Alcalde Martín, Juan

Contact Information

Juan Alcalde Martín

Scientific Staff


+34 93 634 4651 Ext. 440660





Educational Background

  • 2014 PhD in Earth Sciences, University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
  • 2011 MSc in Geophysics, University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
  • 2008 BSc in Geology, University of Salamanca (Salamanca, Spain).

Research experience and employment history

  • 2018:Present Honorary Researcher, at University of Aberdeen.
  • 2018 Geophysicist, Lithica SCCL, Spain.
  • 2017-2018: Research Fellow, at University of Aberdeen.
  • 2017 Geophysicist, GMS Internacional
  • 2015-2017: Research Fellow, at University of Aberdeen.
  • 2013-2015: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, at University of Edinburgh.
  • 2009-2013: MSc and PhD grant holder, Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera ICTJA-CSIC, Spain. Funded by CIUDEN Foundation.
  • 2009 Seismic survey land surveyor/permit man, CGGVeritas Spain.


Research Interests

  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Geoenergy
  • Reflection seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation
  • Geophysics
  • Mineral exploration
  • Negative emission technologies
  • Reservoir characterisation
  • Uncertainty in Geosciences
  • Cognitive biases
  • Fracture networks


Past Projects


Outreach and awards

Awards & mentions

  • PhD Cum Laude with International Mention.
  • 2017 Best Recent Paper Award, AAPG Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division (PSGD), for the article “The importance of structural model availability on seismic interpretation”, por Alcalde et al.
  • Runners up Image of the Year in the British Geophysical Association, with the image “Hands-on interpretation”.










Alcalde, J., Flude, S., Wilkinson, M., Johnson, G., Edlmann, K., Bond, C.E., Scott, V., Gilfillan, S.M.V., Ogaya, X., and Haszeldine, R.S. "Estimating geological CO2 storage security to deliver on climate mitigation". Nature Communications, 9. 2018. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-04423-1

Alcalde, J., Smith, P., Haszeldine, S.R., and Bond, C.E. The potential for implementation of Negative Emission Technologies in Scotland. 2018. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 76. doi: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2018.06.021

Alcalde, J., Bond, C.E., Johnson, G., Cooper, M.A., Butler, R.W.H. and Ellis, J.F. 2017. The importance of structural model availability on seismic interpretation. Journal of Structural Geology, 97, pp 161-171. Doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2017.03.003

Alcalde, J., Bond, C. E., Johnson, G., Ellis, J. F., & Butler, R. W. (2017). Impact of seismic image quality on fault interpretation uncertainty. GSA Today, Volume 27 Issue 2, pp 4-10. Doi: 10.1130/GSATG282A.1

Alcalde, J., Bond, C.E., and Randle, C. 2017. Framing bias: the effect of figure presentation on seismic interpretation. Interpretation, Vol. 5, No. 4; p-1-15.

Andrés, J., Alcalde, J., Ayarza, P., Saura, E., Marzán, I., Martí, D., Martínez-Catalán, J.R., Carbonell, R., Pérez-Estaún, A., García-Lobón, J.L., and Rubio, F.M. 2016. Basement structure of the Hontomín CO2 storage site (Spain) determined by integration of microgravity and 3-D seismic data. Solid Earth, 7, 827-841.

Ogaya, X., Alcalde, J., Marzán, I., Ledo, J., Queralt, P., Marcuello, A., Martí, D., Saura, E., Carbonell, R., and Benjumea, B. 2016. Joint interpretation of magnetotelluric, seismic, and well-log data in Hontomín (Spain). Solid Earth, 7, 943-958

Ayarza, P., Carbonell, R., Teixell, A., Palomeras, I., Martí, D., Kchikach, A., Harnafi, M., Levander, A., Gallart, J., Arboleya, M.L., Alcalde, J., Charroud, M., and Amrhar, M. 2014. Crustal thickness and velocity structure across the Moroccan Atlas from long offset wide-angle seismic reflection data: the SIMA experiment. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 15, pp. 1-20. DOI: 10.1002/2013GC005164

Alcalde, J., Marzán, I., Saura, E., Martí, D., Ayarza, P., Juhlin, C., Pérez-Estaún, A., and Carbonell, R. 2014. 3D geological characterization of the Hontomin CO2 storage site, Spain: multidisciplinary approach from seismics, well-logging and regional data. Tectonophysics 627, pp. 6-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.04.025

Alcalde, J., Martí, D., Calahorrano, A., Ayarza, P., Marzán, I., Carbonell, R., Juhlin, C., Pérez-Estaún, A. 2013. Active seismic characterization experiments of the Hontomín research facility for geological storage of CO2, Spain. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. Volume 19, pp. 785-795

Alcalde, J., Martí, D., Juhlin, C., MalehmirA., Sopher, D., Saura, E., Marzán, I., Calahorrano, A., Ayarza, P., Pérez-Estaún, A., and Carbonell, R. 2013. 3D Reflection Seismic Imaging of the Hontomín structure in the Basque-Cantabrian Basin (Spain). Solid Earth, 4, pp. 481-496. DOI: 10.5194/se-4-481-2013


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