Personal details:

Name: Bogdan Enescu

Place of birth: Bucharest, Romania

Nationality:  Romanian



March 2004:
Ph.D. in Geophysics, Department of Geophysics, Division of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Japan.

Dec. 2001:  Ph.D. in Physics, Faculty of PhysicsUniversity of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania.

July 1995:  B.Sc. of Geophysics, Dipl. Engineer, Faculty of Geology and GeophysicsUniversity of Bucharest, Romania

Professional History:

September 2008 - present: Researcher at the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), Tsukuba, Japan. Working for a large, national reseach project to characterize the seismicity, stress regime and velocity structure along the region of large strain concentration of central Japan, in particular in the Niigata region, where two large earthquakes (Mw6.6) occurred in 2004 and 2007. In addition, conduct research on the static and dynamic stress triggering of earthquake and tremor.

March 2007 – August 2008: Researcher at the GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ), Potsdam, Germany; working for the European Union SAFER Project, on modeling of deformation and stress fields of faults, aftershock hazard assessment.

April 2004 – Feb. 2007: Researcher at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan; working on precise earthquake relocation and velocity structure, using waveform cross-correlation; seismicity  patterns and stress triggering. In the first two years I did independent research, being granted a fellowship by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), while in the last year I worked for the "Special Project for Earthquake Disaster Mitigation in Urban Areas" ("DaiDaiToku Project", in abbreviated Japanese) which targeted the reduction of seismic disasters in Japan's major metropolitan areas. During my post-doc in DPRI, I participated in the Intense Aftershock Observation Campaigns organized by several Japanese Universities immediately after the 2004 Mid-Niigata earthquake (Mw 6.6) and the 2005 West Off Fukuoka earthquake (Mw 6.5). I was also a member of the “Niigata-Kobe Tectonic Zone (NKTZ)” research group, which conducted complex geophysical investigations of this important seismotectonic region.

Jan. 1996 – March 2000:  Researcher at the National Institute for Earth Physics (NIEP), Bucharest, Romania, working on earthquake hazard assessment of the Romanian territory; responsible for the installation of two electro-magnetic Observatories in the Vrancea region, Romania, processing and analysis of electro-magnetic data.

June 2005: Guest Researcher at the Center for Computational Science and Engineering, Univ. of California, Davis, USA (Prof. Rundle's group); conduct independent research on earthquake simulations, forecasting and pattern-recognition algorithms.


Romanian – native; English – very good; Japanese – good (Japanese Proficiency Test, Level 3); some German and French;

Programming skills:

Matlab, Fortran, C, Visual Basic, Unix shell programming, SED and AWK; Wrote extensive interactive programs for seismicity, deltaCFF and waveform analysis.
The routines that I developed for aftershocks analysis were included in the 6th Version of Zmap software. I wrote also a Multifractal analysis toolbox, which is an extension of the "Fractal toolbox" already available in Zmap, version 5.

Professional Service Activities:

Membership: The Romanian Society of Geophysics, the Seismological Society of Japan and the American Geophysical Union.
Reviewer: Geophys. Res. Lett., J. Geophys. Res., Geophys. J. Int., Tectonophysics, Pure Appl. Geophys., Journal of Geodynanics and Non-linear Processes in Geophysics.
Session S52B, at AGU Fall Meeting, 2002; Chair: Session S22B (Source Parameters: Magnitude, Stress, and Spectra), AGU Fall Meeting 2006
Co-organizer: Session S23, "The Static vs. Dynamic Earthquake Triggering Debate: What’s New and What’s Next?", at the AGU Fall meeting 2011, together with Chunquan Wu (GATECH), Shinji Toda (Kyoto University), Ross Stein (USGS)

Academic Awards:

•    Scholarship award given by the “International Center for Theoretical Physics” (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, November, 1996.
•    Scholarship award given by the “Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)”, March, 1998 – March, 1999.
•    Travel and accommodation grant awarded by the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), 1999.
•    Scholarship award at Kyoto University, given by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan, April, 2000 – March, 2004.
•    Fellowship award at Kyoto University, given by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), April 2004 – March 2006.
•    Outstanding reviewer (2011) citation by Geophysical Journal International (GJI)