Los miembros del proyecto Lajial, uno de cuyos coordinadores es el investigador de Geociencias Barcelona Jose Luís Fernández-Turiel, han llevado a cabo este mes de febrero una nueva campaña de campo en la isla de El Hierro. El principal objetivo de esta campaña ha sido continuar con los trabajos para cartografiar las diferentes erupciones holocenas de la dorsal sur de la isla.

The Pyrenees and the Basque-Cantabrian mountain ranges are a constant reminder of the lithospheric-scale deformation processes resulting from Eurasian and Iberian plates convergence. This convergence led to a continental collision, a process that has shaped the evolution of the topography and structure of the Iberian microplate. A new Ph.D. thesis written by Ángel Valverde has studied the geodynamic evolution of continental collision systems to explore, using numerical modeling, the transmission of deformation to the interior of the Iberian plate during the Cenozoic (last 65 million years). Daniel García- Castellanos and Ivone Jiménez-Munt are the thesis supervisors. The thesis was defended online on February 10.

Large-scale storage of hydrogen remains largely untested but is essential if hydrogen is to realise its potential to make a significant contribution to achieving net-zero emissions. A new perspectives paper sets out the key scientific challenges and knowledge gaps in large scale hydrogen storage in porous geological environments. These underground hydrogen reservoirs could be used as energy storages to face high demand periods. The article, co-authored by GEO3BCN-CSIC researchers Juan Alcalde and Ramon Carbonell, has been recently published in the journal "Energy and Environmental Science".

Can seismic data be used for economic analysis? This was the question proposed by the online SEISMONOMIC Morning Talk, an online working meeting organized by the BigNOMICs Project on January 12th in which Jordi Díaz took part as an invited speaker. “If seismic data is used as a proxy to analyze the economic activity, that will be an interdisciplinary example of cooperation among researchers of several fields that can bring benefits for all of them”, says Díaz.

GEO3BCN-CSIC rsearcher,Jordi Díaz, gave the last of the lectures scheduled in the annual cycle of conferences "Trobada de Geofísica" (Geophysical Meeting) organized by the  Laboratory of Geophysical Studies Eduard Fontseré from the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (LEGEF-IEC). The talk was given on 17th December in an online session that was attended by more than 30 participants.

Erandi Rodríguez-Pérez, PhD student at Geosciences Barcelona, attended the 9th CONACYT Scholars in Europe Symposium, an event organized by Maison Universitaire Franco Mexicane (MUFRAMEX) and the National Science and Technological Council from México (CONACYT). The researcher presented her work entitled ‘Paleoecology and paleoclimatic research: Records of the last millenia in Mexico’ on December 10.

Maria Jose Jurado, researcher at Geosciences Barcelona (GEO3BCN-CSIC), was awarded with the third prize in the EIT Innovators Award 2020, a prize given by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This award recognizes the innovation of Jurado and INNOLOG project team, funded by EIT Raw Materials, and it was announced on 9th of December on an online ceremony.

American Geophysical Union meeting (AGU Fall Meeting) is back. This year the conferences will be held online from 1 to 17 of December.

AGU20 is scheduled over a thousand hours of virtual content to minimize conflicts while maximizing global engagement. Scientific program content will be available on-demand, with pre-recorded oral presentations and virtual posters available for attendees to view and peruse outside of the scheduled live Q&A sessions during the meeting.

Ajay Kumar successfully defended his Ph. D. thesis online last 24 November. The thesis, entitled "Thermal and chemical imaging of the upper mantle anomalies: application to Western Mediterranean" has been directed by Manel Fernández and Jaume Vergés, both researchers at Geosciences Barcelona and has been tutored by Juan José Ledo Fernández from University of Barcelona. Kumar’s work was focused on characterizing the thermal and chemical structure of the upper mantle (upto 400 km depth) beneath Alboran and Algerian basins using gravity, elevation, mantle xenoliths and seismic tomography.

Geosciences Barcelona has expanded its catalogue of scientific equipment acquiring a new tabletop electronic microscope (Hitachi TM4000PLUSII). This new device enables researchers to observe rock samples and it can also be used to image a wide range of organic and inorganic materials.

The call for applications for the Training of University Professors grants (FPU 2020) awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Universities is now open. In the framework of this call, GEO3BCN-CSIC researchers offer two PhD research proposals.

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