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Dr. Mohammed Ali
Associate Professor of Geophysics

Phone: +971 2 607 5282

  • D.Phil Marine Geophysics (Oxford) 2003
  • PGCE Further and Higher Education (UWCN) 1999
  • MSc Applied Geophysics (Birmingham) 1998
  • BSc Exploration Geology (Cardiff) 1997


2003 - present Associate Professor of Geophysics

Professional: Dr. Ali has a degree in Exploration Geology, MSc in Geophysics, Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and PhD in Marine Geophysics from Oxford University (Worcester College). His thesis on seismic stratigraphy of the Cape Verde Islands led further work on the crustal structure and tectonic evolution of the Cape Verde Islands. Since then, Dr. Ali has broadened his interests to address a variety of problems concerning the reflection and refraction seismology.

Dr. Ali's current research projects focused on exploration geophysics in the areas of seismic processing particularly multiple suppression, seismic stratigraphy, AVO analysis, seismic amplitude interpretation and reservoir characterization and modelling. Other research interests include basin analysis, crustal studies, structure of ocean islands and passive margins.

Current Research Activities

  • Since joining the PI, Dr. Ali has initiated research projects in the UAE in collaboration with other colleagues in the department and Oxford University. Some of the projects are listed below:
  • Understanding geometry and evolution history of foreland basins in the UAE (Aruma and Pabdeh basins).
  • The use of integrated geophysical techniques to characterize sub-surface carbonate and ultramafic successions.
  • Low frequency passive seismic for hydrocarbon detection.

Dr. Ali is a member of SEG, EAGE, AAPG and AGU.

Selected Publications

  • Ali, M. Y., Watts, Subsidence history, crustal structure, and evolution of the Somaliland-Yemen conjugate margin. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, Vol. 118, 1–12, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50113, 2013. PDF

  • Ali, M. Y., Barkat, B., Berteussen, K., Small, J. 2013, A low frequency passive seismic array experiment over an onshore oilfield in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Geophysics, GEO-2012-0054.R4. PDF

  • Ali, M. Y., Watts, A.B. and Searle, M.P. 2013, Seismic stratigraphy and subsidence history of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) rifted margin and overlying foreland basins. In Al Hosani, K. Ellison, R., Lokier, S. and Roure, F. (eds) Lithosphere dynamics and sedimentary basins: The Arabian plate and analogues, Frontiers in Earth Sciences, Part 1, 127-143, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-30609-9_6, Springer. PDF

  • Basu, S., Ali, M. Y. Farid, A., Berteussen, K.A. and Mercado, G. A. 2013, microseismic experiment in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Implications for carbonate reservoir monitoring: Arabian Journal of Geosciences. DOI 10.1007/s12517-013-1060-9. PDF

  • Cooper, D.J.W., Ali, M.Y., Searle, M.P. and Al-Lazki, A.I. 2013, Salt intrusions in Jabal Qumayrah, northern Oman mountains: Implications from structural and gravity investigations: GeoArabia, 18(2), 141-176. PDF

  • Hallo, M. Eisner, L. and Ali, M. Y. 2012, Expected level of seismic activity caused by volumetric changes: First Break, 30(7), 97-100. PDF

  • Cooper, D.J.W., Searle, M.P. and Ali, M.Y. 2012, Structural Evolution of Jabal Qumayrah: A Salt-Cored Culmination in the Northern Oman Mountains. : GeoArabia, 17(2), 121-150. PDF

  • Ali, M. Y., and Ibrahim, I. 2012, Rock art in Somaliland: Discovery of two new rock painting sites: Adumatu, 25, 7-24. PDF

  • Ali, M. Y., and Worthington, M. H. 2011, Seismic modelling of a fractured carbonate reservoir in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: GeoArabia, 16(2), 89-106. PDF

  • Ali, M. Y., Berteussen, K., Small, J. and Barkat, B. 2009, Low Frequency Passive Seismic Experiments in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Implications for Hydrocarbon Detection: Geophysical Prospecting, doi: 10.111/j.1365-2478.2009.00835.x. PDF

  • Ali, M. Y., Berteussen, K., Small, J. and Barkat, B. 2009, A study of ambient noise over an onshore oilfield in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, doi: 10.1785/0120090131.

  • Ali, M.Y., Sirat, M., and Small, J., 2009. Integrated gravity and seismic investigation over Jabal Hafit: Implications for basement configuration of the frontal fold and thrust belts of the Oman Mountains: Journal of Petroleum Geology, 32, 1-20. PDF

  • Ali, M. Y., and Watts, A.B., 2009. Subsidence history, gravity anomalies and flexure of the United Arab Emirates foreland basin: GeoArabia, 14 (2), 17-44. PDF

  • Searle, M.P., and Ali, M. Y., 2009. Structural geometry and tectonic evolution of the Jebel Sumeini – Al Ain region, Northern Oman and eastern Abu Dhabi: GeoArabia, 14, 113-140. PDF

  • Ali, M. Y., 2009. Geology and Coal Potential of Somaliland. Int. J. Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, 2(2), 168-185. PDF

  • Ali, M. Y., Berteussen, K., Small, J., Barkat, B. and Pahlevi, O. 2009, Results from a low frequency passive seismic experiment over an oilfield in Abu Dhabi: First Break. 27, 91-97. PDF

  • Ali, M. Y., Sirat, M., and Small, J., 2008, Geophysical investigation of Al Jaww plain, eastern Abu Dhabi: Implications for structure and evolution of the frontal fold belts of Oman Mountains: GeoArabia, 13, 91-118. PDF

  • Bradley, C., Ali, M. Y., Shawky, I., Levannier, A. and Dawoud, M., 2007, Microgravity investigation of an aquifer storage and recovery site in Abu Dhabi, First Break, 25, 63-69. PDF

  • Ali, M. Y., Berteussen, K., Small, J. and Barkat, B., 2007, A low frequency, passive seismic experiment over a carbonate reservoir in Abu Dhabi, First Break, 25, 71-73. PDF 

  • Ali, M. Y., 2006, Hydrocarbon potential of Somaliland, First Break, 24, 49-54. PDF

  • Ali, M.Y. and Watts, A. B., 2003, Structure of Mesozoic Oceanic Crust in the Vicinity of the Cape Verde Islands from Seismic Reflection Profiles, Marine Geophysical Researches 24, 329-343, doi: 10.1007/s11001-004-3331-z.

  • Ali, M. Y., Watts, A. B. and Hill, I., 2003, A seismic reflection profile study of lithospheric flexure in the vicinity of the Cape Verde islands, J. Geophys. Res. 108, 2239, doi: 10.1029/2002JB002155.




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