Gábor Timár

Professor, head of department


The scholar behind the MAPIRE



Basic data

Science and education






Born: Budapest, 1967.
Family status: Married, 3 children
Qualifications: Geophysics (MSc), Satellite geodesy (MSc)



Phone: +36 1 372-2700x1762


Office hours: Thursday 1-2PM (Southern block 7.212)



2020- head of department, professor, Dept. of Geophysics and Space Science, ELTE

2009-2020 head of department, assocate professor, Dept. of Geophysics and Space Science, ELTE

1994-2009: science assistant, Space Research Group, Dept. of Geophysics, ELTE

1991-1994: junior science assistant, aspirant at Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Schools, qualifications, diplomas:

2007: Satellite geodesy (MSc), Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, 4936

1991: Geophysics (MSc), ELTE, Faculty of Science, 53/1991


Scientific degrees:

2019: Doctor of Hungarian Academy of Sciences (DSc, Geophysics), MTA, 5604.

2008: Dr. habil. (Earth Sciences), ELTE, 564/2008

2003: PhD (Earth Sciences), ELTE, P-1167/2003

Research fields:

- Physical geodesy
- Georeference of hisotrical maps
- River dynamics
- Satellite remote sensing


2017: Maria Theresia Medal (silver), awarded by the Rector of ELTE

Study trips, foreign teaching activity

- 2014: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Course instructor; "Cartographic applications and databases in geology" (1 week)

- 2009: Leeds, United Kingdom
“Practical applications of the shape of the Earth” (1 week)

- 2008: Tripoli, Libya
Course instructor; "Geodetic basis of the Libyan topographic and geological maps" (1 week)

- 2004: Amszterdam, Hollandia
ISES/NSG course instructor; "Grids and datums in GIS applications" (1 week)

- 2002: Tübingen, Germany
Summer school instructor; “Grids and datums of Germany and France, in GIS applications” (1 month)

- 2000: Frascati, Italy
Course student; "Radar interferometry in satellite remote sensing" (1 week)

- 1994: Warsaw, Poland
Course student; "Unified data systems in the Euroepan space research" (1 week)

- 1989: Novosibirsk, USSR (Russia);
Student field trip "Geophysical field measurements" (1 month)

International science organization:

Session convener, EGU General Assembly 2008 (Vienna, Austria) G11 "European cartographic heritage - Historical topographic and cadastral maps and their geodetic basis"

Session convener, EGU General Assembly 2009 (Vienna, Austria) G10 "European cartographic heritage - historical topographic maps and their application in environmental geosciences"

Session convener, EGU General Assembly 2010 (Vienna, Austria) G15 "European cartographic heritage - historical topographic maps and their application in environmental geosciences"

Session convener, EGU General Assembly 2011 (Vienna, Austria) G6.3/EG7 – "European cartographic heritage - historical maps in environmental geosciences"

Session co-convener, EGU General Assembly 2014 (Vienna, Austria) HS5.5 – "Socio-hydrology and river basin development; scaling and sustainability issues"



- 2019- Programming in Geophysics
- 2018- Magnitudes and their estimation in earth sciences
- 2012- Introduction to Geophysics
- 2011- Map grids & datums
- 2009- Methodology and command of geophysical research
- 2008- Field trip (Geophysics)
- 2005- Planetology
- 2003- Shape of the Earth and the planets

Activity as expert:

1) Georeference of historical maps (2006-; Arcanum Database Ltd.)
2) Open GIS databases (2007-2011; Időkép)
3) Support of geological mapping of Libya, Kufrah area (2008-2009; ER-Petro Ltd.)


358 scientific publications till May 2020 (articles, chapters, books, conference papers, abstracts, DVD maps)
SCI impact factor: 49.975
1355 references
h-index: 22
Editor in two volumes:
- Acta Geodaetica et Geophysica Hungarica, vol. 44 (1): ISSN 1217-8977
- Acta Geodaetica et Geophysica Hungarica, vol. 45 (1): ISSN 1217-8977


5 most important publications:

  • Timár, G., Baiocchi, V., Lelo, K. 2013. A new methodology to manage Italian geodetic datums of the cadastral systems and of the historic maps. Applied Geomatics 5(2): 147-153.
  • Timár, G., Gábris, Gy., 2008. Estimation of the water conducting capacity of the natural flood conducting channels of the Tisza floodplain, the Great Hungarian Plain. Geomorphology 98(3-4): 250-261.
  • Timár, G., Székely, B., Molnár, G., Ferencz, Cs., Kern, A., Galambos, Cs., Gercsák, G., Zentai, L., 2008. Combination of historical maps and satellite images of the Banat region – re-appearance of an old wetland area. Global and Planetary Change 62(1-2): 29-38.
  • Timár, G., Sümegi, P., Horváth, F., 2005. Late Quaternary dynamics of the Tisza River: Evidence of climatic and tectonic controls. Tectonophysics 410: 97-110.
  • Timár, G., 2003. Controls on channel sinuosity changes: a case study of the Tisza River, the Great Hungarian Plain. Quaternary Science Reviews 22: 2199-2207.

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