Anita Torabi

Image of Anita Torabi
Norwegian version of this page
Phone +47 22856109
Room 011
Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 1 Geologibygningen 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1047 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic interests

Her main research interests include the mechanism and mechanics of faulting; fault-related folding; fluid flow in deformed reservoirs; and diagenesis in fault zone with application to petroleum reservoirs, CO2 storage underground; geothermal reservoirs, geohazards and seismicity. For research profile see Google ScolarResearchGate.

Courses taught


Anita Torabi is a professor in structural geology at the University of Oslo. She has earlier been a principal researcher at NORCE, Norwegian Research Centre. She was principal researcher (2015-2018) and geoscience research leader (2016-2018) as well as senior researcher (2008-2015) at Uni Research CIPR (Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research). She holds a Ph.D. in geosciences from the University of Bergen, Norway (2008). She has successfully led several scientific projects and supervised many PhD, post-doc and Master students. 


  • Torabi, Anita; Alaei, Behzad & Libak, Audun (2019). Normal fault 3D geometry and displacement revisited: Insights from faults in the Norwegian Barents Sea. Marine and Petroleum Geology.  ISSN 0264-8172.  99, s 135- 155 . doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2018.09.032
  • Torabi, Anita; Johannessen, Magnus Ueland & Ellingsen, Tor Saltnes Skram (2019). Fault core thickness: Insights from siliciclastic and carbonate rocks. Geofluids.  ISSN 1468-8115.  2019 . doi: 10.1155/2019/2918673 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Kolyukhin, Dmitriy; Torabi, Anita; Libak, Audun; Alaei, Behzad & Khachkova, Tatiana (2018). Statistical analysis of displacement and length relation for normal faults in the barents sea. Geosciences.  ISSN 2076-3263.  8(11), s 1- 10 . doi: 10.3390/geosciences8110421
  • Torabi, Anita; Alaei, Behzad & Ellingsen, TTS (2018). Faults and fractures in basement rocks, their architecture, petrophysical and mechanical properties. Journal of Structural Geology.  ISSN 0191-8141.  117, s 256- 263 . doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2018.07.001
  • Alaei, Behzad & Torabi, Anita (2017). Seismic imaging of fault damaged zone and its scaling relation with displacement. Interpretation.  ISSN 2324-8858.  5(4), s SP83- SP93 . doi: 10.1190/int-2016-0230.1
  • Libak, Audun; Alaei, Behzad & Torabi, Anita (2017). Fault visualization and identification in fault seismic attribute volumes: Implications for fault geometric characterization. Interpretation.  ISSN 2324-8858.  5(2), s B1- B16 . doi: 10.1190/INT-2016-0152.1
  • Rotevatn, Atle; Fossmark, Heidi Synnøve Solli; Bastesen, Eivind; Thorsheim, Elin & Torabi, Anita (2016). Do deformation bands matter for flow? Insights from permeability measurements and flow simulations in porous carbonate rocks. Petroleum Geoscience.  ISSN 1354-0793.  23(1), s 104- 119 . doi: 10.1144/petgeo2016-038 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Rotevatn, Atle; Thorsheim, Elin; Bastesen, Eivind; Fossmark, Heidi Synnøve Solli; Torabi, Anita & Sælen, Gunnar (2016). Sequential growth of deformation bands in carbonate grainstones in the hangingwall of an active growth fault: Implications for deformation mechanisms in different tectonic regimes. Journal of Structural Geology.  ISSN 0191-8141.  90, s 27- 47 . doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2016.07.003 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Torabi, Anita; Alaei, Behzad & Kolyukhin, Dmitriy (2016). Analysis of fault scaling relations using fault seismic attributes. Geophysical Prospecting.  ISSN 0016-8025. . doi: 10.1111/1365-2478.12440
  • Torabi, Anita; Alaei, Behzad; Kolyukhin, Dmitriy; Libak, Audun; Gabrielsen, Roy Helge & Braathen, Alvar (2016). Fault geometry and seismic attributes; an integrated study with focus on the Barents Sea. First Break.  ISSN 0263-5046.  34(5), s 51- 58
  • Torabi, Anita; Gabrielsen, Roy; Fossen, Haakon; Ringrose, Philip; Skurtveit, Elin; Ando, Edward; Marinelli, Flavia; Viggiani, G.; Dal Pont, S.; Braathen, Alvar; Hovland, Beate; Bésuelle, P.; Alikarami, Reza; Zalmstra, Heleen & Sokoutis, Dimitrios (2015). Strain localization in sandstone and its implications for CO2 storage. First Break.  ISSN 0263-5046.  33(7), s 81- 92 Show summary
  • Alikarami, Reza & Torabi, Anita (2015). Micro-texture and petrophysical properties of dilation and compaction shear bands in sand. Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment.  ISSN 2352-3808.  3, s 1- 10 . doi: 10.1016/j.gete.2015.06.001
  • Denglin, Han; Man, Li; Zhong, Li & Torabi, Anita (2015). Sealing features of fluid-rock system and its control on acidic dissolution in cretaceous sandstone reservoirs, Kuqa Subbasin. Acta Geologica Sinica.  ISSN 1000-9515.  89(4), s 1296- 1306 . doi: 10.1111/1755-6724.12529
  • Rohmer, Jeremy; Nguyen, T.K. & Torabi, Anita (2015). Off-fault shear failure potential enhanced by high-stiff/low-permeable damage zone during fluid injection in porous reservoirs. Geophysical Journal International.  ISSN 0956-540X.  202(1580), s 1566
  • Skurtveit, Elin; Torabi, Anita; Alikarami, Reza & Braathen, Alvar (2015). Fault baffle to conduit developments: reactivation and calcite cementation of deformation band fault in aeolian sandstone. Petroleum Geoscience.  ISSN 1354-0793.  21(1), s 3- 16 . doi: 10.1144/petgeo2014-031
  • Torabi, Anita; Aydin, Atilla; Cilona, Antonino; Jarstø, Benedikte E. & Deng, Shang (2015). The dynamics and interaction of compaction bands in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada (USA): Implications for their growth, evolution, and geostatistical property. Tectonophysics.  ISSN 0040-1951.  657, s 113- 128 . doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.06.029
  • Alikarami, Reza; Andò, Edward; Gkiousas-Kapnisis, Marius; Torabi, Anita & Viggiani, Gioacchino (2014). Strain localisation and grain breakage in sand under shearing at high mean stress: insights from in situ X-ray tomography. Acta Geotechnica.  ISSN 1861-1125.  10(1), s 15- 30 . doi: 10.1007/s11440-014-0364-6
  • Skurtveit, Elin; Ballas, G.; Fossen, Haakon; Torabi, Anita; Soliva, Roger & Peyret, M. (2014). Sand textural control on shear-enhanced compaction bands in poorly-lithified sandstone. Journal of geological resource and engineering.  ISSN 2328-2193.  2(2) Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Torabi, Anita (2014). Cataclastic bands in immature and poorly lithified sandstone, examples from Corsica, France. Tectonophysics.  ISSN 0040-1951.  630(1), s 91- 102 . doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.05.014
  • Torabi, Anita & Zarifi, Zoya (2014). Energy release rate of propagating deformation bands and their hosted cracks. International Journal of Rock Mechanics And Mining Sciences.  ISSN 1365-1609.  67, s 184- 190 . doi: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2013.10.007
  • Alikarami, Reza; Torabi, Anita; Kolyukhin, Dmitriy & Skurtveit, Elin (2013). Geostatistical relationships between mechanical and petrophysical properties of deformed sandstone. International Journal of Rock Mechanics And Mining Sciences.  ISSN 1365-1609.  63, s 27- 38 . doi: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2013.06.002
  • Kolyukhin, Dmitriy & Torabi, Anita (2013). Power-law testing for fault attributes distributions. Pure and Applied Geophysics.  ISSN 0033-4553.  170(12), s 2173- 2183 . doi: 10.1007/s00024-013-0644-3 Show summary
  • Skurtveit, Elin; Torabi, Anita; Gabrielsen, Roy H. & Zoback, Mark D. (2013). Experimental investigation of deformation mechanisms during shear-enhanced compaction in poorly lithified sandstone and sand. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Solid Earth.  ISSN 2169-9313.  118(8), s 4083- 4100 . doi: 10.1002/jgrb.50342
  • Torabi, Anita; Fossen, Haakon & Braathen, Alvar (2013). Insight into petrophysical properties of deformed sandstone reservoirs. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin.  ISSN 0149-1423.  97(4), s 619- 637 . doi: 10.1306/10031212040
  • Torabi, Anita & Skurtveit, Elin (2013). Effect of initial grain size and packing on the evolution of elastic properties of poorly lithified sandstones, In L.J. Pyrak-Nolte (ed.),  47th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2013. Proceedings of a meeting held 23-26 June 2013, San Francisco, California, USA.  Curran Associates, Inc..  ISBN 9781629931180.  x.  s 245 - 251
  • Kolyukhin, Dmitriy & Torabi, Anita (2012). Statistical analysis of the relationships between faults attributes. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Solid Earth.  ISSN 2169-9313.  117 . doi: 10.1029/2011JB008880
  • Fossen, Haakon; Schultz, Richard A. & Torabi, Anita (2011). Conditions and implications for compaction band formation in the Navajo Sandstone, Utah. Journal of Structural Geology.  ISSN 0191-8141.  33(10), s 1477- 1490 . doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2011.08.001
  • Torabi, Anita & Berg, Silje Støren (2011). Scaling of fault attributes: A review. Marine and Petroleum Geology.  ISSN 0264-8172.  28(8), s 1444- 1460 . doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2011.04.003
  • Torabi, Anita & Fossen, Haakon (2009). Spatial variation of microstructure and petrophysical properties along deformation bands in reservoir sandstones. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin.  ISSN 0149-1423.  93(7), s 919- 938 . doi: 10.1306/03270908161
  • Torabi, Anita & Fossen, Haakon (2009). Spatial variation of microstructure and petrophysical properties along deformation bands in reservoir sandstones. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin.  ISSN 0149-1423.  93(7), s 919- 938 . doi: 10.1306/03270908161
  • Torabi, Anita & Fossen, Haakon (2009). Variation of microstructure and petrophysical properties along deformation bands. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin.  ISSN 0149-1423.  93, s 919- 938 . doi: 10.1306/03270908161
  • Torabi, Anita; Fossen, Haakon & Alaei, Behzad (2008). Application of spatial correlation functions in permeability estimation of deformation bands in porous rocks. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR).  ISSN 0148-0227.  113 . doi: 10.1029/2007JB005455
  • Rotevatn, Atle; Torabi, Anita; Fossen, Haakon & Braathen, Alvar (2008). Slipped deformation bands: A new type of cataclastic deformation bands in Western Sinai, Suez rift, Egypt. Journal of Structural Geology.  ISSN 0191-8141.  30(11), s 1317- 1331 . doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2008.06.010
  • Torabi, Anita; Braathen, Alvar; Cuisiat, Fabrice & Fossen, Haakon (2007). Shear zones in porous sand: Insights from ring-shear experiments and naturally deformed sandstones. Tectonophysics.  ISSN 0040-1951.  437(1-4), s 37- 50 . doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2007.02.018

View all works in Cristin

  • Buckley, Simon John & Torabi, Anita (2018). Uni Research CIPR Geoscience and Virtual Outcrop Geology.
  • Midtkandal, Ivar; Sundal, Anja; Braathen, Alvar; Petrie, Elizabeth; Evans, James R.; Zuchuat, Valentin; Skurtveit, Elin; Tveranger, Jan; Torabi, Anita & Gutierrez, Marte (2018). Project summary: CO2 seal bypass - a multidisciplinary approach to CO2 migration and storage.
  • Behzad, Alaei & Torabi, Anita (2015). 3D fault plane geometry and fault scaling studies using seismic attributes.
  • Dmitriy, Kolyukhin; Torabi, Anita & I., Silvestrov (2015). Fault attributes and relations between them, taking into account the sampling bias.
  • Torabi, Anita; Jarstø, Benedikte E.; Cilona, Antonino & Deng, Shang (2015). Geometry, microstructure and petrophysical properties of compaction and shear bands at Silica Dome, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, USA.
  • Kolyukhin, Dmitriy; Torabi, Anita & Tveranger, Jan (2014). Statistical analysis of fault attributes and relation between them; Simulation of fault zone structures.
  • Skurtveit, Elin; Torabi, Anita; Braathen, Alvar & Alikarami, Reza (2014). Fault Zone Development with Temporal Impact on Fluid Flow - Example from Navajo Sandstone, Utah.
  • Torabi, Anita & Berg, Silje S. (2010). Scaling of fault attributes.
  • Fossen, Haakon; Schultz, Richard; Torabi, Anita & Tveranger, Jan (2009). Petrophysically selective compaction bands in Navajo Sandstone.
  • Torabi, Anita & Fossen, Haakon (2009). Anisotropy in the petrophysical properties of deformation bands.
  • Torabi, Anita (2008). Deformation bands in porous sandstones, their microstructure and petrophysical properties”.
  • Torabi, Anita & Fossen, Haakon (2008). Variation of petrophysical properties along deformation bands and its implication in petroleum reservoirs.
  • Torabi, Anita; Fossen, Haakon & Alaei, Behzad (2007). Permeability estimation of deformed sandstone using image processing.
  • Torabi, Anita; Braathen, Alvar; Cuisiat, Fabrice; Skurtveit, Elin; Fossen, Haakon & Grande, Lars (2006). Shear zones in porous sand from high stress ring-shear experiments.

View all works in Cristin

Published Aug. 6, 2019 2:39 PM - Last modified Aug. 7, 2020 12:22 PM

Research groups