César R. Ranero

César R. Ranero

Institut de Ciències del Mar

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

PhD degree in 1993 awarded 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 129 papers in the SCI with >7500 citations and h-index = 48. I have >600 contributions to international congresses and >50 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 over 20 projects, and several research cruises. I supervised more than 30 graduated and postdoctoral researchers. Since 2007 I lead the Barcelona Center for Subsurface Imaging with 20-25 scientists. I have been awarded Fellow of the American Geophysical Union 2018, Premi Ciudat de Barcelona 2019 in Environmental and Earth Sciences, and elected member of Academia Europaea in 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 publications

- Gómez de la Peña L, Ranero CR et al. 2022, 'Evidence for a developing plate boundary in the western Mediterranean', Nature Communications, 13, 4786.

- Gómez de La Peña L, Gràcia E, Maesano FE, Basili R, Kopp H, Sánchez-Serra C, Scala A, Romano F, Volpe M, Piatanesi A & Ranero CR 2022, 'A first appraisal of the seismogenic and tsunamigenic potential of the largest fault systems in the westernmost Mediterranean', Marine Geology, 445: 106749.

- Camafort M, Ranero CR & Gràcia E 2022, 'Active tectonics of the North Tunisian continental margin', Tectonics, 41, 4, e2021TC007110.

- Grevemeyer I, Ranero CR et al. 2022, 'The continent-to-ocean transition in the Iberia Abyssal Plain', Geology, 50(5), 615-619.

- Kluesner, J W et al. 2022, Mega-Depressions on the Cocos Ridge: Links Between Volcanism, Faults, Hydrothermal Circulation, and Dissolution', GEOCHEMISTRY GEOPHYSICS GEOSYSTEMS, 23, 8, e2022GC010370.

- Ugalde A et al. 2022, 'Noise Levels and Signals Observed on Submarine Fibers in the Canary Islands Using DAS', Seismological Research Letters, 93(1), 351-363.

- Jimenez-Tejero CE, Ranero CR et al. 2022, 'Downward continuation of marine seismic reflection data: an undervalued tool to improve velocity models', Geophysical Journal International, 230, 2, 831-848.  

- Gras C, Jimenez-Tejero CE, Sallares V, Melendez A & Ranero CR 2022, 'Toward a Practical Appraisal for Waveform Tomography of Band- and Offset-Limited Marine Seismic Data', IEEE Transactions On Geoscience And Remote Sensing, 60, 1-14. 

Selected research activities

- Member of the Nomination & Honors Committee of the Tectonophysics Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Chief Scientist of ATLANTIS cruise with Spanish Research vessel Sarmiento de Gamboa 13-Jun/18-July/2022

- Co-PI of iODP project TIME aproved 2022 to use R/V Joides Resolution to drill the Tyrrhenian Sea basin in 2024