ICTA - Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is a multidisciplinary centre that promotes academic research and postgraduate education on environmental sciences. It aims to improve our understanding of global environmental change, and the nature and causes of environmental problems. In addition, it studies policies, strategies and technologies to foster a transition to a sustainable economic and societal model.

The ICTA-UAB addresses major global environmental and sustainability challenges related to anthropogenic climate and global change. Researchers at ICTA-UAB undertake advanced research in specific areas of environmental science, divided into three general areas, namely “Earth and life sciences”, “Social environmental sciences” and “Technology, environment and society”.

About the Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu ICTA-UAB is the only research centre in environmental sciences to be identified as a Unit of Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), the highest institutional recognition of scientific research in Spain.

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2024-02-27
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11 p, 3.7 MB Indigenous and local knowledge on social-ecological changes is positively associated with livelihood resilience in a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System / Caviedes, Julián (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Ibarra, José Tomás (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Centro UC Desarrollo Local) ; Calvet Mir, Laura (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Alvarez-Fernandez, Santiago (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Junqueira, André B (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
CONTEXT: Rapid social-ecological changes such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and resource overexploitation are threatening food security, livelihoods, and local knowledge of small-scale farmers worldwide. [...]
2024 - 10.1016/j.agsy.2024.103885
Agricultural Systems, Vol. 216 (April 2024) , art. 103885  
2024-02-27
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16 p, 1.2 MB The problem of institutional fit : uncovering patterns with boosted decision trees / Epstein, Graham (University of Waterloo. School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability) ; Apetrei, Cristina I. (Leuphana University, Faculty of Sustainability) ; Baggio, Jacopo (University of Central Florida. School of Politics, Security and International Affairs) ; Chawla, Sivee (James Cook University. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies) ; Cumming, Graeme S. (James Cook University. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies) ; Gurney, Georgina (James Cook University. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies) ; Morrison, Tiffany (James Cook University. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies) ; Unnikrishnan, Hita (Sheffield University. Urban Institute) ; Villamayor Tomás, Sergio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Complex social-ecological contexts play an important role in shaping the types of institutions that groups use to manage resources, and the effectiveness of those institutions in achieving social and environmental objectives. [...]
2024 - 10.5334/ijc.1226
International Journal of the Commons, Vol. 18, issue 1 (2024) , p. 1-16  
2024-02-27
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16 p, 10.2 MB Unequal access to cultural ecosystem services of green spaces within the city of Rome : A spatial social media-based analysis / Benati, Giulia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Calcagni, Fulvia (University of Haifa. Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management) ; Matellozzo, Federico (University of Florence. Department of Economics and Management) ; Ghermandi, Andrea (University of Haifa. Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management) ; Langemeyer, Johannes (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
This groundbreaking study sheds new light on the unequal distribution of cultural ecosystem services (CES) within Rome's urban green spaces (UGS). Employing a novel methodology, we assess UGS quality through georeferenced social media data from Twitter, evaluate the green cover of UGS, and assess accessibility to these spaces using network analysis in a GIS environment. [...]
2024 - 10.1016/j.ecoser.2023.101594
Ecosystem services, Vol. 66 (April 2024) , art. 101594  
2024-02-22
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8 p, 118.0 KB Jurisprudencia constitucional ambiental (segundo semestre 2023) / Jordà, Clara Esteve (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
1. Regulación de distancias mínimas en puertos de la Comunidad Valenciana. 2. Posible perjuicio medioambiental derivado de la suspensión o ejecución de la demolición de un complejo turístico.
2023 - 10.17345/rcda3705
Revista catalana de dret ambiental, Vol. XIV, Núm. 2 (2023)  
2024-02-22
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14 p, 1.1 MB Environmental problem shifting from climate change mitigation : A mapping review / Wood Hansen, Oskar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; van den Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Climate change mitigation will trigger major changes in human activity, energy systems, and material use, potentially shifting pressure from climate change to other environmental problems. We provide a comprehensive overview of such "environmental problem shifting"(EPS). [...]
2024 - 10.1093/pnasnexus/pgad448
PNAS Nexus, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (January 2024) , art. pgad448  
2024-02-22
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12 p, 719.6 KB Rates of tree cover loss in Key Biodiversity Areas on Indigenous Peoples' lands / Simkins, Ashley (University of Cambridge. Department of Zoology) ; Donald, Paul F. (University of Cambridge. Department of Zoology) ; Beresford, Alison E. (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) ; Butchart, Stuart H.M. (University of Cambridge. Department of Zoology) ; Fa, Julia E. (Manchester Metropolitan University. Department of Natural Sciences) ; Fernández-Llamazares, Álvaro (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Garnett, Stephen T. (Charles Darwin University) ; Buchanan, Graeme M. (RSPB Centre for Conservation Science)
Indigenous Peoples' lands (IPL) cover at least 38 million km2 (28. 1%) of Earth's terrestrial surface. These lands can be important for biodiversity conservation. Around 20. 7% of IPL intersect areas protected by government (PAs). [...]
2023 - 10.1111/cobi.14195
Conservation biology, (October 2023) , art. e14195  
2024-02-22
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12 p, 5.0 MB A Global Survey of Scientific Consensus and Controversy on Instruments of Climate Policy / Drews, Stefan (Universidad de Málaga. Departamento de Economía Aplicada) ; Savin, Ivan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; van den Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
There is continuing debate about which climate-policy instruments are most appropriate to reduce emissions. Undertaking a global survey among scientists who published on climate policy, we provide a systematic overview of (dis)agreements about six main types of policy instruments. [...]
2024 - 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2023.108098
Ecological economics, Vol. 218 (January 2024) , art. 108098  
2024-02-16
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13 p, 2.2 MB Black gold and green BRI-A grounded analysis of Chinese investment in coal-fired power plants in Indonesia / Gu, Bowen (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
From the "Going Out" strategy in the 2000s to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) launched in 2013, China has increased its overseas investment and extended the coal value chain beyond its border. Despite China's commitment of greening the BRI and phasing out overseas coal investment, the socio-environmental impacts of the projects that are already planned, under construction, or in operation are expected to remain. [...]
2024 - 10.1016/j.exis.2024.101411
The extractive industries and society, Vol. 17 (March 2024) , art. 101411  
2024-02-15
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12 p, 1.1 MB Traffic pollution as a privilege : An intersectional approach to environmental justice and transport emissions / Cubells, Jerònia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Geografia) ; Miralles-Guasch, Carme 1961- (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Marquet Sardà, Oriol (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
The growing concern over air pollution and community health, demands a comprehensive understanding of the political nature of transport-related emissions. This paper approaches how structures of power influence travel behaviour and, consequently, how they shape emissions from mobility in Barcelona. [...]
2024 - 10.1016/j.trd.2023.104032
Transportation research. Part D Transport and environment, Vol. 126 (January 2024) , art. 104032  
2024-02-12
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3 p, 556.8 KB La governança de la justícia climàtica interseccional : tàctiques i lliçons des de Barcelona / Amorim Maia, Ana Terra (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Un estudi dut a terme per l'ICTA-UAB explora les tàctiques de la ciutat de Barcelona per a abordar la resiliència climàtica amb les desigualtats socials. Estratègies com la planificació innovadora, la col·laboració transversal, la priorització de les cures i els enfocaments locals de la ciutat, desafien les ones de governança tradicionals i ofereixen valuoses idees per crear una governança climàtica més justa i interseccional.
Un estudio del ICTA-UAB explora las tácticas de la ciudad de Barcelona para abordar la resiliencia climática con las desigualdades sociales. Estrategias como la planificación innovadora, la colaboración transversal, la priorización de los cuidados y los enfoques locales de la ciudad, desafían las ondas de gobernanza tradicionales y ofrecen valiosas ideas para crear una gobernanza climática más justa e interseccional.
A study conducted by ICTA-UAB explores the city of Barcelona's tactics to address climate resilience alongside social inequalities. Strategies such as innovative planning, cross-sectoral collaboration, prioritization of care and local city approaches challenge traditional governance waves and offer valuable insights for creating fairer and more intersectional climate governance.

2024
UAB divulga, Gener 2024
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Focus on:
The Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (38)
Environmental and Climate Economics (ECE) (72)
Integrated Assessment: Sociology, Technology and the Environment (IASTE) (63)
Integrated Earth System Dynamics Laboratory (IESD) (27)
Observatori de la Tordera (15)
Sustainability and Environmental Protection (Sostenipra) (113)