Dr Joana Gafeira

Dr Joana Gafeira

Marine Geoscientist

Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 422

E-mail Dr Joana Gafeira

ORCID: 0000000309800760


  • 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

Current projects and collaboration

  • MAREMAP: Marine Environmental Mapping Programme. MAREMAP is an initiative of the British Geological Survey (BGS), the National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS). It has the following main aims:

    Mapping the offshore seabed substrate, geomorphology and Quaternary Geology utilising shallow seismic, sidescan sonar, multibeam echosounder and sample data.

    Development/promotion of new and novel techniques for acoustic data interpretation.

Research interests

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

Key papers

Published outputs


  • 3D seismic Interpretation
  • Fluent in Portuguese (Native), French and Spanish
  • GIS and semi-automated mapping
  • Seabed mapping