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Research Group in Environmental Physics

Lines of research

HYDRODYNAMICS AND PHYSICAL PROCESSES IN NATURAL AQUATIC SYSTEMS

  • The hydrodynamics of seas, rivers, dams and wetlands are studied, and the mass and energy flows are parameterized.
  • The research group probes into the conceptual frameworks, numerical models and measurement methods of the physical processes that take place in these ecosystems, such as turbulence, waves and currents.
  • New methods are proposed to more carefully describe and predict the dynamics of natural aquatic systems and their interaction with the environment.

WATER QUALITY AND PARTICLE TRANSPORTATION

  • The dynamics and transport of inorganic (sediment) and organic particles (algae populations, bacteria and zooplankton) in aquatic systems are studied.
  • The effect of the state (density, height, typology) and the structures (fragmented and non-fragmented) of meadows in aquatic systems are parameterized.
  • Geomorphological changes (sedimentation patterns) in aquatic systems are studied.
  • Numerical models of water quality in lakes and wetlands are implemented.

CLOUDS, RADIATION IN THE ATMOSPHERE AND CLIMATE

  • Cloud and insolation climatology is studied, from local to continental scales, using surface observations and satellite data.
  • The research group works on characterizing clouds and atmospheric aerosol.
  • The effects of clouds and aerosols, including ultraviolet, on the solar band and on the long wave band are studied using techniques based on both measurements and modelling.
  • Radiative transfer models and radiation parameterizations are evaluated in atmospheric models.

CLIMATIC CHANGE: EVIDENCE AND PHYSICAL PROCESSES

  • The research group works to expand and analyse the evidence of climate change in order to determine the key processes of change.
  • The evolution of the different components of the climate system and the interaction between them as well as the underlying physical processes are studied.
  • The results of global and regional climate models are analysed to assess the future climate on regional and local scales.

ECO-INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT AND REUSE

  • The research group studies tertiary waste water treatment systems that are characterized by low cost and low energy consumption and that do not require the use of chemical products.
  • The filtration capacity and inactivation of pathogens by population of zooplankton cladocerans, algae and earthworms are studied.
  • Optimal filtration conditions of ecological tertiary systems are sought under hydrodynamic and environmental conditions: laminar or turbulent flows, changes in temperature, presence of plastics, concentrations of chemical pollutants, light regimes, presence of competing species, oxygen, and salinity.

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