Characterization of aquatic ecosystems
We draw samples and analyse the physico-chemical, biological and hydromorphological characteristics of aquatic ecosystems.
We carry out taxonomic identification of macrophytes (phanerogams, algae), microalgae (phytoplankton, benthic diatoms), invertebrates and vertebrate fauna by using anatomical and genetic approaches (environmental DNA; eDNA).
We design and implement environmental monitoring and control programs.
We instrumentalize aquatic ecosystems and create web platforms for real-time monitoring (e.g. flows, water temperature)
We evaluate and diagnose the ecological and chemical status of aquatic ecosystems. We model at different spatio-temporal scales, modeling of water quality (e.g. nitrates), hydromorphological elements (e.g. flow) and bioindicator communities (e.g. invertebrates).
We develop bionomic mapping of terrestrial and aquatic communities.
We model potential habitat and species distribution.
We develop data analysis of the aquatic and climatic environmental variables.
2005 – 2018. Ministry of the Environment. Government of Cantabria. Since 2005, IHCantabria has been involved in the design and implementation of the quality network for transitional and coastal water masses in Cantabria, in compliance with the Water Framework Directive.
Development of a spatial framework for integrated watershed management: 2010-2012. Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
Maintaining the network of gauges and ground stations and monitoring the preservation status of the fluvial ecosystems in the Picos de Europa National Park. 2015-2017. Inter-autonomic Consortium of the Picos de Europa National Park.
2005 – 2017. IHCantabria has actively participated in proposing metrics to evaluate the status of the biological indicators laid out in the Water Framework Directive (macroalgae, phanerogams, fish, invertebrates, phytoplankton), validated through its participation in the North-East Atlantic Geographical Intercalibration Group.
ARACELI PUENTE TRUEBA
Researcher || Expert in aquatic ecosystems
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