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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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2019-03-21
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53 p, 1.9 MB Environmental life cycle assessments of producing maize, grass-clover, ryegrass and winter wheat straw for biorefinery / Parajuli, Ranjan (Aarhus University) ; Kristensen, Ib Sillebak (Aarhus University) ; Knudsen, Marie Trydeman (Aarhus University) ; Mogensen, Lisbeth (Aarhus University) ; Corona, Andrea (Technical University of Denmark) ; Birkved, Morten (Technical University of Denmark) ; Peña Valbuena, Nancy Angela Lucia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Graversgaard, Morten (Aarhus University) ; Dalgaard, Tommy (Aarhus University)
The aim of this study is to assess the potential environmental impacts of producing maize, grass-clover, ryegrass, and straw from winter wheat as biomass feedstocks for biorefinery. The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method included the following impact categories: Global Warming Potential (GWP100), Eutrophication Potential (EP), Non-Renewable Energy use (NRE), Potential Fresh Water Ecotoxicity (PFWTox) and Potential Biodiversity Damages (PBD). [...]
2017 - 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.10.076
Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 142, Part 4 (January 2017) , p. 3859-3871  
2019-03-21
11:47
Freshwater ecotoxicity assessment of pesticide use in crop production : Testing the influence of modeling choices / Peña Valbuena, Nancy Angela Lucia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Knudsen, Marie Trydeman (Aarhus University) ; Fantke, Peter (Technical University of Denmark) ; Antón Vallejo, Ma. Asunción (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA)) ; Hermansen, John Erik (Aarhus University)
Pesticides help to control weeds, pests, and diseases contributing, therefore, to food availability. However, pesticide fractions not reaching the intended target may have adverse effects on the environment and the field ecosystems. [...]
2019 - 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.10.257
Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 209 (February 2019) , p. 1332-1341  
2019-03-21
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Modelling ecotoxicity impacts in vineyard production : Addressing spatial differentiation for copper fungicides / Peña Valbuena, Nancy Angela Lucia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Antón Vallejo, Ma. Asunción (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA)) ; Kamilaris, Andreas (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA)) ; Fantke, Peter (Technical University of Denmark)
Application of plant protection products (PPP) is a fundamental practice for viticulture. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has proved to be a useful tool to assess the environmental performance of agricultural production, where including toxicity-related impacts for PPP use is still associated with methodological limitations, especially for inorganic (i. [...]
2018 - 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.243
Science of The Total Environment, Vol. 616-617 (March 2018) , p. 796-804  
2019-03-20
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Child stunting is associated with weaker human capital among native Amazonians / Undurraga, Eduardo A. (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Escuela de Gobierno) ; Behrman, Jere R. (University of Pennsylvania. Department of Economics and Population Studies Center) ; Emmett, Susan D. (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,) ; Kidd, Celeste (University of Rochester. Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences) ; Leonard, William R. (Northwestern University. Department of Anthropology) ; Piantadosi, Steven T. (University of Rochester. Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences) ; Reyes-García, Victoria (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Sharma, Abhishek (Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital) ; Zhang, Rebecca (Stanford University. Graduate School of Business) ; Godoy, Ricardo A. (Heller School for Social Policy and Management)
Objectives:We assessed associations between child stunting, recovery, and faltering with schooling and human capital skills in a native Amazonian society of horticulturalists‐foragers (Tsimane'). - Methods: We used cross‐sectional data (2008) from 1262 children aged 6 to 16 years in 53 villages to assess contemporaneous associations between three height categories: stunted (height‐for‐age Z score, HAZ<–2), moderately stunted (–2 ≤ HAZ≤–1), and nonstunted (HAZ>–1), and three categories of human capital: completed grades of schooling, test‐based academic skills (math, reading, writing), and local plant knowledge. [...]
2018 - 10.1002/ajhb.23059
American journal of human biology, Vol. 30, issue 1 (Jan./Feb. 2018) , e23059  
2019-03-20
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Green streetscape and walking : exploring active mobility patterns in dense and compact cities / Vich Callejo, Guillem (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Geografia) ; Marquet Sardà, Oriol (North Carolina State University. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management) ; Miralles-Guasch, Carme, 1961- (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
document de l'ICTA Al postprint no apareix informació de subvenció, però a la versió publicada diu això: This research was carried out within the framework of the research project: “Movilidad cotidiana activa y saludable en entornos urbanos de proximidad. [...]
Being physically active in natural environments has been linked with multiple mental and physical health benefits. However, not all urban contexts can provide their residents the same access to green areas for walking and sport activities. [...]

2019 - 10.1016/j.jth.2018.11.003
Journal of transport & health, Vol. 12 (March 2019) , p. 50-59  
2019-03-20
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Will PES Schemes Survive in the Long-term Without Evidence of Their Effectiveness? Exploring Four Water-related Cases in Colombia / Lima, Letícia Santos de (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais) ; Ramos Barón, Pablo Andrés (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) ; Villamayor Tomás, Sergio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Krueger, Tobias (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
This paper explores the reasons why payers, intermediaries, and providers engage in PES even under uncertainty about outcomes, and how they relate to the long term durability of the scheme. In theory, it is expected that, in face of high uncertainty, payers would leave the projects if effectiveness cannot be demonstrated and providers would not keep their conservation practices if no money remains available. [...]
2019 - 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.09.005
Ecological Economics, Vol. 156 (February 2019) , p. 211-223  
2019-03-20
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Dietary transitions among three contemporary hunter-gatherers across the tropics / Reyes García, Victoria (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Powell, Bronwen (Pennsylvania State University) ; Díaz Reviriego, Isabel (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research) ; Fernández Llamazares, Álvaro (University of Helsinki) ; Gallois, Sandrine (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Guèze, Maximilien (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
The diets of contemporary hunter-gatherers are diverse and highly nutritious, but are rapidly changing as these societies integrate into the market economy. Here, we analyse empirical data on the dietary patterns and sources of foods of three contemporary hunter-gatherer societies: the Baka of Cameroon (n = 160), the Tsimane’ of Bolivia (n = 124) and the Punan Tubu of Indonesia (n = 109). [...]
2019 - 10.1007%2Fs12571-018-0882-4
Food Security, Vol. 11, Issue 1 (February 2019) , p. 109-122  
2019-03-19
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Emotions, power, and environmental conflict : Expanding the ‘emotional turn’ in political ecology / González Hidalgo, Marien (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Zografos, Christos (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Building on the framework of emotional political ecology, we seek to expand ways of studying the relationships between emotion, power, and environmental conflict. Our review of work in feminist studies, human geography, social psychology, social movement theory, and social and cultural anthropology suggests the need for a theoretical framework that captures the psychological, more-than-human, collective, geographical, and personal-political dimensions that intersect subjectivities in environmental conflicts. [...]
2019 - 10.1177%2F0309132518824644
Progress in Human Geography, (January 2019)  
2019-03-19
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Blocking pipelines, unsettling environmental justice : from rights of nature to responsibility to territory / Temper, Leah (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Indigenous peoples are among the most affected by environmental injustices globally, however environmental justice theory has not yet meaningfully addressed decolonisation and the resistance of Indigenous communities against extractivism in the settler-colonial context. [...]
2019 - 10.1080/13549839.2018.1536698
Local Environment, Vol. 24, Issue 2 (2019) , p. 94-112  
2019-03-19
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Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide variability at Aigüestortes, Central Pyrenees, Spain / Curcoll, Roger (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Camarero, Lluís (Centre d'Estudis Avançats de Blanes) ; Bacardit, Montserrat (Centre de Lauegi) ; Àgueda, Alba (Institut Català de Ciències del Clima) ; Grossi, Claudia (Institut Català de Ciències del Clima) ; Gacia, Esperança (Centre d'Estudis Avançats de Blanes) ; Font, Anna (King's College London) ; Morguí, Josep-Anton (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
In order to improve the understanding of the carbon cycle in the Pyrenean region, two atmospheric monitoring mountain stations were set up within the Long-Term Ecological Research node of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici at Central Pyrenees, Spain. [...]
2019 - 10.1007/s10113-018-1443-2
Regional Environmental Change, Vol. 19, Issue 2 (February 2019) , p. 313-324