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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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2019-06-14
10:33
Power generation from slaughterhouse waste materials : an emergy accounting assessment / Santagata, Remo (Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope". Dipartimento di Scienza e Tecnologia) ; Viglia, Silvio (Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope". Dipartimento di Scienza e Tecnologia) ; Fiorentino, Gabriella (Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope". Dipartimento di Scienza e Tecnologia) ; Liu, Gengyuan (Beijing Normal University. State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control) ; Ripa, Maddalena (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
The linear path “extraction-production-consumption-waste”, imposed by humans to natural ecosystems, where all material flows are instead circular, has become unsustainable. Understanding the potential value of some of these “by-products”, in order to exploit them effectively in a biorefinery perspective, may help overcoming resource shortages and decrease environmental impacts. [...]
2019 - 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.03.148
Elsevier journal of cleaner production, Vol. 223 (June 2019) , p. 536-552  
2019-06-12
14:20
14 p, 710.7 KB Mesophotic ecosystems : distribution, impacts and conservation in the South Atlantic / Soares, Marcelo de Oliveira (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Tavares, Tallita Cruz Lopes (Universidade Federal do Ceará. Instituto de Ciências do Mar) ; Carneiro, Pedro Bastos de Macêdo (Universidade Federal do Piauí)
Aim: this study reviews recent research on the South Atlantic Mesophotic ecosystems (MEs) and the pressures threatening them, and offers suggestions for their management and conservation. - Location: the South Atlantic Ocean. [...]
2019 - 10.1111/ddi.12846
Diversity and distributions, Vol. 25, issue 2 (Feb. 2019) p. 255-268  
2019-06-12
12:20
Bringing the neighbors in : a choice experiment on the influence of coordination and social norms on farmers’ willingness to accept agro-environmental schemes across Europe / Villamayor Tomás, Sergio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Sagebiel, Julian (Technische Universität Berlin. Institut für Landschaftsarchitektur und Umweltplanung) ; Olschewski, Roland (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL)
This paper aims to shed light on the challenges and opportunities of promoting farmers’ participation in agro-environmental programs at reasonable monetary cost in intensively used agricultural landscapes. [...]
2019 - 10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.03.006
Land Use Policy, Vol. 84 (May 2019) , p. 200-215  
2019-06-11
11:38
14 p, 229.5 KB Análisis dendroclimático de Pinus pseudostrobus y Pinus devoniana en los municipios de Áporo y Zitácuaro (Michoacán), Reserva de la Biósfera de la Mariposa Monarca / Marlès Magre, Jaume (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Valor, Teresa (Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya) ; Claramunt López, Bernat (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals) ; Maneja Zaragoza, Roser (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Pérez Salicrup, Diego R. (Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas (Mèxic)) ; Sánchez Mateo, Sònia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Boada, Martí 1949- (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Se presenta el primer estudio sobre dendroclimatología de Pinus pseudostrobus y Pinus devoniana en el estado de Michoacán (México). El estudio se realizó en los municipios de Áporo y Zitácuaro de la Reserva de la Biosfera de la Mariposa Monarca (RBMM). [...]
This article presents the first study on dendroclimatology of Pinus pseudostrobus and Pinus devoniana in the state of Michoacán (Mexico), specifically in the municipalities of Áporo and Zitácuaro, both municipalities within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (MBBR). [...]

2015 - 10.14350/rig.43338
Investigaciones geográficas, Vol. 2015, no. 88 (Dic. 2015) , p. 19-32  
2019-06-11
10:59
Is Green Growth Possible? / Hickel, Jason (Goldsmiths, University of London) ; Kallis, Giorgos (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
The notion of green growth has emerged as a dominant policy response to climate change and ecological breakdown. Green growth theory asserts that continued economic expansion is compatible with our planet’s ecology, as technological change and substitution will allow us to absolutely decouple GDP growth from resource use and carbon emissions. [...]
2019 - 10.1080/13563467.2019.1598964
New political economy, Published online: 17 Apr 2019  
2019-06-11
10:44
How urban green management is influencing passerine birds’ nesting in the Mediterranean : a case study in a Catalan city / Marlès Magre, Jaume (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Boada, Martí 1949- (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Campanera Alsina, Josep Maria (Universitat de Barcelona. Departament de Farmàcia i Tecnologia Farmacèutica i Fisicoquímica) ; Bach Pagès, Albert (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Ruiz Mallén, Isabel (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute) ; Maneja Zaragoza, Roser (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Sánchez Mateo, Sònia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Pallarès Barberà, Montserrat (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Geografia) ; Barriocanal Lozano, Carles (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
The vegetation within the urban system provides sheltering and food provisions to birds, influencing their nesting options. This study analyses for the first time in the Mediterranean area how different socio-ecological factors related with public urban green management can influence the nesting of the passerine bird order. [...]
2019 - 10.1016/j.ufug.2019.03.012
Urban forestry & urban greening, Vol. 41 (May 2019) , p. 221-229  
2019-06-06
16:04
Capitalism, socialism, degrowth : a rejoinder / Kallis, Giorgos (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
2019 - 10.1080/10455752.2018.1563624
Capitalism nature socialism, Published online Jan 2019  
2019-06-06
15:26
23 p, 346.0 KB Hydropower in the Himalayan hazardscape : strategic ignorance and the production of unequal risk / Huber, Amelie (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Rapidly expanding hydropower development in areas prone to geological and hydro-climatic hazards poses multiple environmental and technological risks. Yet, so far these have received scant attention in hydropower planning processes, and even in the campaigns of most citizen initiatives contesting these dams. [...]
2019 - 10.3390/w11030414
Water, Vol. 11, issue 3 (March 2019) , art. 414  
2019-06-06
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11 p, 2.6 MB Climate change impacts on marine ecosystems through the lens of the size spectrum / Heneghan, Ryan F. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Hatton, Ian A. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Galbraith, Eric D. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Climate change is a complex global issue that is driving countless shifts in the structure and function of marine ecosystems. To better understand these shifts, many processes need to be considered, yet they are often approached from incompatible perspectives. [...]
2019 - 10.1042/ETLS20190042
Emerging topics in life sciences, Vol. 3, issue 2 (May 2019) , p. 233-243  
2019-06-06
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11 p, 587.7 KB Latitudinal variation of planktonic foraminifera shell masses during Termination I / Zarkogiannis, Stergios (Panepistēmio Athēnōn. Department of Historical Geology and Paleontology) ; Kontakiotis, George (Panepistēmio Athēnōn. Department of Historical Geology and Paleontology) ; Antonarakou, Assimina (Panepistēmio Athēnōn. Department of Historical Geology and Paleontology) ; Mortyn, Peter Graham (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambiental) ; Drinia, Hara (Panepistēmio Athēnōn. Department of Historical Geology and Paleontology)
The oceans' surface layer holds large amounts of dissolved inorganic carbon that is exchanged rapidly with the atmosphere. Carbon enters the ocean mainly through the dissolution of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), and a part of it is converted into carbonate by marine organisms. [...]
2019 - 10.1088/1755-1315/221/1/012052
IOP conference series. Earth and environmental science, Vol. 221 (2019) , art. 012052