Public Funding Past Projects


Sharpening The Exploration



Explora, Caracteriza y Visualiza



Investigación y monitorizacion de fallas sismogenicas en sondeos para la elaboracion de una propuesta de perforación al ICDP para perforacion en el SE peninsular




The nature of lithospheric-mantle beneath Alpine orogenic belts - A comparison between Atlas, Zagros and Tibet from numerical approaches



The aim of this project is to study the present lithospheric structure of three anomalous regions along the Alpine-Himalayan belt: The Atlas, Tibet and the Zagros mountains.



>Geosciences in Iberia: Integrated studies of topography and 4-D evolution ‘Topo-Iberia’

Topo-Iberia is a proposal that involves more than 100 PhD researchers from 10 different groups. It corresponds to the willingness and interest of the Spanish scientific community to establish an integrated framework to develop multidisciplinary geoscientific studies in our country. The ‘micro-continent’ formed by the Iberian Peninsula and its margins constitutes a most suitable natural laboratory, well identified by the international scientific community, to develop innovative, frontier research on its topography and 4-D evolution. The objective of Topo-Iberia is to understand the interaction between deep, surficial and atmospheric processes, by integrating research on geology, geophysics, geodesy and geotechnology.


The knowledge on the relief changes and its causes is of great social impact concerning the climate change and the evaluation of natural resources and hazards. Three major domains of research have been identified: the southern and northern borders of the Iberian plate (the Betic-Rif system and the Pyrenean-Cantabrian system) and its central core (Meseta and Central-Iberian systems). It is intended to build up a comprehensive, multidisciplinary base of data and results to tackle the key existing questions by developing novel interpretation strategies. A major aim of this programme is to significantly increase the high-quality information available, by deploying a technological observatory platform, IberArray, of high resolution multisampling. With this programme, our community could join the leading edge of international research, marked by similar initiatives, such as TopoEurope/EuroArray in Europe or the ongoing US programme Earthscope.


Project Financed by PNIDI-CONSOLIDER - CSD2006-00041

Years 2006-2013





Research leaders per institution


Josep Gallart, ICTJA- CSIC, Barcelona, Spain, Project Leader

Maria-Luisa Arboleya, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain

Luis Barbero, Universidad of Cadiz, Spain

Gerardo de Vicente, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Francisco Gonzalez Lodeiro, Universidad de Granada, Spain

José Martin-Davila, R.O.A. San Fernando Cadiz, Spain

Pere Santanach, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain




Figure 1. Tectonic map of the mountain ranges and foreland basins surrounding the Western Mediterranean. The Iberian microplate is located between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean (from Vergés and Sàbat, 1999).






 Tratamiento y reutilización de aguas residuales






El proyecto CONSOLIDER “Tratamiento y Reutilización de Aguas Residuales para una Gestión Sostenible (TRAGUA)” fue seleccionado por el Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia en la convocatoria 2006 de programas CONSOLIDER-INGENIO 2010.


Su objetivo fundamental es aprovechar la experiencia de 24 grupos de investigación en diferentes áreas para abordar de una manera integrada la reutilización de aguas residuales urbanas depuradas. Para ello se cuenta con un sólido equipo pluridisciplinar de acreditada experiencia en la aplicación de tratamientos de las aguas procedentes de las EDAR´s basados en tecnologías avanzadas, el establecimiento de criterios de calidad química y biológica de las aguas y la determinación de su impacto sobre el medio natural. Como cualquier otra actividad encaminada a la sostenibilidad, también se contemplan los aspectos económicos, por ello las propuestas cuentan con la correspondiente valoración socioeconómica.


El Proyecto cumplirá su objetivo global alcanzando los siguientes grandes hitos:

• Un inventario del estado actual de la depuración en España.

• Una metodología para la determinación del impacto de los contaminantes en los medios físico y biótico

• Criterios para elegir de tecnología más adecuada para cada tipo de agua de EDAR

• Criterios de uso del agua tratada

• Formación de profesionales que sean capaces de abordar una gestión sostenible del agua

• Generar un ambiente social favorable a la reutilización de agua


Información adicional puede consultarse en la web del Proyecto TRAGUA.



Project Financed by PNIDI-CONSOLIDER - CSD2006-0041

Years 2006-2012





Diego Azqueta Oyarzun, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain

Fernando Juan Beltran Novillo, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain

Irene de Bustamante Gutierrez, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain

María del Carmen Cabrera Santana, Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Spain

Lucila Candela Lledó, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Spain

Pablo Cañizares Cañizares, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Spain

Mariano Contreras Casas, COEXPHAL, Spain

Eloy García Calvo, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain

Gregoria Carbonell Martin, INIA, Spain

Alejandro Lago Candeira, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

Francisco Javier Lillo Ramos, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

Jordi Más Gordi, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain

Antonio Molina Díaz, Universidad de Jaen, Spain

José Martínez Peinado,  Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Inmaculada Ortiz Uribe, Universidad de Cantabria), Benigno Sánchez Cabrero (CIEMAT, Spain

Daniel Prats Rico, Universidad de Alicante, Spain

Manuel del Pino López, Asociación Agraria de Jovenes Agricultores-ASAJA-Granada, Spain

Ignasi Queralt, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Amadeo Rodríguez Fernandez-Alba, Centro Mixto Universidad de Almeria-CIEMAT, Spain

Juan José Rodríguez Jiménez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Aurora Santos López, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

José Luis Sotelo Sancho, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Rafael Van Grieken Salvador, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain



Figure 1. Esquema del Proyecto TRAGUA.





Estructura sísmica de la corteza bajo la cordillera del Rif


The basic aim of the project is to characterize the crustal structure in the Northern part of Morocco, especially beneath the Rif Cordillera, based on the acquisition of new wide-angle seismic profiles and on the integration of the various seismic data sets now available. In this way we envisage to overcome one of the marked failures existing at present to constrain any evolutionary model of the complex interaction zone between the European and African plates: the lack of reliable results on the architecture of the crust in the southern flank. The proposal involves the recording of three profiles of wide-angle reflection/refraction seismics, through the internal and external units of the Rif Cordillera and their transition to most eastern domains and to the Atlas. In all these transects, whose length oscillate between 250 and 300 km, seismic stations will be installed with a density of one instrument per 750-1000 m, and 3 to 4 shots will be fired throughout each profile. The high amount and density of new data will allow building up models of internal distribution of seismic velocities that document the crustal structure and its lateral variations. This information can be regarded as a `missing link' among a series of recently acquired data sets in diverse projects.


In addition, this proposal has a clear added value: to benefit from synergies already established between research groups to maximise and improve the results from various studies. The RIFSIS design envisages also to integrate all the seismic information available coming from both present projects as SIMA (Active seismics in the Atlas), SIBERIA (passive seismics in South Spain-North Morocco) and TOPOIBERIA (multidisciplinary studies and networks covering the whole Peninsula), and previous projects (ESCI-Betics-Alboran, seismic refraction in Betics, etc.). For this purpose: a) the data analysis of the broadband seismic network deployed in the northern part of Morocco will be completed, and b) we plan to maintain this network operative during the first semester of 2010, beyond the conclusion of its impelling project, SIBERIA (October of 2009), to coexist with the deployment of an OBS network in Alboran during that period (project TOPO-MED). This will allow to profit from previous efforts and improve/complete the results of regional seismicity and seismotectonics, deep structure by studying conversion of P and S waves, mantle anisotropy and tomographic inversion from different types of waves and at different scales. In this later case, the constraint on the crustal structure from the seismic profiles will be of great importance, and will be integrated to approach the regional mantle tomography. The geodynamic implications of all new results will also be discussed.


Project Financed by PNIDI-CGL - CGL2009-09727

Years 2010-2013





Josep Gallart, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain, Project Leader

Francisco Manuel Alonso Chaves, Universidad de Huelva, Spain

Lahcen Assebry, Institut Scientifique, Université Mohammed V Agdal-Rabat, Morocco

Luciana Bonatto, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Jordi Diaz, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Bouchta El Fellah, Institut Scientifique, Université Mohammed V Agdal-Rabat, Morocco

Driss El Ouai Institut Scientifique, Université Mohammed V Agdal-Rabat, Morocco

Mimoun Harnafi, Institut Scientifique, Université Mohammed V Agdal-Rabat, Morocco

Omar Kettani, Institut Scientifique, Université Mohammed V Agdal-Rabat, Morocco

Miguel Orozco Fernández, Universidad de Granada, Spain

Martin Schimmel, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Mohammed Jamal E. Sebbani, Institut Scientifique, Université Mohammed V Agdal-Rabat, Morocco

Abdelfatah Tahiri, Institut Scientifique, Université Mohammed V Agdal-Rabat, Morocco

Antonio Villaseñor, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Alba Gil de la Iglesia, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain




Figure 1. Scheme of shots and profiles recorded. Five dynamite shots, 1T each, were recorded by 900 stations deployed along two profiles N-S and E-W oriented. Additional recordings were obtained from a coeval marine seismic experiment on the Alboran Sea.




Figure 2. left) Drilling and explosive charging in one of the shotpoints. right) One of the holes, once the shot has been fired




Figure 3. Data set examples : The record-sections of the three shots along profile E-W.




Seismic characterization of the crust and lithospheric mantle beneath the High Atlas



Procesos de colisión Arco-Continente en Taiwan



The project PROTAI will integrate new surface geological observations with passive-source (earthquake) seismic data to study the crustal structure, physical properties (Vp, Vs, density) and the tectonic processes in the active arc-continent collision that is taking place between the Luzon arc and the continental margin of Eurasia in Taiwan. Research on the Taiwan orogen will be integrated with the results of previous research of the group into arc-continent collision in fossil orogens, as well as with its research into petrophysical properties of the curst and upper mantle. The research is focused into three main themes:


 Crustal structure. Determine the crustal structure on the Taiwan orogen from the active frontal thrusts of the Western Foothills to the accreting forearc in the Coastal Range in the east. Detailed structural mapping combined with geophysical data, in particular seismicity, will provide information on the response of the extended continental margin as it enters the subduction zone.


 Tomography and petrophysical modeling of the Taiwan crust using Vp and Vs velocities, and potential field data. This provides important information about the composition of the crust and its physical properties. These properties are important in determining the fate of the continental crust as it is subducted.


 Determining geodynamic processes. The end result of this research is to develop a model for the geodynamic processes that take place during arc-continent collision. The processes include, but are not restricted to; crustal recycling through the subduction factory and how this influences the growth of new continental crust, determining the timing and extent of vertical and horizontal movements along faults in the thrust belt and the subsequent evolution of topography. 



Project Financed by PNIDI-CGL - CGL2009-11843

Years 2010-2013





Dennis Brown, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Joaquina Alvarez-Marron, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Giovanni Camanni, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Ramon Carbonell, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

David Marti, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Conxi Ayala, IGME, Madrid, Spain

Sergio Llana Funez, Department of Geology, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain

Chi-Yue Huang, Department of Geosciences, National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Yih-Min Wu, Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan






Figure 1. Alishan Mountains, Taiwan.




Figure 2. Folding along the Tili thrust




Figure 3. Ductile deformation along the Lishan fault.





Tectonic-climatic interactions in arid orogen-basin systems


Arid climate within some orogens such as the Zagros Mountains is a phenomenon that modifies the balance between the tectonic processes that generate topography and the erosion/transport processes that remove it. Sediment trapping in intramountain basins can modify the evolution of tectonic deformation. Inversely, it is well known that arid climate results from the topographic blockage of incoming humid wind into the orogen (orographic precipitation).


In this project we aim at investigating the mechanisms involved in this feedback between climate and tectonics by means of numerical modelling techniques constrained with multidisciplinary observations, mostly collected from our own work and existing publications.

We will perform a combined numerical modeling of the processes controlling the evolution of intramountain basins and the mechanisms by which these basins become exorheic and are drained and eroded out of the orogen. We will address geological escenarios where numerous recent data on tectonics and sedimentation have been collected and where an effort in the large-scale tectonosedimentary evolution has already been done. Suitable systems are the Zagros-Persian Basin system; the Carpathian-Pannonian Basin system, and the Cenozoic intramountain basins of Iberia.


The main outcomes expected are a new method for estimating erodibility from overtopping basins and a better understanding of the processes controlling the evolution of topography during orogenesis and their relative importance.



Project Financed by PNIDI-CGL - CGL2011-26670

Years 2012-2014





Daniel Garcia-Castellanos, Project Leader, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Emilio Casciello, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Manuel Fernandez Ortiga, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Eduard Saura Parramon, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Jaume Verges, ICTJA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain






Figure 1. Zagros Paravano model animation.




Jiménez-Munt, I.; Fernàndez, M.; Saura, E.; Vergés, J.; Garcia-Castellanos, D. 3-D lithospheric structure and regional/residual Bouguer anomalies in the Arabia-Eurasia collision (Iran). Geophysical Journal International.




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