Hamburg (IFG), for postdoctoral research in Hamburg, Germany.

• May 1995: Invited Speaker on “Earthquakes in Greece”, European Symposium “Natural and Technological Disasters: The role of Women in Emergency Situations”, organized by the Women Research Center in Athens (KEGME).

• June 2000: Invited Speaker at ΝΑΤΟ Advanced Research Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey on “Challenges in Marine Seismology in the Aegean”.

• April 2000: Invited Speaker at the Middle East Technical University of Ankara, Turkey, 3rd International Conference Global Disaster Information 2000 on “The Athens Earthquake of September 11, 1999”.

• May 2001: Invited Speaker at the Geophysikalisches Kolloquium of the Institute of Geophysics, University of Hamburg, Germany on “A multi disciplinary approach to seismic risk reduction”.

• August 2005: Invited Speaker at the International Institute for Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES) and Research Center for Constructions (BHRC) of Tehran, Iran on “Local Seismograph Arrays and their application in active fault identification and seismic hazard assessment”.

• September 2009: Invited Lecturer at the First & Second Oceanographic Institute of China on “Presentation of research activities of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research”.


Research Interests
Dr. Joanna Papoulia’s research interests are focused on:
• active seismic tomography and velocity modeling (observation of long offset seismic profiles for basin and crustal mapping, velocity modeling and depth migration)
• passive seismic experiments with combined on/offshore networks -monitoring of seismicity offshore using Ocean Bottom Seismographs, correlation with tectonics and identification of active faults
• seismic hazard and engineering applications in coastal areas by simultaneous consideration of onshore and offshore geophysical data; seismic and environmental hazard for engineering applications
Dr. Papoulia was Scientific Coordinator in 11 research projects, and participant in 13 projects.

1. Karastathis V., Papoulia J., Di Fiore B., Makris J., Tsambas A., Stampolidis A., Papadopoulos G., 2011. Deep structure investigations of the geothermal field of the North Euboean Gulf using 3-D Local Earthquake Tomography and Curie Depth Point analysis. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research (in press).

2. Papoulia J., Makris J., 2010. Tectonic processes and crustal evolution on/offshore western Peloponnese derived from active and passive seismics. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece, Vol. I, p. 357-367.

3. D. Slejko, M. Santulin, J. Garcia, J. Papoulia, E. Daskalaki, Ch. Fasulaka, A. Fokaefs, D. Ilinski, J. Mascle, J. Makris, R. Nicolich, G. A. Papadopoulos, A. Tsambas, N. Wardell, 2010. Preliminary seismic hazard assessments for the area of Pylos and surrounding region (SW Peloponnese). Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata, Vol. 51, n.2-3, pp. 163-186.

4. Makris J., Papoulia J., 2010. Node technology and its application in sub-salt mapping: An example from the Barents Sea. 72nd EAGE Proceedings Barcelona.

5. Papoulia J., Makris J., Tsambas A., Fasulaka Ch., 2009. Seismic deformation in the southwestern Hellenic arc: preliminary results from active and passive seismic observations. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece (in press).

6. Makris J., Papoulia J., Ziska H., 2009: Crustal structure of the Shetland-Faeroe Basin from Long Offset seismic Data In: Warming and Ziska (ed) Faroe Islands Exploration Special Volume: Annales Societatis Scientiarum, Faeroensis, Suppl. 50, 30 – 42.

7. Karastathis V., Ganas A, Makris J., Papoulia J., Dafnis P., Gerolymatou E., Drakatos G., 2007: The application of shallow seismic techniques in the study of active faults: The Atalanti normal fault, central Greece, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 62, 215-233.

8. Makris J. and Papoulia J., 2007. Active fault delineation in the high-pressure natural gas pipeline to Aliveri, central Greece, by combining node technology and reflection seismics, SEG Journal, 393-397.

9. Papoulia J., Makris J., Drakopoulou V., 2006: Local seismic array observations at north Evoikos, central Greece, delineate crustal deformation between the North Aegean trough and Corinthiakos Rift, TECTONOPHYSICS, 423, 97-106.

10. Drakatos G., Karastathis V., Makris J. , Papoulia J. and Stavrakakis G., 2004: 3D crustal structure of the neotectonic basin of Saronikos gulf, Greece, TECTONOPHYSICS, 400, 55-65.

11. Papoulia J. and Makris J., 2004: Microseismicity and active deformation of Messinia, SW Greece. Journal of Seismology, Vol. 8, 439-451.

12. Makris, J., Papoulia, J. and Drakatos, G., 2004: Tectonic deformation and microseismicity of the Saronikos gulf, central Greece. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol. 94, No. 3, pp. 920-929.

13. Lykousis V., Rousakis G., Alexandri M., Pavlakis P. and Papoulia J., 2002: Sliding and regional slope stability in active margins: North Aegean Trough (Mediterranean). Marine Geology, 186: 281-298.

14. Papoulia J., Stavrakakis G. and Papanikolaou D., 2001: Bayesian estimation of strong earthquakes in the inner-Messiniakos fault zone, southern Greece, based on seismological and geological data. Journal of Seismology, 5, 233-242.

15. Makris J., Papoulia J., Papanikolaou D., Stavrakakis G., 2001: Thinned continental crust below northern Evoikos gulf, central Greece, detected from deep seismic soundings, TECTONOPHYSICS, 341, 225-236.

16. Papoulia J. and Gulkan P., 2001: Seismic hazard parameter estimation for north-western Turkey based on combination of disparate catalogues, Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata, Vol. 42, N. 1-2, 75-88.

17. Kondylakis J., Papoulia J., 2001: A fractal theory approach as initial examination to normal faulting in central Corinthiakos gulf, Greece. Mediterranean Marine Science, Vol. 2/2, 87-94.

18. Papoulia J., 2001. Challenges in Marine Seismology in the Aegean Region, NATO Science Series, P.R. Kleindorfer and M.R. Seriel (eds.), Mitigation and financing seismic risks, 41-52.

19. Ganas A. and Papoulia J., 2000: High resolution digital mapping of the seismic hazard within the Gulf of Evia Rift, Central Greece, using normal fault segments as line sources. Natural Hazards, 22, 203-223.

20. Papoulia J., Lykousis V. and Sakellariou D., 1998: Neotectonic activity and seismic hazard in central Greece. Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata, Vol.39, No.2, pp. 113 -124.

21. Papoulia J. and Slejko D., 1997: Seismic hazard assessment in the Ionian Islands based on observed macroseismic intensities. Natural Hazards, 14, 179-187.

22. Papoulia J., Stavrakakis G. and Kavadas S., 1996: A linear and Bayesian source model for seismic hazard estimation along subduction zones. Bull. Geol. Soc. Greece, No. 6, pp. 186-192.

23. Papoulia J. and Stavrakakis G., 1995: Seismic hazard parameters’ estimation in Greece and surrounding area based on historical and instrumental data. Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata, XXXVII, 148, 315-322.

24. Papoulia J., 1992: An application of Cornell’s classical approach to seismic hazard analysis of Volos, Central Greece. Bull. Geol. Soc. Greece, Vol. XXVIII, 3, 223-232.

25. Papoulia J. and Slejko D., 1992: Cautious neotectonic hypothesis for assessing the seismic hazard in NE Italy. Natural Hazards, 5, 249-268.

26. Stavrakakis G. and Papoulia J., 1990: Prediction of seismic intensities at a site. Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata, Vol. XXXII, 125, 57-65.

27. Papoulia J. and Stavrakakis G., 1990: Attenuation laws and seismic hazard assessment. Natural Hazards, 3, 49-58.

28. Stavrakakis G., Papoulia J. and Drakopoulos J., 1989: A fault rupture model for seismic hazard analysis of Messinia. Bull. Geol. Soc. Greece, Vol. XXIII, 3, 365-371.

29. Drakopoulos J., Makropoulos C., Papoulia J., Stamelou I. and Stavrakakis G., 1989: Seismic hazard assessment in the city of Amphissa, Greece and theoretical model for prediction of seismic intensities. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece, Volume ΧΧ, 3, 271-284 (in Greek with English abstract).

30. Stavrakakis G., Drakopoulos J. and Papoulia J., 1986: A fault rupture model for seismic hazard analysis in the Gulf of Corinth, Central Greece. Geologia Applicata ed Idrogeologia, 21 (1), 167-176.

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