Gvirtzman Zohar



Name: Zohar Gvirtzman

Email: Zohar@gsi.gov.il

Tel: 02-5314269
Mobile: 050-6234542


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Senior researcher
In charge of the seismic interpretation lab




Research interests:

  • Tectonics of vertical motions.
  • Basin analysis.
  • Geology of the Levant and eastern Mediterranean.
  • Seismic hazards and ground motion amplification.



Main projects and grants:

  • Isostasy, flexure, and dynamic topography in the Middle East.
  • Rifting structures and Syrian Arc structures in the Levant Basin.
  • Bathymetry, salt tectonics, and sedimentology in the Levant ocean floor and implications to geohazards.
  • 3D simulations of seismic ground motion in sedimentary basins.



  :Key publications


Steinberg, J., Gvirtzman, Z., Folkman, Y., 2010.
New age constraints on the evolution of the Mt. Carmel structure and its implications on a Late Miocene extensional phase of the Levant continental margin. Journal of the Geological Society, vol. 167, 203-216, doi:10.1144/0016-76492009-089.
Steinberg, J., Gvirtzman, Z., Folkman, Y., and Garfunkel, Z. 2011. Origin and nature of the rapid late Tertiary filling of the Levant Basin. Geology, vol. 39, 355-358. DOI:10.1130/G31615.1.
Gvirtzman, Z., **Steinberg, J., Siman-Tov, R., Zilberman, E., **Bar, O., Calvo, R., Grossowicz, L., Almogi-Labin, A., and Rosensaft, M., 2011. Retreating Late Tertiary Shorelines in Israel: Implications for the Exposure of north Arabia and Levant During Neo-Tethys Closure. Lithosphere, vol. 3, 95-109. DOI: 10.1130/L124.1.

Shani-Kadmiel, S., Tsesarsky, M., Louie, JN., Gvirtzman, Z., 2012. Simulation of seismic wave propagation through geometrically complex basins - the Dead Sea Basin, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 102, 1729-1739; doi: 10.1785/0120110254.
Gvirtzman, Z. and Steinberg, J., 2012, Inland jump of the Arabian northwest plate boundary from the Levant continental margin to the Dead Sea Transform, Tectonics, vol. 31, TC4003, doi:10.1029/2011TC002994.
Calvo, R., and Gvirtzman, Z., 2013, Assessment of CO2 storage capacity in southern Israel, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, vol. 14, 25-38.
Bar, O., Gvirtzman, Z., Feinstein, S., Zilberman, E., 2013, Accelerated Subsidence and Sedimentation in the Levant Basin during the Late Tertiary and Concurrent Uplift of the Arabian Platform: Tectonic versus Counteracting Sedimentary Loading Effects, Tectonics, vol. 32 (3), 334-350, DOI: 10.1002/tect.20026.
Gvirtzman, Z., Reshef, M., Buch-Leviatan, O., Ben-Avraham, Z., 2013, Intense salt deformation in the Levant Basin in the middle of the Messinian Salinity Crisis, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 379, 109-119.
Lugli, S., Gennari, R., Gvirtzman, Z., Manzi, V., Roveri, M. and Schreiber, C., 2013, Evidence of Clastic Evaporites In the Canyons of the Levant Basin (Israel): Implications For the Messinian Salinity Crisis, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 83, p. 942-954.
Gvirtzman, Z., Csato, I., Granjeon, D., 2014, Constraining sediment transport to deep marine basins through submarine channels: the Levant margin in the Late Cenozoic, Marine Geology, vol. 347 p. 12–26, 10.1016/j.margeo.2013.10.010
Shani-Kadmiel, S., Tsesarsky, M., Louie, JN., Gvirtzman, Z., 2014  Geometrical focusing of seismic waves by buried geological structures – analytical and numerical study, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, DOI 10.1007/s10518-013-9526-4
Steinberg, J., Gvirtzman, Z., Garfunkel, Z., 2014, Flexural response of a continental margin to sedimentary loading and lithospheric rupturing: The mountain ridge between the Levant Basin and the Dead Sea Transform, Tectonics, 33, 166-186. DOI: 10.1002/2013TC003330.
Gvirtzman, Z., Reshef, M., Buch-Leviatan, O., Groves-Gidney, G., Karcz, Z., Makovsky, Y., & Ben-Avraham, Z. (2015). Bathymetry of the Levant basin: interaction of salt-tectonics and surficial mass movements. Marine Geology, 360, 25-39.‏


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Degrees, Post-docs, Sabbaticals:


PhD from Hebrew University with the special grade, Summa cum Laude.
Postdoc at Stanford University.
Adjunct Professor at Hebrew University since 2014.




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