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
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
EUROPEAN RESEARCH PROGRAMS
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.
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.
NATIONAL RESEARCH PLANS
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.
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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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.
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.
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.