Laboratoire Géosciences Réunion

Université de la Réunion
15, Avenue René Cassin, CS92003
97744 Saint Denis messagerie cedex 9 La Réunion

email: elisa.rindraharisaona[at]

Phone: +262 (0) 262 93 82 08



Broadly speaking, my research focuses on analyzing the seismic recordings from earthquakes in order to better understand the different tectonic and geodynamic processes. Another objective of my research involves on seismic hazard assessment. Furthermore, I use the microseismic noises to study the the swells, landslides, etc... . In my work, I use different seismological methods including receiver functions, travel time tomography, surface wave dispersion, ambient noise, earthquake locations/relocations, source inversion, polarization computation and power spectral density analysis.


2018 – present: PostDoc at University of La Réunion (ReNovRisk Project)

Project: Studying swells activity in La Réunion using microseismic noise.

2015 – 2017: Postdoctoral fellow at Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, German Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Germany (Alexander von Humboldt fellow).

Project: Lithosphere structure in Madagascar: Implications for the Geodynamic processes that have shaped Madagascar, and mitigation of the seismic hazard assessment for Madagascar.

2014 – 2015: Long term visiting scientist at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, German Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Germany (DAAD scholarship)

Project: Mapping the traces of the assembly and multistage break up of Gondwanaland in the lithosphere of Madagascar.


2009-2013: PhD in “Géophysique et Ressources Naturelles », at Institute and Observatory of Geophysics Antananarivo (IOGA) and International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy (ICTP)
PhD Thesis : « Earth Structure and Instrumental Seismicity of Madagascar: Implication on the Seismotectonic »
2008-2009: Postgraduate in Mathematics Sciences, University of Stellenbosch-AIMS (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, AIMS scholarship ), Cape Town, South Africa.
Essay: Mathematical Methodologies in the Block Modeling of Horizontal Crustal Motions, with Particular Reference to Africa
2006-2008: Diplôme d’Etude Approfondie (DEA) “Géophysique et Ressources Naturelles», University of Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Thesis: Evaluation du paramètres sismiques et aléa dans certains zones des Madagascar.
2005-2006: Postgraduate in Physics, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar.
2002-2005: Bachelor in Physics, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar.
1999-2002: High school, Lycée Rakotoarisoa Ambositra, Madagascar.


Bousquet O., Barruol G., Cordier E., Barthe C. , Bielli S., Calmer R., Rindraharisaona E. , Roberts G., Tulet P., Amelie V., et al. Impact of Tropical Cyclones on Inhabited Areas of the SWIO Basin at Present and Future Horizons. Part 1: Overview and Observing Component of the Research Project RENOVRISK-CYCLONE. Atmosphere 2021, 12(5), 544;

Rindraharisaona, E.J., Barruol, G., Cordier, E., Fontaine, F.R. and Gonzalez, A., 2021.Cyclone Signatures in the South-West Indian Ocean from Two Decades of Microseismic Noise. Atmosphere 2021, 12(4). DOI

Pierre Tulet, Bertrand Aunay, Guilhem Barruol, Christelle Barthe, Remi Belon, Soline Bielli, François Bonnardot, Olivier Bousquet, Jean-Pierre Cammas, Julien Cattiaux, Fabrice Chauvin, Idriss Fontaine, Fabrice R. Fontaine, Franck Gabarrot, Sabine Garabedian, Alicia Gonzalez, Jean-Lambert Join, Florian Jouvenot, David Nortes-Martinez, Dominique Mékiès, Pascal Mouquet, Guillaume Payen, Gwenaelle Pennober, Joris Pianezze, Claire Rault, Christophe Revillion, Elisa J. Rindraharisaona, Kevin Samyn, Callum Thompson & Hélène Vérèmes, ReNovRisk : a multidisciplinary program to study the cyclonic risks in the South West Indian Ocean, Natural Hazards, (2021).

Rindraharisaona, E. J., F. Tilmann, X. Yuan, J. Dreiling, J. Giese, K. Priestley, and G. Rümpker. "Velocity structure and radial anisotropy of the lithosphere in southern Madagascar from surface wave dispersion." Geophysical Journal International (2020). DOI:

Rakotondraibe, T., Nyblade, A.A., Wysession, M.E., Durrheim, R.J., Rambolamanana, G., Aleqabi, G.I., Shore, P.J., Pratt, M.J., Andriampenomanana, F., Rümpker, G. and Rindraharisaona, E., 2020. Seismicity and seismotectonics of Madagascar revealed by the 2011–2013 deployment of the island-wide MACOMO broadband seismic array. Tectonophysics, 790, p.228547. Doi:

Rindraharisaona, E.J., Cordier, E., Barruol, G., Fontaine, F.R. and Singh, M., 2020. Assessing swells in La Réunion Island from terrestrial seismic observations, oceanographic records and offshore wave models. Geophysical Journal International, 221(3), pp.1883-1895.

Dreiling, J., Tilmann, F., Yuan, X., Giese, J., Rindraharisaona, E.J., Rümpker, G. and Wysession, M.E., 2018. Crustal radial anisotropy and linkage to geodynamic processes: A study based on seismic ambient noise in southern Madagascar. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 123(6), pp.5130-5146.

Rindraharisaona, E. J., F. Tilmann, X. Yuan, G. Rümpker, J. Giese, G. Rambolamanana, and Guilhem Barruol: Crustal structure of southern Madagascar from receiver functions and ambient noise correlation: Implications for crustal evolution. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 122, no. 2 (2017): 1179-1197.

Pratt, M.J., Wysession, M.E., Aleqabi, G., Wiens, D.A., Nyblade, A.A., Shore, P., Rambolamanana, G., Andriampenomanana, F., Rakotondraibe, T., Tucker, R.D., Barruol, G. and Rindraharisaona E. J., 2017: Shear velocity structure of the crust and upper mantle of Madagascar derived from surface wave tomography. Earth and Planetary Science Letters458, pp.405-417.

Reiss, M.C., Rümpker, G., Tilmann, F., Yuan, X., Giese, J. and Rindraharisaona, E.J., 2016. Seismic anisotropy of the lithosphere and asthenosphere beneath southern Madagascar from teleseismic shear wave splitting analysis and waveform modeling. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth121(9), pp.6627-6643.

Tilmann, F., Yuan, X., Ru ̈mpker, G. & Rindraharisaona, E., 2012. SELASOMA project, Madagascar 2012-2014. Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ. Seismic Network.

Rindraharisaona, E.J., Guidarelli, M., Aoudia, K., Rambolamanana, G., 2013. Earth structure and instrumental seismicity of Madagascar: Implications on the seismotectonics. Tectonophysics, 504, 165-181, doi 10.1016/j.tecto.2013.03.033.

Rindraharisaona, E.J. and Rambolamanana, G. 2008. Evaluation des paramètres sismiques dans la partie centrale de Madagascar. MadaGeo 12:1-11.


Rindraharisaona, E.J., Barruol, G., Cordier, E., Fontaine, F.R., Delcher, E., Gonzalez, A. and Singh, M., 2019. Austral swells in La Réunion Island: terrestrial, ocean bottom observations and wave models. AGU Fall Meeting, 2019, pp.S33B-05.

Rindraharisaona, E. J., Barruol, G., Fontaine, F. R., Gonzalez, A., Cordier, E., & Singh, M. Characterizing wave height in La Reunion Island from microseismic signature of austral swells, EGU meeting 2019.

Rindraharisaona, E. J., Barruol, G., Fontaine, F. R., Gonzalez, A., Cordier, E., & Singh, M. (2018, December). Microseismic signature of the 2016-2018 cyclones in La Réunion Island. In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts.

Rindraharisaona, E. J., Cordier, E., Barruol, G., Fontaine, F. R., Singh, M., & Gonzalez, A. (2018, December). Analyzing Austral Swells in La Reunion Island Using Microseismic Noise and Ocean Bottom Data in Fringing Reef Environment. In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts.

Rindraharisaona, E. J., Tilmann, F., Yuan, X., Rümpker, G., & Reiss, M. Lithosphere structure in southern Madagascar from receiver function and ambient noise correlation: implication for the crustal evolution. In EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 18, p. 5628), 2016.

Rindraharisaona, E. J., Tilmann, F., Yuan, X., Rümpker, G., & Reiss, Investigating the Lithospheric Structure of Southern Madagascar. In IUGG meeting, Abstracts, 2015.

Rindraharisaona, E. J., Tilmann, F., Yuan, X., Rümpker, G., & Reiss, Crustal structure in the southern part of Madagascar, in Geoberlin abstract, 2015.

Rindraharisaona E.J, Tilmann, F. J., Yuan, X., Rumpker, G., Heit, B., Rambolamana, G. and Priestley, K. F. Mapping the Traces of the Assembly and Multistage Breakup of Gondwanaland in the Lithosphere of Madagascar. In AGU Fall Meeting, Abstracts, 2014.

Rindraharisaona, E.J., Rambolamanana, G., Razafindrakoto, H.T.N, 2009. Seismic hazard assessment for Madagascar, IASPEI General Assembly (Cape Town, 2009).




  • Bougeur anomaly measurements
  • Two stations method dispersion curves measurements
  • Polarization measurements