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Research Group in Environmental Physics

Lines of research

Hydrodynamics and turbulence

  • 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.
  • Study of mixing processes in natural aquatic systems based on measures of turbulence.
  • 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 the transport of particles

  • 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, atmospheric radiation 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.

Other areas

Some members of the group also participate in the following lines of research:

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