RISKNAT has grown and enriched in 2023 by incorporating new institutions and research topics. We are a group of researchers, grouped into different research teams, attached to the following institutions:

  • Departament de Dinàmica de la Terra i de l’Oceà of the Facultat de Ciències de la Terra (FCT) de la Universitat de Barcelona (DTO-UB);
  • Departament de Geologia of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (DG-UAB) ;
  • Institut de Ciències del Mar of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ICM-CSIC).

RISKNAT is currently made up of 18 members, of whom we are 13 doctors (11 with a permanent contract), 1 research technician, and 4 pre-doctoral researchers.

Joan Manuel Vilaplana Fernàndez led the group until 2018, when he was replaced by Eulàlia Masana Closa, current coordinator.

We are an interdisciplinary group, constituted by geologists, engineering geologists and geophysicists. This allows for a synergic comprehension of phenomena under study and the development of new techniques and methodologies. We cover a broad spectrum of activities, from field work (which we prioritise, both on land and offshore), to hazard assessment.

Gender balance

RISKNAT is coordinated since 2017 by a woman (E.Masana) and includes 9 women out of 18 members. Women are the leaders of 4 out of 8 research lines on hazardous processes, indicating that both genders are empowered in our group. Also, the former president and promoter of the Comissió d’Igualtat at the Facultat de Ciències de la Terra (UB), where RISKNAT is affiliated, is member of our group (M.Ortuño). We also prioritize woman appearance in the media and in the outreach material we generate. On the other hand, and regarding high level teaching and training, the coordinator of the Especialitat de Riscos Geològics of the Master en Recursos Minerals i Riscos Geològics (UB-UAB) is also a woman. We note also that ICM researchers involved in the group abide by the Pla d’Igualtat of CSIC and within ICM’s Severo Ochoa Strategic Plan (2020-2023), specific gender balance actions are being implemented to ensure gender balance at all levels of the research career stage and within the research disciplines of ICM.

Eulàlia Masana
Catedràtica DTO-UB
RISKNAT Coordinator
Active Tectonics and Paleoseismology
CV Personal

Glòria Furdada
Professora i investigadora DTO-UB
Fluvial floods (responsable)
Snow avalanches
CV Personal

Marta Guinau
Professora i investigadora DTO-UB
Mass movements (head)
Rock falls, Large landslides
CV Personal

Maria Ortuño
Professora i investigadora DTO-UB
Large landslides (head)
Active tectonics and paleoseismology (head)
CV personal

Olga Margalef
Professora i investigadora DTO-UB
Palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvionmental reconstructions
Permafrost dynamics. Soil science (head)

Raimon Pallàs
Professor i investigador DTO-UB
Active tectonics and Paleoseismology
Geomorphology and dating
Web management

CV personal

Giorgi Khazaradze
Professor i investigador DTO-UB
Geodesy GNNS (head)
Active tectonics
Mass movements
CV Personal

Jaume Bordonau
Professor i investigador DTO-UB
Active tectonics and Paleoseismology

David García
Tècnic de suport a la Investigació DTO-UB
Remote sensing, GIS, Instrumentation for processes monitoring

Llanos Valera Prieto
Pre-doctoral researcher DTO-UB
Fluvial dynamics and flood risk

Júlia Molins
Pre-Doctoral researcher DTO-UB
Active Tectonics and Paleoseismology

Marc Ollé
Investigador Pre-Doctoral DTO-UB
Active Tectonics and Paleoseismology

Roger Urgelés
Researcher ICM-CSIC
Marine georisks
Geophysics, soil mechanics and hidrogeology (head)
Gas hydrates

Xavier Garcia Martínez
Researcher ICM-CSIC
Electromagnetic methods

Savitri Galiana
Researcher ICM-CSIC
Hydrodynamic and biogeochemical modelling

Raquel Arasanz Pujol
Investigadora predoctoral ICM-CSIC
Geological risks and geomorphology,
Gas hydrates, Antarctic Peninsula

Joan Bach
Professor Titular d’Universitat DG-UAB
Hydric ressources
Environmental geology

Mario Zarroca
Professor Titular d’Universitat DG-UAB
Geophysical techniques (ERT, GPR, Seismic refraction)
Gravitational instabilities

Collaboration network

RISKNAT’s activity is highly interdisciplinary. We complement our own fields of expertise through close collaboration with ex-members of the research group, ex-doctoral students and other specialists in leading international methods and techniques. For years we have had a network of external contacts that allow us to strengthen the impact of our activities. We highlight the following fully consolidated collaborators:

  • Joan Manuel Vilaplana (Observatori del GeoRisc)
  • Mar Tapia (LEGEF-IEC)
  • Emma Suriñach (LEGEF-IEC)
  • Octavi Gómez-Novell (Unicht, Italia)
  • Xabier Blanch (TU Dresden, Alemanya)
  • Pere Oller (GeoNeu Risk)
  • Marta González (ICGC)
  • Jordi Pinyol (ICGC)
  • Carles Balasch (Universitat de Lleida)
  • Jordi Tuset (Universitat de Lleida)
  • Ana Moli (Arxiu Comarcal del Pallars Sobirà)
  • Juanmi Insua-Arévalo (Univeersidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Julián García-Mayordomo (Instituto Geológico y Minero de España)
  • Raquel Martín-Banda (Instituto Geológico y Minero de España)
  • Andrés Diez Herrero (Instituto Geológico y Minero de España)
  • Mar Génova (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
  • Thomas Rockwell (San Diego State University, USA)
  • Stéphane Baize (IRSN, França)
  • Bruno Pace (Unicht, Italia)
  • Oona Scotti (IRSN, França)
  • Laura Peruzza (I. Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale – OGS, Italia)
  • Lucilla Benedetti (CEREGE, France)
  • Virginia Ruiz Villanueva (Université de Lausanne, Suïssa)