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The vision of the institute is to understand the science of earthquake occurrence and use this knowledge to save lives and minimize damage due to earthquakes.

Strategic thrusts

  • Near real time earthquake monitoring through a dense network of broad band seismometers (BBS) and strong motion accelerographs (SMA)
  • Modelling earthquake source processes
  • Crustal structure and its relation to seismogenesis
  • Probabilistic ground motion prediction, micro and macro zoning of various vulnerable zones
  • Making recommendations for earthquake disaster mitigation
  • Improve seismic safety and performance in built in environment especially in highly vulnerable urban areas through site specific hazard assessment
  • Undertaking steps and efforts to communicate earthquake science to engineers and use the knowledge base for creating public awareness
  • Quantifying long and short term deformation using active fault mapping, paleoseismology and tectonic geodesy
  • Shallow surface investigations for resource exploration
  • Earthquake precursory research through multi-parametric geophysical observations


Detailed geophysical and geological investigations to identify copper lead and zinc mineralization around Ambaji, Banaskantha district are in progress.

ISR has initiated a project on imaging the shallow subsurface of the Kachchh district for delineation of ground water aquifers and fresh water-saline water interface.