Plate re-organization in the western Mediterranean: Lithospheric causes and topographic consequences (TopoMed)
Spanish Team: La Tectónica del arco de Gibraltar y la Cordillera del Atlas: causas litosfericas y efectos topográficos

The motion between Africa and Europe in the western Mediterranean region has been taken up by subduction. Over the last 30 million years the location of the subduction zone has migrated from present-day southern France and eastern Iberia to the south-southeast towards North Africa and present-day Italy, with sideward expansions to form the Gibraltar and  Calabria arcs. This process is now coming to an end. TopoMed investigates the intriguing processes accompanying these last stages and the possibility that a new subduction zone is being created along the North African margin. The results of this project are important for assessing the future geohazards potential of the region.

Extended information about TOPOMED can be found in the ESF website.

Project leader

Marinus Wortel, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Geosciences, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

Principal Investigators

Claudio Faccenna, Dipartimento Scienze Geologiche, Istituto di Geologia Ambientale e Geoingegneria, Università di Roma Tre, Roma, Italy

Manel Fernández Ortiga, ICTJA-CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones, Científicas (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain

Ingo Grevemeyer, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany

Alan G. Jones, School of Cosmic Physics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin, Ireland

Pedro Terrinha, Department of Marine Geology /Departamento de Geologia Marinha,Portugal

Associated Partners

Olivier Bellier, Université Montpellier II, Montpellier, France

Christophe Larroque, Géoazur, Valbonne, France


  • Project Leader: Marinus Wortel

  • Years: 2008-2013

  • Funding

    Project Financed by ESF-EUROCORES / PNIDI-CGL: CGL2008-03474-E (EUROCORES-ESF)


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