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.
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Francesc Baró
Francesc Baró

Francesc Baró is an environmental scientist (BSc, Autonomous University of Barcelona - UAB, 2004) trained in landscape and urban planning. He obtained a Master’s degree in Ecological Economics and Environmental Management (ICTA-UAB, 2005) and another in Geographic Information Systems - GIS (Polytechnic University of Catalonia – UPC, 2007). He recently obtained his PhD in Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB, 2016), focusing his research on the operationalization of the ecosystem services and green infrastructure concepts in the urban context. He has participated or is participating in several international and national research projects, including URBES (Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; BiodivERsA ERA-NET, 2011-2015), OpenNESS (Operationalization of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services; FP7, 2012-2017), ENABLE (Enabling Green and Blue Infrastructure Potential in Complex Social-Ecological Regions, BiodivERsA ERA-NET, 2017-2020) and NATURVATION (NATure-based URban innoVATION, Horizon 2020, 2016-2020). Before starting his PhD, he worked some years as environmental consultant and GIS analyst, especially in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). You can find more information about Francesc’s publications, research projects and professional profile here: www.researchgate.net/profile/Francesc_Baro

Research Interests

In an increasingly urban planet, many cities and their inhabitants are facing multiple pressing threats within their borders, including heat stress, pollution and growing disconnection with the biosphere. Improving sustainability, resilience and livability in urban areas should be thus a major goal on the policy agenda, from local to global authorities. The operationalization of concepts such as ‘ecosystem services’, ‘green infrastructure’ and ‘nature-based solutions’, is claimed by a mounting number of policy-makers, practitioners and scientists as the way forward to address many of these urban challenges. My research interests focus on the role of greening strategies to cope with diverse urban challenges from a critical and multi-scale spatial perspective, considering also negative impacts such as disservices and trade-offs (e.g., green gentrification). I have conducted most part of my fieldwork and research in Barcelona, the city where I was born and I live.

Keywords

Urban ecosystem services; green infrastructure; nature-based solutions; spatial analysis; landscape and urban planning; social-ecological systems; urban resilience. 

Francesc Baró
Email UAB: Francesc.Baro@uab.cat
Web: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Francesc_Baro
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