Geoinformatics efforts are concentrated along developing domain ontologies,
databases, and markup languages for fault rocks and structural geology-tectonics,
applying UML for design, XML Schema for markup
langugage development, RDF, RDFS, and OWL for ontological engineering.
SAFOD Brittle Microstructure and Mechanics Knowledge base (BM2KB)
engineering part involves developing ontologies for: i) fault
gouge, studying cores from the Earthscope's San Andreas Fault Observatory
at Depth (SAFOD) project, ii) accretionary prisms and subduction zone.
Potential Thesis and Dissertation Topics for Graduate Students:
1. Mereotopology of spatio-temporal geological entities
2. Ontology of geological processes
3. Ontology of structural geology and rock deformation
4. Ontology of fault and fault rock
5. Designing top-level ontologies for Earth Sciences
6. Ontology of geological time
1 - Microstructural analyses of gouge from the San Andreas Fault Observatory
at Depth (SAFOD) borehole in relation to brittle fault mechanics (supported by the National Science Foundation: 2006-2008)
2 - Development and Implementation of the cyberSTRUCTURE Information system
Babaie, H. A., Oldow, J. S., Babaei, A., Ave Lallement, H. G., and Watkinson,
A. J., 2006, Designing a modular architecture for the structural geology
ontology, in Sinha, A. K., ed., Geoinformatics: Data to Knowledge: Geological
Society of America Special Paper 397, p. 269-282, doi: 10.1130/2006.2397(21).
Babaie, H. A., and Babaei, A., 2005. Modeling Geological Objects with
the XML Schema. In 'Applications of XML in Geosciences'. edited by Babaie
H. and Ramachandran R. Computers & Geosciences Journal Special Issue,
Babaie, H. A., and Rahul Ramachandran, 2005. Applications of XMl in Geology.
In 'Applications of XML in Geosciences'. edited by Babaie H. A. and Ramachandran
R., Computers & Geosciences Journal Special Issue 31, 1079-1080.
Babaie, H. A., and Babaei, A., 2005. Developing the Earthquake Markup
Language and Database with UML and XML Schema. In 'Applications of XML
in Geosciences'. edited by Babaie H. and Ramachandran R. Computers &
Geosciences Journal Special Issue 31, 1175-1200.
Tripathi, Ajay and Babaie, H. A. Developing a modular hydrogeology
ontology extending the SWEET ontologies. Computers & Geosciences Journal.
Study of fracture system and ophiolites in the Zagros Fold-Thrust belt
This project involves studying fold- and fault-related fracture
systems for kinematics purposes. The areas include Neyriz ophiolite,
and Kazerun and Minab-Zendan fault zones.
Babaie, H. A., Babaei, A., Ghazi, A. M., and Arvin, M., 2006, Geochemical,
40Ar/39Ar age, and isotopic data for crustal rocks of the Neyriz ophiolite,
Iran. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 43, 1-15
Babaei, A., Babaie, H. A., and Arvin, M., 2005, Tectonic evolution of
the Neyriz ophiolite, Iran: an accretionary prism model. Ofioliti 30
Ghazi, A.M., Pessagno, E. A., Hassanipak, A.A., Kariminia, S.M., Duncan,
R. A, Babaie, H. A. 2003. Biostratigraphic zonation and 40Ar-39Ar ages
for the Neo-Tethyan Khoy ophiolite of NW Iran. Paleogeography-Paleoclimatology-Paleoecology,
Babaie, A., Arvin, M. and Babaie, H. A., 2002. An oblique convergence
and rotation model for the emplacement of the Baft ophiolitic mélange
in Iran. Ofioliti, v. 26, no. 2b, p. 401-408.
Arvin, M., A. Husseinipour, A. A., Babaei, A., and Babaie, H.A., 2002.
Geochemistry and tectonic significance of basalts in the Dar-e Anar
complex; evidence from the Kahnuj ophiolite complex, southeastern Iran.
Journal of Science, Iran, v. 12, no. 2. 157-170.
Babaie, H. A., Ghazi, A.M., Babaei, A., La Tour, T.E., and Hassanipak,
A. A. 2001, Geochemistry of arc volcanic rocks of the Zagros crust zone,
Neyriz, Iran. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 19, p. 61-76.