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Dr David Al-Attar


Solid Earth geophysics

Bullard Labs

Madingley Rise,
Madingley Road,

Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 348935

Research Interests

I am interested in the application of continuum mechanics to the Earth and Earth-like planets. My current work is focused on: theoretical and computational seismology; body tides and rotational dynamics; post-glacial sea level change; geophysical inverse theory.

I do not offer interships for undergraduate students, and will not respond to unsolicited inquiries about this. If, however, you are interested in applying for post-graduate or post-doctoral work, do please get in touch. 




Geophysics ; Geodesy ; Seismology

Key Publications

Crawford O., Al-Attar D., Tromp J., & Mitrovica J.X., Austermann J., & Lau H.C.P., 2018. Quantifying the sensitivity of post-glacial sea level change to laterally varying viscosity. Geophy. J. Int., 214, 1324–1363.

Al-Attar D., Crawford O., Valentine A.P., & Trampert J., 2018. Hamilton's principle and normal mode coupling in an aspherical planet with a fluid core.  Geophys. J. Int., 214485–507.

Crawford O., Al-Attar D., Tromp J., & Mitrovica J.X., 2017. Forward and inverse modelling of post-seismic deformation. Geophy. J. Int., 208, 845-876.

Lau H.C.P., Faul U., Mitrovica J.X., Al-Attar D., Tromp J.,  & Garapic G., 2017. Anelasticity across seismic to tidal timescales: a self-consistent approach. Geophy. J. Int., 208, 368-384.

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

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