Dr Joana Gafeira Goncalves

Dr Joana Gafeira Goncalves

Marine Geoscientist

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 422

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  •  2010 : PhD University of Edinburgh Dissertation: Submarine mass movement processes on the North Sea Fan as interpreted from 3D seismic data
  •  2009 – ongoing : Marine geologist
  •  2004 : MSc University of Évora. Dissertation: Morpho-structural Mapping of the Marqués de Pombal Fault Area (off SW Portugal)
  •  2002 –2004 : MATESPRO Young Researcher Fellow at DGM (Lisbon)
  •  2001 : BSc University of Lisbon, Geology


  • 3D seismic interpretation
  • Fluent in Portuguese
  • GIS and digital mapping
  • Seabed mapping

Research interests

  • 3D Seismic Geomorphology
  • Glacially-influenced sedimentation on continental margins
  • Pockmarks development
  • Submarine Mass Movements

Current projects and collaboration

  • Maremap: Marine Environmental Mapping Programme (BGS/NOC/SAMS). MAREMAP is an initiative between the British Geological Survey (BGS), the National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) to develop detailed seabed and geological information.


  •  2009 : IODP  Expedition 313, 27th May to 9th June 2009, LB Kayd (New Jersey)
    • ECORD Science Operator (ESO)
    • New Jersey Shallow Shelf (US)
    • Push/rotary cores, open-hole spectral and total gamma ray, MSCL
  •  2002 : Canyons 2002 Cruise, 2nd to 22th Nov. 2002, RV Pelagia (Valencia - Vigo)
    • Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) : European project Strataform
    • Gulf of Lion (France) and Setubal and Nazare Canyons (Portugal)
    • Shallow cores, water column sampling, high resolution seismic profiles (Chirp sonar and X-Star Device) and underwater TV recordings
  •  2002 : FAPI Cruise, 24th to 30th July 2002, RV Aguas Bravas (Faial - Faial)
    • Chirp Sonar CAP-6000W and Uniboom (Unit Pulse Boomer)
    • Pico Island (Azores, Portugal)
    • Universidade dos Açores and the DGM: Project GEMAS
  •  2001 : HITS'01 Cruise, 2nd to 24th Sept. 2001, RV Hesperides (Cádiz - Cádiz)
    • ICTJA-CSIC (Barcelona): HITS
    • Southern Iberian Margin  
    • High-resolution TOBI sidescan sonar

Published outputs

Key papers

GAFEIRA, J.; LONG, D.; DIAZ-DOCE, D.. (2012) Semi-automated characterisation of seabed pockmarks in the central North Sea. Near Surface Geophysics 10 (4), 303-314.

GAFEIRA, J.; LONG, D.; SCRUTTON, R.; EVANS, D.. 2010 3D seismic evidence of internal structure within Tampen Slide deposits on the North Sea Fan : are chaotic deposits that chaotic? Journal of the Geological Society, 167 (3). 605-616.