Joana Gafeira

Joana Gafeira
Marine geoscience / Marine geologist

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500422

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

Research interests

  • Submarine Mass Movements
  • 3D seismic geomorphology
  • Glacially-influenced sedimentation on continental margins


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

Sea experience

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • HITS'01 Cruise, 2nd to 24th Sept. 2001, RV Hesperides (Cádiz - Cádiz)
    • ICTJA-CSIC (Barcelona): HITS
    • Southern Iberian Margin  
    • High-resolution TOBI sidescan sonar

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.

Published outputs

Key Papers

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.

Book sections

GAFEIRA, J.; BULAT, J.; EVANS, D., 2007. The southern flank of the Storegga Slide: imaging and geomorphological analyses using 3d Seismic. In: Lykousis, V., Sakellariou, D. & Locat, J. (eds.). Submarine mass movements and their consequences: 3rd international symposium, (Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, 27). Springer, 57-65, 424pp.

P. TERRINHA, R. ROCHA, J. REY et al., 2006. A Bacia do Algarve: Estratigrafia, Paleogeografia e Tectónica. In: Dias, R., Araújo, A., Terrinha, P. & Kulberg, C. (eds.). Geologia de Portugal no Contexto da Ibéria. Universidade de Évora., 247-316, 418pp.