Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea continue to receive dissolved metals from the mining waste deposited in Portmán Bay (Murcia) 25 years after the cessation of mining activity.

A new ICTA-UAB project to assess the impacts of micro- and nano-plastics in the tropical and temperate oceans

A new project led by ICTA-UAB researcher Patrizia Ziveri is one of five projects selected for funding by the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans).

Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

Limits to growth lie at the heart of how all living things function, according to a new study carried out by ICTA-UAB researchers  .

Jeroen van den Bergh, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands

The environmental economist at ICTA-UAB Prof. Dr Jeroen van den Bergh was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands.

Paris Agreement hampered by inconsistent pledges, new ICTA-UAB research finds

Some countries' Paris Climate Agreement pledges may not be as ambitious as they appear, according a new study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

High lead concentrations found in Amazonian wildlife

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the UVic-UCC detect high levels of lead concentration in wildlife samples from the Peruvian Amazon caused by lead-based ammunition and oil-related pollution in extraction areas.

Study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future

The Pyrenean forests, the Cantabrian coast and Galicia show an important potential to accumulate even larger amounts of carbon dioxide in the future and thus help to slow down the increase in CO2 concentrations which are warming the planet.

Why do environmentalists eat meat?

A study by researchers at the ICTA-UAB analyses the reasons why environmentally-minded scientists find it difficult to give up meat consumption, one of the world's greatest environmental problems.

La gestión del verde urbano permite incrementar la presencia de pájaros en las ciudades

Incrementar la biodiversidad del verde urbano permitiría aumentar la presencia de aves paseriformes en las ciudades mediterráneas, según un estudio científico realizado por investigadores del Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) que analiza qué estrategias hay que implementar sobre la vegetación urbana para conseguir "naturalizar" las ciudades favoreciendo la entrada de flora y fauna.

The Ebro River annually dumps 2.2 billion microplastics into the sea

An ICTA-UAB study analyses the distribution and accumulation of microplastics from one of the main rivers of the western Mediterranean.

European project to support rooftop greenhouses projects

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is launching an open call to support rooftop greenhouse projects, in the framework of GROOF Project.

El ICTA-UAB participa en el proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos

El Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) es una de las instituciones impulsoras de un proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos para disminuir el impacto de las altas temperaturas del verano.

New study dismisses green growth policies as a route out of ecological emergency

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the Goldsmiths University of London suggest that emissions reduction is only compatible with a lower economical degrowth or a degrowth scenario.

Indigenous knowledge, key to a successful ecosystem restoration

Ecological restoration projects actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities are more successful. This is the result of a study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).
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Seminar: "Modelling Urban Environments to Enhance Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Human Wellbeing: the case of Swedish cities", by Anna Kaczorowska

Date: 2019-10-09

Seminar: "Modelling Urban Environments to Enhance Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Human Wellbeing: the case of Swedish cities"


Speaker: Anna Kaczorowska, senior researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, SMoG.


Date: Wednesday, October 9th 2019 
Time: 11h
Venue: Room Z/022


Urbanization effects on vegetation, and the alteration in land use is likely to be the major driver of fragmentation and the loss of ecosystem services (ESS) and biodiversity. Understanding varying levels of biodiversity within cities is pivotal to protect ESS. However, due to the thigh complexity of urban systems, quality of green spaces and ecological connectivity assessment in urban planning is still challenging. Sweden has a long policy tradition of formal biodiversity management. This presentation will explore opportunities for modelling urban environments to increase ecosystem services and biodiversity with examples from Stockholm and other Swedish cities. An overview will be presented of tools and approaches to measure ESS at different scale levels used in the urban planning processes. Results show the complementary nature of these tools, but also the need to integrate them in a platform based on a GIS model. Ultimately, the development of such integrated tool aims to inform and support practice in the endeavor of guiding urban systems towards trajectories of greater sustainability. Evaluation of tools measuring qualities of urban green areas used to increase ESS will be discussed within an integrated social–ecological urban planning approach. 

Bio
Anna Kaczorowska is a researcher at Spatial Morphology Group /SmoG/ at Chalmers. She is an urban planner with a background in architecture and city planning. Her interest lies in understanding planning across scales (city-region) involving various dimensions of spatial analyses (existing conditions), and land use studies (models, scenarios, strategies) as well as urban policy (comprehensive plans). Her field of research has been mainly urban studies including decision support tools, ecosystem services and resilience science as well as transport studies. She believes that urban planning is an applied effort and related research must assist in practice.

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