We are an active group interested in the structure and evolution of the world’s ocean basins and their margins. To date, we have participated in ten research cruises on the RRS Charles Darwin, RRS James Clark Ross, RRS Discovery, RRS James Cook, MV Meteor, MV SONNE, MV Marion Defresne, MV GECO Prakla and MV Hawk Explorer. The cruises, which have been collaborative efforts with scientists from the Universities of Birmingham and Durham, the National Oceanography Centre, the British Antarctic Survey, the Institute of Earth Sciences in Barcelona, IFM-GEOMAR in Kiel, and the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, have involved field work offshore Gibraltar, Spain, Morocco, Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands, French Guiana, Brazil, Surinam, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Antarctica (South-West Indian Ocean Ridge), Australia and New Zealand, Tonga Islands, and Fiji. The cruise data have been the subject of of more than ten Ph.D and Masters theses and several publications.
The group maintains a network of DELL Quod Core workstations and has access to Globe Claritas, Geosoft Montaj, GeoMapApp, GMT, Seismic Unix, rayinvr and MB software for the processing and display of underway marine geological and geophysical data and an ‘in house’ software system for gravity, flexure, subsidence and uplift and stratigraphic modelling of elastic and viscoelastic plates using 2D and 3D forward and inverse techniques.
Some research topics:
- Lithospheric flexure
- Sedimentary basins
- Rifted continental margins
- Ocean islands and seamounts
- Deep-sea sediment processes
- Tectonics and landscape evolution
Swath bathymetry images of the ocean floor:
The Osbourne Seamount (Louisville Ridge, SW Pacific) and its subduction at the Tonga-Kermadec Island Arc – Deep-Sea Trench system