ICTA-UAB Gathers Worldwide Experts on Degrowth and Environmental Justice

ICTA-UAB is organizing the sixth edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice from June 23rd to July 5th.

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.

A warmer ocean will lead to 17% reduction in global marine animal biomass, by the end of the century

Climate change will affect the distribution and abundance of marine life, but the full extent of these changes under future warming has been difficult to predict due to the limitations of individual ecosystem models used for such forecasts.

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.

New cross-boundary approach for addressing wicked weed problems

Weed species continue to spread and management costs continue to mount, in spite of best management practices and efforts by research and extension personnel who promote them to land managers.

Urban green spaces do not benefit the health of all

In general, the creation of parks and green spaces in urban centers has positive effects on the health of city residents.

ERASMUS+ Edu-BioMed News: ICTA-UAB organizes workshops in Jabal Moussa and Shouf Biosphere Reserves (Lebanon) addressed to university...

From next April, 29th to May, 2nd, about 40 professors and professionals from the higher education institutions from Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, France and Italy will meet in two Lebanese Biosphere Reserves (Jabal Moussa and Shouf) to discuss how to improve Moroccan and Lebanese higher education and academic research in the context of Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves (BRs).

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé receives an ERC Advanced Grant

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé has been awarded an Advanced Grant (AdvGr) from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop the project "New geochemical approach to reconstruct tropical palaeo-atmospheric dynamics" (PALADYN).

Urban Agriculture on Rooftops Provides Healthy, Fresh and Sustainable Food

​The implementation of urban gardens on building rooftops could produce fresh, healthy and sustainable agricultural food and guarantee the food sovereignty of cities, which are becoming increasingly populated.

Se prevén niveles de polen muy altos para esta primavera

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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).

Future changes in human well-being more likely to depend on Social Factors than Economic Factors

The changes in the perception of personal well-being that could take place in the next three decades, on a global level, depend much more on social factors than on economic ones.

Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide: climate change drives rainfall extremes

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Success at ICTA-UAB: Six ERC Grants In Three Years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded six European Research Council (ERC) grants in three years, from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018. Each project (of between 1.5 and 2 million euros) lasts for five years and allows the recruitment of a team of six or seven doctoral students and postdocs.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

The new ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide' it is at your disposal now. With this document, we aim to help you discover the basics of the PhD programme, ICTA-UAB’s structure, etc.
New Project to Link Extreme Weather Events, Atmospheric Biodiversity and Human Health

Date: 2018-01-16



A new ICTA-UAB project led by researcher Jordina Belmonte will study the effects of extreme meteorological events on the biological biodiversity present in the atmosphere in order to predict changes in the environment and possible affectations on human health.

The project “New TEChnologies for the study of the diversity and dynamics of aeroBIOlogical components and for their forecast based on METeorology (TECBIOMET)” (CTM2017-89565-C2-1-P) recently received a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through its “National Program for Fostering Excellence in Scientific and Technical Research”. ICTA-UAB researchers Victor Sarto i Monteys and Concepción de Linares participate in the project, which is coordinated with researchers from the Department of Physics at the UPC, led by Marta Alarcón. The project is carried out in collaboration with researchers from the Remote Sensing Laboratory at the UPC and the Department of Earth Sciences at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). 

The TECBIOMET project proposes to study the contribution of elements from biological origin such as pollen, spores, allergens and microarthropods in the aerosol present in the atmosphere, using standardized methodologies together with experimenting with new and promising techniques, with the aim of making a diagnose of the biodiversity and of the effect of the meteorology on it (with special focus on extreme events) and for the prediction of changes in the environment and possible affectations on human, animal and plant health (diagnostic, prevention and treatment of respiratory allergies, diseases and pests).

The project has a marked interdisciplinary character and aims at 4 relevant aspects, that could be developed independently, in a complementary form, but that, worked in a coordinated manner, generate a bigger scientific and social benefit because the results of one aspect are the input in another and the latter, in turn, contribute to building knowledge and establishing predictions on the firsts.  

1) New technologies for the study of the diversity and dynamics of aerobiological components.  As detailed in the abstract of the Subproject 1, two new aerobiological sampling methods will be used: MCV high volume trap (for allergens and microarthropodofauna) and aerobiological drones patented by the PI of the coordinated project and other 2 members of the research team (for all type of biological components). 

2) Extension of the aerobiological (pollen and spores) database initiated in 1994 and based on the internationally standardized methodologies, with 9 active sampling stations (Barcelona, Bellaterra, Girona, Lleida, Manresa, Planes de Son, Roquetes-Tortosa, Tarragona and Vielha). It constitutes the biggest aerobiological database held by a single research group, and its maintenance in active is fundamental for the study of the effects of the climate change and the global change not only regionally but also at the European scale. Constitution of a database on allergens and microarthropods. 

3) Study of the dynamic and physic processes of the air masses, innovating in the sense that we incorporate specially those associated with extreme meteorological (temperature and precipitation) episodes in the Iberian Peninsula, and the analysis of their effects on the dynamics of airborne pollen, spores, allergens and microarthopodes. 

4) Development and validation of an operational model for the prediction of aerobiological components (beginning with pollen) equipping the chemical transport model NMMB-MONARCHv1.0 (formerly known as NMMB/BSC-CTM) with a module for a real-time forecast and diagnosis for pollen. The model will be evaluated with the results of aerobiological observations at an hourly resolution as well as with sophisticated laser scanning techniques (LIDAR) that provide information on the vertical profile and the physical characteristics of pollen.

The execution of TECBIOMET will benefit from the use of worldwide innovative sampling and analyzing methodologies and from consolidated modeling techniques that are successfully applied in atmospheric chemistry for gases and aerosols.  In the frame of the project knowledge transfer activities will be promoted, not only those purely scientific but also outreach ones.



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