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Prof. Anthony B. Watts

Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics

Publications (2000+)

 

2000

[121] Stewart, J., A. B. Watts and J. G. Bagguley, "Three-dimensional subsidence analysis and gravity modelling of the continental margin offshore Namibia", J. Geophys. Int.,141, 724-746, 2000

[122] Watts, A. B. and S. Zhong, "Observations of flexure and the rheology of the oceanic lithosphere", Geophys. J. Int., 142, 855-875, 2000

[123] Watts, A. B., S. McKerrow and E.Fielding, "Lithospheric flexure, uplift and landscape evolution in south-central England", J. Geol. Soc. London., 157, 1169-1177, 2000

[124] Canales, J.P., J. J. Danobeitia and A. B. Watts, "Wide-angle seismic constraints on the internal structure of Tenerife, Canary Islands", J. Volc. and Geotherm. Res. 103, 65-81, 2000 

2001

[125] Gee, M. J. R., D. G. Masson, A. B. Watts and N. C. Mitchell, "Offshore continuation of volcanic rift zones, El Hierro, Canary Islands. J. Volcan. and Geotherm. Res. 105, 107-119, 2001

[126] Gee, M. J. R., D. G. Masson, A. B. Watts and N. C. Mitchell, "Passage of debris flows and trubidity currents through a topographic constriction: seafloor erosion and deflection of flow pathways. Sedimentology. 48, 1389-1409, 2001

[127] Gee, M. J., A. B. Watts, D. G. Masson, N. C. Mitchell, "Landslides and the evolution of El Hierro in the Canary Islands". Marine Geology, 177, 271-293, 2001.

[128] Watts, A. B. and D. G. Masson, "New sonar evidence of recent catastrophic landslides on the north flank of Tenerife, Canary Islands". Bull. Volcan. 63, 8-19, 2001

[129] Haddad, D., Watts, A. B. and J. Lindsay, "Evolution of the intracratonic Officer Basin, central Australia: implications from subsidence analysis and gravity modelling". Basin Research 13, 217-238, 2001

[130] Watts, A. B., W. S. McKerrow and E.Fielding, "Discussion on lithospheric flexure, uplift and landscape evolution in south-central England - Reply to J. C. W. Cope", J. Geol. Soc. London., 158, 725-727, 2001

[131] Watts, A. B., "Gravity anomalies, flexure and, crustal structure at the Mozambique rifted margin", Marine and Petroleum Geology., 18, 445-455, 2001

[132] Collier, J.S and A. B. Watts,"Lithospheric response to volcanic loading by the Canary islands: Constraints from seismic reflection data in their flexural moats". Geophys. J. Int. 147, 660-676, 2001

[133] Watts, A. B., W. S. McKerrow and E.Fielding, "Discussion on lithospheric flexure, uplift and landscape evolution in south-central England - Reply to M. Simms and D. T. Donovan", J. Geol. Soc. London. 158, 877-879, 2001

[134] Armstrong, G. and A. B. Watts, "Spatial variations in Te in the southern Appalachians, Eastern United States". J. Geophys. Res. 106, 22,009-22,026, 2001

[135] Watts, A. B. "Isostasy and Flexure of the Lithosphere". Cambridge University Press. 472 pp, 2001.Sample of part of chapter 1

2002

[136] Masson, D. G. , A. B. Watts, M. J. R. Gee, R. Urgeles, N. C. Mitchell, T. P. Le Bas and M. Canals, "Slope failures on the flanks of the western Canary Islands". Earth Sci. Rev. 57, 1-35, 2002

[137] Lin, A. T-S. and A. B. Watts, "Origin of the West Taiwan basin by orogenic loading and flexure of a rifted continental margin". J. Geophys. Res. 107, No B9, 2185, doi:10.1029/2001JB000669, 2002

[138] Zhong, S. and A. B. Watts, "Constraints on the dynamics of mantle plumes from uplift of the Hawaiian Islands". Earth Planet. Sci Letts., 203, 105-116, 2002

[139] Mitchell, N. C., D. G. Masson, A. B. Watts, M. J. R. Gee and R. Urgeles, The morphology of the submarine flanks of volcanic ocean islands: A comparative study of the Canary and Hawaiian hotspot islands, J. Volcan. Geotherm. Res., 115, 83-107, 2002

2003

[140] Ali, M. A., A. B. Watts and I.Hill, "A seismic reflection profile study of lithospheric flexure in the vicinity of the Cape Verde islands", J. Geophys. Res. 108, 2239, doi:10.1029/2002JB002155, 2003

[141] Watts, A. B. and E. B. Burov, "Lithospheric strength and its relationship to the elastic and seismogenic layer thickness", Earth Planet. Sci. Letts., 213, 113-131, 2003

[142] Ali, M. A., A. B. Watts and I. Hill, "Structure of Mesozoic oceanic crust in the vicinity of the Cape Verde islands from seismic reflection profiles", Marine Geophys. Res., 24, 329-343, 2003

[143] Lin, A. T., A. B. Watts and S. P. Hesselbo, "Cenozoic stratigraphy and subsidence history of the South China Sea basin in the Taiwan region", Basin Research, 15, 453-478, 2003

2004

[144] Pérez-Gussinyé, M., A. R. Lowry, A. B. Watts and I. Velicogna,"On the recovery of effective elastic thickness using spectral methods: examples from synthetic data and from the Fennoscandian shield", J. Geophys. Res., 109, B10409, doi:10.1029/2003JB002788,2004

[145] Hillier, J. K. and A. B. Watts, "The "plate-like" subsidence of the East Pacific Rise - South Pacific Superswell system", J. Geophys. Res.109, B10102, doi:10.1029/2004JB003041,2004

2005

[146] Watts, A. B., W. S. McKerrow and K. Richards, "Localised Quaternary uplift in South-Central England", J. Geol. Soc. London, 162, 13-24, 2005

[147] Corfield, R. I., A. B. Watts and M. P. Searle, "Subsidence history of the north Indian continental margin, Zanskar-Ladakh Himalaya, NW India", J. Geol. Soc. London, 162, 135-146, 2005

[148] Hillier, J. K. and A. B. Watts, "The relationship between depth and age in the North Pacific ocean", J. Geophys. Res, 110, doi:10.1029/2004JB003406, 2005

[149]Pérez-Gussinyé, M. and A. B. Watts, "The long-term strength of Europe and its implications for plate forming processes", Nature, 436, doi:10.1038/nature03854, 2005

[150] Corfield, R. I., A. B. Watts and M. P. Searle, "Discussion on subsidence history of the north Indian continental margin, Zanskar-Ladakh Himalaya, NW India: Reply to E. Garzanti, D. Sciunnach and M.Gaetani. ", J. Geol. Soc. London, 162, 889-892, 2005

[151] Jordan, T. A. and A. B. Watts, "Gravity anomalies, flexure and the elastic thickness structure of the India-Eurasia collisional system", Earth Planet. Sci. Letts., 236, 732-750, 2005

2006

[152] Burov, E. B. and A. B. Watts, "The long-term strength of continental lithosphere: "jelly sandwich" or "crème-brûlé"?", GSA Today, 16, 4-10, 2006

[153] Robinson, D. P., S. Das and A. B. Watts, "Earthquake rupture stalled by a subducting fracture zone", Science, 312, 1203-1205, 2006 Supplimentary material

[154] Watts, A. B., D. T. Sandwell, W. H. F. Smith and P. Wessel, "Global gravity, bathymetry, and the distribution of submarine volcanism through space and time", J. Geophys. Res., 111, doi:10.1029/2005JB004083, 2006Predicted seamount ages

[155] Wyer, P. and A. B. Watts, "Gravity anomalies and segmentation at the East Coast, USA continental margin", Geophys. J. International, 166, 1015-1038, 2006

[156] Rodger, M., A. B. Watts, C. J. Greenroyd, C. Peirce, R. W. Hobbs, "Evidence for unusually thin oceanic crust and strong mantle beneath the Amazon Fan", Geology, 34, 1081-1084, doi:1010.1130/G22966A.22961, 2006 Supplimentary material

2007

[157] Hillier, J. K. and A. B. Watts, "Global distribution of seamounts from ship-track bathymetry data", Geophys. Res. Letters, 34, doi:10.1029/2007GL029874, 2007 Global seamount heights

[158] Pérez-Gussinyé, M., A. R. Lowry, A. B. Watts, "Effective elastic thickness of South America and its implications for intracontinental deformation", G3, 8, doi:10.1029/2006GC001511, 2007

[159] Greenroyd, C. J., C. Peirce, M. Rodger, A. B. Watts, R. W. Hobbs, "Crustal structure of the French Guiana margin, West Equatorial Atlantic", Geophysical J. Int. 169 (3), 964-987, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03372.x, 2007

[160] Watts, A. B., "An overview", In Treatise on Geophysics (Ed. G. Schubert) Volume 6. Crust and Lithosphere Dynamics (Ed. A. B. Watts), Elsevier B.V., 1-49.2007.

[161] Lane, N., A. B. Watts, A. Farrant, "An analysis of Cotswold topography: Insights into the landscape response to denudational isostasy". J. Geol. Soc. London., 165, 85-103, 2007.

2008

[162] Greenroyd, C., C. Peirce, M. Rodger, A. B. Watts, R. W. Hobbs, "Demerara Plateau - the structure and evolution of a transform passive margin", Geophys. J. Int., 172, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03662.x, 2008.

[163] Pim, J., C. Peirce, A. B. Watts, I. Grevemeyer, A. Krabbenhoeft, "Crustal structure and origin of the Cape Verde Rise", Earth Planet. Sci. Letts., 272, 422-428, 2008.

[164] Greenroyd, C., C. Peirce, M. Rodger, A. B. Watts, R. W. Hobbs, "Do fracture zones define continental margin segmentation? - evidence from the French Guiana margin", Earth Planet. Sci. Letts., 272, 553-566, 2008.

2009

[165] Ali, M. and A. B. Watts, "Subsidence history, gravity anomalies and flexure of the United Arab Emirates foreland basin", GeoArabia, 14, 17-44, 2009.

[166] Close, D. I., A. B. Watts, H. M. J. Stagg, "A marine geophysical study of the Wilkes land rifted continental margin, Antarctica", Geophys. J. Int., 177, 430-450, 2009.

[167] Das, S. and A. B. Watts, "Effect of subducting seafloor topography on the rupture characteristics of great subduction zone earthquakes" S. Lallemand and F. Funiciello (Eds.), Subduction Zone Geodynamics, doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-87974-9, Springer-Verlag, 103-118, 2009.

[168] Lane, N., A. B. Watts, A. Farrant, Reply to discussion on "An analysis of Cotswold topography: insights into the landscape response to denudational isostasy", J. Geol. Soc. London, 166, 584, 2009.

[169] Watts, A. B., M. Rodger, C. Peirce, C. Greenroyd, R. W. Hobbs,"Seismic structure, gravity anomalies and flexure of the Amazon continental margin, NE Brazil", J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2008JB006259, 2009.

[170] Kalnins, L. and A. B. Watts, "Spatial variations in effective elastic thickness in the western Pacific Ocean and their implications for Mesozoic volcanism", Earth Planet. Sci. Letts., doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.06.018, 286, 89-100, 2009.

2010

[171] Contreras-Reyes, E., I. Grevemeyer, A. B. Watts, L. Planert, E.R. Flueh, C. Peirce, "Crustal intrusion beneath the Louisville hotspot track", Earth Planet. Sci. Letts., 289, 323-333, 2010.

[172] Koppers, A. A. P. and A. B. Watts,"Seamounts as a window to physical and chemical geodynamics", Special Volume on "Mountains in the Sea", Oceanography, 23, 42-57, 2010.

[173] Watts, A. B., A. A. P. Koppers and D. Robinson,"Seamount subduction and earthquakes", Special Volume on "Mountains in the Sea", Oceanography, 23, 166-173, 2010.

[174] Cunha, T. A., A. B. Watts, L. M. Pinheiro, R. Myklebust, "Seismic and gravity anomaly evidence of large-scale deformation off SW Portugal", Earth Planet Sci. Letts., doi:10.1016/j.epsl2010.01.047, 2010.

[175] Wilson, D. J., C. Peirce, A. B. Watts, I. Grevemeyer, A. Krabbenhoeft, "Uplift at lithospheric swells-I: seismic and gravity constraints on the crust and uppermost mantle structure of the Cape Verde mid-plate swell", Geophysical J. Int., 182, 531-550, 2010.

[176] Lamb, S. and A. B. Watts, "The origin of mountains - implications for the behaviour of Earth's lithosphere", Current Science, Perspectives in Earth Sciences - 2010, 99, 1699-1718, 2010.

2011

[177] Watts, A. B., "Isostasy" Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics. Ed. Gupta, H. K., 2011, 1, 647-662, Elsevier. 

[178] Contreras-Reyes, E., I. Grevemeyer, A. B. Watts, E. R. Flueh, C. Peirce, S. Moeller, C. Papenberg, "Deep seismic structure of the Tonga subduction zone: Implications for mantle hydration, tectonic erosion and arc magmatism":, J. Geophys. Res., 116, doi:10.1029/2011JB008434, 2011.

2012

[179] Watts, A. B., "Passive margin models", Regional Geology and Tectonics: Phanerozoic Rift Systems and Sedimentary Basins, Editors: D. G. Roberts and A. W. Bally. Volume 1B, Chapter 3, 33-58, Elsevier, Amsterdam. 

[180] Hutton, E. W. H., J. P. M. Syvitski and A. B. Watts, "Isostatic flexure of a finite slope due to sea-level rise and fall", Computers & Geosciences, doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2012.03.020, 2012.

[181] Watts, A. B., C. Peirce, I. Grevemeyer, M. Paulatto, W. Stratford, D. Bassett, J. A. Hunter, L. M. Kalnins, and C. E. J. de Ronde, "Rapid rates of growth and collapse of Monowai submarine volcano in the Kermadec Arc", Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/NGEO1473, 2012.

2013

[182] Ali, M. Y., A. B. Watts and M. P. Searle, "Seismic stratigraphy and subsidence history of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) rifted margin margin and overlying foreland basins", Lithosphere Dynamics and Sedimentary Basins: The Arabian plate and analogues, Editors: K. A. Al Hosani et al., p127-144, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 474pp., 2013. 

[183] Wilson, D. J., C. Peirce, A. B. Watts, I. Grevemeyer, "Uplift at lithospheric swells - II: is the Cape Verde mid-plate swell supported by a lithosphere of varying mechanical strength?", Geophysical Journal, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggt034, 2013

[184] Martinez-Garcia, P., M. Comas, J. I. Soto, L. Lonergan, A. B. Watts, "Strike-slip tectonics and partial inversion in the Western Mediterranean: the Post-Messinian basin evolution of the Alboran Sea", Basin Research, doi: 10.1111/bre.12005, 2013. 

[185] Ali, M. Y. and A. B. Watts, "Subsidence history, crustal structure and evolution of the Somaliland-Yemen conjugate margin", J. Geophys. Res., doi: 10.1002/jgrb.50113, 2013.

[186] Timm, C., D. Bassett, I.J. Graham, M. Leybourne, Cornel E.J. de Ronde, J. Woodhead and A. B. Watts, "Louisville seamount subduction and its implication on mantle flow beneath the central Tonga-Kermadec arc", Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/ncomms2702, 2013. 

[190] Maystrenko, Y. P., M. Scheck-Wenderoth, A. Hartwig, Z. Anka, A. B. Watts, K. K. Hirsch, S. Fishwick, "Structural features of the Southwest African continental margin according to results of lithosphere-scale 3D gravity and thermal modeling", Tectonophysics, 2013

[191] Watts, A. B., S. J. Zhong and J. Hunter, "Lithosphere behaviour on seismic through geologic time-scales", Annual Reviews Earth & Planetary Sciences, 41, 443-468, 2013. 

[192] Mouthereau, F., A. B. Watts, E. B. Burov, "Structure of orogenic belts controlled by lithosphere age", Nature Geoscience, 6, 785-789, doi:10.1038/ngeo1902, 2013. 

[193] Zhong, S. and A. B. Watts, "Lithospheric deformation induced by loading of the Hawaiian Islands and its implications for mantle rheology", J. Geophys. Res., 118, 6025-6048, 2013. 

[194] West, A. J., J. M. Fox., R. Walker, A. Carter, T. Harris, A. B. Watts, B. Gantulga, "Links between climate, erosion, uplift, and topography during intracontinental mountain building of the Hangay Dome, Mongolia", Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 14, Number 12, doi: 10.1002/2013GC004859, 2013. 

2014

[195] Paulatto M, A. B. Watts, C. Peirce, "Potential field and high-resolution bathymetry investigation of the Monowai volcanic centre, Kermadec Arc: implications for caldera formation and volcanic evolution", Geophys. J. Int., 2014

[196] Ali, M. Y., A. B. Watts and A. Farid, "Gravity anomalies of the United Arab Emirates: Implications for basement structures and infra-cambrian salt distribution", Geoarabia, 2014

[197] Nomikou P, M.M. Parks, D. Papanikolaou, D.M. Pyle, T. A. Mather, A. B. Watts et al., "The emergence and growth of a submarine volcano: The Kameni islands, Santorini (Greece)", GeoResJ, 1-2: 8-18, 2014

[198] Funnell, M. J., C. Peirce, W. R. Stratford, M. Paulatto, A. B. Watts and I. Grevemeyer, "Structure and deformation of the Kermadec forearc in response to subduction of the Pacific oceanic plate", Geophys. J. Int., 199: 1286-1302, 2014

2015

[199] Stratford, W., C. Peirce, M. Paulatto, M. Funnell, A. B. Watts, I. Grevemeyer, and D. Bassett, "Seismic velocity structure and deformation due to the collision of the Louisville Ridge with the Tonga-Kermadec Trench", Geophys. J. Int., 200, 1503-1522, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu475, 2015

[200] Ali, M. Y. and A. B. Watts, "Tectonic evolution of sedimentary basins of northern Somalia", Basin Research, 1-25, doi: 10.1111/bre.12113, 2015

[201] Watts, A. B., P. Nomikou, J. D. P. Moore, M. M. Parks, M. Alexandri. "Historical bathymetric charts and the evolution of Santorini submarine volcano, Greece", Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems. 16, doi:10.1002/2014GC005679, 2015. 

[202] Bassett, D. and A. B. Watts. "Gravity anomalies, crustal structure and seismicity at subduction zones: Part 1 - Seafloor roughness and subducting relief", Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems. doi: 10.1002/2014GC005684, 2015. 

[203] Bassett, D. and A. B. Watts. "Gravity anomalies, forearc structure and seismicity in subduction zones: Part 2 - Interrelationships between crustal structure and seismogenic behaviour", Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, doi: 10.1002/2014GC005685, 2015.  

[204] Grevemeyer, I., E. Gràcia, A. Villaseñor, W. Leuchters, A. B. Watts, “Seismicity and active tectonics in the Alboran Sea, Western Mediterranean: Constraints from an offshore-onshore seismological network and swath bathymetry data”, J. Geophys. Res. 120, doi:10.1002/2015JB012073, 2015

[205] Pilia, S., M. Y. Ali, A. B. Watts, M. Searle, “UAE-Oman mountains give clues to oceanic crust and mantle rocks”, EOS, 96, doi:10.1029/2015EO040937, 2015

2016

[206] Døssing, A., P. Japsen, A. B. Watts, T. Nielson, W. Jokat, H. Thybo, T. Dahl-Jensen, “Miocene uplift of the NE Greenland margin linked to plate tectonics: Seismic evidence from the Greenland Fracture Zone, NE Atlantic”, Tectonics, doi: 10.1002/2015TC004079, 2015

[207] Bassett, D., D. T. Sandwell, Y. Fialko, A. B. Watts, "Residual topography and gravity anomalies reveal structural controls on co-seismic slip in the 2011 Mw 9.0 Tohoku-oki earthquake”, Nature 531, 92–96, doi:10.1038/nature16945

[208] Metz, D., A. B. Watts, I. Grevemeyer, M. Rodgers, M. Paulatto, “Ultra long range hydroacoustic observations of submarine volcanic activity at Monowai, Kermadec Arc, Geophys. Res. Letts., doi: 10.1002/2015GL067259, 2016

[209] Hunter, J. and A. B. Watts, “Gravity anomalies, flexure and mantle rheology seaward of Circum-Pacific trenches”, Geophys. J. Int., 207, 288-316, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw275, 2016

[210] Paxman, G., A. B. Watts, F. Ferraccioli, T. A. Jordan, R. E. Bell, S. S. R. Jamieson and C. A. Finn, “Erosion-driven uplift in the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains of East Antarctica”, Earth Planet. Sci. Letts., 452, 1-14, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.07.040211, 2016

[211] Nomikou, P., T. H. Druitt, C. Hübscher, T. A. Mather, M. Paulatto, L. M. Kalnins, K. Kelfoun, D. Papanikolaou, K. Bejelou1, D. Lampridou, D. M. Pyle, S. Carey, A. B. Watts, M. M. Parks, “Post-eruptive flooding of Santorini caldera and implications for tsunami generation”, Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/ncomms13332, 2016

[212] Walker, R. T., M. Telfer, R. L. Kahle, A. Buta-Neto, M. W. Dee, B. Kahle, J.-L. Schwenninger, R. A. Sloan, C. Tunguno, A. B. Watts, “Rapid mantle-driven uplift along the Angolan margin in the late Quaternary”, Nature Geoscience, 909-914, doi: 10.1038/NGEO2835, 2016

[213] Bassett, D., H. Kopp, R. Sutherland, S. Henrys, A. B. Watts, C. Timm, M. Scherwath, I. Grevemeyer, C. E. J. de Ronde, Crustal structure of the Kermadec arc from MANGO seismic refraction proles”, J. Geophys. Res. 121, 75147546, doi: 10.1002/2016JB013194, 2016

2017

[214] Paxman, G. J. G., S. S. R. Jamieson, F. Ferraccioli, M. J. Bentley, R. Forsberg, N. Ross, A. B. Watts, H. F. J. Corr, T. A. Jordan, “Uplift and tilting of the Shackleton Range in East Antarctica driven by glacial erosion and normal faulting”, J. Geophys. Res., doi: 10.1002/2016JB013841, 2017

[215] Tozer, B., A. B. Watts, M. C. Daly, “Crustal structure, gravity anomalies and subsidence history of the Parnaíba cratonic basin, Northeast Brazil”, J. Geophys. Res., 122, 5591-5621, doi: 10.1002/2017JB014348, 2017

[216] Watts, A. B. and J. D. P. Moore, “Flexural isostasy: Constraints from gravity and topography power spectra”, J. Geophys. Res., 122, doi: 10.1002/ 2017JB014571, 2017

Accepted for Publication:

[217] Watts, A. B., B. Tozer, M. C. Daly, J. Smith, “A comparative study of the Parnaíba, Michigan and Congo cratonic basins”, J. Geological Society Lond.

[218] Ali, M. Y., S. Aidarbayev, M.P. Searle, A. B. Watts, “Crustal Structure, Subsidence History and Seismic Stratigraphy of the Western Musandam Peninsula, Oman - United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mountains”, Tectonics


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