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  • Micallef, A., Spatola, D., Caracausi, A., Italiano, F., Barreca, G., D'Amico, S., Petronio, L.R.M., Coren, F., Facchin, L., Blanos, R., Pavan, A., Paganini, P., Taviani, M., 2019. Active degassing across the Maltese Islands (Mediterranean Sea) and implications for its neotectonics. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 104, 361-374.
  • Kerstens, J., Berndt, C., Urlaub, M., Watt, S.F.L., Micallef, A., Ray, M., Klaucke, I., Muff, S., Klaeschen, D., Kuhn, M., Roth, T., Bottner, C., Schramm, B., Eldger, J., Brune, S., 2019. From gradual spreading to catastrophic collapse - Reconstruction of the 1888 Ritter Island volcanic sector collapse from high-resolution 3D seismic data. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 517, 1-13.
  • Watt, S.F.L., Kerstens, J., Micallef, A., Berndt, C., Urlaub, M., Ray, M., Desai, A., Sammartini, M., Klaucke, I., Bottner, C., Day, S., Downes, H., Kuhn, M., Elger, J., 2019. From catastrophic collapse to multi-phase deposition: flow transformation, seafloor interaction and triggered eruption following a volcanic-island landslide. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 517, 135-147.
  • Micallef, A., Camerlenghi, A., Georgiopoulou, A., Garcia-Castellanos, D., Gutscher, M.-A., Lo Iacono, C., Huvenne, V.A.I., Mountjoy, J.J., Paull, C.K., Le Bas, T., Spatola, D., Facchin, L., Accettella, D., 2019. Geomorphic evolution of the Malta Escarpment and implications for the Messinian evaporative drawdown in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Geomorphology, 327, 264-283.


  • Spatola, D., Micallef, A., Sulli, A., Basilone, L., Basilone, G., 2018. Evidence of active fluid seepage (AFS) in the southern region of the central Mediterranean Sea. Measurement, 128, 247-253.
  • Spatola, D., Micallef, A., Sulli, A., Basilone, L., Ferreri, R., Basilone, G., Bonanno, A., Pulizzi, M., Mangano, S., 2018. The Graham Bank (Sicily Channel, central Mediterranean Sea): Seafloor signatures of volcanic and tectonic controls. Geomorphology, 318, 375-389.
  • Mountjoy, J.J., Howarth, J.D., Orpin, A.R., Barnes, P.M., Bowden, D.A., Rowden, A.A., Schimel, A.C.G., Holden, C., Horgan, H.J., Nodder, S.D., Patton, J.R., Lamarche, G., Gerstenberger, M., Micallef, A., Pallentin, A., Kane, T., 2018. Earthquakes drive large-scale submarine canyon development and sediment supply to deep-ocean basins. Science Advances, 4(3).
  • Gross, F., Mountjoy, J.J., Crutchley, G.J., Böttner, C., Koch, S., Bialas, J., Pecher, I., Woelz, S., Dannowski, A., Micallef, A., Huhn, K., Krastel, S., 2018. Free gas distribution and basal shear zone development in a subaqueous landslide – Insight from 3D seismic imaging of the Tuaheni Landslide Complex, New Zealand. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 502, 231-243.
  • Micallef, A., Mountjoy, J., Schwalenberg, K., Jegen, M., Weymer, B.A., Woelz, S., Gerring, P., Luebben, N., Spatola, D., Cunarro Otero, D., Mueller, C., 2018. How offshore groundwater shapes the seafloor. EOS Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 99.
  • Micallef, A., Camerlenghi, A., Garcia-Castellanos, D., Cunarro Otero, D., Gutscher, M.-A., Barreca, G., Spatola, D., Facchin, L., Geletti, R., Krastel, S., Gross, F., Urlaub, M., 2018. Evidence of the Zanclean megaflood in the eastern Mediterranean Basin. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 1078.
  • Amblas, D., Ceramicola, S., Gerber, T.P., Canals, M., Chiocci, F.L., Dowdeswell, J.A., Harris, P.T., Huvenne, V.A.I., Lai, S.J., Lastras, G., Lo Iacono, C., Micallef, A., Mountjoy, J., Paull, C.K., Puig, P., Sanchez-Vidal, A., 2018. Submarine canyons and gullies. In: A. Micallef, S. Krastel, A. Savini (Eds.), Submarine Geomorphology, Springer, pp. 251-272.
  • Mountjoy, J., Micallef, A., 2018. Submarine landslides. In: A. Micallef, S. Krastel, A. Savini (Eds.), Submarine Geomorphology, Springer, pp. 235-250.
  • Micallef, A., Krastel, S., Savini, A. (2018) Submarine Geomorphology. Springer


  • Cassar, J., Torpiano, A., Zammit, T., Micallef, A., 2017. Proposal for the nomination of Lower Globigerina Limestone of the Maltese Islands as a “Global Heritage Stone Resource”. Episodes, 40(3), 221-231.
  • Micallef, A., Watt, S.F.L., Berndt, C., Urlaub, M., Brune, S., Klaucke, I., Böttner, C., Karstens, J., Elger, J., 2017. An 1888 volcanic collapse becomes a benchmark for tsunami models. EOS Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 98.

  • Micallef, A., Georgiopoulou, A., Mountjoy, J., Huvenne, V., Lo Iacono, C., Le Bas, T., Del Carlo, P., Cunarro Otero, D., 2016. Outer shelf seafloor geomorphology along a carbonate escarpment: The eastern Malta Plateau, Mediterranean Sea. Continental Shelf Research, 131, 12-27.
  • Gross, F., Krastel, S., Urlaub, M., Geersen, J., Berhmann, J.H., Papenberg, C., Bialas, J., Koch, S., Crutchley, G.J., Micallef, A., Ridente, D., Maisto, F., Chiocci, F.L., 2016. Coupled volcano edifice and continental margin deformation and instability at Mt Etna, Italy, Rapp. Comm. int. Mer Medit., Kiel, pp. 43.
  • Lecours, V., Dolan, M.F.J., Micallef, A., Lucieer, V.L., 2016. A review of marine geomorphometry, the quantitative study of the seafloor. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20(8), 3207-3244.
  • Micallef, A., Masson, D.G., Berndt, C., Stow, D.A.V., 2016. Submarine spreading in the Storegga Slide, Norwegian Sea. In: J.A. Dowdeswell, M. Canals, M. Jakobsson, B.J. Todd, E.K. Dowdeswell, K.A. Hogan (Eds.), Atlas of Submarine Glacial Landforms: Modern, Quaternary and Ancient. Geological Society of London.
  • Munari, V., Camerlenghi, A., Rebesco, M., Facchin, L., Accettella, D., Micallef, A., 2016. Evidence of bottom current-controlled Quaternary sedimentation on the Eastern Sicily margin (Ionian Sea), Rapp. Comm. int. Mer Medit., Kiel.
  • Gross, F., Krastel, S., Geersen, J., Behrmann, J.H., Ridente, D., Chiocci, F., Bialas, J., Papenberg, C., Cukur, D., Urlaub, M., Micallef, A., in  press.  The limits of seaward spreading and slope instability at the continental margin offshore Mt  Etna, imaged by high-resolution 2D seismic data.  Tectonophysics.  


  • Micallef, A., Mountjoy, J., Krastel, S., Crutchley, G.J., Koch, S., 2015. Shallow gas and the development of a weak layer in submarine spreading, Hikurangi margin (New Zealand), in: Lamarche, G., Mountjoy, J., Bull, S., Hubble, T., Krastel, S., Lane, E., Micallef, A., Moscardelli, L., Mueller, C., Pecher, I., Woelz, S. (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences. Springer International Publishing, Heidelberg, pp. 419-426. 
  • Gutscher, M.A., Dominguez, S., Mercier de Lepinay, B.,  Pinheiro, L., Gallais, F., Babonneau, N., Cattaneo, A., LeFaou, Y., Barreca, G., Micallef, A., Rovere, M., 2015.  Tectonic expression of an active slab-tear from high-resolution seismic and bathymetric data offshore Sicily (Ionian Sea).  Tectonics 34.
  • Angeletti, L., Mecho, A., Doya, C., Micallef, A., Huvenne, V., Georgiopoulou, A., Taviani, M., 2015.  First report of live deep-water cnidarian assemblages from the Malta Escarpment.  Italian Journal of Zoology 8, 291-297. 
  • Foglini, F., Prampolini, M., Micallef, A., Angeletti, L., Vandelli, V., Deidun, A., Soldati, M., Taviani, M., 2015.  Late Quaternary coastal landscape morphology and evolution of the Maltese Islands (Mediterranean Sea) reconstructed from high-resolution seafloor data, in: Harff, J., Bailey, G.N., Luth, F. (Eds.), Geology and Archaeology: Submerged Landscapes of the Continental Shelf.  Geological Society of London, London.  Lecours, V., Lucieer, V., Dolan, M.J.F., Micallef, A., 2015.  An ocean of possibilities: Applications and challenges of marine geomorphometry, in: Jasiewicz, J., Zwolinski, Z., Mitasova, H., Hengl, T. (Eds.), Geomorphometry for Geosciences.  International Society for Geomorphometry, Poznan, pp. 23-26. 
  • Lamarche, G., Mountjoy, J., Bull, S., Hubble, T., Krastel, S., Lane, E., Micallef, A., Moscardelli, L., Mueller, C., Pecher, I., Woelz, S., 2015.  Submarine mass movements and their consequences: Progress and challenges, in: Lamarche, G., Mountjoy, J., Bull, S., Hubble, T., Krastel, S., Lane, E., Micallef, A., Moscardelli, L., Mueller, C., Pecher, I., Woelz,  S. (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences.  Springer International Publishing, Heidelberg, pp. 1-12.


  • Micallef, A., Mountjoy, J.J., Canals, M., Lastras, G. (2014b) Geomorphic response of submarine canyons to tectonic activity: Insights from the Cook Strait canyon system, New Zealand.  Geosphere.
  • Micallef, A., Ribo, M., Canals, M., Puig, P., Lastras, G., Tubau, X. (2014a) Space-for-time substitution and the evolution of a submarine canyon-channel system in a passive progradational margin.  Geomorphology, 221, 34-50.
  • Mountjoy, J.J., Micallef, A., Stevens, C., Stirling, M. (2014) Holocene activity in a non-terrestrially-coupled submarine canyon: Cook Strait, New Zealand, Deep-Sea Research II, 104, 120-133.
  • Durán, R., Canals, M., Sanz, J.L., Lastras, G., Amblas, D., Micallef, A. (2014), Morphology and sediment dynamics of the northern Catalan continental shelf, northwest Mediterranean Sea, Geomorphology, 204, 1-20.
  • Hermanns, R., Sepúlveda, S., Lastras, G., Amblas, D., Canals, M., Azpiroz, M., Bascuñán, I., Calafat, A., Duhart, P., Frigola, J., Iglesias, O., Kempf, P., Lafuerza, S., Longva, O., Micallef, A., Oppikofer, T., Rayo, X., Vargas, G., Molina, F. (2014) Earthquake-triggered subaerial landslides that caused large scale fjord sediment deformation: Combined subaerial and submarine studies of the 2007 Aysén Fjord event, Chile, in Lollino, G., Manconi, A., Locat, J., Huang, Y., Canals, M. (Eds.) Engineering Geology for Society and Territory, Volume 4: Springer International Publishing, 67-70. 
  • Deidun, A., Andaloro, F., Bavestrello, G., Canese, S., Consoli, P., Micallef, A., Romeo, T., Bo, M., 2014.  First characterisation of a Leiopathes glaberrima garden in a Maltese deep exploited ground.  Italian Journal of Zoology.


  • Micallef, A., Foglini, F., Le Bas, T.P., Angeletti, L., Maselli, V., Caputo, A., Taviani, M. (2013)  The  submerged  paleolandscape  of the Maltese Islands: Morphology, evolution and relation to Quaternary environmental change, Marine Geology, 335, 129-147.
  • Rivera, J., Lastras, G., Canals, M., Acosta, J., Arrese, B., Hermida, N. Micallef, A., Tello, O., Amblas, D. (2013) Construction of an oceanic island: Insights from El Hierro 2011-2012 submarine volcanic eruption, Geology, 41, 355-358. 
  • Micallef, A., Georgiopoulou, A., Le Bas, T., Mountjoy, J.J., Huvenne, V., and Lo Iacono, C. (2013) The Malta-Sicily Escarpment: Mass Movement dynamics in a sediment-undersupplied margin, in Krastel, S., Berhmann, J.H., Volker, D., Stipp, M., Berndt, C., Urgeles,  R., Chaytor, J.D., Huhn, K., Strasser, M., and Harbitz, C.B. (Eds.) Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Volume 37: Switzerland, Springer International Publishing, 317-328. 
  • Lastras, G., Amblas, D., Calafat, A., Canals, M., Frigola, J., Hermanns, R.L., Lafuerza, S., Longva, O., Micallef, A., Sepulveda, S.A., Vargas, G., De Batist, M., Van Daele, M., Azpiroz,  N., Bascunan, U., Duhart, P., Iglesias, O., Kempf, P., Rayo, X. (2013) Landslides cause tsunami waves: Insights from Aysen Fjord, Chile, EOS Transactions American Geophysical Union, 94, 297-298 Tubau, X., Lastras, G., Canals, M., Micallef, A., Amblas, D. (2013), Significance of the fine drainage pattern for submarine canyon evolution: The Foix Canyon system, northwestern Mediterranean Sea, Geomorphology, 184, 20-37. 
  • Duran, R., Canals, M., Lastras, G., Micallef, A., Amblas, D., Pedrosa-Pàmies, R. (2013) Sediment dynamics and post-glacial evolution of the continental shelf around the Blanes submarine canyon head (NW Mediterranean), Progress in Oceanography, 118, 28-46.


  • Micallef, A., Le Bas, T.P., Huvenne, V.A.I, Blondel, P., Hühnerbach, V., Deidun, A. (2012), A multi-method approach for benthic habitat mapping of shallow coastal areas with high resolution multibeam data, Continental Shelf Research, 39-40, 14-26.
  • Micallef, A., Mountjoy,  J.J., Canals, M., Lastras,  G. (2012) Deep-seated bedrock landslides and submarine canyon evolution in an active tectonic margin: Cook Strait, New  Zealand., in: Yamada, Y., Kawamura, K., Ikehara, K., Ogawa, Y., Urgeles, R., Mosher, D., Chaytor, J.D., Strasser, M.C. (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences. Springer, London, 201-212. 
  • Mountjoy,  J.J., Micallef,  A. (2012) Polyphase emplacement of a 30 km3 blocky debris avalanche and its role in upper continental-slope development, in: Yamada, Y., Kawamura, K., Ikehara, K., Ogawa, Y., Urgeles, R., Mosher, D., Chaytor, J.D., Strasser, M.C. (Eds.), Submarine Landslides and Their Consequences. Springer, London, 213-222. 


  • Micallef, A. and Mountjoy, J.J. (2011) A topographic signature of a hydrodynamic origin for submarine gullies, Geology, 39, 115-118.
  • Micallef, A., Berndt, C. and Debono, G. (2011) Fluid flow systems of the Malta Plateau, Central Mediterranean Sea, Marine Geology, 284, 74-85.
  • Micallef, A. (2011) Marine geomorphology: Geomorphological mapping and the study of submarine landslides, in Smith, M.J., Paron, P. and Griffiths, J. S. (eds.) Geomorphological Mapping: Methods and Applications, Elsevier Science Ltd., 377-395.
  • Deidun, A., Borg, S., and Micallef, A.  (2011) Making the Case for Marine Spatial Planning in the Maltese Islands, Ocean Development and International Law, 42, 1: 136-154.


  • Deidun, A., Tsounis, G., Balzan, F. and Micallef, A. (2010) Records of black coral (Antipatharia) and red coral (Corallium rubrum) fishing activities in the Maltese Islands, Marine Biodiversity Records, 3, 1-6.
  • Micallef, A., Masson, D.G., Berndt, C. and Stow, D.A.V., (2009) Development and mass movement processes of the north-eastern Storegga Slide, Quaternary Science Reviews, 28(5-6), 433-448
  • Micallef, A., Berndt, C., Masson, D.G. & Stow, D.A.V. (2008) Scale invariant behavior of the Storegga Slide and implications for large-scale submarine mass movements, Marine Geology, 247, 46-60.
  • Micallef, A., Berndt, C., Masson, D.G. and Stow, D.A.V. (2007a) A technique for the geomorphometric characterization of submarine landscapes, as exemplified by debris flows in the Storegga Slide, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 112, F02001.
  • Micallef, A., Masson, D.G., Berndt, C. and Stow, D.A.V. (2007b) Morphology and mechanics of submarine spreading:  A case-study from the Storegga Slide, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 112, F03023.
  • Micallef, A., Berndt, C., Masson, D.G. and Stow, D.A.V. (2007c) Fractal statistics of the Storegga Slide, in Lykousis, V., Sakellariou, D. and Locat, J. (eds.) Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, 3-10.
  • Micallef, A., Masson, D.G., Berndt, C. and Stow, D.A.V. (2007d) Submarine spreading: Dynamics  and  development,  in Lykousis, V., Sakellariou,  D. and Locat,  J. (eds.) Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, 119-128.
  • Lastras, G., Canals, M., Amblas, D., Ivanov, M., Dennielou, B., Droz, L., Akhmetzhanov, A. and TTR-14 Leg 3 Shipboard Scientific Party (2006) Eivissa slides, western Mediterranean Sea: morphology and processes, Geo-Marine Letters, 26,  225-233.


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