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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 continuum mechanics of planetary bodies, and the use of inverse theory to learn about their internal structure and composition. My doctoral studies were done at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof. John Woodhouse. During this time I worked on mathematical problems in free oscillation seismology, with particular emphasis on the non-linear eigenvalue problem associated with viscoelastic planets. I still work on free oscillations and global seismology more broadly, but have also developed strong interests in related topics such as post-glacial sea level change, body-tides, and rotational dynamics. 

If you have an interest in working on challenging mathematical and computational problems with relevance to solid Earth geophysics, 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.