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Prof. Dr. Elda Miramontes García


+49 421 218-65200


+49 421 218-65219



GEO, 2560

Research interests

In my research I study the sedimentary processes that control seafloor morphology and sediment distribution in the deep sea, with a special focus on deposits generated by oceanic currents. I am also interested in how oceanic circulation interacts with turbidity currents and affects submarine channels. My aim is to better understand sediment dynamics in deep-sea settings at present to improve paleoceanographic and paleoenvironmental reconstructions based on sedimentary archives.

In my research I use a combination of different methods and datasets to analyse sedimentary processes in deep-water systems and their related deposits: geophysical data (multibeam bathymetry and seismic data), sediment cores, in situ measurements of currents (vessel-mounted ADCP and moorings), numerical hydrodynamic modelling and flume-tank experiments. The videos of our last flume-tank experiments, that simulated the interaction of turbidity currents and contour currents, were published in Geology and are available in the following link: https://youtu.be/1c5r_l8W19E





  • Jorry, S.J., Jouet, G., Edinger, E.N., Toucanne, S., Counts, J.W., Miramontes, E., Courgeon, S., Vázquez Riveiros, N., Le Roy, P., Camoin, G.F. (2020). From platform top to adjacent deep sea: New source-to-sink insights into carbonate sediment production and transfer in the SW Indian Ocean (Glorieuses archipelago).Marine Geology, 423, 106144, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2020.106144.

  • Kane, I.A., Clare, M.A., Miramontes, E., Wogelius, R., Rothwell, J.J., Garreau, P., Pohl, F. (2020). Seafloor microplastic hotspots controlled by deep-sea circulation. Science, 368, 1140–1145, https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aba5899.

  • Miramontes, E., Eggenhuisen, J.T., Silva Jacinto, R.S., Poneti, G., Pohl, F., Normandeau, A., Campbell, C., Hernández-Molina, F.J. (2020). Channel-levee evolution in combined contour current-turbidity current flows from flume-tank experiments. Geology, 48(4), 353–357, https://doi.org/10.1130/G47111.1.

  • Miramontes, E., Eggenhuisen, J.T., Silva Jacinto, R.S., Poneti, G., Pohl, F., Normandeau, A., Campbell, C., Hernández-Molina, F.J. (2020). Channel-levee evolution in combined contour current-turbidity current flows from flume-tank experiments: Reply. Geology, 48(8): e508, https://doi.org/10.1130/G47885Y.1.
  • Miramontes, E., Jouet, G., Thereau, E., Bruno, M., Penven, P., Guerin, C., Le Roy, P., Droz, L., Jorry, S.J., Hernández-Molina, F.J., Thiéblemont, A., Silva Jacinto, R., Cattaneo, A. (2020). The impact of internal waves on upper continental slopes: insights from the Mozambican margin (southwest Indian Ocean).Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 45(6), 1469–1482, https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4818.

  • Pastor, L., Brandily, C., Schmidt, S., Miramontes, E., Appere, D., Chéron, S., Boissier, A., Jouet, G. (2020). Modern sedimentation and geochemical imprints in sediments from the NW Madagascar margin. Marine Geology, 426, 106184, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2020.106184.


  • Miramontes, E., Penven, P., Fierens, R., Droz, L., Toucanne, S., Jorry, S.J., Jouet, G., Pastor, L., Silva Jacinto, R., Gaillot, A., Giraudeau, J., Raisson, F. (2019). The influence of bottom currents on the Zambezi Valley morphology (Mozambique Channel, SW Indian Ocean): In situ current observations and hydrodynamic modelling. Marine Geology, 410, 42-55, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2019.01.002.
  • Miramontes, E., Jorry, S.J., Jouet, G., Counts, J.W., Le Roy, P., Courgeon, S., Hernández-Molina, F.J., Guerin, C. (2019). Deep marine dunes on drowned isolated carbonate terraces (Mozambique Channel, SW Indian Ocean). Sedimentology, 66(4), 1222-1242, https://doi.org/10.1111/sed.12572.
  • Miramontes, E., Garreau, P., Cattaneo, A., Caillaud, M., Jouet, G., Pellen, R., Hernández-Molina, F.J., Clare, M.A. (2019). Contourite distribution in the NW Mediterranean Sea: new insights from hydrodynamic modelling. Geomorphology, 333, 43-60, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.02.030.
  • Thiéblemont, A., Hernández-Molina, F. J., Miramontes, E., Raisson, F., Penven, P. (2019). Contourite depositional systems along the Mozambique channel: The interplay between bottom currents and sedimentary processes. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 147, 79-99, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2019.03.012.
  • Fierens, R., Droz, L., Toucanne, S., Raisson, F., Jouet, G., Babonneau, N., Miramontes, E., Landurain, S., Jorry, S.J. (2019). Late Quaternary geomorphology and sedimentary processes in the Zambezi turbidite system (Mozambique Channel). Geomorphology, 334, 1-28, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.02.033.
  • Counts, J. W., Jorry, S.J., Vazquez Riveiros, N., Jouet, G., Giraudeau, J., Cheron, S., Boissier, A., Miramontes, E. (2019). A Late Quaternary record of highstand shedding from an isolated carbonate platform (Juan de Nova, southern Indian Ocean). The Depositional Record, 5, 540-557, https://doi.org/10.1002/dep2.57.


  • Miramontes, E., Sultan, N., Garziglia, S., Jouet, G., Pelleter, E., Cattaneo, A. (2018). Altered volcanic deposits as basal failure surfaces of submarine landslides. Geology, 46(7), 663-666, https://doi.org/10.1130/G40268.1.
  • Miramontes, E., Garziglia, S., Sultan, N., Jouet, G., Cattaneo, A. (2018). Morphological control of slope instability in contourites: a geotechnical approach. Landslides, 15(6), 1085-1095, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-018-0956-6.
  • Counts, J. W., Jorry, S. J., Leroux, E., Miramontes, E., Jouet, G. (2018). Sedimentation adjacent to atolls and volcano-cored carbonate platforms in the Mozambique Channel (SW Indian Ocean). Marine Geology, 404, 41-59, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2018.07.003.


  • Cattaneo, A., Miramontes, E., Samalens, K., Garreau, P., Caillaud, M., Marsset, B., Corradi, N., Migeon, S. (2017). Contourite identification along Italian margins: The case of the Portofino drift (Ligurian Sea). Marine and Petroleum Geology, 87, 137-147, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.03.026.
  • Hernández-Molina, F. J., Campbell, S., Badalini, G., Thompson, P., Walker, R., Soto, M., Conti, B., Preu, B., Thieblemont, A., Hyslop, L., Miramontes, E., Morales, E. (2018). Large bedforms on contourite terraces: Sedimentary and conceptual implications. Geology, 46(1), 27-30, https://doi.org/10.1130/G39655.1.


  • Miramontes, E., Cattaneo, A., Jouet, G., Théreau, E., Thomas, Y., Rovere, M., Cauquil, E., Trincardi, F. (2016). The Pianosa Contourite Depositional System (Northern Tyrrhenian Sea): Drift morphology and Plio-Quaternary stratigraphic evolution. Marine Geology, 378, 20-42, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2015.11.004.
  • Miramontes, E., Cattaneo, A., Jouet, G., Garziglia, S. (2016). Implications of Sediment Dynamics in Mass Transport along the Pianosa Ridge (Northern Tyrrhenian Sea). In Lamarche G., Mountjoy, J.Bull, S., Hubble, T., Krastel, S., Lane, E., Micallef, A., Moscardelli, L., Mueller, C., Pecher, I., Woelz, S. (Eds.), Submarine mass movements and their consequences, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Advances in Natural Hazard Research, Springer, 30, 301–309, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20979-1_30.