The MARCE project is funded by the Spanish National Plan I+D+I (2008-2011) for the years 2010-2012. The objectives can be summarized into 2 large groups. The first involves the identification of the main biophysical relations related to variability in the river ecosystems. The main challenge is to quantify the relationships between hydrology, geomorphology, water quality and river biota, achallenging feat, mainly due to the lack of appropriate data (spatial and temporal continuity of records). Therefore, to achieve this goal, IH Cantabria is developing models that include all components of the river ecosystem for the entire domain of the project.
The second block aims to determine the ecological consequences of different human activities on river ecosystems, for this, our researchers are characterizing the degree of impact of different river sections using GIS tools to isolate effect of specific pressures using a Control-Impact design for each river component (more info).