Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS)

Hungarian Geological Society

Geochemistry and Paleoclimate (G and P) Research Group

Momentum (Lendület) Paleoclimate 2ka Research Group

Archeometry Research Group



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senior research fellow

phone: +361 309 2600 / ext 1151

fax: +361 319 3137


room: 311



Main research areas


Isotope hydrogeochemistry:

- The origin and mixing processes of groundwaters determined by environmental isotopes and chemical data

- Investigation of the origin of thermal waters in Hungary

- Study the dynamics of the bank filtered water resources of the Danube River by means of stable oxygen isotope measurements

- Stable isotope study of recent and fossil shells of alluvial molluscs in Hungary

- Vulnerability study of water resources in geologically vulnerable environment


Archaeometry (archaeological geochemistry):

- Provenance and making technology of glass objects from the Scythian, Celtic, Sarmatian, Avar and Hungarian Period; identification of the applied raw materials, colorants and decolorants


- Archaeometry Research Group

- Geochemistry and Paleoclimate (G & P Research Group)

- ResearchGate


Short autobiography


Date and place of birth: 1958, Vasad (Hungary)


- M.Sc., physicist in 1983, Kossuth Lajos University, Debrecen

- Ph.D. in 1996 in Isotope Hydrogeochemistry, Kossuth Lajos University, Debrecen Title: Origin of groundwaters and determination of recent shallow groundwater component by stable isotope measurements (in Hungarian with English abstract)


Employment: Institute for Geological and Geochemical Research, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, since 1983


Main research projects

2014- Archaeometric study of the Seuso treasure, Hungary

2009-2011 Using Environmental Isotopes for Evaluation of Streamwater/ Groundwater Interactions in Selected Aquifers in the Danube Basin (International Atomic Energy Agency)

2006-2011 Origin of water and carbon dioxide of the thermal karst waters around Budapest

1998- The origin and dynamics of the bank filtered water resources of the Danube River by means of environmental isotopes

2001-2004 Stable isotope study of recent and fossil shells of alluvial molluscs in Hungary

1997-2001 Study of water movements related to salinization on the area of Hortobágy (Hungary)

1997-2002 Provenance study of glass beads from the Avar Period (6th-7th c. AD)

1985-1990 Electron microprobe study of the rare earth element bearing secondary minerals of granitoid rocks from Hungary, Yugoslavia and Spain


Teaching activity:

1998- special courses (Eötvös University) "Stable isotope geochemistry" together with Attila Demény; and "Isotope hydrogeochemistry"


- M.Sc. and M.A. students:
Five M.Sc. students at the Eötvös University: isotope hydrology
One M.A. student at the Szeged University: archaeometry of glass beads

- Ph.D. students:
Tamás Berecz, 1997-2002, Eötvös University, Department of Applied and Environmental Geology


Professional societies:

- Founder member of the European Society for Isotope Research (ESIR)

- Chair of ESIR: 2009-2011; secretary of ESIR: 1994-1996. Now I am member of the Advisory Board.

- Membership: Roland Eötvös Physical Society, Hungarian Geological Society, Hungarian Chemical Society, International Association of Hydrological Sciences, International Association of Hydrogeologists, International Association of Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry.



- Fulbright Research Scholarship (Sept-Dec 1995, Cleveland, USA)

- János Bolyai Research Scholarship (1998-2001, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)


- 1992 Elemér Szádeczky-Kardoss Award (shared)


Full publication list (MTMT)

Selected publications: isotope geochemistry

Kern Z., R. S. Harmon, I. Fórizs (2016) Stable Isotope Signatures of Seasonal Precipitation on the Pacific Coast of Central Panama. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 52(1-2):128-140

Harmon, R.S., Wörner, G., Goldsmith, S.T., Harmon, B.A., Gardner, C.B., Lyons, W.B., Ogden, F.O., Pribil, M.J., Long, D.T., Kern, Z., Fórizs, I. (2016) Linking silicate weathering to riverine geochemistry—A case study from a mountainous tropical setting in west-central Panama. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 128(11/12);1780-1812

Paul D, G Skrzypek, I Fórizs (2007) Normalization of measured stable isotopic compositions to isotope reference scales – a review. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 21:3006-3014

Kármán K., Piotr Maloszewski, József Deák, István Fórizs, Csaba Szabó (2014) Transit time determination for a riverbank filtration system using oxygen isotope data and the lumped-parameter model. Hydrological Sciences Journal 59(6):1109-1116

Fórizs I, Berecz T, Molnár Z, Süveges M (2005) Origin of shallow groundwater of Csepel Island (south of Budapest, Hungary, Danube River): isotopic and chemical approach. Hydrological Processes 19: 3299-3312

Fórizs I, Zámbó L (2003) Stable isotope study on karst water in the Béke Doline, Aggtelek Karst, Hungary. In: Horváth G (ed.) Soil effect on karst processes, Department of Physical Geography and Department of Geography Teacher Education, Faculty of Science, Eötvös Rolánd University, Budapest, pp. 73-80. Article in pdf format.

Selected publications: archaeometry

Mozgai V., Bernadett Bajnóczi, István Fórizs, Zoltán May, István G. Hatvani, Marianna Dági, Zsolt Mráv, Mária Tóth (2017) Handheld XRF mapping of elemental composition of Roman silver artefacts: Preliminary results. In: Ignacio Montero-Ruiz and Alicia Perea (Eds) Archaeometallurgy in Europe IV, Bibliotheca Praehistorica Hispana, vol XXXIII. Editorial CSIC, Madrid, pp. 237-247

Mozgai V., Fórizs I, Bajnóczi B (2016) Provenance determination of archaeological and historical metal objects with isotope geochemical method: Combined use of lead, silver and copper isotopes. Archeometriai Műhely XIII(4):273-290

Tóth, M., Bertóti, I, Mohai, M., Fórizs, I., Vozil, I. (2001) Material analysis of the bronze statuette of Imhotep. Bulletin du Musée Hongrois des Beaux-Arts, 95:35-44

Fórizs I., Pásztor A. , Nagy G., Tóth M. (2001) Avar and sarmatian glass beads from the Csongrád county, Hungary. Only the style is different or the material as well? In: A Wosynsky Mór Múzeum Évkönyve XIII. Hadak Útján. Wosinsky Mór Megyei Múzeum, Szekszárd, 2001, 69-89

Fórizs I., Pásztor A., Nagy G., Tóth M. (2000) X-ray diffractometric and electron microprobe study of the Avar Age glass beads. Basic data for the genetics of glass beads IV. How and what were they made of ? In: Hadak útján (A népvándorlás kor fiatal kutatóinak X. konferenciája, Domaszék, 1999. november 27-30.). Eds.: Bende L.-Lőrinczy G.-Szalontai Cs. Szeged 2000, 321-340

Fórizs I., Tóth M., Nagy G. , Pásztor A. (1999): X-ray diffractometric and electron microprobe study of the Avar Age glass beads. Basic data for the genetics of glass beads II. Red opaque glasses. In: A népvándorláskor fiatal kutatóinak 8. találkozójának előadásai (Veszprém, 1997. november 28-30.). Veszprém, 1999, pp. 87-110. English summary:



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