Research

My research aims to understand the mechanisms that link seabed morphology, submarine density flow structure and seabed erosion/deposition in deep waters. I analyse the triad morphology-flow structure-seabed sediment transport through a multidisciplinary approach from numerical modelling in Delft3D to experimental works and field measurements. In particular through Delft3D, I create ideal flow-seabed scenarios to test hypotheses observed in modern submarine systems. The combination of the all approaches provides information about submarine flow behavior and their deposits in time-, space- and resolution-scales. This multi-scale study is key to calculating the sediment transport capability of submarine density flows, which entail a risk to submarine infrastructure, control the distribution of submarine hydrocarbon reservoirs and play a role in organic carbon burial.

Current projects

Modelling deposits in Delft3D (https://proms-delft.nl/?page_id=394).

Education

2014 – 2018 : Ph.D. in the University of Southampton – Understanding the dynamics of submarine density flows through direct observations from modern channel systems.

2011 – 2012 : M.Sc. degree in the Universidad de Barcelona –Chrono-stratigraphy of the Upper Quaternary in the Alboran Sea (SW Mediterranean Sea).

1990 – 1998 : B.Sc. Industrial Engineering degree in the Universidad del País Vasco.

 Professional experience

2018 – current : Post Doctoral position in Delft University of Technology – Modelling turbidity currents in Delft3D.

2013 – 2014 : Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) – Data analyst in the Sedimentology and Geohazards group of the National Oceanography Centre of Southampton.

2012 – 2013 : Universidad de Barcelona – Researcher in the Marine Geosciences group. Analysis of anthropogenic impacts on the continental shelf of the Cap de Creus (NW Mediterranean Sea).

2011 – 2012 : Marine Sciences Institute of Barcelona (ICM-CSIC) –  Analyst of seismic profiles.

2003 – 2011 : IDOM, Engineering and Building Managing – Building construction & design Leader.

1998 – 2003 : IDOM, Engineering and Consulting – M&E services design.

Additional professional experience

2017 : Ambassador of American Geophysical Union

2017 : Ambassador of University of Southampton

2014-2016 : Demonstrator in the Graduate School of National Oceanography Centre of Southampton

2011 – 2012 : Instituto de Ciencias del Mar (Barcelona) – Seismic profile analyst

Publications

2018 : Azpiroz-Zabala, M. Understanding the dynamics of submarine density flows through direct observations from modern systems.University of Southampton,Doctoral Thesis, 145pp. (https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/424759/)

2018 : Cook, T. (2018), How do deep-sea gravity currents transport sediment so far?, Eos, 99 on Azpiroz-Zabala, M., Cartigny, M.J.B., Sumner, E.J., Clare, M.A., Talling, P.J., Parsons, D.R. and Cooper, C.- A general model for the helical structure of geophysical flows in channel bends – Published on 02 March 2018. (https://eos.org/research-spotlights/how-do-deep-sea-gravity-currents-transport-sediment-so-far)

2018 : Azpiroz-Zabala, M., Cartigny, M.J.B., Sumner, E.J., Clare, M.A., Talling, P.J., Parsons, D.R. and Cooper, C. A general model for the helical structure of geophysical flows in channel bends. Geophysical Research Letters 44, 11,932–11,941. doi: 10.1002/2017GL075721. (https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/2017GL075721)

2018 : Hage, S., Cartigny, M.J.B., Clare, M.A., Sumner, E.J., Vendettuoli, D., Hughes Clarke, J.E., Hubbard, S.M., Talling, P.J., Lintern, D.G., Stacey, C.D., Englert, R.G., Vardy, M.E., Hunt, J.E., Yokokawa, M., Parsons, D.R., Hizzett, J.L., Azpiroz-Zabala, M., Vellinga, A.J., How to recognize crescentic bedforms formed by supercritical turbidity currents in the rock record: insights from active submarine channels. Geology 46 (6), 563-566. (https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article/46/6/563/530687/how-to-recognize-crescentic-bedforms-formed-by)

2017 : Azpiroz-Zabala, M., Cartigny, M.J.B., Talling, P.J., Parsons, D.R., Sumner, E.J., Clare, M.A., Simmons, S.M., Cooper, C., and Pope, E. Newly recognized turbidity current structure can explain prolonged flushing of submarine canyons. Science Advances . 3, e1700200. (http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/10/e1700200)

2016 : Lastras, G., Amblas, D., Canals, M., Azpiroz, M., Bascuñán, I., Calafat, A.M., Duhart, P., Frigola, J., Hermanns, R.L., Iglesias, O., Kempf, P., Lafuerza, S., Longva, O., Micallef, A., Rayo, X., Sepúlveda, S.A. and Vargas, G. Fjord-flank collapse and associated deformation in Aysén Fjord, Chile; Atlas of Submarine Glacial Landforms: Modern, Quaternary and Ancient, Dowdeswell, J. A., Canals, M., Jakobsson, M., Todd, B. J., Dowdeswell, E. K. & Hogan, K. A. (eds). (http://mem.lyellcollection.org/content/46/1/107)

2016 : Mastbergen, D., van den Ham, G., Cartigny, M., Koelewijn, A., de Kleine, M., Clare, M., Hizzett, J., Azpiroz, M. and Vellinga, A. Multiple Flow Slide Experiment in the Westerschelde Estuary, The Netherlands; Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research 41, G. Lamarche et al. (eds.), doi 10.1007/978-3-319-20979-1_24. (https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-20979-1_24)

2013 : Lastras, G., Amblás, D., Calafat, A.M., Canals, M., Frigola, J., Hermanns, R.L., Lafuerza, S., Londgva, o., Micallef, A., Sepúlveda, S.A., Vargas, G., de Batist, M., van Daele, M., Azpiroz, M., Bascuñán, I., Duhart, P., Iglesias, O., Kempf, P. and Rayo, X. Landslides cause tsunami waves: Insights from Aysén Fjord, Chile; Eos vol. 94, 34, 297-298. (https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/2013EO340002)

2012 : Azpiroz, M. Chronostratigraphy of the Upper Quaternary at the NW area of the Alboran Sea. M.Sc. thesis.