Research group

Barcelona Center for Subsurface Imaging

Barcelona Center for Subsurface Imaging

We seek the understanding of active geological systems

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We study continental rifting, seafloor spreading, and subduction systems. To obtain the best quality observations, we regularly lead the acquisition, analysis, and processing of geological and geophysical data. We develop novel methodological strategies for travel-time tomography and full-waveform inversion, integrated with pre-stack depth migration, and electromagnetic and seismological methods, to estimate physical properties and subsurface structure at the highest possible resolution. We interpret seismic observables integrated with geological information to advance conceptually in the understanding of active geological systems, with special emphasis on the characterization of processes related to geological hazards, such as active faults, submarine landslides, earthquakes and tsunamis. We also apply seismic methods to image and investigate the oceanic fine structure and sub-mesoscale processes. We excel in data quality, novel methodologies and interpretation, which has permitted the group to actively seek funding to support our research from both governmental and industry sources.

* Data from the last two years

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Head of group (PI)

Senior Researcher


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Grup de Recerca Consolidat Barcelona Center for Subsurface Imaging. AGAUR (Catalan Government). 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2019.

C. R. Ranero elected 2018 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

E. Gràcia Doctor Honoris Causa 2018 University of Brest.

V. Sallarès & C. R. Ranero Premi Ciutat de Barcelona de Ciències Ambientals i de la Terra 2020

C. R. Ranero elected to the Academia Europaea 2020

  • Booth-Rea, Guillermo; Ranero, César R.; Grevemeyer, Ingo

    The Alboran volcanic-arc modulated the Messinian faunal exchange and salinity crisis

    Scientific Reports 8: 13015 (2018)
  • Kohn, Matthew J.; Castro, Adrian E.; Kerswell, Buchanan C.; Ranero, César R.; Spear, Frank S.

    Shear heating reconciles thermal models with the metamorphic rock record of subduction

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115(46): 11706-11711 (2018)
  • Gómez de la Peña, L.; Ranero, César R.; Gràcia, Eulàlia;

    The Crustal Domains of the Alboran Basin (Western Mediterranean)

    Tectonics 37(10): 3352-3377 (2018)
  • Jiménez-Tejero, C.E.; Sallarès, Valentí; Ranero, César R.;

    Appraisal of Instantaneous Phase-Based Functions in Adjoint Waveform Inversion

    IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 99: 1-13 (2018)
  • Martínez-Loriente, S.; Gràcia, Eulàlia; Bartolomé, Rafael; Perea, Héctor; Klaeschen, Dirk; Dañobeitia, Juan José; Zitellini, Nevio; Wynn, Russell B.; Masson, Douglas G.;

    Morphostructure, tectono‐sedimentary evolution and seismic potential of the Horseshoe Fault, SW Iberian Margin

    Basin Research 30(S1): 382-400 (2018)