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The following list shows some selected recent publications by academics of the Department of Geosciences. It is intended to give a taste of the research that goes on within the Department - more comprehensive lists may be found under the respective pages of the various research groups, or within the personal web pages of the members of staff.

Physical Oceanography

  • Bosch-Belmar, M., Azzurro, E., Pulis, K., Milisenda, G., Fuentes, V., Yahia, O.K.D., Micallef, A., Deidun, A. and Piraino, S., 2017. Jellyfish blooms perception in Mediterranean finfish aquaculture. Marine Policy, 76, pp.1-7.
  • Katsanevakis S, Mackelworth P, Coll M, Fraschetti S, Mačić V, Giakoumi S, Jones P, Levin N, Albano PG, Badalamenti F, Brennan R, Claudet J, Culibrk D, D'Anna G, Deidun A, Evagelopoulos A, García-Charton J, Goldsborough D, Holcer D, Jimenez C, Kark S, Sørensen T, Lazar B, Martin G, Mazaris A, Micheli F, Milner-Gulland E, Pipitone C, Portman M, Pranovi F, Rilov G, Smith R, Stelzenmüller V, Vogiatzakis I, Winters G (2017) Advancing marine conservation in European and contiguous seas with the MarCons Action. Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e11884. https://doi.org/10.3897/rio.3.e11884 
  • A. Deidun, F. Crocetta, A. Sciberras, J. Sciberras, G. Insacco & B. Zava (2017). The protected taxon Ocypode cursor (Linnaeus, 1758) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Ocypodidae) – documenting its well-established presence in the central Mediterranean, The European Zoological Journal, 84:1, 96-103, DOI: 10.1080/11250003.2017.12813
  • Balistreri, P., Spiga, A., Deidun, A., Gueroun, S. K., & Yahia, M. N. D. (2017). Further spread of the venomous jellyfish Rhopilema nomadica Galil, Spanier & Ferguson, 1990 (Rhizostomeae, Rhizostomatidae) in the western Mediterranean. Bioinvasions Records 6(1).
  • Deidun, A., Celik, M. (2017). Second record of Lagocephalus sceleratus from Maltese waters In: Lipej et al. Marine Biodiversity Records – March 2017 (Collective Article). Mediterranean Marine Science 18(1): 179-201.
  • Triki, H.Z., Laabir, M., Lafabrie, C., Malouche, D., Bancon-Montigny, C., Gonzalez, C., Deidun, A., Pringault, O. and Daly-Yahia, O.K., 2017. Do the levels of industrial pollutants influence the distribution and abundance of dinoflagellate cysts in the recently-deposited sediment of a Mediterranean coastal ecosystem? Science of The Total Environment, 595, pp.380-392. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.183
  • Deidun, A., Sciberras, J., Sciberras, A., Gauci, A., Balistreri, P., Salvatore, A. and Piraino, S., 2017. The first record of the white-spotted Australian jellyfish Phyllorhiza punctata von Lendenfeld, 1884 from Maltese waters (western Mediterranean) and from the Ionian coast of Italy. Bioinvasions Records 6(2): 119-124.
  • Corsini-Foka, M., Deidun, A., Insacco, G. and Zava, B., 2017. First occurrence of Erugosquilla massavensis (Kossmann, 1880) in Italian waters (Ionian Sea). Biological Invasions Records. Volume 6. Available online from: http://www.reabic.net/journals/bir/2017/Accepted/BIR_2017_Corsini-Foka_etal_correctedproof.pdf
  • Drago, A., Ciraolo, G., Capodici, F., Cosoli S., Gacic, M., Poulain, P.-M., Tarasova, R., Azzopardi, J., Gauci, A., Maltese, A., Nasello, C., La Loggia, G. (2015), ‘CALYPSO – An operational network of HF radars for the Malta-Sicily Channel’, Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on EuroGOOS, 28-30 October 2014, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Cosoli, S., Drago,A., Ciraolo,G., Capodici,F. (2015), ‘Tidal Currents in the Malta-Sicily Channel from High-Frequency radar observations’, Continental Shelf Research, Vol. 109, pp10–23.
  • Kotwicki,L., Deidun,A., Grzelak,K., Gianni.,F. (2015) A preliminary assessment of the meiofaunal communities on Maltese sandy beaches. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 150: 111-119. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2013.12.008
  • Crise, A., Kaberi, H., Ruiz, J., Zatsepin, A., Arashkevich, E., Giani, M., Karageorgis, A.P., Prieto, L., Pantazi, M., Gonzalez-Fernandez, D., Ribera d'Alcalà, M., Tornero, V., Vassilopoulou, V., Durrieu de Madron, X., Guieu, C., Puig, P., Zenetos, A., Andral, B., Angel, D., Altukhov, D., Ayata, S.D., Aktan, Y., Balcıoğlu, E., Benedetti, F., Bouchoucha, M., Buia, M.C., Cadiou, J.F., Canals, M., Chakroun, M., Christou, E., Christidis, M.G., Civitarese, G., Coatu, V., Corsini-Foka, M., Cozzi, S., Deidun, A., Dell'Aquila, A., Dogrammatzi, A., Dumitrache,C, Edelist, D., Ettahiri, O., Fonda-Umani, S., Gana, S., Galgani, F., Gasparini, S., Giannakourou, A., Gomoiu, M.T., Gubanova, A., Gücü, A.C., Gürses, Ö., Hanke, G., Hatzianestis, I., Herut, B., Hone, R., Huertas E, Irisson JO, İşinibilir, M., Jimenez, J.A., Kalogirou, S., Kapiris, K., Karamfilo, V., Kavadas, S., Keskin, Ç., Kideyş, A.E., Kocak, M., Kondylatos, G., Kontogiannis, C., Kosyan, R., Koubbi, P., Kušpilić, G., La Ferla, R., Langone, L., Laroche, S., Lazar, L., Lefkaditou, E., Lemeshko, I.E., Machias, A., Malej, A., Mazzocchi, M.G., Medinets, V., Mihalopoulos, N., Miserocchi, S., Moncheva, S., Mukhanov, V., Oaie, G., Oros, A., Öztürk, A.A., Öztürk, B., Panayotova, M., Prospathopoulos, A., Radu, G., Raykov, V., Reglero, P., Reygondeau, G., Rougeron, N., Salihoglu, B., Sanchez-Vidal, A., Sannino, G., Santinelli, C., Secrieru, D., Shapiro, G., Simboura, N., Shiganova, T., Sprovieri, M., Stefanova, K., Streftaris, N., Tirelli, V., Tom, M., Topaloğlu, B., Topçu, N.E., Tsagarakis, K., Tsangaris, C., Tserpes, G., Tuğrul, S., Uysal, Z., Vasile, D., Violaki, K., Xu, J., Yüksek, A., Papathanassiou, E. (2015), MSFD complementary approach for the assessment of pressures, knowledge and data gaps in Southern European Seas: The PERSEUS experience. Marine Pollution Bulletin 95(1): 28-39.
  • Galea, A., Grifoll, M., Roman, F., Mestres, M., Armenio, V., Sanchez-Arcilla, A., Zammit Mangion, L. (2014). Numerical Simulation of Water Mixing and Renewals in the Barcelona Harbour Area: The winter season. Environmental Fluid Mechanics: Volume 14, Issue 6, 1405-1425. 
  • Drago, A., Azzopardi, J., Gauci, A., Tarasova, R., & Bruschi, A. (2013). Assessing the offshore wave energy potential for the Maltese islands. The ISE Annual Conference, Qawra, Malta. pp.16.
  • Schroeder, K., Millot, C., Bengara, l., Ben Ismail, S., Bensi, M., Borghini, M.,  Budillon, G., Cardin, V., Coppola, L., Curtil, C., Delgado, J., Drago, A., El Moumni, B., Font, J., Fuda, J.L., García-Lafuente, L., Gasparini, G.P., Kontoyiannis, H., Lefevre, D., Puig, P., Raimbault, P., Rougier, G., Salat, J., Sammari, C., Sanchez-Roman, A., Sparnocchia, S., Tamburini, C., Taupier-Letage, I.,  Theocharis, A.,  Vargas-Yáñez, M.,  Vetrano,A. (2013), ‘Long-term monitoring of the hydrological variability in the Mediterranean Sea: a first overview of the HYDROCHANGES network’, Ocean Science, volume 9, Issue 2, pp. 301 – 324.
  • Gauci,A., Zarb Adami, K., Abela, J., Cohanim, B.E. (2013), Genetic optimisation for radio interferometer configurations. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, February 2013.
  • Azzopardi, J., Deidun, A., Gianni, F., Gauci, A. P., Pan, B. A., & Cioffi, M. (2013), Classification of the coastal water bodies of the Maltese islands through the assessment of a decadal ocean colour data set. Journal of Coastal Research, (65), 1343-1343-1348.
  • Deidun, A., Gauci, R., Schembri, J. A., Segina, E., Gauci, A., Gianni, F., Gutierrez, J. A., Sciberras, A., Sciberras J.. (2013), Comparative median grain size assessment through three different techniques for sandy beach deposits on the Maltese islands (Central Mediterranean). Journal of Coastal Research, (65):1757-1761.
  • Deidun, A.,  Drago, A., Gauci, A., Galea, A., Azzopardi, J., Melin, F. (2011), A first attempt at testing correlation between MODIS ocean colour data and in situ chlorophyll-a measurements within Maltese coastal waters. Proc. of SPIE: Remote Sensing of the Ocean, Sea Ice, Coastal Waters, and Large Water Regions 2011, 8175. (81750J)
  • Aquilina, N. J., Delgado-Saborit, J. M.,  Gauci A., Baker, S., Meddings, C., Harrison, R. M., Comparative modelling approaches for personal exposure to particle-associated PAH. Environmental science and technology, 44(24):9370{9376, December 2010.

Atmosphere and Climate

  • Ellul, R., Azzopardi, F., Saliba, M. (2015) Contribution of 2014 data set for Trace gases to WMO, WDCGG Data summary. - WDCGG No 39, GAW Data Volume IV Greenhouse gases and other Atmospheric Gases. Published by Japan Meteorological Agency/World Meteorological Organization, March 2015. 
  • Sofen, E. D., Bowdalo, D., Evans, M. J., Apadula, F., Bonasoni, P., Cupeiro, M., Ellul, R., Galbally, I. E., Girgzdiene, R., Luppo, S., Mimouni, M.,  Nahas, A. C., Saliba, M., Torseth, K. (2015) Gridded Global Surface Ozone Metrics for Atmospheric Chemistry Model Evaluation, Earth System Science Data Discussions, Vol.8, pp 603 – 647 
  • Ellul, R., Azzopardi, F., Saliba, M. (2014) Contribution of 2013 data set for Trace gases to WMO, WDCGG Data summary. WDCGG No 38, GAW Data Volume IV Greenhouse gases and other Atmospheric Gases. Published by Japan Meteorological Agency/ World Meteorological Organization, March 2014. 
  • Azzopardi F., Smyth A., Saliba, M., Azzopardi, M., Azzopardi, J., Sciare, J., DuLac, F., Scollo, S., Prestifilippo, M., Jalkanen, J., Johansson, L., Pribylova, P., Ellul, R., (2014) Giordan Lighthouse –A GAW station on the island of Gozo in the Central Mediterranean; Summary of results obtained regarding shipping emissions, volcanic plumes and other anthropogenic emissions. Presented at The 9th International Conference on Air Quality Science and Application, March 24-28, 2014, Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Germany.
  • Cristofanelli, P., Scheel, H.E., Steinbacher, M., Saliba, M., Azzopardi, F., Ellul, R., Frohlich, M., Calzolari, F., Duchi, R., Landi, T. C., Marinoni A., Bonasoni, P. (2014) Long term surface Ozone variability at the Mt. Cimone WMO/GAW Global station (2165 m a.s.l., Italy). Atmospheric Environment, Vol 101, (2015) 23-33(2015) 23-33. Available online 6th November 2014.
  • Di Iorio, T., Anello, F., Bommarito, C., Cacciani, M., Denjean, C., De Silvestri, L., Di Biagio, C., Di Sarra, A., Ellul, R., Formenti, P., Gomez-Amo, J. L., Martinez-Lozano, J. A., Meloni, D., Monteleone, D., Pace, G., Piacentino, S., Schioppo, R., Sferlazzo, V. (2013) Long range transport of smoke particles from Canadian forest fires to the Mediterranean basin during June 2013. Proceedings of American Geophysical Union meeting, San Francisco, USA, 9-13,  December 2013.
  • Ciarlo`, J. M., Aquilina, N. J. (2015). An analysis of teleconnections in the Mediterranean region using RegCM4. International Journal of Climatology. doi: 10.1002/joc.438
  • Solazzo, E., Di Sabatino, S., Aquilina, N., Dudek A., Britter R. (2010). Coupling Mesoscale Modelling with a Simple Urban Model: The Lisbon Case Study. Boundary Layer Meteorology, 137(3): 441-457. [pdf]

Geophysics and Marine Geology
  • Farrugia, D., Galea, P., D’Amico, S., & Paolucci, E. (2017). Sensitivity of ground motion parameters to local shear-wave velocity models: The case of buried low-velocity layers. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 100, 196-205.
  • Pischiutta, M., Villani, F., D'Amico, S., Vassallo, M., Cara, F., Di Naccio, D. & Mercuri, A. (2017). Results from shallow geophysical investigations in the northwestern sector of the island of Malta. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C, 98, 41-48.
  • Micallef, A., Krastel, S., Savini, A. (2017) Submarine Geomorphology. Springer
  • 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.  
  • Farrugia, D., Paolucci, E., D'Amico, S., & Galea, P. (2016). Inversion of surface-wave data for subsurface shear-wave velocity profiles characterised by a thick buried low-velocity layer. Geophysical Journal International, ggw204.
  • Farrugia, D., Paolucci, E., D’Amico, S., Galea, P. (2015)  Inversion of surface wave data for shear-wave velocity profiles: Case studies of a thick buried low-velocity layer in Malta. Submitted to Geophysical Journal International.
  • Agius, M., Galea, P., D’Amico, S.   (2015) The Easter Sunday 2011 Earthquake Swarm offshore Malta – a good example of citizen response.   “Earthquakes and their impact on society”, D'Amico,S. ed. Springer Natural Hazards.
  • Paolucci, E., Albarello, D., D’Amico, S., Lunedei, E., Martelli, L., Mucciarelli, M., Pileggi, D., 2015. A large scale ambient vibration survey in the area damaged by May-June 2012 seismic sequence in  Emilia Romagna, Italy. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, doi:10.1007/s10518-015-9767-5
  • Orecchio, B., Presti, D., Totaro, C., D’Amico, S., Neri, G., 2015. Seismological analyses in the Calabrian Arc region (southern Italy): investigating the northern edge of the Ionian slab.  Journal of Geodynamics, 88, 23-35, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2015.04.003
  • De Pascale, F., Bernardo, M., Muto, F., D’Amico, S., Zumbo, R., Galea, P., Agius, M., 2015. Neogeography and seismic risk perception. A comparison between two case studies: Calabria, Southern Italy and Malta. European Journal of Geography, 6, 64-83
  • Agius, M. R., D’Amico, S., Galea, P., Panzera, F. (2014). Performance evaluation of Wied Dalam (WDD) seismic station in Malta. Xjenza, 04/2014; 2(1):78-86. [PDF 4.1 MB]
  • Galea P., D’Amico S., Farrugia D., 2014. Dynamic characteristics of an active coastal spreading area using ambient noise measurements  (Anchor Bay, Malta), Geophysical Journal International, 199, 1166–1175. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu318
  • Baccheschi, P., D’Amico, S., 2014. Subduction, volcanism, collision, orogenesis and faults: How do they shape the central Mediterranean region? Journal of Geodynamics, 82, 1-4, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jog.2014.09.010
  • D’Amico, S., Cammarata, L., Cangemi, M., Cavallaro, D., Di Martino, R., Firetto Carlino, M. 2014. Seismic moment tensors and regional stress in the area of the December2013-January 2014, Matese earthquake sequence (Central Italy). Journal of Geodynamics, 82, 118–124, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jog.2014.09.008
  • D’Amico, S., 2014. Source parameters related to a small earthquake swarm off-shore of Malta (central Mediterranean). Development in Earth Science, 2, 8-13
  • Agius, M. R., Lebedev S. (2014). Shear-velocity structure, radial anisotropy and dynamics of the Tibetan crust. Geophysical Journal International, 199(3):1395-1415. [PDF 10.4 MB]
  • Vella, A., Galea, P., D'Amico, S., 2013. Site frequency response characterisation of the Maltese islands based on ambient noise H/V ratios. Engineering Geology. 163, 89-100,  doi:10.1016/j.enggeo.2013.06.006
  • Agius, M. R.,  Galea, P. (2011). A single-station automated earthquake location system at Wied Dalam Station, Malta. Seismological Research Letters, 82(4), 545-559. [PDF 4.6 MB]
  • Micallef, A., Mountjoy, J., Barnes, P.M., Canals, M., Lastras, G., (2014), Geomorphic response of   submarine canyons to tectonic activity: Insights from the Cook Strait canyon system, New Zealand. Geosphere 10, 905-929.
  • 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. (2011) A topographic signature of a hydrodynamic origin for submarine gullies, Geology, 39, 115-118.
  • Micallef, A., Masson, D.G., Berndt, C., 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. (2007) 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.


 


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An 1888 Volcanic Collapse Becomes a Benchmark for Tsunami Models
Scientists aboard the R/V Sonne (shown here) profiled the seafloor and subsurface structures near Ritter Island, north of New Guinea, in 2016. A large portion of this volcanic island collapsed and slid into the sea in 1888, making it an ideal case study for modeling volcanic collapse landslides and the tsunamis they generate. Credit: Christian Berndt

Small Earthquake near Malta
A small earthquake near Malta yesterday 8th August was recorded.


New book on Submarine Geomorphology

 Prof Aaron Micallef is co-editor of a Springer publication "Submarine Geomorphology".



Geosciences PhD graduand in the JRC
Malta's young scientists go to Ispra.

Post of Part Time Reseach Support Officer I
Call for Application for a Post of Part Time Research Support Officer I

JRC Malta Young Scientist Award
James Ciarlo` from the Department of Geosciences won the JRC Malta Young Scientist Award through MCST.



NEW B.Sc. (Hons) Geoscience and Physics
A new undergraduate course in Geoscience starting in October 2017 

Master of Science in Petroleum Studies
The Master of Science in Petroleum Studies is being offered again as from October 2017



New Zealand Expedition
 Marine Geology and Seafloor Surveying group on a two-month expedition in New Zealand to investigate offshore groundwater systems. 

ESC 2018
Valletta to host 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission in 2018

Participation at AGU
Dr Sebastiano D’Amico and Ms Daniela Farrugia (Department of Geosciences) have participated in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting held in San Francisco (USA) from 10th to 15th December 2016.

Outstanding Academic Title
The book "Earthquakes and their Impact on Society" has been selected by Choice magazine as"Outstanding Academic title" for 2016 


Multibeam Course
A HYPACK & GBT Offshore Mulitbeam Course is being held in September 2016. 

International Contribution
A CRG researcher is contributing to development of a new gas-phase-to-aerosol scheme in the state-of-the-art Regional Climate Model, RegCM4.


Department Transfer
As of 1 October 2015, the CRG has been transferred to the new Department of Geosciences.

Air Quality Mobile Laboratory
The acquisition of an air quality monitoring van has started a new research branch within the group.

 
 
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