Publications & Data

Junqué E., Garí M., Llull R.M. and Grimalt J.O. (2018). Drivers of the accumulation of mercury and organochlorine pollutants in Mediterranean lean fish and dietary significance. Science of the total Environment 634: 170-180.  Abstract

Llull R.M., Garí M., Canals M., Rey-Maquieira T., Grimal J.O. (2017). Mercury concentrations in lean fish from the Western Mediterranean Sea: Dietary exposure and risk assessment in the population of the Balearic Islands. Environmental Research 158: 16–23    . Abstract 

Levin N., Kark S. and Danovaro R. (2017). Adding the Third Dimension to Marine Conservation. Conservation letters  September 2017: 1-14. Abstract

Salvadó J.A. , Grimalt J.O., López J.F., Palanques A., Heussner S., Pasqual C., Sanchez-Vidal A. and  Canals M. (2017). Transfer of lipid molecules and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to open marine waters by dense water cascading events. Progress in Oceanography 159: 178-194. Abstract 

Fabri Marie-Claire, Brind'Amour Anik, Jadaud Angelique, Galgani Francois, Vaz Sandrine, Taviani Marco, Scarcella Giuseppe, Canals Miquel, Sanchez Anna, Grimalt Joan, Galil Bella, Goren Menachem, Schembri Patrick, Evans Julian, Fanelli Emanuela, Carugati Laura, Danovaro Roberto (2018).  Review of literature on the implementation of the MSFD to the deep Mediterranean Sea. IDEM project, Deliverable 1.1.

Fanelli, E., Bianchelli, S., & Danovaro, R. (2018). Deep-sea mobile megafauna of Mediterranean submarine canyons and open slopes: Analysis of spatial and bathymetric gradients. Progress in Oceanography 168: 23-34.

Danovaro, R. (2018). Climate change impacts on the biota and on vulnerable habitats of the deep Mediterranean Sea. Rendiconti Lincei. Scienze Fisiche e Naturali, 1-17.

Barone G., Rastelli E., Corinaldesi C., Tangherlini M., Danovaro R., & Dell'Anno A. (2018). Benthic deep-sea fungi in submarine canyons of the Mediterranean Sea. Progress in Oceanography, 168: 57-64.

Corinaldesi C., Rastelli E., Canensi S., Tangherlini M., Danovaro R., Dell’Anno A. (2018). High rates of viral lysis stimulate prokaryotic turnover and C recycling in bathypelagic waters of a Ligurian canyon (Mediterranean Sea). Progress in Oceanography, 71: 70-75.

Corinaldesi C., Tangherlini M., Rastelli E., Buschi E., Lo Martire M., Danovaro R., Dell’Anno A. (2018). High diversity of benthic bacterial and archaeal assemblages in deep-Mediterranean canyons and adjacent slopes. Progress in oceanography, 171: 154-161.

Fanelli E., Bianchelli S., Danovaro R.  (2018). Deep-sea mobile megafauna of Mediterranean submarine canyons and open slopes: analysis of spatial and bathymetric gradients.  Progress in Oceanography, 168: 23-24.

Paradis S., Puig P., Sanchez-Vidal A., Masqué P., Garcia-Orellana J., Calafat A., Canals M. (2018). Spatial distribution of sedimentation-rate increases in Blanes Canyon caused by technification of bottom trawling fleet, 169: 241-252

Sanchez-Vidal A., Thompson R.C., Canals M., de Haan W.P. (2018). The imprint of microplastics from textiles in southern European deep seas. PlosOne,

Salvadó, J. A., Grimalt, J. O., López, J. F., Palanques, A., & Canals, M. (2019). Influence of deep water formation by open-sea convection on the transport of low hydrophobicity organic pollutants in the NW Mediterranean Sea. Science of The Total Environment, 647: 597-605.

Bertocci I., Dell'Anno A., Musco L., Gambi C., Saggiomo V., Cannavacciuolo M., Lo Martire M., Passarelli A., Zazo G.,  Danovaro, R. (2019). Science of The Total Environment, 655: 1218-1231.

Bianchelli S., Danovaro R. (2019). Meiofaunal biodiversity in submarine canyons of the Mediterranean Sea: A meta-analysis.   Progress in Oceanography, 170: 69-80.

de Haan W.P., Sanchez-Vidal A., Canals M. (2019). Floating microplastics and aggregate formation in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 140: 523-535.

Gambi C., Carugati L., Lo Martire M., Danovaro R. (2019). Biodiversity and distribution of meiofauna in the Gioia, Petrace and Dohrn Canyons (Tyrrhenian Sea). Progress in Oceanography, 171: 162-174.

Mel C., Kerhervé P., Mino-Vercellio-Verollet, M., Dumontier M., Sanchez-Vidal A., Canals M., Heussner S. (2019). Beached microplastics in the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 142: 263-273.

Di Bella L., Sabbatini A., Carugati L., Lo Martire M., Luna G. M., Pierdomenico M., Danovaro R., Negri, A. (2019). Living foraminiferal assemblages in two submarine canyons (Polcevera and Bisagno) of the Ligurian basin (Mediterranean Sea). Progress in Oceanography, 173: 114-133.

Fanelli et al. (in preparation). A perspective on the trophic geography of deep-sea species in the Mediterranean Sea.

Danovaro, R., Fanelli, E. et al. Towards a Marine Strategy for the Deep Mediterranean Sea: Analysis of the current status. Marine Policy (submitted).



Aymà A., Aguzzi J., Canals M., Company J.B., Lastras G., Mecho A., Lo Iacono C.  Occurrence of living cold-water corals at large depths within the submarine canyons of the northwestern Mediterranean Sea C. Orejas and C. Jiménez (eds.):Mediterranean CWC: past present and future, Springer series “Coral Reefs of the world”, Springer, Berlín, Heidelberg. In press  

Lastras G., Sanchez-Vidal A., Canals M. Discovery of a new cold-water coral habitat in La Fonera submarine canyon, Northwestern Mediterranean Sea C. Orejas and C. Jiménez (eds.):Mediterranean CWC: past present and future, Springer series “Coral Reefs of the world”, Springer, Berlín, Heidelberg. In press

Constant M., Kerhervé P., Sola J., Sanchez-Vidal A., Canals M., Heussner S. (2018). Floating microplastics in the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea: temporal and spatial heterogeneities. In M. Cocca, E. Di Pace, M. Errico, G. Gentile, A. Montarsolo and R. Mossotti (eds): Proceedings of the International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea; Springer Water book series (SPWA), Springer.



The IDEM WebGIS is a web-based portal for interactive visualization of the spatial data collected in the Project and organized in a common spatial infrastructure. The portal combines Geographic Information Science (GIS) principles and tools to harmonize a relatively large and multi-dimensional datasets. The tool combines intelligent web maps with graphs, charts, tables, and text to unlock, make accessible and re-usable the data in a coordinated manner. 

All available data from previous and ongoing projects, initiatives and European infrastructures related to the MSFD descriptors for the deep sea (where deep sea is intended below the 200 m water depth) were collected and integrated in a Geodatabase accessible through the IDEM WebGIS. We also integrated data coming from IDEM partners, following the established project data policy and the data management workflow. 

WebGIS Contact details: Federica Foglini –

Valentina Grande – 

Giorgio Castellan –


Mesado M. (2017). Marine litter in submarine canyons of Vera Gulf. Bachelor Research Report, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Universitat de Barcelona