The Marine Geosciences Department research activities focus on the understanding of the sediment dynamics, stratigraphy, geomorphology, geophysics, geodynamics and geochemistry that control the evolution of coastal regions, continental margins and oceanic basins . This objective includes a wide range of topics from, the analysis at high resolution of the temporal and spatial variability of sedimentary processes in response to external forcing, to the evolution of geohazards in the marine environment. In addition, it comprises the development of new strategies and methods for the study of sediment dynamics and for the study of the structure and physical properties of the seafloor. This knowledge provides the basic support for the study of coastal vulnerability, marine pollution, marine infrastructures, hydrocarbon exploration, earthquakes, tsunamis, weather and climatic related-sea level changes.
Researchers at the Department of Marine Geosciences lead four research groups: Ocean and Littoral Sedimentary Processes; the Continental Margins Group; the Barcelona Center for Subsurface Imaging, recognized and funded by the "Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca" (AGAUR) dependent of Catalunya governement; and the Laboratory of Seafloor and Subseafloor Geological Processes.
- Abiotic components of the ecosystems
- Awareness of marine geological hazards
- Impact of climate change on the coast and marine basins
- Life responses to episodic perturbations
- Understanding marine dynamics and episodic perturbations