GeoCosmo Board and Scientific Support

GEOCOSMO US & UK MEMBERS OF BOARD

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Friedemann Freund

Chairman and Chief Scientist for GeoCosmo US and UK group
Chairman of GeoCosmo UK group

Friedemann Freund is a NASA Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator at the SETI Institute.  With no fewer than 262 published scientific papers, Dr. Freund is an accomplished researcher.  He was propelled into earthquake science when he discovered positive hole charge carriers within stressed rocks, a phenomenon which gives an explanation for the  myriad earthquake precursors and the basis for a future earthquake forecast system.  He holds a a Ph.D., Mineralogy/ Crystalography from Marburg University, Germany and was the  2004-2005 GEST Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory.

Dr Friedemann Freund has been working for quite some time on unraveling the physical processes that underlie the generation of pre-earthquake signals, in particular non-seismic signals.  This work has arrived with a high level of certainty at the conclusion that there is one and only one fundamental process from which all reported non-seismic pre-earthquake signals derive:  the activation of the positive hole charge carriers by the stresses that act on rock volumes deep in the Earth’s crust during the lead-up towards major seismic activity. These positive hole charge carriers have the remarkable ability to flow out of the stressed rock volume, into and through adjacent less stressed or unstressed rocks, traveling fast (on the order of 100 m/s) and far (on the order of kilometers to tens of kilometer or even farer).  All non-seismic non-geodesic pre-earthquake signals that he has ever seen reported in the literature appear to derive from the positive hole charge carriers and their various reactions at the Earth surface and in the atmospheric column, all the way up to the ionosphere.  Understanding this causal relationship allows us to approach the question of pre-earthquake signals from a very new and different perspective. That’s what the Global Earthquake Forecast System is all about.

SHAWN FINDLAN

CEO Geocosmo SPC

CLIVE COOK

President GeoCosmo SPC

Ronald Karel

Vice President & Head of Global Operations GeoCosmo Center US

Ronald Karel, a dual French-­‐Turkish citizen, has had a longstanding interest in meteorology, in particular in clouds and unusual cloud formations. At the age of 13-­‐14 he began weather forecasts across his native Turkey. At age 16, in the afternoon of 28 March In 1970, he noticed strange “non-­‐ meteorological clouds” above Istanbul. During the following night, a disastrous magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck near-­‐by Gediz. The same method, looking for unusual cloud formations, led to several more earthquake predictions. Over the years Ronald Karel travelled to different countries in Europe to talk about his approach. He visited WMO in Geneva, UNESCO in Paris, Imperial University in London and other organizations but no-­‐one wanted to listen. The only organization that showed interest was the Japanese Meteorological Agency. Dr. Yoshihiro Sawada of JMA provided him with meteorological maps prior to big earthquakes in Japan. However, in the early 1970s, the technology was not yet advanced enough to capture abnormal weather conditions. During his military service in Askale/Erzurum, Turkey, in the mid-­‐1970s Ronald Karel further developed his “meteoquake” theory. However, it continued to be rejected for over 30 years. From the University of Jussieu in Paris to the New York University in New York City, to the Russian Academy of Sciences and NOAA in Boulder, Colorado, USA, no organization showed interest. In 2006 Ronald Karel created the Meteoquake Research Centre in London and the International Society for Earthquake Precursors, which has been joined by many scientists from around the world. He participated in the 2006 İUGG Conference in Perugia, İtaly, and the first DEMETER Workshop 2007 in Toulouse, France. Recently Dr. Friedemann Freund of NASA provided evidence that massive air ionization at the ground-­‐to-­‐air interface may be linked to the build-­‐up of tectonic stresses in the Earth’s crust prior to major earthquake, thereby providing for the first time a physical explanation for unusual cloud formation. Since then several research groups around the world have started to express interest in the Meteoquake theory.

 

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Oliver Smyth

Head of Accounting for GeoCosmo UK group

Oliver Smyth has 25 years’ experience of providing accountancy services and financial advice to clients operating in a wide range of business sectors. During his early career he worked as an accountant specializing in owner-managed businesses. In 2004 he established his own firm, Harris Carr, which handles accounts and financial management for individuals and businesses with a wide range of accounting needs. He advises clients on setting strategies and objectives and offers regular technical and commercial advice to start-up businesses on all issues relating to financial management and tax planning. He has also been closely involved in conducting audits for the UK subsidiaries of international organisations.

After reading Business Studies at University Oliver qualified as a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales in 1991 and as a Fellow in 2001. Oliver supports activities in the local community and was previously the Director of a Charitable Sports Association.

He joined the GeoCosmo UK executive team after its formation in 2005.

GEOCOSMO - NEFS MIDDLE EAST SCIENTIFIC MEMBERS

PROF DR EFENDI NASIBOGLU
Dokuz Eylul University - Izmir
Head of Computer Science Department

PROF DR ORHAN SEN
Istanbul Technical University - Istanbul
Aeronautics and Meteorology Department

SUAT ERDOGAN
Engineer from Meteorology Department Istanbul Technical University
Responsible for Sensors, Ground Stations and Satellite Components

FROM GREECE

Dr GERASSIMOS A PAPADOPOULOS ( team head)
Vice President of NOA ( National Observatory of Athens)

Dr Akis Tselentis

Dr Vassilis Karastathis

Dr Athanassios Ganas

Dr Christos Evangelidis

Dr Kostas Chousianitis

Also technicians

Msc Stratos Liadopoulos

Msc Kyriakos Kontakos

 

 FROM GEORGIA

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George Melikadze

Doctor of Science in Geology,
Head of Research Department of Hydrogeophysic and Geothermic,
Institute of Geophysics,  Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University 
President of Georgian Geothermal Association
Vice-president of Georgian Geophysical Association

 

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Nino Kapanadze

Member of Georgian Geothermal Association+
Researcher at Research Centre of Hydrogeophysics and Geothermy, M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

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Tamar Jimsheladze

Member of Georgian Geothermal Association+
Researcher at Research Centre of Hydrogeophysics and Geothermy, M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

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Aleksandre Chankvetadze

Researcher at Research Centre of Hydrogeophysics and Geothermy, M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

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Sopio Vepkhvadze

Researcher at Research Centre of Hydrogeophysics and Geothermy, M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

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Genadi Kobzex

Senior researcher at Research Centre of Hydrogeophysics and Geothermy, M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

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Mariam Todadze

Senior researcher at Research Centre of Hydrogeophysics and Geothermy, M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

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Alexandre Sborshchikovi

Senior scientist at Sector of Dynamics of Geophysical fields and Computing Geophysics M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

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Natalia Zhukova

Specialist-Mathematician at M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

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Tornike Tchikadze

Master Engineer at Research Centre of Hydrogeophysics and Geothermy, M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

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Alexander Zhukov

Programmer / WEB Master at Research Centre of Hydrogeophysics and Geothermy, M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.


 

GeoCosmo Scientific Support

Dr. Arun Bapat ,
Sismolog, India

Dr Katsumi HATTORI,
Associate Professor, depatment of Earth Sciences, Chiba University - (Japan)

Prof Dr J R KAYAL,
Adjunct Professor, Geophysics, (India)

Strachimir Cht. Mavrodiev (Ph/D)
INRNE, The Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia (Bulgaria)

Dr. M. Mokhtari
Director of National Center for Earthquake Prediction,
IIEES (Iran)

George Melikadze, Doctor of Science,
Head of Research Department of Seismicity and Related Geo-Processes,
Seismic Monitoring Center of Georgia, Senior Scientist of Georgian Institute of Geophysics;
Vice-president of Georgian Geophysical Society. (Georgia)

Dr. Hrachya Petrosyan
Vice-President
Armenian National Survey for Seismic Protection (Armenia)

Mahmut Celal Barla (Ph/D) Prof
Meteorology, Istanbul University - retired- (Turkey)

Tamaz Chelideze, Prof.
Head of Department of Seismology and Experimental Geophysics,
M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics,
Director of European Centre "Geodynamical Hazards of High Dams" at the Council of Europe
Doctor of Sciences in Chemistry and Doctor of Sciences in Physics and Math. (Georgia)

Efendi Nasiboğlu, Prof PhD
Head of Computer Science
Dokuz Eylul University
İzmir, Turkey

Orhan Polat, Ass Prof
Sseismologist
Dokuz Eylul University
İzmir,TUrkey

Lazo Pekevski
Head of the Observatory
Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
University "Sts Cyril and Mathematics", Skopje (Republic of Macedonia)

Prof. Geng Qing
A uthor, Earthquake prediction practice researcher (China)

Dr. N. Venkatanathan, M.Sc., MBA, M.Ed, DCAS, Ph.D.
Faculty of Physics, School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering,
SASTRA University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India, Pin: 613 402. (India)

Ass/Prof Chris WINDSOR
WASM Curtin University Kalgoorlie (Australia)

Dr.Petko Nenovski, Phd,
Senior Research Scientist, Ist degree, Ionosphere Physics Dept, Geophysical Institute, Sofia (Bulgaria)

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