František Gallovič



  • Born January 8, 1979 in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Graduated in 2002 at Charles University in Prague (supervisor Dr. Johana Brokešová)
  • PhD degree in 2006 at Charles University in Prague (supervisor Dr. Johana Brokešová)
  • Employment at the Department of Geophysics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University: 2005-2011 Researcher, 2012-2017 Assistant Professor, 2017-now Associate Professor


Department of Geophysics
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Charles University
V Holešovičkách 2
182 00 Praha 8
Czech Republic
Phone: +420951552528
Fax: +420951552555


Seismology: strong ground motions, ray theory, kinematic modeling of finite earthquake sources,  slip inversions, attenuation relations, seismic hazard, aftershock statistics, earthquake triggering, dynamic source modeling and inversions.

Fortran, MPI, Python, Matlab, LaTex, Gnuplot, GMT

Papers (impacted journals)


Pizzi, A., Di Domenica, A., Gallovič, F., Luzi, L., Puglia, R. (2017). Fault segmentation as constraint to the occurrence of the main shocks of the 2016 Central Italy seismic sequence, Tectonics, Special section on The 2016 Central Italy Seismic Sequence: Insights, implications and lessons learned, in press. Electronic supplement.

Halló, M., Asano, K., Gallovič, F. (2017). Bayesian inference and interpretation of centroid moment tensors of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake sequence, Kyushu, Japan, Earth Planets and Space, in press.

Valentová, Ľ., Gallovič, F., Maierová, P. (2017). Three-dimensional S-wave velocity model of the Bohemian Massif from Bayesian ambient noise tomography, Tectonophysics, 717, 484-498.

Vackář, J., Burjánek, J., Gallovič, F., Zahradník, J., Clinton, J. (2017). Bayesian ISOLA: new tool for automated centroid moment tensor inversion, Geophys. J. Int., 210, 693-705.

Gallovič, F. (2017). Azimuthal dependence of the ground motion variability from scenario modeling of the 2014 Mw6.0 South Napa, California, earthquake using an advanced kinematic source model, Pure Appl. Geophys., Topical Volume of International Workshop on Best Practices in Physics-based Fault Rupture Models for Seismic Hazard Assessment of Nuclear Installations (BestPSHANI), in press.

Imperatori, W., Gallovič, F. (2017). Validation of 3D velocity models using earthquakes with shallow slip: case study of the Mw6.0 2014 South Napa, California, event, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 107, 1019-1026. Movie.

Halló, M., Gallovič, F. (2016). Fast and cheap approximation of Green functions uncertainty for waveform-based earthquake source inversions, Geophys. J. Int. 207, 1012-1029. Electronic supplement, software download.

Pacor, F., Gallovič, F., Puglia, R., Luzi, L., D'Amico, M. (2016). Diminishing high-frequency directivity due to a source effect: empirical evidence from small earthquakes in the Abruzzo region, Italy, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 5000-5008. Electronic supplement.

Sokos, E., Zahradník, J., Gallovič, F., Serpetsidaki, A., Plicka, V., Kiratzi, A. (2016). Asperity break after 12 years: The Mw6.4 2015 Lefkada (Greece) earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 6137-6145. Electronic supplement.

Gallovič, F. (2016). Modeling velocity recordings of the Mw6.0 South Napa, California, earthquake: unilateral event with weak high-frequency directivity, Seism. Res. Lett. 87, 2-14. Electronic supplement.

Mai, P. M., Schorlemmer, D., Page, M., Ampuero, J.-P., Asano, K., Causse, M., Custódio, S., Fan, W., Festa, G., Galis, M., Gallovič, F., Imperatori, W., Käser, M., Malytskyy, D., Okuwaki, R., Pollitz, F., Passone, L., Razafindrakoto, H., Sekiguchi, H., Song, S.-G., Somala, S., Thingbaijam, K., Twardzik, C., van Driel, M., Vyas, J., Wang, R., Yagi, Y., Zielke, O. (2016). The Earthquake-Source Inversion Validation (SIV) Project, Seism. Res. Lett. 87, 690-708. Electronic supplement.

Růžek, B., Valentová, Ľ., Gallovič, F. (2016). Significance of geological units of the Bohemian Massif, Czech Republic, as seen by ambient noise interferometry, Pure Appl. Geophys. 173, 1663-1682.

Kostka, F., Gallovič, F. (2016). Static Coulomb stress load on a three-dimensional rate-and-state fault: possible explanation of the anomalous delay of the 2004 Parkfield earthquake, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth 121, 3517-3533.

Gallovič, F., Ampuero, J.-P. (2015). A new strategy to compare inverted rupture models exploiting the eigen-structure of the inverse problem, Seism. Res. Lett., 86, 1679-1689. Electronic supplement, software download.

Sokos, E., Kiratzi, A., Gallovič, F., Zahradník, J., Serpetsidaki, A., Plicka, V., Janský, J., Kostelecký, J., Tselentis, G.-A. (2015). Rupture process of the 2014 Cephalonia, Greece, earthquake doublet (Mw6) as inferred from regional and local seismic data, Tectonophysics, 656, 131-141. Electronic supplement.

Valentová, Ľ., Gallovič, F., Růžek, B., de la Puente, J., Moczo, P. (2015). Choice of regularization in adjoint tomography based on 2D synthetic tests, Geophys. J. Int. 202, 787-799.

Gallovič, F., Imperatori, W., Mai, P. M. (2015). Effects of three-dimensional crustal structure and smoothing constraint on earthquake slip inversions: case study of the Mw6.3 2009 L’Aquila earthquake, J. Geophys. Res. 120, 428-449, doi:10.1002/2014JB011650, software download.

Gallovič, F., Ameri, G., Zahradník, J., Janský, J., Plicka, V., Sokos, E., Askan, A., Pakzad, M. (2013). Fault process and broadband ground-motion simulations of the 23 October 2011 Van (Eastern Turkey) earthquake, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 103, 3164-3178.

Gallovič, F., Zahradník, J. (2012). Complexity of the Mw6.3 2009 L’Aquila (Central Italy) earthquake: 1. Multiple finite-extent source inversion, J. Geophys. Res., 117, B04307, doi: 10.1029/2011JB008709. Supplemental material (Appendix).

Ameri, G., Gallovič, F., Pacor, F. (2012). Complexity of the Mw6.3 2009 L’Aquila (Central Italy) earthquake: 2. Broadband strong-motion modeling, J. Geophys. Res., 117, B04308, doi: 10.1029/2011JB008729.

Sokos, E., Zahradník, J., Kiratzi, A., Janský, J., Gallovič, F., Novotný, O., Kostelecký, J., Serpetsidaki, A., Tselentis, G.-A. (2012). The January 2010 Efpalio earthquake sequence in the western Corinth Gulf (Greece), Tectonophysics, 530-531, 299-309, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.01.005.

Chiauzzi, L., Masi, A., Mucciarelli, M., Vona, M., Pacor, F., Cultrera, G., Gallovič, F., Emolo, A. (2012). Building damage scenarios based on exploitation of Housner intensity derived from finite faults ground motion simulations, Bull. Earthquake Eng., 10, 517-545, doi:10.1007/s10518-011-9309-8.

Gallovič, F., Zahradník, J.  (2011). Toward understanding slip-inversion uncertainty and artifacts: 2. Singular value analysis, J. Geophys. Res., 116, B02309, doi: 10.1029/2010JB007814. Supplemental material (Appendix).

Ameri, G., Emolo, A., Pacor, F., Gallov, F. (2011). Ground‐Motion Simulations for the M 6.9 Irpinia 1980 Earthquake (Southern Italy) and Scenario Events, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 101, 1136-1151, doi: 10.1785/0120100231.

Zahradník, J., Gallovič, F. (2010). Toward understanding slip-inversion uncertainty and artifacts, J. Geophys. Res., 115, B09310, doi:10.1029/2010JB007414.

Gallovič, F., Käser, M., Burjánek, J., Papaioannou, Ch. (2010). Three-dimensional modeling of near-fault ground motions with nonplanar rupture models and topography: Case of the 2004 Parkfield earthquake, J. Geophys. Res., 115, B03308, doi:10.1029/2008JB006171.

Gallovič, F., Zahradník, J., Křížová, D., Plicka, V., Sokos, E., Serpetsidaki, A., Tselentis, G.-A. (2009). From Earthquake Centroid to Spatial-Temporal Rupture Evolution: Mw 6.3 Movri Mountain Earthquake, June 8, 2008, Greece, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L21310, doi:10.1029/2009GL040283. Supplemental material.

Wang, H., Igel, H., Gallovič, F., Cochard (2009). Source and basin effects on rotational ground motions: comparison with translations, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 99 (Special Issue on Rotational Seismology and Engineering Applications), 1162-1173, doi: 10.1785/0120080115.

Ameri, G., Gallovič, F., Pacor, F., Emolo, A. (2009). Uncertainties in strong ground-motion prediction with finite-fault synthetic seismograms: an application to the 1984 M 5.7 Gubbio, central Italy, earthquake, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 99, 647-663, doi: 10.1785/0120080240.

Zollo, A., Iannaccone, G., Lancieri, M., Cantore, L., Convertito, V., Emolo, A., Festa, G., Gallov, F., Vassallo, M., Martino, C., Satriano, C., Gasparini, P. (2009). The Earthquake Early Warning System in Southern Italy: Methodologies and Performance Evaluation, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, special issue on New Methods and Applications of Earthquake Early Warning, L00B07, doi:10.1029/2008GL036689. Supplemental material.

Gallovič, F. (2008). Heterogeneous Coulomb stress perturbation during earthquake cycles in a 3D rate-and-state fault model, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L21306, doi:10.1029/2008GL035614. Supplemental material (3D stress kernel).

Zahradník, J., Gallovič, F., Sokos, E., Serpetsidaki, A., Tselentis, G.-A. (2008). Quick Fault-Plane Identification by a Geometrical Method: Application to the Mw 6.2 Leonidio Earthquake, 6 January 2008, Greece, Seism. Res. Lett., 79, 653-662, doi: 10.1785/gssrl.79.5.653.

Wang, H., Igel, H., Gallovič, F., Cochard, A., Ewald, M. (2008). Source-Related Variations of Ground Motions in 3-D media: Application to the Newport-Inglewood Fault, Los Angeles Basin, Geophys. J. Int., 175, 202-214, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2008.03878.x.

Käser, M., Gallovič, F. (2008). Effects of Complicated 3D Rupture Geometries on Earthquake Ground Motion and Their Implications: A Numerical Study, Geophys. J. Int., 172, 276-292, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03627.x.

Gallovič, F., Brokešová, J. (2008). Probabilistic Aftershock Hazard Assessment I: Numerical Testing of Methodological Features, J. Seismology, 12, N. 1, 53-64, doi: 10.1007/s10950-007-9072-0.

Gallovič, F., Brokešová, J. (2008). Probabilistic Aftershock Hazard Assessment II: Application of Strong Ground Motion Modeling, J. Seismology, 12, N. 1, 65-78, doi: 10.1007/s10950-007-9070-2.

Gallovič, F., Burjánek, J. (2007). High-frequency Directivity in Strong Ground Motion Modeling Methods, Annals of Geophysics,  Vol. 50, N. 2, 203-211.

Gallovič, F., Brokešová, J. (2007). Hybrid k-squared Source Model for Strong Ground Motion Simulations: Introduction, Phys. Earth Planet. Interiors, 160, 34-50, doi: 10.1016/j.pepi.2006.09.002.

Gallovič, F., Brokešová, J. (2004). On strong ground motion synthesis with k^-2 slip distributions, J. Seismology, 8, 211-224, doi:10.1023/B:JOSE.0000021438.79877.58, software download.

Gallovič, F., Brokešová, J. (2004). The k^-2 rupture model parametric study: example of the 1999 Athens earthquake, Studia geoph. et geod., 48, 589-613, doi:10.1023/B:SGEG.0000037473.70906.08.

 Papers (no IF)

Gallovič, F. (2015). Scenario modeling of the 2014 Mw6.0 South Napa, California, earthquake using an advanced broadband kinematic source model, Proceedings of Best Practices in Physics-based Fault Rupture Models for Seismic Hazard Assessment of Nuclear Installations, Vienna, Austria, November 18-20.

D’Amico, M., Pacor, F., Puglia, R., Luzi, L., Ameri, G., Gallovič, F., Spinelli, A., Stabelli, M. R. (2013). SYNTHESIS 0.1:  Beta release of a synthetic waveforms repository, Extended abstract, 32° convegno GNGTS si terra a Trieste, November 19-21.

Ameri, G., Pacor, F., Gallovič, F. (2012). Broadband ground-motion modeling and shaking scenarios for the 2009 L’Aquila (central Italy) earthquake, Proceedings of the Fifteenth World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, September 24-28.

Gallovič, F., Barsch, R., de la Puente, J., Igel, H (2007). Digital Library for Computational Seismology, Eos,  Vol. 88, No. 50, 559.

Franceschina, G., Pacor, F., Cultrera, G., Emolo, A., Gallovič, F. (2006). Modelling Directivity Effects of the October 31, 2002 (Mw=5.8), Molise, Southern Italy, Earthquake, Proceedings of First European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, Geneva, Switzerland, September 3-8.

 Popularization of science

Gallovič, F. (2012). Pár sekund k dobru: Systémy včasného varování před zemětřeseními (in Czech), Vesmír 91, 510-512.

Zahradník, J., Burjánek, J., Gallovič, F. (2005). Fyzikální výzkum zemětřesení (in Czech), Čs. časopis pro fyziku 55 (2/2005), 120-126.

Burjánek, J., Gallovič, F., Zahradník, J. (2005). Seismologické předpovědi: skutečnost a sen (in Czech), Čs. časopis pro fyziku 55 (2/2005), 127-134.


Gallovič, F. (2016). Forward and inverse modeling of earthquake sources. Habilitation Thesis, Dept. of Geophysics, Charles University, Prague. Download.

Gallovič, F. (2006). Kinematic modeling of strong ground motions. PhD Thesis, Dept. of Geophysics, Charles University, Prague. Download.

Gallovič, F. (2002). High frequency strong motion synthesis for k^-2 rupture models. Master Thesis, Dept. of Geophysics, Charles University, Prague. Download.

 Fortran codes on GitHub

SlipGen: k-2 hybrid slip generator.

LinSlipInv: Suite of codes for linear slip inversions and resolution analysis.

RIKsrf: Codes for strong ground motion simulations using an advanced kinematic source model based on the model of Ruiz et al. (2011) providing slip rates on a finely discretized source that result in synthetics with the desired omega-squared spectral decay in full (broadband) frequency range. The package includes codes that calculate 1D full wavefield synthetics.

 Teaching activities

Lectures: Methods of Geophysical Data Processing, Global Geophysics, Basics of Seismic Wave Theory, Basics of Continuum Mechanics

Lecture exercises: Fourier Spectral Analysis, Seismology, Seismic Wave Propagation

Seminars: Seminar on Seismological Software, Seminar on Seismology


2013-2014: 2 x 1 month at INGV Milano, Italy (visiting researcher, by F. Pacor)

2007: 8 months at Laboratorio di Sismologia, Universita' degli Studi "Federico II" di Napoli, (PostDoc position, by Antonio Emolo)

2007: 2 months at ITSAK, Thessaloniki, Greece (PostDoc position within the ITSAK-GR project, by Christos Papaioannou)

2006-2007: 6 months at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany (PostDoc position within the SPICE project, by Heiner Igel)

2004-2005: 4 months at Dept. of Physics of the Earth and Planets, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia (visiting researcher within the SPICE project, by Peter Moczo)

2004: 3 months at Dept. of Physics of the Earth and Planets, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia (visiting researcher within the SPICE project, by Peter Moczo)

2003: 4 months at Disaster Prevention Research Institute (D.P.R.I.), Kyoto University, Japan (visiting researcher, by Kojiro Irikura)

 Summer schools

Third SPICE Research and Training Workshop on Computational seismology and inverse problems, Kinsale, Ireland, July 22 - 28 (2006)

Second SPICE Open Research and Training Workshop on Large-Scale Simulations and Computational Aspects, Smolenice Castle, Slovakia, September 4 - 10 (2005)

First SPICE Research and Training Workshop, Numerical methods applied to wave propagation problems, Venice International University, Italy, September 25 - October 2 (2004)

6th workshop on 3-dimensional modelling of seismic waves, generation, propagation and their inversion, Trieste, Italy (2002)

Co-ordination of projects

Multiscale spatial-temporal complexity of tectonic earthquake sources, Grant Agency of the Czech Republic 14-04372S, 2014-2016.

Probabilistic modeling of seismic hazard due to aftershocks of large earthquakes, Grant Agency of the Czech Republic 205/08/P013, 2008-2010.

Hybrid kinematic modeling of earthquake strong ground motions, Grant Agency of Charles University 292/2005/B-GEO/MFF, 2005-2006.

 Participation in projects

Quick Extended Source Solution, co-ordinated by J. Zahradník, Grant Agency of Czech Republic 205/07/0502, 2007-2009.

Scenari di scuotimento e di danno atteso in aree di interesse prioritario e/o strategico (S3), co-ordinated by M. Mucciarelli and F. Pacor, Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Italian Civil Defence Department, 2005-2007.

SPICE (Seismic Wave Propagation and Imaging in Complex Media: a European Network, co-ordinated by Heiner Igel, Ludwig-Maximilians-University), MRTN-CT-2003-504267, 2004-2007.

Modeling of Strong Ground Motions, co-ordinated by J. Zahradník, Grant Agency of Czech Republic 205/03/1047, 2003-2005.

3D modelling of strong ground motion including realistic excitation, principal investigator I. Opršal, research project of Grant Agency of Charles University GAUK 235/2003/B-GEO/MFF, 2003.

PRESAP (Towards Practical, Real-Time Estimation of Spatial Aftershock Probabilities: a Feasibility Study in Earthquake Hazard, co-ordinated by J. McCloskey, University of Ulster), EU Project EVG1-CT-1999-00001, 2000-2003.

 Last changes: 7 Feb 2014

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