» Dr. Dimitar Ouzounov
Associate Professor, Research Faculty

Schmid College of Science and Technology; Physics, Computational Science and Engineering
Dr. Dimitar Ouzounov
(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
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