Kadek Hendrawan Palgunadi



Research Interests

Many examples from the past induced earthquakes have demonstrated that human activities could generate significant earthquakes (Mw > 5). Interaction among multiple fracture planes inside subsurface reservoirs may lead to the generation of such earthquake. Motivated by both desire to reduce risk in energy harvesting sector and personal curiosity on how natural earthquake works, my research interest focuses on the development and use of physics-based numerical simulations to characterize as well as understand the mechanisms of earthquake nucleation, propagation, and arrest (earthquake processes). The physics-based approach is then validated by observation data.

I am currently investigating the characteristics and behavior of earthquake processes in a complex fracture network within subsurface reservoirs. I employ laboratory-based experiment friction law to govern the mechanical processes during earthquake generation and validate it with observation data. My specific research area includes earthquake rupture dynamics, crustal earthquake characterization, high-performance computing, big data, and automation. 

Selected Publications

  • Palgunadi, K. H., A-.A. Gabriel, T. Ulrich, J. Á. López-Comino, P. M. Mai (2020) Dynamic fault interaction during a fluid-injection-induced earthquake: The 2017 Mw 5.5 Pohang Event. Bull. Seis. Soc. Am. Vol. 110 (5). Pp 2328-2349. doi: 10.1785/0120200106
  • Kinscher, J. L., F. De-Santis, N. Poiata, P. Bernard, K. H. Palgunadi, I. Contrucci (2020) Seismic repeaters linked to weak rock-mass creep in deep excavation mining. Geophysics. J. Int. Vol 222 (1) Pp 110-131, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggaa150
  • Supendi, P., Nugraha, A.D., Widiyantoro, S., Abdullah, C. I., Puspito, N. T., Palgunadi, K. H., Daryono, D., Wiyono, S. H. (2019) Hypocenter relocation of the aftershocks of the Mw 7.5 Palu earthquake (September 28, 2018) and swarm earthquakes of Mamasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia, using the BMKG network data. Geosci. Lett. 6, 18. doi:10.1186/s40562-019-0148-9
  • Palgunadi, K.H., N. Poiata, J. Kinscher, P. Bernard, F. De-Santis, and I. Contrucci (2019) Methodology For Full Waveform Near Real-Time Automatic Detection and Localization of Microseismic events Using High (8 kHz) Sampling Rate Records in Mines: Application to The Garpenberg Mine (Sweden). Seismological Research Letter. doi https://doi.org/10.1785/0220190074​​
  • Gusman, A. R., Supendi, P., Nugraha, A. D., Power, W., Latief, H., Sunendar, H., Palgunadi, K., et al. (2019). Source model for the tsunami inside Palu Bay following the 2018 Palu earthquake, Indonesia. Geophysical Research Letters, 46. 
  • Palgunadi K.H.  , N. Poiata, J. Kinscher, P. Bernard, and F. de-Santis (2019). Automatic full waveform-based monitoring of induced microseismicity at Garpenberg mine, Sweden. Geophysical Research Abstracts. Vol. 21, EGU2019-7117-2, 2019. EGU General Assembly 2019: Oral Presentation
  • Rexha V. Ry, D. P. Sahara, M. Rohaman, C. Suhendi, Palgunadi K.H. , S. Widiyantoro, A. D. Nugraha, T. Yudistira, B. S. Prabowo, and B. Mujihardi (2019). Implementation of GMSTech – a New Practical Software for Microseismic Data Processing – for Estimating Event Source Parameters. J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 1204 012096.
  • Palgunadi K.H. , A. D. Nugraha, T. Meidiana (2017) Steam and Brine Zone Prediction around Geothermal Reservoir Derived from Delay Time Seismic Tomography and Anisotropy Case Study: “PR” Geothermal Field. IOP Conf. Ser.: Earth Environ. Sci. 62 012027.
  • Palgunadi K.H. , I. Viantini, I. B. S. Yogi, and S. Winardhi (2016) A Novel Approach Comparison of Curved Pseudo Elastic Impedance in Rock Physics Analysis. SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2016. September 2016, 3448-3452


  • 2018 M.Sc., Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7) - IPGP, Paris, France. Final Grade (15.8/20)
  • 2016 B.sc., Geophysical Engineering, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Bandung, Indonesia, GPA 3.80/4.00 (cum laude).​

Professional Profile

  • 2018 – present: Ph.D., KAUST, KSA
  • 2018: Research Intern, Ineris-IPGP, Nancy, France
  • 2016: Research Assistant, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia

Scientific and Professional Membership



KAUST Fellowship (2018 - current)
Geophysical Paris Exploration Fellowship (2017-2018)