School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Achraf Koulali Idrissi

Research Associate



Dr. Achraf Koulali is a geophysicist who uses space-geodetic observations to study the deformation of the Earth's crust caused by different geophysical processes such as tectonic deformation and surface mass loading. His research over the recent years included studies of interseismic strain accumulation in active tectonic regions.

See also my Personal webpage and Google Scholar profile for more information.


Masters in Earth Sciences, Ibn Tofail University, 2006.
Ph.D., Applied Sciences, Mohammadia School of Engineers, Mohammed V University, 2012.

Academic Positions

  • 2018, Research Associate, Geomatics, School of Engineering, Newcastle University.
  • 2012–2018, Postdoctoral Fellow, The Australian National University, Research School of Earth Sciences, Canberra.
  • 2009–2011, Fulbright Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Earth and Planetary Sciences Dept., Cambridge.


Member of the American Geophysical Union, since 2010.


I use geodetic observations to study the active deformation of the Earth’s crust. Measurements of 3D crustal movements allow us to better understand modes of strain accumulation on major faults and the Earth’s rheology. My research areas include South-east Asia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Western Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula. My current research theme involves measuring the glacial isostatic adjustment in Antarctica using GPS.