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Geodynamics of the Central Mediterranean.
A Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship

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This website presents the latest news, progress and results of GEOMED.
GEOMED is a 2-year MSCA project (2019-2021) investigating the geodynamics of the central Mediterranean. For more information about GEOMED see the About page. If you would like to contact us please do so here.

26th April 2021
Follow our presentations at this year’s European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2021. “Geodynamics of the Central Mediterranean (GEOMED) inferred from ambient seismic noise
and “Seismic radial anisotropy in Central-Western Mediterranean and Italian peninsula from ambient noise recordings“.

26th April 2021
Join us to a special session dedicated to seismic imaging at this years at the European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2021. This year’s edition is themed ‘#vEGU21: Engage • Discover • Inspire’. The dedicated session is convened by GEOMED research team. Here is the link to the session: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU21/session/39297.

15th April 2021
Meeting with Minister for Research and Innovation (Malta) to present the latest results from GEOMED and present a recent publication. Special emphasis was made on the importance of long term national research policy and collaboration with international institutions.

Researcher Matthew Agius with Minister Owen Bonnici, Malta.

31st March 2021
Publication describing the newly set up network on the islands of Malta in the centre of the Mediterranean: “A First National Seismic Network for the Maltese Islands—The Malta Seismic Network” in the acclaimed journal Seismological Research Letters.

27th January 2021
A recent publication in the journal Nature brings new light on the deep processes taking place beneath the Mid-Atlantic Ridge: “A thin mantle transition zone beneath the equatorial Mid-Atlantic Ridge“.

16th December 2020
A specialised session will be held at the American Geophysical Union online conference: Imaging Earth Structures from the Surface Down to the Upper Mantle with Multiple Geophysical and Geochemical Data I and II (Posters). A GEOMED dedicated poster is presented: Seismicity and seismic imaging of the Sicily Channel (Central Mediterranean Sea).

23-27th November 2020: European Research Night
Watch GEOMED promotional video launched during the Notte Europea dei Ricercatori. Visit http://nottericerca.uniroma3.it and https://www.nottedeiricercatori.it.
Choose video in English or Italian.
Watch GEOMED promotional video for the European Research Night (2929).

4th November 2020: Presentation at EPOS Sustainability Phase / AdriaArray / ORFEUS international remote workshop titled: “Lithosphere structure of Central Mediterranean from ambient noise tomography”.

2nd November 2020
Scientific results presented at the 3rd Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences (https://www.cajg.org):
1) Lateral varying lithospheric structure across the Sicily Channel Rift Zone from seismic tomography
2) Seismicity across the easter Sicily Channel Rift Zone
Click on images to watch the presentations.
Click image to watch presentation of Lateral varying lithospheric structure across the Sicily Channel Rift Zone from seismic tomography. Click image to watch presentation of Seismicity across the eastern Sicily Channel Rift Zone

October 2020: Interview with internet influencer Leana Noufal from Beyond.show (Dubai). She asked about the career and professional life of a scientist to inspire young people to choose science as careers. You can see the interview in 3 short parts:
Beyond.show promotional clip. Beyond.show part 1. Beyond.show part 2. Beyond.show part 3.

13th May 2020
Seminar at L-Università ta’ Malta (Msida, Malta) titled: “Seismicity and seismic imaging of the Sicily Channel”.

8th May 2020
Follow our presentation “Imaging the Sicily Channel Rift Zone (Central Mediterranean) with seismic ambient noise tomography” at this year’s European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2020. This year’s edition is themed ‘Sharing Geoscience Online’, where all the presentation are open to the public for free. Here is the link to the session: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/36116

6th May 2020
The paper “An instrumental earthquake catalogue for the offshore Maltese islands region, 1995–2014” has been accepted for publication on the next available issue of Annals of Geophysics.

30th April 2020
A new section called “Dissemination” has been created to show past and upcoming events we will be participating at. Dissemination activities include seminars, conferences and other meetings.

22nd April 2020
Seminar at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV, Rome) titled: “Seismicity and seismic velocities of the Sicily Channel Rift Zone”.

16th April 2020
The paper “Analysis of online news coverage on earthquakes through text mining” has been accepted in the journal Frontiers in Earth Science. The article will be part of the research topic The Power of Citizen Seismology: Science and Social Impacts.

28th December 2019
A paper about real-time analysis of online news coverage on earthquakes through text mining has been submitted to Frontiers in Earth Science. This study analyses 268,182 multilingual news reports published by 23 news agencies from different parts of the world and 14,677 earthquakes of magnitude ranging from 4 to 8.2 during a 1-year study between 2018 and 2019. The results confirm that the number of online published news articles for an earthquake depends on the event magnitude, on the duration of the seismicity linked to the mainshock, on the damage caused, and on the degree of the location’s inhabitation. This study can help improve communication to the media especially during relief efforts

12th November 2019
A paper about the seismicity of the eastern part of the Sicily Channel has just been submitted to Annals of Geophysics. The results from the study show that the seismicity in the southeastern end of the Sicily Channel rift system is located in areas coinciding with topographic features and is far higher than previously thought. The paper is now in review.

27th September 2019
Website is put online. Information about the project and the scientific team are now available. More sections dedicated to the ongoing work will be added in the future as the project progress.

2nd September 2019
Project kick-off at the host institution Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Italy.