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

More and more rainfall extremes are observed in regions around the globe – triggering both wet and dry records, according a new study involving ICTA-UAB researcher Finn Mempel.

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.

Learn to explain your research in 2 minutes and win the Elevator Pitch competition

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, IBB, INc and ICTA-UAB institutes announce a competition for the doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers at their centres.

ICTA-UAB researcher Gara Villalba receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) announced the recipients of its Consolidator Grant competition: 291 top scientists across Europe.

The ICTA-UAB awarded an Erasmus+ for running a project on higher education and research in Biosphere Reserves

For the first time since its founding, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded approximately 1 million euros by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ funding scheme.

ICTA-UAB contributes to bridging science and society in the 100xCiencia.3

ICTA-UAB took part in the 100xCiencia.3 “Bringing Science and Society”, the annual event of the SOMMa Alliance held on November 15th at the CNIO in Madrid.

Citizens prefer landscapes that combine nature with built infrastructure

A pioneering study analyses the photographs shared by citizens in social networks to evaluate the aesthetic consideration of natural landscapes.

Co-managed small-scale fisheries lead to social and ecological improvements

The co-management model of small groups of fishermen contributes to a greater abundance and habitats of species.

ICTA-UAB to design participative and concurred forest fire prevention strategies for the Montseny region

Scientists from the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) aim to design prevention strategies for forest fires occurring in the Montseny Biosphere Reserve through a citizen participation process.

Nace El Observatorio del Besòs: un proyecto de seguimiento de la calidad de los sistemas fluviales de la cuenca

La Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) a través del Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA-UAB), y el Consorci Besòs Tordera evaluarán el estado de calidad a largo plazo de la cuenca del Besòs gracias a la creación de la Observatorio del Besòs.

Shift in large-scale Atlantic circulation causes lower-oxygen water to invade Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence has warmed and lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans.

Climate Change Modifies the Composition of Reefs

Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink.

ICTA-UAB launches the first master’s Degree in “Political Ecology. Degrowth and Environmental Justice”

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) launches the master’s Degree in “Political Ecology.

Pioneering study analyses the effects of forests on human health

A group of volunteers have participated in an experimental study conducted by the ICTA-UAB to analyse the potential health benefits of forests.

Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) analyses and quantifies the waste generated by tourists in eight islands of the Mediterranean as part of the European BLUEISLANDS project.

Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

Researchers at the UAB have mapped Barcelona and and 9 surrounding towns using a new methodology based on urbanism activist Jane Jacobs' ideas on how cities should be configured to become vital spaces: 25% of the area is classified as having high vitality.

Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

Cities that do not include social equity criteria into their political strategies to make their urban environment greener and more ecological will not achieve long-term sustainability and risk creating green enclaves only for the social elite.

The ICTA-UAB alerts of a new invasive Asian beetle pest in Catalonia that kills mulberry trees

A study by researcher of the ICTA-UAB and the Department of Agriculture Víctor Sarto i Monteys has identified in the province of Barcelona the presence of a species from Asia that could spread through Europe.

More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

The Institut of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) organized its 1st Spring Symposium with the aim of addressing some of the main environmental and sustainability challenges.

Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

A new study by ICTA-UAB analyzes the impacts on lifestyles of substituting fossil fuels for cleaner energies.

Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

Shark Bay seagrass carbon storage hotspot suffers alarming losses after a devastating marine heat wave, according to a study led by ICTA-UAB researchers.

Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

A study by the ICTA-UAB and the UAB Department of Animal Health and Anatomy demonstrates that the main species hunted by the indigenous popoulations of the Peruvian Amazon ingest water and soil contaminated with hidrocarbons and heavy metals.

The new Planttes app warns of allergy risks in different urban areas

The Planttes application is a citizen science project which aims to encourage people to identify and locate on a map the existence of allergy-causing plants and indicate their phenological state.

ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded five European Research Council (ERC) grants in two years, which is about ten per cent of all ERC grants arriving in Catalonia over the period from the end of 2015 to the end of 2017.

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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