FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS

The Freshwater ecosystems research group focuses its activity on studying the main factors that determine the composition, operation and interrelation of these ecosystems, as well as their response to human activity.

The main interest of the group lies in researching and determining the main biophysical mechanisms that confer resilience to continental aquatic ecosystems and adjacent terrestrial ecosystems, allowing them to maintain their functionality and biodiversity in the face of natural or anthropogenic disturbances.

In addition, part of its activity is devoted to transferring acquired knowledge and developing tools to improve the management and conservation of natural resources, making itself available to government agencies and private companies.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Ecology of fresh water

Remote sensing and ecological modeling

Monitoring and evaluation of the state of ecosystems and species

Characterization of ecosystem services

Conservation and management of ecosystems, habitats, communities and species

TECHNICAL RESOURCES

field campaigns equipment

  • Physico-chemical Multi-probes with rhodamine sensor
  • Temperature-Oxygen, Water Temperature-Level and
  • Temperature-Light probes
  • SonTek RiverSurveyor – M9 Acoustic Doppler Profiler
  • SonTek FlowTracker Handheld – Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter
  • Laser Scanner Focus3D
  • Electrofishing back-pack ELT60II HONDA GXV50
  • Metabolism incubation chambers
  • Field Spectrum-Radiometer ASD FieldSpec 4 & White Spectralon panel
  • Macroinvertebrate sampling gear

experimental facilities

R+D+i PROJECTS

EUROPEAN RESEARCH PROGRAMS

ALICE

Its main objective is to promote sustainable investments in blue and green infrastructures (BGINs) by identifying the benefits of the ecosystem services provided at the land-water and land-sea interfaces in the Atlantic Region.
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EUROFLOW

EUROFLOW-MSCA-ITN-2017
A european training and research network for environmental flow management in river basins. Focused on the development of multidisciplinary approaches for river basin management and environmental flows, and training a cohort of researchers to be future leaders in the science and policy of this field.
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NATIONAL RESEARCH PLANS

HYDRA

HYDRA will focus on how the operation of rivers and the supply of services are affected by the hydrological alteration (HA) of the operation of dams and changes in land use.
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RIVERLANDS

Effects inherited from the use of land in fluvial processes: implications for integrated watershed management.
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TECHNOLOGICAL TRANSFER

Nature 2000 Network in Cantabria

IHCantabria collaborated in drafting the Management Plan for the spaces of the Natura 2000 Network in Cantabria, an administrative instrument that lays out the management guidelines, objectives and measures needed to guarantee achieving and/or maintaining the proper conservation of habitats and species of community interest in Cantabria.
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Monitoring the effects of global change in European Peaks National Park (PNPE)

The assessment of the effects of global change on aquatic ecosystems of the national park started in 2012 and continued with several projects (CENTINELA, BIOGLOB and MONITOREA) providing a long-term monitoring program. This program is essential to unravel the effects of global change (such as land use and changing climate conditions) on the aquatic ecosystems of European Peaks National Park.
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Access the Collected Data

iHabitat: spatial modeling of vegetation and landscape dynamics

The iHabitat research line (Modelling Landscape Patterns and Processes) of IHCantabria combines a suite of modelling tools designed for the spatial and temporal analyses of landscape patterns and processes affecting aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Mapping land cover patterns at various spatiotemporal dynamics, the interaction of vegetation and soil with water resources, the development of scenarios of landscape dynamics under global change and the valuation of ecosystem services extend the purpose of iHabitat to obtain simple answers to disentangle the multivariate relationships of complex reality.

ivercam

A project that seeks to develop a methodology that facilitates the design and implementation of green infrastructures in mountain areas in order to adapt to climate change. Its objectives are to preserve biodiversity and improve the hydrological functioning of the watershed.
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PUBLICATIONS

González-Ferreras A.M. & Barquín J. (2017).
Mapping the temporary and perennial character of whole river networks.
Water Resources Research. DOI: 10.1002/2017WR020390.

Álvarez-Martínez J.M., Jiménez-Alfaro B., Barquín J., Ondiviela B., Recio M. & Silio-Calzada A. (2017).
Modelling the area of occupancy of habitat types with remote sensing.
Methods in Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12925.

Estévez E., Rodríguez-Castillo T., Álvarez-Cabria M., Peñas F.J., González-Ferreras A.M., Lezcano M. & Barquín J. (2017).
Analysis of structural and functional indicators for assessing the health state of mountain streams.
Ecological Indicators. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.08.052.

Rodríguez-Castillo T., Barquín J., Álvarez-Cabria M., Peñas F.J. & Álvarez C. (2017).
Effects of sewage effluents and seasonal changes on the metabolism of three Atlantic rivers.
Science of the Total Environment. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.067.

Murria C., Bonada N., Vellend M., Zamora-Muñoz C., Alba-Tecedor J., Sainz-Cantero C.E., Garrido J., Acosta R., El Alami M., Barquín J., Derka T., Álvarez-Cabria M., Sáinz-Bariain M., Filipe A., Vogler A. (2017).
Local environment rather than past climate determines community composition of mountain stream macroinvertebrates across Europe.
Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14346.

Álvarez-Cabria M., Barquín J. & Peñas F.J. (2016).
Modelling the spatial and seasonal variability of water quality for entire river networks: relationships with natural and anthropogenic factors.
Science of the Total Environment. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.12.109.

Peñas F.J., Barquín J. & Álvarez C. (2016).
Assessing hydrologic alteration: Evaluation of different alternatives according to data availability.
Ecological Indicators. DOI10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.07.021.

TEAM

José Barquín

José Barquín

Head of Continental Ecosystems Group

Mario álvarez

Mario álvarez

Technologist

JOse manuel álvarez-martínez

JOse manuel álvarez-martínez

Researcher

Alejandra Goldenberg

Alejandra Goldenberg

Technologist

alexia maría González

alexia maría González

Technologist

Francisco Peñas

Francisco Peñas

Researcher

Marta Sainz

Marta Sainz

Technologist

ANA SILIÓ

ANA SILIÓ

Researcher

PREDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Thi Binh Minh Hoang

Thi Binh Minh Hoang

Predoctoral researcher

ignacio pérez

ignacio pérez

Predoctoral researcher

Cassia Rocha

Cassia Rocha

Predoctoral researcher

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