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Dr David Al-Attar


Solid Earth Geophysics

David Al-Attar is accepting applications for PhD students.

Bullard Labs

Madingley Rise,
Madingley Road,

Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 348935


Masters in Earth Science, University of Oxford (2003--2007)

D.Phil. in geophysics, University of Oxford (2007--2011)

Junior Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford (2010-2013)

Lecturer in geophysics, University of Cambridge (2013--present)

Fellow of King's College, Cambridge (2013--present)

Research Interests

  • Solid mechanics
  • Inverse problems
  • Computational physics
  • Elastic wave propagation
  • Free oscillations of the Earth
  • Glacial isostatic adjustment
  • Solid Earth tides
  • Rotational dynamics
  • Post-seismic deformation


Geophysics ; Geodesy ; Seismology

Key Publications

Crawford O., Al-Attar D., Tromp J., & Mitrovica J.X., 2016. Forward and inverse modelling of post-seismic deformation. Geophy. J. Int., In review.

Lau H.C.P., Faul U., Mitrovica J.X., Al-Attar D., Tromp J.,  & Garapic G., 2016. Anelasticity across seismic to tidal timescales: a self-consistent approach. Geophy. J. Int., In review.

Al-Attar D. & Crawford O., 2016. Particle relabelling transformations in elastodynamics. Geophys. J. Int., 205, 575-593.

Lau H.C.P., Yang H.Y., Tromp J., Mitrovica J.X., Latychev K., & Al-Attar D., 2015. A normal mode treatment of semi-diurnal body tides on an aspherical, rotating, anelastic Earth. Geophys. J. Int., 202, 1392--1406.

Al-Attar D. & Tromp J., 2014. Sensitivity kernels for viscoelastic loading based on adjoint merhods. Geophys. J. Int., 196, 34--77.

Al-Attar D., Woodhouse J.H. & Deuss A.F., 2012. Calculation of mode spectra in laterally heterogeneous earth models using an iterative direct solution method. Geophys. J. Int., 189, 1038--1046.

Al-Attar D. & Woodhouse J.H., 2010. On the parametrization of equilibrium stress fields in the Earth. Geophys. J. Int., 181, 567-576.

Al-Attar D. & Woodhouse J.H., 2008. Calculation of seismic displacement fields in self-gravitating earth models -- applications of minor vectors and symplectic structure. Geophys. J. Int., 175, 1176--1208.

Al-Attar D., 2007. A solution of the elastodynamic equation in an anelastic earth model. Geophys. J. Int., 171, 755--760.