Resources and ecosystems

This research area investigates the spatial and temporal dynamics of water resources and its potential effects, especially on the structure and function of continental aquatic ecosystems.

Special emphasis is given to irregularities in water resources and the effects of land use and climate change on resources and ecosystems, particularly in the Mediterranean area.

Lines of research

The lines of research of the Resources and Ecosystems Area are:
AI1 Hydrological processes
AI2 Lacustrine and reservoir systems
AI3 Fluvial systems
AI4 Modelling of ecosystems and basins



Group leader

Vicenç Acuña
Research Scientist

Research scientist at the ICRA since 2009, and current Head of the Resources and Ecosystems Research Area. With a PhD in Stream ecology obtained at the University of Barcelona in 2004, his main research interest are the ecology of temporary streams, the chemical fate and the ecological effects of emerging contaminants, the integrated management of the urban water system, and the nature-based solutions for water sanitation in urban areas. Thus, encompassing both basic and applied research, and fostering inter- and trans-disciplinary research. In regards to research outcome, he has published around 100 publications, which resulted in an h-index of 43 and 4700 citations (Google scholar on Aug 24th 2020), 4 book chapters, a patent (P4103/2012), the participation in 19 national and international research projects and the supervision of 6 PhD thesis.

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