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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Seminar: “Opportunities and challenges of spatial simulations for territorial planning: insights from Brazilian Amazon cases”, by Letícia Lima

Date: 2019-02-13

Title: “Opportunities and challenges of spatial simulations for territorial planning: insights from Brazilian Amazon cases”

Speaker: Letícia Lima, Universidade Federalde Minas Gerais

Moderator: Sergio Villamayor, ICTA-UAB

Date: Wednesday, February 13th 2019
Time: 12 h
Venue: Room Z-022/23

In this presentation, Letícia Lima will introduce some of the opportunities and the challenges of working with environmental modelling, focusing on spatial simulations that are frequently used to support policies on territorial planning. She will draw insights from her past experiences as researcher at the Centro de Sensoriamento Remoto (CSR/UFMG) where she co-authored papers related to conservation in the Brazilian Amazon, including research on how illegal logging can decrease revenues from government timber concessions, or how deforestation can impact precipitation and river discharge in the Amazon. These interdisciplinary studies combined knowledge from economics, climatology, remote sensing, cartography, demography, ecology, and other fields. These cases will give the audience a perspective of potential uses of environmental models to simulate alternative scenarios that may support policy-making in a geospatial perspective. She will also draw attention to the challenges faced by modellers: lack of distributed data, sampling quality, numerical errors, and other sources of uncertainty that may limit the power of these methods.

Letícia Lima is Associate Professor at the Department of Hydraulics Engineering and Water Resources at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. She is an Environmental Engineer (Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil) with a master’s degree in Environmental Systems Analysis and Modelling (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil), and a PhD degree in Geography (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany).  She worked as a research associate for four years at the Centro de Sensoriamento Remoto (Remote Sensing Center, CSR/UFMG) where she focused her research on spatial modelling as a tool for territorial planning, working with land use change simulations, hydrology, and logging rent models. During her PhD at IRI THESys (HU-Berlin) she studied how different stakeholders perceive uncertainty in payments for ecosystem services and how that influence the long-term survival of such schemes. Letícia enjoys doing research with interdisciplinary methods and collaborative work using tools from natural and social sciences.

E-mail: leticia.lima@ehr.ufmg.br
Blog:  www.leticialima.weebly.com
ORCID profile: orcid.org/0000-0002-0268-2055
Publons Reviewers' Profile: publons.com/a/558387/
Research Gate Profile: www.researchgate.net/profile/Leticia_De_Lima
Google Scholar Profile: Letícia Santos de Lima - Google Scholar


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