Research group

Continental Margins Group

We study the geology and geophysics of continental margins and basins

The Continental Margins Group focuses on basic and applied geological research on continental margins and deep marine environments. Throughout its history, it has gained extensive experience working in a variety of geological and geographical contexts, from the Mediterranean to the Antarctic. In addition to its research, the GMC manages one of the most important collections of marine sediments and seismic profiles in southern Europe.

Most relevant information


    - Curation one of the most important collection of marine sediments and seismic profiles in southern Europe. Gemma Ercilla.

    - The most downloaded paper in Terra Nova for 2019. Estrada, F. et al., Tectonic indentation in the central Alboran Sea (westernmost Mediterranean). Terra Nova 30(1): 24-33 (2018).

    - Royal Academy of Sciences Exact, Physic ad Natural, since 2005. Belén Alonso

    - Committees:

    Comisión Española de Geodesia y Geofísica. David Casas

    Consejo Nacional de Seguridad Marítima (CIARA-submarine vulcanism). David Casas

    • Estrada, Ferran; González-Vida, J.M.; Peláez Montilla, José A.; Galindo-Zaldívar, Jesús; Ortega-Acosta, S.; Macías, Jorge; Vázquez, J. T.; Ercilla, Gemma;

      Tsunami generation potential of a strike-slip fault tip in the westernmost Mediterranean

    • Yenes, Mariano; Casas, David; Nespereira, José; López-González, Nieves; Casalbore, Daniele; Monterrubio, Serafín; Alonso, Belén; Ercilla, Gemma; Juan, Carmen; Bárcenas, Patricia; Palomino, Desirée; Mata Campo, Maria Pilar; Martínez, Patricia; Pérez, Norma; Vázquez, Juan Tomás; Estrada, Ferran; Azpiroz Zabala, Maria; Teixeira, Manuel;

      The Guadiaro-Baños contourite drifts (SW Mediterranean). A geotechnical approach to stability analysis

    • Alonso, Belén; Juan, Carmen; Ercilla, Gemma; Cacho, Isabel; López-González, Nieves; Rodríguez Tovar, Francisco J.; Dorador, Javier; Francés, Guillermo; Casas, David; Vandorpe, Thomas; Vázquez, J. T.;

      Paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic variability in the Western Mediterranean during the last 25 cal. kyr BP. New insights from contourite drifts

    • Ercilla, Gemma; Casas, David; Alonso, Belén; Casalbore, Daniele; Galindo-Zaldívar, Jesús; García-Gil, Soledad; Martorelli, Eleonora; Vázquez, J. T.; Azpiroz Zabala, Maria; DoCouto, Damien; Estrada, Ferran; Fernández-Puga, M. C.; González Castillo, Lourdes; González-Vida, J.M.; Idarraga, Javier; Juan, Carmen; Macías, Jorge; Madarieta-Txurruka, A.; Nespereira, José; Palomino, Desirée; Sánchez-Guillamón, O.; Tendero-Salmerón, Víctor; Teixeira, Manuel; Valencia, Javier; Yenes, Mariano;

      Offshore Geological Hazards: Charting the Course of Progress
      and Future Directions

    • Ercilla, Gemma; Casas, David; Alonso, Belén; Casalbore, Daniele; Estrada, Ferran; Idarraga, Javier; López-González, Nieves; Pedrosa, M.T.; Teixeira, Manuel; Sánchez Guillamón, O.; Azpiroz Zabala, Maria; Chiocci, Francesco L.; García, Marga; Galindo-Zaldívar, Jesús; Geyer, Adelina; Gomez-Ballesteros, María; Juan, Carmen; Martorelli, Eleonora; Mata Campo, Maria Pilar; Nespereira, José; Palomino, Desirée; Rueda, Jose L.; Vázquez, J. T.; Yenes, Mariano;

      Deep Sea Sedimentation

    • EMODnet - Ingestion and safe-keeping of marine data

      Period: from 2016 to 2019
      Funding entity:
      TENDER 2015
      Amount awarded:

      Wake up your data - set them free for Blue Society

      The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) consists of more than 160 organisations that together work on assembling, harmonising and making marine data, products and metadata more available to public and private users. The Data Ingestion portal facilitates additional data managers to ingest their marine datasets for further processing, publishing as open data and contributing to applications for society. The initial project started 19th May 2016 and since then it has developed the pathways for processing and elaborating of data submissions, laying a basis for promotion and marketing activities, and making an inventory of potential data sources and their providers.

      The EMODnet Data Ingestion portal seeks to identify and to reach out to other potential providers in order to make their data sets also part of the total offer. This can concern historic data sets that can become part of the large European archives that might be of use for many applications. This can also concern operational oceanography data streams from monitoring platforms that can become part of the European operational oceanography data exchange for feeding forecasting models and supporting various operations.