AI3. Fluvial systems

The general objectives are to set the research centre as a reference within the Mediterranean area in regards to the effects of global change (recent and future) in the functioning of fluvial ecosystems, and to develop a transdisciplinary research including all aquatic compartments, as well as their interaction with the terrestrial ecosystems. Specifically, there are 3 research lines in AI3: i) the study of the effects of the alterations of flow and temperature on the Carbon fluxes in fluvial systems; ii) a second one targets the specific effects of low flows (hydrological drought) on the functioning of stream biofilms and on the biogeochemical cycles; iii) the study of ecosystem services.

Specific objectives are:

· Biogeochemical study of fluvial systems

· Changes in the biological structure study and functioning of fluvial systems with respect to climate and global changes

· Hidrological and biological study in different ecoregions

· Ecosystemics services evaluation and quantify

· Combine know-how between conservation and use of water resources
 

 

Researchers


Sergi Sabater
Research Professor (UdG Associated)
ssabater@icra.cat

His research career has been focused on the ecology of fluvial ecosystems. His preferred lines of research are the ecology of river algae and biofilms, the ecotoxicology of biofilms, the metabolism and functioning of fluvial systems, and the effects of global change on fluvial systems.


Vicenç Acuña

Research Scientist
vicenc.acuna@icra.cat

This researcher focus his efforts on the 3 different research lines. One is on the study of the effects of the alterations of flow and temperature on the Carbon fluxes in fluvial systems. A second one targets the specific effects of low flows (hydrological drought) on the functioning of stream biofilms and on the biogeochemical cycles. The third one lies on the interface between economy and ecosystem science, as it deals with ecosystem services. He has published several papers in SCI journals, and has been involved in national and international projects. 

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Miriam Colls 
Predoctoral Researcher
mcolls@icra.cat


Juan David González
Predoctoral Researcher
jdgonzalez@icra.cat

 


Julio Cesar López
Postdoc Researcher (juan de la Cierva)
jclopez@icra.cat


Didac Jordà
Postdoc Researcher
djorda@icra.cat


Anna Freixa
Postdoc Researcher
afreixa@icra.cat


Nuria Perujo
PostDoc Researcher
nperujo@icra.cat


Carme Font
Research Technician
cfont@icra.cat


Joana Castellar
Research Technician
jcastellar@icra.cat

Scientific Collaborators


Elisabet Tornés
Postdoc Researcher UdG
Scientific collaborator from University of Girona.
etornes@icra.cat

She focuses her research mainly on the study of diatom communities’ structure in Mediterranean rivers in relation to physical and chemical factors.