Dr Joana Gafeira

Dr Joana Gafeira

Marine Geoscientist

Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 422

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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


  • 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
  • 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

Key papers

Published outputs


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