University of California, Riverside

Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences



Christodoulos Kyriakopoulos


Christodoulos Kyriakopoulos

Assistant Researcher

Ph.D., Geophysics, University of Bologna, 2011

Specialty: Earthquake Processes/ Active Tectonics

Email: christos@ucr.edu
Phone: (951) 827-3732
Office: Geology 1345A
Website: ResearchGate profile

Research Interests:

Modeling of the seismic cycle across different time scales and different tectonic environments;
Subduction zone dynamics;
Space geodesy (measuring deformation with InSAR and GPS);
Finite element models.

 Recent Projects:

Multi-segment fault dynamics. Scenarios of joint San Andreas-Imperial Fault rupture.
Piecing together the puzzle of the seismic cycle around subduction sones and the effect of fault interface complexities in the distribution of interseismic locking;
Exploring the physical causes of complex rupture behavior for the 2010 Sierra El Mayor-Cucapah Earthquake, Mexico;
The effect of material heterogeneities in long-term multi-scale seismic cycle simulations (earthquake simulators).
The 2015 Nepal Earthquake: influence of topography in geodetic modelling;
Dynamic rupture scenarios of earthquakes in the San Gorgonio Pass, CA.

Kyriakopoulos C. and A.V Newman et al., (2016). Structural Asperity focusing locking and earthquake slip along the Nicoya megathrust, Costa Rica. J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121, 5461–5476, doi:10.1002/2016JB012886.

Kyriakopoulos, C., A. V. Newman, A. M. Thomas, M. Moore-Driskell, and G. T. Farmer (2015), A new seismically constrained subduction interface model for Central America, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 120, doi:10.1002/2014JB011859.

Kyriakopoulos, C., T. Masterlark, S. Stramondo, M. Chini, and C. Bignami (2013), Coseismic slip distribution for the Mw 9 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake derived from 3-D FE modeling, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 118, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50265.

Kyriakopoulos C., M. Chini, C. Bignami, S. Stramondo, A. Ganas, M. Kolligri and A. Moshou (2013) Monthly migration of a tectonic seismic swarm detected by DInSAR: southwest Peloponnese, Greece. Geophys. J. Int., Wiley, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggt196.

Stramondo S., C. Kyriakopoulos, C. Bignami, M. Chini, D. Melini, M. Moro, M. Picchiani, M. Saroli, Did the September 2010 (Darfield) earthquake trigger the February 2011 (Christchurch) event? (2011), doi:10.1038/srep00098, Scientific Reports, 1, Nature

Trasatti, E., C. Kyriakopoulos and M.Chini, Finite Element inversion of DInSAR data from the Mw 6.3 L'Aquila Earthquake (2011), 2009 (Italy), Geophys. Res. Letters, VOL. 38, L08306, doi:10.1029/2011GL046714.

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