Multi and single-stage marine landslides in the Central Mediterranean: causes and recurrences

Tugdual Gauchery | ISMAR Bologna


Predisposing factors to margin instability include a variety of external causes such as earthquakes, tectonic setting, interstitial fluid flow and fast rates of sediment accumulation, especially at the edge of the continental shelf and in the upper slope. ESR3 project will focus on three case studies located in the Central Mediterranean Sea with the aim of identifying the different mechanisms of failure and the deriving hazard on coastal and marine infrastructures, such as some existing oil&gas installations. These case studies are hosted in different geodynamic contexts (back-arc, foredeep and foreland basins) with quite the most diverse stratigraphic architecture and morphology of the continental margin, seismotectonic settings, uplift rates and seismicity. The project will try to gain general conceptual models on concurrent and/or prevailing triggering mechanisms and recurrence from the analysis of these three specific slopes. The candidate will work in a composite research environment and will have to combine data and information from sedimentology, structural geology, seismic stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, tephrostratigraphy to assess the age of the different displaced masses. Quantitative geomorphometry will be used also to reconstruct slide dynamics, especially to constrain multi-stage failures. The candidate will apply numerical models with focus on the rheology and multi-layer/multi-stage structure of the landslides and their coupling to tsunami generation. Geotechnical data will be eventually acquired in a later stage of the project and will be used in models of risk and damage scenarios on marine infrastructures. Participation in and co-organization of joint and national cruises will be requested.

Hosting institute
PDP Committee members:


Tugdual Gauchery
PhD student – ESR 3
Marzia Rovere
Principal Investigator – ESR 3
Fabio Trincardi
Principal Investigator – ESR 3


2019 | 2018 | 2017 |


SLATE at the 2019 European Researchers’ Night
ESR 1, ESR 3, News, Outreach

Rachel (ESR1) and Tugdual (ESR3) participated at the 2019 European Researchers’ Night in their host countries of Germany and Italy. Read about their experiences in communicating science to the general public.

Impressions from the EGU 2019
@ Vienna, Austria (07 – 12 April 2019)

Conferences, ESR 1, ESR 12, ESR 13, ESR 14, ESR 15, ESR 2, ESR 3, ESR 4, ESR 5, ESR 6, ESR 7, ESR 8, ESR 9, News

ESRs share their experience at the EGU General Assembly 2019 hosted in Vienna, Austria. Posters, oral presentations, PICOs and much more.

Ifremer 2nd part
ESR 3, News, Secondments

Ifemer 2nd part-Tugdual Gauchery         My second stay at Ifremer (Best, France), with my co-supervisor Antonio Cattaneo, lasted one month from 15/04 to the 15/05/2019 and aimed to work on the first manuscript. This tight collaboration with Antonio and other experts from Ifremer helped in the writing process. The manuscript deals with […]


Tugdual’s 1st secondment
@ IFREMER, Brest, France

ESR 3, News, Secondments

In early October, Tugdual (ESR 3) went on a secondment to IFREMER in Brest, France, in order to perform grain size analysis of the sortable silt fraction (10-63 µm) on two 9 and 11 m long piston cores. The analyses should help to shed light on present and past bottom-currents at the Gela Basin offshore Sicily.

Review of ECORD Training Course 2018
@ MARUM, Bremen, Germany

ESR 11, ESR 2, ESR 3, ESR 4, ESR 6, ESR 7, ESR 9, News

From 23rd to 27th April, a group of seven SLATE ESRs participated in the ECORD Training Course 2018, which took place at MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen. This one-week course provided a “Virtual Ship Experience” and prepared the young researchers for sailing in an offshore drillship expedition.

Tugdual’s research stay with ENI
@ ENI, Milan, Italy

ESR 3, News, Secondments

After my participation to the conference in Victoria (British Columbia), I had the chance to accompany my supervisor (Marzia Rovere) and 3 people from ISMAR to the Eni laboratories in Milan. As they are involved in the SPOT Project (Potentially Triggerable Offshore Seismicity and Tsunamis, ABSTRACT), they had a special authorization to access the data room for a limited time (2 weeks). My supervisor made the demand if I also could have the access to some of the data for my PhD.

Review of the 8th ISSMMTC conference
@ Victoria, Canada (7-9 May 2018)

ESR 1, ESR 10, ESR 15, ESR 3, ESR 5, News

Rachel, Tugdual and Maddalena share their experience of the 8th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences (ISSMMTC) hosted in Victoria, Canada! This bi-/triannual conference supported by UNESCO’s International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) was a great opportunity for our young scientists to come together and discuss the latest in the growing field of submarine landslide research.

Tugdual shares his EGU 2018 experience
@ Vienna, Austria

Conferences, ESR 3, News

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is the biggest meeting of geoscientists in Europe. During 1 week, more than 15,000 scientists gathered to exchange and to present their work in front of the worldwide scientific community. This conference was my first participation in a conference and was a great opportunity to present my work and get feedbacks.


Tugdual celebrating “Saint Barbara” day
@ UniLaSalle Beauvais, France

ESR 3, News, Outreach

Saint Barbara at UniLaSalle Beauvais, France Outreach activity by Tugdual Gauchery (ESR3) | 02/12/2017 Saint Barbara or simply “Barbara Day”, also known as “Barbarafest”, is the patron saint of armourers, miners, and generally of people who work with explosives and/or in the mountains including – by extension – the geologists/volocanologist /geophysicists. For this occasion, every […]