• WG11. Laboratory of Marine Seismic Reflection and Bathymetry
  • LA11. Marine Geology

Coordinator: Pedro Terrinha, IPMA
Institutions: IPMA

Working group and line of action consisting of a Laboratory unit for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of marine geophysical data (2D and 3D seismics, magnetics and gravimetry) and their geological integration – from estuaries to abyssal bottoms.

Aims to provide services to C4G partners, the national and international scientific community, the public and the private entities; to offer advanced training; to construct integrated geological and environmental models (geophysical, geochemical) for the characterization of the seabed and subsoil and crustal structure; to map the marine habitat; to assess marine geological risks and resources and; to integrate the international community on deep sea substrate research.


  • Seismic reflection data
  • Bathymetric, backscatter and magnetic data
  • Water column sound velocity profiles
  • Photo and video from the direct observation of seafloor
  • Bathymetric and magnetic grids
  • Offshore geological maps
  • Geological and lithologic maps of the seabed
  • Morpho-tectonic maps of marine areas
  • Models of the deep crustal structure and geological boundaries
  • (available soon)
    • Online database on geophysical data and metadata
    • Thematic geological maps of the seabed
    • Submarine landslide susceptibility maps
    • Marine habitat maps
    • Paleo-coastline maps
    • Lithospheric database and information
    • Pre-proposal submission IODP Gorringe Bank
More sources of marine geology data: EMODnet-geology.


  • Ultra high resolution seismic reflection
    Acquisition, processing and interpretation.

  • Multibeam and backscatter
    Acquistition, processing and interpretation.

  • Marine magnetic surveys
    Acquisition, processing & interpretation.

  • Seismic refraction
    Processing and interpretation.

  • Direct observation of seafloor
    High-resolution video aquisition from 0 m to 150 m.

  • Identification of areas with potential for the exploration of subsea geo-resources

  • High resolution characterization of marine aggregates and placers and assessment of the volume of exploitable material

  • Sharing thematic cartography in EMODnet-geology [here]
  • (available soon)
    • Monitoring of coastal and estuarine sedimentary dynamics.
    • Monitoring of active underwater structures (landslides, faults, anthropogenic structures).



  • Tailored theoretical and/or practical courses
    At the sea, in-house and e-Learning, in the 3 higher cycles in marine curricular areas.
  • Advanced formation on interpretation of geophysical data
    In-house and e-Learning.

Check more TRAINING available via C4G.



  • Ultra-high resolution multichannel seismic reflection spread: 1kJ pps, 24 channels, 200 tips sparker
  • Sub-bottom profiler (parametric echosounder)
  • Multibeam echosounder+SVP+Positioning system spreads
  • STR SeaSpyder Telemetry underwater system, photo and video camera
  • Valeport Sound Velocity Sensor & Profiler

Check more EQUIPMENT available via C4G.



  • SeisLab – Lab. of marine seismic reflection and bathymetry:
    • Workstations for seismic data processing and interpretation
    • Radex Pro Seismic Processing software
    • Landmark suite software