Research Papers (Internationational)
2020 - 2019



Ahmad, K., Muhammad, S., Ali, W., Jadoon, I. A., Rasool, A. (2020). Occurrence, source identification and potential risk evaluation of heavy metals in sediments of the Hunza River and its tributaries, Gilgit-Baltistan. Environmental Technology & Innovation, 100700.

Ahmed, K.A., Khan, S., Sultan, M. 2020. Landslides assessment using geophysical and passive radon exhalation detection techniques in Murree Hills, northern Pakistan: Implication for environmental hazard assessment. Journal of Earth System Science 129, 53. 

Ahmed, W., Imran, M., Yaseen, M., Haq, T.U., Jamshaid, M.U., Rukh, S., Ikram, R.M., Ali, M., Ali, A., Maqbool, M., Arif, M., Khan, M.A. 2020. Role of salicylic acid in regulating ethylene and physiological characteristics for alleviating salinity stress on germination, growth and yield of sweet pepper. PeerJ 8:e8475

Asim, S., Asghari, B., Samina, S. (2020). Effect of bacterial consortium on alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) plant nutrient uptake and antioxidant enzymes at different levels of oily sludge. Israel Journal of Plant Sciences. 1-13. 10.1163/22238980-20201078.

Asim, S., Samina, S., Asghari, B., Sattar, S., Hashmi, Z., Qin, M., Shakoor, A. (2020).Hydrocarbons degradation in oily sludge by bacterial consortium assisted with alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) and maize (Zea mays L.) Arabian Journal of Geosciences in press:

Asim, S., Shah, F., Asghari, B., Samina, S., Abdul, S. (2020). Bacterial consortium for improved maize (Zea mays L.) production under oily sludge. Agronomy Journal. 10.1002/agj2.20339.

Awais, M., Hanif, M., Jan, I. U., Ishaq, M., Khan, Y. 2020. Eocene Carbonate Microfacies Distribution of the Chorgali Formation, Gali Jagir, Khair-e-Murat Range, Potwar Plateau-Pakistan: Approach of Reservoir Potential using Outcrop Analogue. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 13, 594 (Available online;

Azam, A., Akhtar, M.S., Rukh, S., Mehmood, A., Imran, M., Khan, A., Qayyum, A., Ahmad, W., Gurmani, A.R. 2020. Changes in soil carbon fractions across loess toposequence. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition.

Bacha, A. S., Werff, H.V.D., Shafique, M., Khan, H. (2020). Transferability of object-based image analysis approaches for landslide detection in the Himalaya Mountains of northern Pakistan. International Journal of Remote Sensing 41(9): 3390-3410.

Chen, W., Han, S., Khan, M. Y., Chen, W., He, Y., Zhang, L., Xue, G. (2020). A Surface-to-Borehole TEM System Based on Grounded-wire Sources: Synthetic Modeling and Data Inversion. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 1-10.

Jehan, S., Khattak, S.A., Muhammad, S., Ahmad, R., Farooq, M., Khan, S., Khan, A., Ali, L. 2020. Ecological and health risk assessment of heavy metals in the Hattar Industrial Estate, Pakistan. Toxin Reviews. United States. 39, 68-77. DOI:

Jehan, S., Ullah, I., Khan, S., Muhammad, S., Khattak, S.A., Khan, T. 2020.  Evaluation of the Swat River, Nothren Pakistan water quality using multivariate statistical techniques and water quality index (WQI) model. Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

Joseph, R.G., Graham, L., Büdel, B., Jung, P., Kidron, G.J., Latif, K., Armstrong, R.A., Mansour, H.A., Ray, J.G., Ramos, G.J.P., Consorti, L., Rizzo, V., Gibson, C.H., Schild, R. 2020. Mars: Algae, Lichens, Fossils, Minerals, Microbial Mats, and Stromatolites in Gale Crater. Journal of Astrobiology and Space Science Reviews. Journal of Astrobiology and Space Science Reviews, Vol. 3 (1), 40-111.

Kamran, M., Frontalini, F., Xi, D.-P., Mirza, K., Jafarian, A., Latif, K., Ali, F., Kashif, M., Fuwad, N., Shafi, M., Wan, X.-Qiao. 2020. Larger benthic foraminiferal assemblages and their response to Middle Eocene Climate Optimum in the Kohat Basin (Pakistan, Eastern Tethys). Palaeoworld,

Khan, A., Faisal, S., Shafique, M., Khan, S., and Bacha, A.S., 2020. ASTER based remote sensing investigation of Gypsum in the Kohat Plateau, north Pakistan. Carbonates and Evaporite 35 (3), 1-13.

Khan, M.A., Ulrich, T., Kakar, M.I., Akmaz, R.M., Siddiqui, H.S., Ali, L. 2020. Genesis and geotectonic setting of podiform chromite from the Zhob valley ophiolites, Pakistan: Inferences from chromite composition. Episodes, Journal of International Geoscience.

Khan, N., Hanif, M. 2020. Abnormal formation pressure in the Sulaiman Province, Pakistan: an insight into factor affecting reservoirs in a compressional-strike slip region. The Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering,

Khan, S., Meijde, M.v.d.,  Werff, H.v.d., Shafique, M. (2020). "The impact of topography on seismic amplification during the 2005 Kashmir earthquake." Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 20(2): 399-411.

Khan, S., Waseem, M., Khan, M. A., Hussain, Z., Ahmed, W., Khaliq, A. H., Hussain, M. L. (2020). Microzonation map of the Abbottabad basin and immediate surroundings. Journal of Seismology, 24(1), 165-181.

Khan, S., Waseem, M., Khan, M.A. 2020. Seismic Hazard Map Based on Geology and Shear‐wave Velocity of Rawalpindi‐Islamabad, Pakistan. Acta Geologica Sinica-English Edition.

Khattak, S.A., Rashid, A., Tariq, M., Ali, L., Gau, X., Ayub, M., Asif, J. 2020. Potential risks and source distribution of ground water contamination by mercury in district Swabi Pakistan: Application of multivariate study. Environment, Development and Sustainability 2020. .

Liu, X., Latif, K., Latif, Z., Li, N. 2020. Relationship between economic growth and co2 emission: does governance matter. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Vol. 27, 17221–17228

Mei, M.X., Latif, K., Mei, C.J., Gao, J., Meng, Q.F. 2020. Thrombolitic clots dominated by filamentous cyanobacteria and crusts of radio-fibrous calcite in the Furongian Changshan Formation, north China. Sedimentary Geology, Vol. 395.

Meri, C., Riaz, M., Wang, L., Latif, K., Zhang, R. 2020. Development of Middle Cambrian leiolitic bioherms dominated by calcified microbes: A case study of Xinji section (North China Platform). Marine Micropaleontology, Vol. 157,

Rahman, M.U., Hanif, M., Jiang, T., Wahid, S. 2020 (in press). Early Eocene orthophragminids from the Lower Indus Basin, Pakistan, and their biostratigraphic implication. Palaeoworld.

Rehman, K., Burton, P.W. 2020. Seismicity and seismic hazard parameters in and around Pakistan. Journal of Seismology, 23, 635 – 653.

Rehman, I.Ur., Ishaq, M., Ali, L., Muhammad, S., Din, I.Ud., Yaseen, M., Ullah, H. 2020. Potentially toxic elements’ occurrence and risk assessment through water and soil of Chitral urban environment, Pakistan: a case study. Environmental Geochemistry and Health.

Saba, B.S., Ali, M., Turab, S.A., Waseem, M., Faisal, S., Rahman, A.Ur. (Under review, Submitted May 2020). Comparison of Pixel, Sub-Pixel and Object Based Image Analysis Techniques for Co-Seismic Landslides Detection. Arabian Journal of Geosciences.

Saboor, A., Khan, N., Hanif, M., Jan, I.U., Ahmad, S., Ahmad, W. 2020. Paleo-depositional and sequence stratigraphic setting of the middle Jurassic Samana Suk Formation at Tarnawai Section, lesser Himalayas and its regional comparison. Himalayan Geology, 41 (2).

Shafique, M. (2020). "Spatial and temporal evolution of co-seismic landslides after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake." Geomorphology 362: 107228.

Xiao, E., Latif, K., Riaz, M., 2020. The genetic implications of microbial fossils for microbial carbonate: An example of Cambrian in North China Platform. Himalayan Geology, Vol. 41 (2).

Xiao, E.Z., Wang, H., Qin. Y.L., Latif, K., Riaz, M. 2020. Sedimentary fabrics and environmental characteristics of leiolite in Cambrian: A case study from the Changshan Formation in Laiyuan City, Hebei Province. Acta Sedimentologica Sinica, Vol. 38(1), 76-90. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Zhang, L.,  Xue, G. Q.,  Khan, M. Y.,  Chen, W. Y. (2020). Exploration of a Magnetite Deposit Buried under Thick and Conductive Sediments with Multiple-source CSEM, Applied Geophysics (


Hassan, S.T., Xia, E.J., Latif, K., Huang, J.P., Ali, N., 2019. Another Look at the Nexus Among Energy Consumption, Natural Resources, and Gross Capital Formation: Evidence from Pakistan. Natural Resources Research, Vol. 29, 2801–2812.

Hayat, U., Barkat, A., Ali, A., Rehman, K., Sifat, Shazia., Iqbal, T. 2019. Fractal analysis of shallow and intermediate-depth seismicity of Hindu Kush. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, 128, 71 – 82.

Jadoon, S., Hilal, Z., Ali, M., Muhammad, S. 2019. Potentially toxic elements in drinking water and associated health risk assessment in Abbottabad city, Northern Pakistan. Desalination and Water Treatment. Italy. 151: 392-402. DOI: 10.5004/dwt.2019.23909.

Jehan, S., Khan, S., Khattak, S.A., Muhammad, S., Rashid, A., Muhammad, N. 2019. Hydrochemical properties of drinking water and their source apportionment of pollution in Bajur agency, Pakistan. Measurement J, 139:249-257. 

Khan, A., Jehan, S., Khattak, S.A., Muhammad, S., Ali, L. 2019.  Human health risks by potentially toxic metals in drinking water along the Hattar Industrial Estate, Pakistan, Environmental Science and Pollution Research. december2019

Khan, S.A., Abeer, N., Hussain, S.Z., Muhammad, S., Jawad, F., Khan, T. 2019. Potentially toxic elements contamination in water and evaluation for risk assessment in the Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Desalination and Water Treatment. Italy. 15:9, 327-337. DOI:10.5004/dwt.2019.24145.

Khan, S.A., Khan, H., Ishtiaq, M., Muhammad, S. 2019. Assessment of produced wastewater quality of oil and gas exploration in Fateh Jang, Pakistan. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, Germany. 28, 8341-8348.

Kong, W., Muhammad, S., Wang, F., Zhang, G., Kang, S. 2019. Environmental Factors Drive Bacterial and Eukaryotic Community Successions in Freshly Deglaciated Soils. FEMS Microbiology Letters. England. 366, fnz229. DOI: 10.1093/femsle/fnz229.

Muhammad, S., Ullah, R., Jadoon, I.A.K. 2019. Heavy metals contamination in soil and food and their evaluation for risk assessment in the Zhob and Loralai valleys, Baluchistan province, Pakistan. Microchemical Journal. Netherlands. 149, 103971. DOI:

Muhammad, S., Ullah, R., Turab, S.A., Khan, M.Y., Khattak, N.U., and Khan, M.A. 2020, Radon concentration in drinking water and soil after the September 24, 2019, Mw 5.8 earthquake, Mirpur, Azad Jammu, and Kashmir: an evaluation for potential risk. Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

Özcan, E., Hohenegger, J., Yücel, A.O., Kaygili, S., Ali, N. and Hanif, M. 2019. Baculogypsina sulaimanensis N. sp. (Calcarinidae) from the Priabonian of Sulaiman Range, Pakistan: A possible ancestor for the recent Baculogypsina sphaerulata. The Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 49 (4).

Rehman, H.R., Khan T., Lee, H. O., Chung S. L., Murata, M., Jan, M. Q. 2019. Permian felsic magmatism in the Neoproterozoic Nagar Parkar Igneous Complex of the Malani Igneous Suite: Evidence from zircon U–Pb age. Island Arc 28(6):1-15

Rehman, H.R., Khan T., Lee, H. O., Chung S. L., Murata, M., Jan, M. Q. 2019. Prolonged continental crustal growth of the Neoproterozoic Nagar Parkar Igneous Complex, the western extension of the Malani Igneous Suite. IAGR Annual Convention &16th International Conference on Gondwana to Asia, IAGR Conference Series No. 25, pp. 68-70.

Riaz, A., Khan, S., Muhammad, S., Shah, M.T. 2019. Mercury Contamination in Water, Sediments, and its Associated Health Risk: A Case Study along the Artisanal Gold-mining. Mine Water and the Environment. Germany. 38, 847–854. DOI: 10.1007/s10230-019-00613-5.

Soret, M., Larson, K.P., Cottle, J.M., Smit, M., Johnson, A., Shrestha, S. Ali, A and Faisal, S. 2019. Mesozoic to Cenozoic tectono‐metamorphic history of the South Pamir–Hindu Kush (Chitral, NW Pakistan): Insights from phase equilibria modelling, and garnet–monazite petrochronology. Journal of Metamorphic Geology37, 633-666.

Ullah, R., Muhammad, S., Jadoon, I.A.K. 2019. Potentially harmful elements contamination in water and sediment: evaluation for risk assessment and provenance in the northern Sulaiman fold belt, Baluchistan, Pakistan. Microchemical Journal. Netherlands. 147:1155-1162. DOI:

Waseem, M., Khan, M.A. & Khan, S. 2019. Seismic sources for southern Pakistan and seismic hazard assessment of Karachi. Natural Hazards 99, 511–536.

Xiao, E., Zafar, T., Latif, K., Riaz, M., Lu Y. 2019. Geochemical and Petrographic Analyses of the Cambrian Oncoids of the North China Platform: Implications for Their Paleogeography and Paleoenvironment. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, Vol. 45, 307–325.

Yaseen, M., Ghani, M., Anjum, N., Sajid, M., Jan, I. U., Mehmood, M., Khan, E. U., Muzaffar, W. 2019. A novel approach to evaluate, highlight, and conserve the geologically significant geoheritage sites from the Peshawar basin, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Geoheritage, 11, 1461-1474.

Zafar, T., Mahar M.A., Rehman, H.U., Riaz, M., Latif, K., Oyebamiji, A., Naeem, M., 2019. Geochemical and petrological characteristics of xenoliths in Mansehra Granite, NW Himalaya, Pakistan: implications for petrogenesis and tectonic settings. Episodes, Vol. 42(4), 263-285.