Dr Vassilis K. Karastathis

Research Director
Exploration Seismology - Applied Geophysics

Physicist, Geophysicist M.Sc, Ph.D

Last update Jan, 2020

Scientific Interests

Dr. V.K Karastathis is Research Director at the Institute of Geodynamics  of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA). He studied Physics at the University of Athens and he holds M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in “Applied Geophysics” (University of Birmingham and University of Athens).

His research interest and expertise are focused on Applied Geophysics and Exploration Seismology and more specifically, on local earthquake tomography investigations with microseismicity monitoring, development of earthquake early warning systems, precursor earthquake phenomena by studying radon emission and other geophysical parameters, seismic reflection and refraction surveys, borehole seismic surveys as well as engineering geophysics to study the dynamic parameters of foundation soil. He has worked extensively on studies of active tectonic structures with geophysical techniques, archaeological prospecting, energy resources, geothermal fields, foundation of large constructions, etc.

In 2002, he was awarded with the Academy of Athens 1st prize for his publication “2-D Velocity structure of the buried ancient canal of Xerxes: an application of seismic methods in archaeology" in Journal of Applied Geophysics.

Since 2016 he is Associate Editor in the international journal Journal of Applied Geophysics, Elsevier and a member of the editorial board of Research in Geophysics.

He has co-ordinated international scientific workshops in Europe and America such as "Seismic and GPR methods for urban and microzonation studies", European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. Near Surface. 2014 and FORUM as part of SAGEEP 2015, Austin, Texas USA March 22-26, 2015. Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society on "MASW in an Urban Environment - Soil Characterization and Microzonation Studies". He has also participated for invited talks at IUGG and AGU conferences.


He is the author of 42 publications in International Journals and other 50 in Conference Proceedings (full text and short papers). With the conference abstracts they exceed the number of 160.  

It has been invited and given a significant number of popularized scientific talks in recent years (> 20). His work beyond the large number of citations has received widespread international acclaim (New York Times, Times, International Herald Tribune, Die Zeit, World Archeology Tribute, etc.).

Currently is the Principal Investigator for the Institute of Geodynamics of the Infrastress project (Horizon2020), ARIS and other smaller projects. In total He has coordinated more than 30 research projects while participating in many others.



Degree on Physics (University of Athens), M.Sc on Applied Geophysics (University of Birmingham), Ph.D on Geophysics (University of Athens)


Principal investigator (scientific responsible in NOA)

30 research projects


International refereed journal

42 articles

Conference Proceedings

50 articles

Total with the Conference Abstracts

160  articles

Awards - Distinctions

2002. Academy of Athens 1st Prize. For the publication "2-D Velocity structure of the buried ancient canal of Xerxes: an application of seismic methods in archaeology". Awarded: V. K. Karastathis and S. Papamarinopoulos.

Photos from fieldwork

Nafplio (A friend eager for learning about our triaxial geophones)


Atalanti (Preperation of the OBSs with the team of Geopro GmbH)




In a dam evaluation study


In a dam foundation study


Study of Spartas fault