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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2021-07-16
05:22
15 p, 1.4 MB Incorporating user preferences in rooftop food-energy-water production through integrated sustainability assessment / Toboso-Chavero, Susana (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Madrid, Cristina (Madrid López) (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Villalba, Gara (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
With the overall aim to design successful implementation strategies of food-energy-water production systems on urban roofs, we propose an integrated process that includes participatory processes and a multi-dimensional sustainability assessment of environmental, social and economic indicators. [...]
2021 - 10.1088/2515-7620/abffa5
Environmental Research Communications, Vol. 3, Núm. 6 (June 2021) , art. 065001  
2021-07-06
14:23
12 p, 2.7 MB Optimizing irrigation in urban agriculture for tomato crops in rooftop greenhouses / Parada, Felipe (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Rufí Salís, Martí (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Arcas Pilz, Verónica (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Muñoz, Pere (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Villalba, Gara (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
The rise of population in urban areas makes it ever more important to promote urban agriculture (UA) that is efficient in terms of water and nutrients. How to meet the irrigation demand of UA is of particular concern in urban areas where water sources are often limited. [...]
2021 - 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.148689
Science of The Total Environment, Vol. 794 (November 2021) , art. 148689  
2021-06-28
11:56
17 p, 1.8 MB Policies for Equality Under Low or No Growth : a Model Inspired by Piketty / Hartley, Tilman (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; van den Bergh, J.C.J.M (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Kallis, Giorgos (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
GDP growth is declining in industrial economies, and there is increasing evidence that growth may be environmentally unsustainable. If growth falls below returns to wealth then inequalities increase, as Thomas Piketty recently showed. [...]
2020 - 10.1080/09538259.2020.1769293
Review of Political Economy, Vol. 32, Issue 2 (June 2020) , p. 243-258  
2021-06-18
10:51
3 p, 613.3 KB La renaturalització urbana planteja reptes per a la justícia social / Sekulovaa, Filka (Universitat Erasmus de Rotterdam. Institut D'Estudis Socials) ; Anguelovskia, Isabelle (Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)) ; Kiss, Bernadett (Universitat de Lund. Institut Internacional d'Economia Ambiental Industrial) ; Kotsila, Panagiota (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Baró Porras, Francesc (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Voytenko Palgan, Yuliya (Universitat de Lund. Institut Internacional d'Economia Ambiental Industrial) ; Connolly, James J. T. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Les solucions basades en la natura per a la renaturalització de les ciutats planteja dos desafiaments importants. D'una banda, la seva conceptualització derivada de l'estret vincle del binomi deterioració ambiental/creixement econòmic, està basada en l'expansió econòmica. [...]
Las soluciones basadas en la naturaleza para la renaturalización de las ciudades plantea dos desafíos importantes. Por un lado, su conceptualización derivada del estrecho vínculo del binomio deterioro ambiental/crecimiento económico, está basada en la expansión económica. [...]
Nature-based solutions for renaturing cities poses two major challenges. On the one hand, their conceptualization derived from the close link between the environmental deterioration/economic growth binomial, is based on economic expansion. [...]

2021
UAB divulga, Juny 2021
3 documents
2021-06-14
11:08
11 p, 3.2 MB GEM: A short "Growth-vs-Environment" Module for survey research / Savin, Ivan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Drews, Stefan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; van den Bergh, J.C.J.M (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Segmentation of survey respondents is a common tool in environmental communication as it helps to understand opinions of people and to deliver targeted messages. Prior research has segmented people based on their opinions about the relationship between economic growth and environmental sustainability. [...]
2021 - 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107092
Ecological Economics, Vol. 187 (September 2021) , art. 107092  
2021-06-11
12:05
19 p, 807.8 KB Appraisal of sedimentary alkenones for the quantitative 4 reconstruction of phytoplankton biomass / Raja, Maria (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Rosell Melé, Antoni (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Marine primary productivity is the driving factor in the global marine carbon cycle. Its 31 reconstruction in past climates relies on biogeochemical proxies that are not considered to 32 provide an unequivocal signal. [...]
2021 - 10.1073/pnas.2014787118
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 118, issue 2 (Jan. 2021) , art. e2014787118  
2021-06-01
10:08
49 p, 14.9 MB The influence of sediment sources on radium-derived estimates of Submarine Groundwater Discharge / Rodellas i Vila, Valentí (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; García Orellana, Jordi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Física) ; Masqué Barri, Pere (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Física) ; Font-Muñoz, Joan S. (Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avançats)
The influence of sediments on the determination of SGD by using Ra isotopes was investigated in the Port of Maó (Balearic Islands, NW Mediterranean). This natural harbor was selected because SGD occurs all along its southern boundary and it is covered by fine-grained sediments that are frequently resuspended due to vessel maneuvering. [...]
2015 - 10.1016/j.marchem.2015.02.010
Marine Chemistry, Vol. 171 (April 2015) , p. 107-117  
2021-05-28
09:51
44 p, 1.8 MB Submarine groundwater discharge as a source of nutrients and trace metals in a Mediterranean bay (Palma Beach, Balearic Islands) / Rodellas i Vila, Valentí (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; García Orellana, Jordi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Física) ; Tovar Sánchez, Antonio (Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avançats) ; Basterretxea, Gotzon (Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avançats) ; López-Garcia, José M. (Instituto Geológico y Minero de España) ; Sánchez-Quiles, David (Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avançats) ; Garcia Solsona, Ester (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Masqué Barri, Pere (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Física)
Submarine Groundwater Discharge (SGD) from a detrital coastal aquifer into the adjacent marine environment was investigated in a Mediterranean bay (Palma Beach, Balearic Islands). In this region, agriculture and tourism are potential sources of groundwater contamination. [...]
2014 - 10.1016/j.marchem.2014.01.007
Marine Chemistry, Vol. 160 (March 2014) , p. 56-66  
2021-05-25
10:51
14 p, 336.3 KB Comparison of organic substrates in urban rooftop agriculture, towards improving crop production resilience to water stress in Mediterranean cities / Parada, Felipe (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Ercilla Montserrat, Mireia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Arcas Pilz, Verónica (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; López Capel, Elisa (Newcastle University. School of Natural and Environmental (UK)) ; Carazo, Núria (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Agroalimentària i Biotecnologia) ; Montero Camacho, Juan Ignacio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Gabarrell Durany, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Villalba, Gara (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Rieradevall, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Muñoz Odina, Pere (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental)
BACKGROUND: Urban agriculture contributes to meet food production demand in cities. In a context of low water availability, it is important to consider alternatives that are able to maintain production. [...]
2021 - 10.1002/jsfa.11241
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, (April 2021)  
2021-05-17
17:43
61 p, 505.6 KB Community mining consultations in Latin America (2002-2012): The contested emergence of a hybrid institution for participation / Walter, Mariana (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Urkidi, Leire (Universidad de País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea. EKOPOL)
From 2002 to 2012, 68 community consultations/referenda on large-scale mining activities have been conducted in Latin America challenging centralized decision-making procedures. These consultations are fostered by communities and social movements and usually supported by local governments. [...]
2017 - 10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.09.007
Geoforum, Vol. 84 (August 2017) , p. 265-279  
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The Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (27)
Environmental and Climate Economics (ECE) (35)
Integrated Assessment: Sociology, Technology and the Environment (IASTE) (62)
Integrated Earth System Dynamics Laboratory (IESD) (27)
Observatori de la Tordera (15)
Sustainability and Environmental Protection (Sostenipra) (68)