Assistant Professor

Ph.D./D.Sc. (Remote Sensing): Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
MS (Remote Sensing): Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
BS (Geophysics): Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan


  • Zayed University (2022-present)

  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia (2018-2020)

  • Hokkaido University of Science, Japan (2014-2018)


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, FF1-1-010


+971 2 599 3821

Teaching Areas

  • Geodetic Remote Sensing
  • Dynamics of the earth's surface processes (sea level change, crustal movement, landslides, subsidence, erosion, etc.) and associated climatic parameters
  • Demographic variability and socio-economic sustainability

Research and Professional Activities

  • Current research interests include the use of remote sensing data to understand the dynamics of ocean water surrounding the Arabian Peninsula

  • Observing different geological hazards associated with ground and surface water variability


  • American Geophysical Union

  • Japan Geoscience Union

  • The Japanese Society of Snow and Ice

  • The Agricultural Economic Society of Japan


  • Usman, M., Sawaya, I, Igarashi, M., Gayman J.J., Dixit, R. (2021) Strained agricultural farming under the stress of youths’ career selection tendencies: A case study from Hokkaido (Japan) Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 8,19 DOI: s41599-020-00688-4

  • Hussain H., Shuangxi, S., Usman, M., Abid, M. (2020) Spatial variation of b-values and their relationship with the fault Blocks in the western part of the Tibetan Plateau and its surrounding areas, Entropy, 22(9) DOI:10.3390/e22091016

  • Usman, M., Furuya, M. (2018) Inter-annual modulation of seasonal glacial velocity variations in the Eastern Karakoram detected by ALOS-1/2 data, Journal of Glaciology, 245, 465-476, DOI: 10.1017/jog.2018.39

  • Usman, M. (2016) A study on the enhancing earthquake frequency in northern Pakistan: is the climate change responsible? Natural Hazards, 2, 921–931, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-016-2226-z

  • Usman, M., Furuya, M. (2015) Complex faulting in the Quetta Syntaxis: fault source modeling of the October 28, 2008 earthquake sequence in Baluchistan, Pakistan, based on ALOS/PALSAR InSAR data, Earth, Planets and Space, 67:142, DOI: 10.1186/s40623-015-0303-2

  • Usman, M., Tomimoto, I. (2013) The Aging Population of Japan: Causes, Expected Challenges and Few Possible Recommendations, Research Journal of Recent Sciences, 2(11), 1-4

  • Usman, M., Qureshi, S.N., Amir, N.A., (2010) Effects of Global Warming on the Frequency of Earthquakes in Northern Areas of Pakistan, Science Vision, 15, 39-50