Sustainable management of offshore groundwater resources (Helmholtz European Partnering) - SMART is a new international and interdisciplinary project that aims to develop a best practice guide examining if and how offshore groundwater aquifers may be used sustainably to relieve water scarcity for coastal communities around the world.


Hydro geophysical studies for the characterization and monitoring of freshwater in coastal area: Laboratory and test site applications (CNR-University of Malta) – The purpose of HYFREW  is to identify a series of actions that can be used by the research groups to develop a comprehensive systematic methodology for the prediction and prevention of fresh water – sea water interaction in coastal areas.  


MARCAN is a 5 year research project, funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant, which investigates the role of offshore groundwater in the geomorphic evolution of continental margins.


Canyon and landslide processes of non-tropical carbonate escarpments (SCARP) is a 4-year project funded by a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant. The aim of SCARP is to characterise the morphology of non-tropical carbonate escarpments in unprecedented detail, investigate the nature and dynamics of canyon and landslide processes responsible for their morphology, and understand their role in sediment export and non-tropical carbonate margin development. SCARP entails the integration of diverse geophysical and sedimentological datasets acquired from the Malta Escarpment (Mediterranean Sea) during a number of research cruises, and their analyses using innovative data processing, numerical and statistical techniques, and state-of-the-art sedimentological, geotechnical, and geochoronological methods.


Carbonate vs. siliciclastic margins: A multi-scale comparison of submarine canyon and landslide morphologies and processes (CAESAR) is a project funded by a Fulbright Visiting Scholarship. Carried out in collaboration with Dr Charlie Paull (MBARI), the project synthesises and evaluates knowledge on the stratigraphy, morphology and formation processes of carbonate escarpments globally, and identifies new research directions to advance the study of carbonate escarpments. The focus of the study are the four largest and best investigated carbonate escarpments globally – Blake, Campeche, Florida and Malta Escarpments.


The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) consists of more than 100 organisations assembling marine data, products and metadata to make these fragmented resources more available to public and private users relying on quality-assured,   standardised and harmonised marine data. The Marine Geology and Seafloor Surveying group contributes data from the central Mediterranean to the Bathymetry and Geology groups.


The project Assessing Geohazards, Environmental Implications and Economic Significance of Submarine Landslides across the World’s Continental Margins (S4SLIDE) focuses on facilitating the interaction of scientists, engineers, industry and government representatives, and other parties interested in submarine mass movements and their geohazard potential. This project is part of an initiative by the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) and UNESCO.


MEDSALT is a COST Action that aims to address the causes, timing, emplacement mechanisms, and consequences at local and planetary scale of the largest and most recent 'salt giant' on Earth: The late Miocene (Messinian) salt layer in the Mediterranean basin.


MIGRATE is a COST Action that integrates the expertise of a large number of European research groups and industrial players to promote the development of multidisciplinary knowledge on the potential of gas hydrates as energy resource.

Contourites: Processes and Products

IGCP 619 aims to improve our understanding of the geohazards and resources associated with contourites, and their feedback mechanisms with global climate change and deep water ecosystems.   

IAG Submarine Geomorphology working group

The Submarine Geomorphology Working Group was established by the International Association of Geomorphologists during the 8th International Conference on Geomorphology held in Paris in 2013.

The objectives of the group are to:

  • promote an exchange of ideas, techniques and recent discoveries between submarine geomorphologists and other terrestrial and marine geoscientists
  • disseminate information on recent publications and surveys, and upcoming projects, conferences and training schools
  • link up scientists with professionals with an interest in submarine geomorphology while encouraging students to pursue a career in this field.

An assessment of the Maltese Islands’ tsunami hazard

This is a project carried out together with Dr Christof Mueller from GNS Science, New Zealand, which aims at quantifying the Maltese Islands’ tsunami hazard from earthquake and landslide sources.