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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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2020-06-26
15:38
11 p, 2.9 MB Human breathable air in a Mediterranean forest : characterization of monoterpene concentrations under the canopy / Bach Pagès, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Llusià Benet, Joan (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals) ; Filella Cubells, Iolanda (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i d'Aplicacions Forestals) ; Maneja Zaragoza, Roser (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Geografia) ; Peñuelas, Josep (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i d'Aplicacions Forestals) ; Yáñez Serrano, Ana María (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals)
Monoterpenes have been identified as potential determinants of the human health effects induced by forest exposure. The present study characterizes the total monoterpene concentrations at nose height in a Mediterranean Holm oak forest located in North-East Iberian Peninsula during the annual emission peak (summer and autumn: June to November) using a Proton Transfer Reaction-Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS). [...]
2020 - 10.3390/ijerph17124391
International journal of environmental research and public health, Vol. 17, issue 12 (2020) , art. 4391  
2020-06-26
15:03
10.3 KB Sediment composition and radiochemical signature in trawled and untrawled flanks of Palamós Canyon, NW Mediterranean / Paradis Vilar, Sarah (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Goñi, Miguel (Oregon State University. College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences) ; Masqué Barri, Pere (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Durán, Ruth (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Instituto de Ciencias del Mar) ; Arjona Camas, Marta (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Instituto de Ciencias del Mar) ; Palanques, Albert (Institut de Ciències del Mar) ; Puig, Pere (Institut de Ciències del Mar)
Data of sedimentological properties, biomarkers, and radiochemical parameters analyzed in sediment cores collected in trawled and untrawled flanks of Palamós Canyon (NW Mediterranean margin) in different seasons.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2020 - 10.5565/ddd.uab.cat/225679
2 documents
2020-06-15
15:56
2 p, 551.6 KB Quins elements i característiques han de tenir els boscos per influenciar la salut humana? / Bach Pagès, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Malgrat el creixent interès de la comunitat científica i de la societat envers el potencial dels boscos com a font de salut humana, la literatura científica existent no permet establir relacions coherents entre el tipus de bosc i diferents variables de salut. [...]
A pesar del creciente interés de la comunidad científica y de la sociedad hacia el potencial de los bosques como fuente de salud humana, la literatura científica existente no permite establecer relaciones coherentes entre el tipo de bosque y diferentes variables de salud. [...]
Despite the increasing interest of the scientific community and society towards the potential of forests as a source of human health, the existing scientific literature does not allow for a coherent relationship between the forest type and different health variables. [...]

2020
UAB divulga, Juny 2020
3 documents
2020-06-10
10:06
3 p, 503.4 KB Emmagatzemar i intercanviar el coneixement indígena i local : una revisió de la literatura / Arreola, Guadalupe (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Benyei Peco, Petra Johanna (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Reyes-García, Victòria (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
En aquest estudi del grup de recerca LASEG de l'ICTA-UAB es reivindica el coneixement indígena i local (CIL) que guarda relació especial amb la natura i la tradició mil·lenària i que és tan vàlid com la ciència. [...]
En este estudio del grupo de investigación LASEG de ICTA-UAB se reivindica el conocimiento indígena y local (CIL) que guarda relación especial con la naturaleza y la tradición milenaria y que es tan válido como la ciencia. [...]

2020
UAB divulga, Juny 2020
2 documents
2020-06-03
17:41
Carbon nanotube-based nanocomposite sensor tuned with a catechol as novel electrochemical recognition platform of uranyl ion in aqueous samples / Muñoz, José (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona) ; Montes Martínez, Raquel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Bastos Arrieta, Julio (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Química) ; Guardingo Melián, Mireia (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Busqué Sánchez, Félix (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; Ruiz Molina, Daniel (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Palet i Ballús, Cristina (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; García Orellana, Jordi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Baeza Labat, Maria del Mar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química)
This article reports a novel electrochemical recognition platform based on a nanocomposite carbon paste electrode containing carbon nanotubes modified with gold nanoparticles carrying a thiolated catechol for the fast amperometric determination of uranyl ion (UO ) in water. [...]
2018 - 10.1016/j.snb.2018.07.093
Sensors and actuators. B, Chemical, Vol. 273 (November 2018) , p. 1807-1815  
2020-06-03
06:27
13 p, 1.7 MB The future of Blue Carbon science / Macreadie, Peter I. (Deakin University. Center for Integrative Ecology (Australia)) ; Anton, Andrea (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Red Sea Research Center and Computational Bioscience Research Center (Saudi Arabia)) ; Raven, John A. (University of Western Australia) ; Beaumont, Nicola (Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Prospect Place (UK)) ; Connolly, Rod M. (Griffith University. Australian Rivers Institute—Coast & Estuaries) ; Friess, Daniel A. (National University of Singapore. Department of Geography) ; Kelleway, Jeffrey J. (University of Wollongong (Australia)) ; Kennedy, Hilary (Bangor University (UK)) ; Kuwae, Tomohiro (Port and Airport Research Institute (Japan)) ; Lavery, Paul S. (Edith Cowan University. Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (Australia)) ; Lovelock, Catherine E. (The University of Queensland (Australia)) ; Smale, Dan A. (Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom) ; Apostolaki, Eugenia T. (Institute of Oceanography. Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece)) ; Atwood, Trisha B. (Utah State University. Department of Watershed Sciences and Ecology Center (USA)) ; Baldock, Jeff (CSIRO Agriculture and Food (Australia)) ; Bianchi, Thomas S. (University of Florida. Department of Geological Sciences) ; Chmura, Gail L. (McGill University. Department of Geography (Canada)) ; Eyre, Bradley D. (Southern Cross University. Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry (Australia)) ; Fourqurean, James W. (Florida International University. Department of Biological Sciences and Center for Coastal Oceans Research.) ; Hall-Spencer, Jason M. (University of Tsukuba. Shimoda Marine Research Center (Japan)) ; Huxham, Mark M. (Edinburgh University (UK)) ; Hendriks, Iris E. (Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avançats) ; Krause-Jensen, Dorte (Aarhus University. Arctic Research Centre. Department of Bioscience (Denmark)) ; Laffoley, Dan (International Union for Conservation of Nature. World Commission on Protected Areas (Switzerland)) ; Luisetti, Tiziana (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (UK)) ; Marbà, Núria (Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avançats) ; Masque, Pere (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; McGlathery, Karen J. (University of Virginia. Department of Environmental Sciences) ; Megonigal, J. Patrick (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (USA)) ; Murdiyarso, Daniel (Department of Geophysics and Meteorology. Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia)) ; Russell, Bayden D. (University of Hong Kong. Swire Institute of Marine Science (China)) ; Santos, Rui (University of Algarve. Center of Marine Sciences (Portugal)) ; Serrano, Oscar (Edith Cowan University. Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (Australia)) ; Silliman, Brian R. (Duke University. Nicholas School of the Environment (USA)) ; Watanabe, Kenta (Port and Airport Research Institute (Japan)) ; Duarte, Carlos M. (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Red Sea Research Center and Computational Bioscience Research Center (Saudi Arabia))
The term Blue Carbon (BC) was first coined a decade ago to describe the disproportionately large contribution of coastal vegetated ecosystems to global carbon sequestration. The role of BC in climate change mitigation and adaptation has now reached international prominence. [...]
2019 - 10.1038/s41467-019-11693-w
Nature communications, Vol. 10 (September 2019) , art. 3998  
2020-06-03
06:27
15 p, 1.5 MB Normalisation of Paris agreement NDCs to enhance transparency and ambition / King, Lewis C. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M. van den. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
The Paris Agreement takes a bottom-up approach to tackling climate change with parties submitting pledges in the form of nationally determined contributions (NDCs). Studies show that the sum of these national pledges falls short of meeting the agreement's 2 °C target. [...]
2019 - 10.1088/1748-9326/ab1146
Environmental research letters, Vol. 14, Issue 8 (August 2019) , art. 084008  
2020-06-03
06:27
16 p, 495.9 KB Economic profitability of agroforestry in nitrate vulnerable zones in Catalonia (NE Spain) / Blanc, Simone (Università degli studi di Torino. Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Forestali e Alimentari) ; Gasol, Carles M. (Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Martínez Blanco, Julis (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Muñoz Odina, Pere (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries) ; Coello, Jaime (Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya) ; Casals, Pere (Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya) ; Mosso, Angela (Università degli studi di Torino. Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Forestali e Alimentari) ; Brun, Filippo (Università degli studi di Torino. Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Forestali e Alimentari)
The impact of agricultural practices and the excess application of nitrogen can negatively impact the environment and cause human health problems. In Spain, the liquid manure applied in areas of intensive agriculture is creating groundwater nitrate pollution problems. [...]
2019 - 10.5424/sjar/2019171-12118
Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 17, Issue 1 (March 2019) , art. e0101  
2020-06-03
06:27
10 p, 2.3 MB Ten important questions/issues for ethnobotanical research / Albuquerque, Ulysses Paulino (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Departamento de Botânica. Laboratório de Ecologia e Evolução de Sistemas Socioecológicos (Brazil)) ; Borba Nascimento, André Luiz (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Departamento de Botânica. Laboratório de Ecologia e Evolução de Sistemas Socioecológicos (Brazil)) ; Taboada Soldati, Gustavo (Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora. Departamento de Botânica. Laboratório de Etnobiologia e Agroecologia (Brazil)) ; Soares Feitosa, Ivanilda (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Departamento de Botânica. Laboratório de Ecologia e Evolução de Sistemas Socioecológicos (Brazil)) ; Loureiro Almeida Campos, Juliana (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Departamento de Botânica. Laboratório de Ecologia e Evolução de Sistemas Socioecológicos (Brazil)) ; Hurrell, Julio Alberto (Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Laboratorio de Etnobotánica y Botánica Aplicada (Argentina)) ; Hanazaki, Natalia (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Departamento de Ecologia e Zoologia. Laboratório de Ecologia Humana e Etnobotânica (Brazil)) ; Muniz de Medeiros, Patricia (Universidade Federal de Alagoas. Centro de Ciências Agrárias. Laboratório de Ecologia, Conservação e Evolução Biocultural (Brazil)) ; Vasconcelos da Silva, Rafael Ricardo (Universidade Federal de Alagoas. Centro de Ciências Agrárias. Laboratório de Ecologia, Conservação e Evolução Biocultural (Brazil)) ; Ludwinsky, Rafaela Helena (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Departamento de Ecologia e Zoologia. Laboratório de Ecologia Humana e Etnobotânica (Brazil)) ; Soares Ferreira Júnior, Washington (Universidade de Pernambuco. Laboratório de Investigações Bioculturais no Semiárido (Brazil)) ; Reyes-García, Victòria (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
For at least 30 years researchers have called for a deeper reflection on the paths we desire for ethnobotanical research. Although the discipline of ethnobotany is growing, as measured by the number of publications in the area, there is still work to be done regarding the homogeneity of theoretical and methodological approaches and the implications of ethnobotanical research findings for society as a whole. [...]
2019 - 10.1590/0102-33062018abb0331
Acta Botânica Brasílica, Vol. 33, Issue 2 (April-June 2019) , p. 376-385  
2020-06-03
06:26
19 p, 449.6 KB Archetype analysis in sustainability research : meanings, motivations, and evidence-based policy making / Oberlack, Christoph (University of Bern. Centre for Development and Environment (Switzerland)) ; Sietz, Diana (Wageningen University (The Netherlands)) ; Bonanomi, Elisabeth Bürgi (University of Bern. Centre for Development and Environment (Switzerland)) ; De Bremond, Ariane (University of Maryland. Geographical Sciences Department (USA)) ; Dell'Angelo, Jampel (VU University Amsterdam. Institute for Environmental Studies. Department of Environmental Policy Analysis (The Netherlands)) ; Eisenack, Klaus (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Resource Economics Group (Germany)) ; Ellis, Erle C. (University of Maryland. Department of Geography and Environmental Systems (USA)) ; Epstein, Graham (University of Waterloo. Environmental Change and Governance Group (Canada)) ; David, M. (School of Sustainability. Arizona state University) ; Giger, Markus (University of Bern. Centre for Development and Environment (Switzerland)) ; Heinimann, Andreas (University of Bern. Centre for Development and Environment (Switzerland)) ; Kimmich, Christian (Masaryk University. Department of Environmental Studies (Czechia)) ; Kok, Marcel T. J. (PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency) ; Navarrete, David Manuel (Arizona state University (USA)) ; Messerli, Peter (University of Bern. Centre for Development and Environment (Switzerland)) ; Meyfroidt, Patrick (Université catholique de Louvain. Earth and Life Institute. Georges Lemaître Center for Earth and Climate Research (Belgium)) ; Václavík, Tomáš (Palacký University Olomouc. Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences (Czechia)) ; Villamayor Tomás, Sergio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Archetypes are increasingly used as a methodological approach to understand recurrent patterns in variables and processes that shape the sustainability of social-ecological systems. The rapid growth and diversification of archetype analyses has generated variations, inconsistencies, and confusion about the meanings, potential, and limitations of archetypes. [...]
2019 - 10.5751/ES-10747-240226
Ecology and society, Vol. 24, Issue 2 (July 2019) , art. 26