César R. Ranero

César R. Ranero

Institut de Ciències del Mar

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

My PhD degree was awarded in 1993 by Barcelona University for work at the CSIC Earth Sciences Institute. Postdoc (93-99) and tenured  (2000) at GEOMAR (Germany). I joined ICREA in 2005 at CSIC Marine Sciences Institute. I have  >100 papers in the SCI with >5500 citations and h-index = 42. I have >600 contributions to international congresses and >40 invited talks, keynote and seminars at universities, research centers, and congresses. I organized or convened of >30 international scientific meetings. I was CO-PI of >dozen projects that included ship cruises. I supervised more than 20 graduated and postdoctoral researchers. Since 2007 I coordinate the Barcelona Center for Subsurface Imaging with ~20 scientists. I have been awarded Fellow of the American Geophysical Union 2018, Ciudat de Barcelona 2019 in Environmental and Earth Sciences, and elected member of the Academia Europaea 2020.

Research interests

My scientific goal is to conceptually advance our understanding of fundamental processes of rifting, passive margins evolution, seafloor spreading, and subduction systems. I am particularly interested on the processes that govern the relations between the behaviour of earthquakes, long-term tectonics, and fluid flow. For this end, I strive to obtain the best quality observations by personally leading field acquisition, analysis, and processing of data. I have specialized in complex, multi-disciplinary experiments, coordinating teams of multi-national scientists to acquire data during cruises that have produced major breakthroughs, and leading drilling projects for ground-truthing to test competing models.  With my group, I work on the development of bleeding-edge geophysical methods that yield novel observations of interest for basic science as well as for technological transfer to industry stake holders.

Selected research activities

Award Ciudat de Barcelona 2019 in Environmental and EarthSciences

Member of the Academia Europaea 2020

Co-PI project ATLANTIS, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, 1 ship cruise and 1 PhD


Sallarès, V. and Ranero, CR 2020. 'Shaking up geophysics: A new model for improved tsunami prediction'. Research Outreach. DOI: 10.32907/RO-116-98191