Nicola LEVI

Room Number: 2A348

Nicola Levi

Research Interests:

  • Active Tectonics
  • Subsurface Geology
  • Reservoir Geology
  • Thrust Tectonics

Project Title: Alpine Stress

Project Description:
The project Alpine Stress focuses on the analysis of the current geodynamics in the Alps and their foreland by investigating in-situ stresses and characterizing the active tectonic processes at the leading edge of the Alpine fold and thrust belt.
By analyzing tectonic geomorphology, earthquake data and the recent stresses from boreholes in RAG’s concession in Austria the project therefore addresses to:

- detect active crustal movements from tectonic geomorphology and the dating of faulted Quaternary sediments;

- analyze stress directions, stress magnitudes and stress regimes from the logs of RAG-s boreholes in the study area;

- identify stress coupling or stress partitioning between the geological units of the frontal part of the Alps;

- identify active faults from observation of stress partitioning, the correlation of earthquake hypocenters with fault locations and their geomorphological expressions;

- compile a comprehensive geodynamic model characterizing the current tectonics of the Northern Eastern Alps and their foreland.


Chiari M, Djeric N:, Garfagnoli F., Hrvatovic H., Krstic M:, Levi N., Malasoma A., Marroni M., Menna F., Nirta G., Pandolfi L., Principi G., Saccani E., Stojadinovic U., and Trivic B., 2011. The geology of the Zlatibor-Maljen Area (Western Serbia): a geotraverse across the ophiolites of the Dinaric-Hellenic collisional belt. Ofioliti, 36.

Cerrina Feroni A., Levi N. and Ottria G., 2008.  Duplex architecture and late-orogenic back-thrusting in Foredeep Units of the Northern Apennines (Italy). Geological Journal, 43, 447-462.

Levi N., Malasoma A., Marroni M., Pandolfi L. and Paperini M., 2007. Tectonic-metamorphic history of the ophiolitic Lento Unit (Northern Corsica): evidences for the complexity of accretion-exhumation processes in a fossil subduction system. Geodinamica Acta, 20, 99-118.

Catanzariti R., Ellero A., Levi N., Ottria G. and Pandolfi L., 2007. Calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy of the Antola Unit succession (Northern Apennines, Italy): new age constraints for the Late Cretaceous Helminthoid Flysch. Cretaceous Research.

Levi N., Ellero E., Ottria G. and Pandolfi L., 2006. Polyorogenic deformation history recognized at very shallow levels: the case of the Antola Unit (Northern Apennine Italy). Journal of Structural Geology, 28, 1694-1709.

Burroni A., Levi N., Marroni M. and Pandolfi L., 2003. Lithostratigraphy and structure of the Lago Nero Unit (Chenaillet Massif, Western Alps): comparison with the Internal Liguride Units of Northern Apennines. Ofioliti, 28, 1-11.

 Publications (taken from u:cris)

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Polyphase tectonics in the central Salzkammergut (Northern Calcareous Alps, Austria): an updated interpretation. / Levi, Nicola.

In: Journal of Geodynamics, Vol. 156, 101973, 06.2023.

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Structural characteristics of the curved Königsee-Lammertal-Traunsee fault system in Salzkammergut (Northern Calcareous Alps, Austria). / Levi, Nicola (Corresponding author); Pittarello, Lidia; Habermüller, Mario.

In: Journal of Structural Geology, Vol. 155, 104503, 02.2022.

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The pseudotachylytes at the base of the Silvretta Nappe: A newly discovered recent generation and the tectonomometamophic evolution of the Nappe. / Pittarello, Lidia (Corresponding author); Levi, Nicola; Wegner, Wencke et al.

In: Tectonophysics, Vol. 822, 229185, 05.01.2022.

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Active out-of-sequence thrusting in the Molasse Basin constrained by a multidisciplinary approach (Eastern Alps, Austria). / Levi, Nicola (Corresponding author); Habermüller, Mario; Exner, Ulrike et al.

In: Tectonophysics, Vol. 812, 228911, 05.08.2021.

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The stress field in the frontal part of the Eastern Alps (Austria) from borehole image log data. / Levi, Nicola (Corresponding author); Habermüller, Mario; Exner, Ulrike et al.

In: Tectonophysics, Vol. 769, 228175, 20.10.2019.

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