Barcelona, Institut de Ciencies del Mar

Alicante, Marine Biology Research Laboratory



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Facultat de Geologia
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
Campus de Pedralbes
C/Marti i Franquès, s/n
08028 Barcelona   SPAIN
Tel : + 34 93 402 13 84
Fax : + 34 93 402 13 40
Email :
Web Site :
Director :
Prof. Miquel Canals Artigas

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring

Main sectors of research
land-ocean interactions, environmental impact assessment, paleoenvironments, biogeochemical cycles, geomorphological processes, sediments & sedimentary processes, geohazards

Current major projects
  • HERMES (starting date: 1 April 2005; duration: 4 years).
  • EUROSTRATAFORM (starting date: Dec. 2003; duration: 3 years).
  • SPACOMA (starting date: Dec 04; duration: 3 years).

  • Number of local permanent staff
    scientists : 7 others : 3

    Indoor surface area (m2) available for
    research : 600 teaching : 600
    others : 600

    Conference room
    no yes (number of seats : 150 )

    Research vessel(s)
    less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 2
    more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
    Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
    geophysics (HR seismic reflection, side scan sonar), sampling and oceanography equipment, long term moored monitoring equipment
    * Access to large oceanographic vessels (Hesperides, Vizconde de Eza, Garcia del Cid) operated by the Navy and research agencies in Spain such as IEO and CSIC.
    Brief description of accessed vessels : swath bathymetry systems, geophysics (UHR to multichannel seismics, gravity-meter, magnotmeter, heat flux), sampling and oceanography equipment.

    Other major research facilities and equipment
    large scale analytical services at UB, sedimentology and paleoceanography laboratory, 3D modeling tools, multibeam and seismic data processing facilities, pool of equipment for long term moorings (current-meters, acoustic releases, particle traps, thermistor chains, fluorimeters, satellite tracking systems, buoys and ancillary equipment

    Ecosystem types available nearby
    deltaic (Ebro, Llobregat), sandy coasts and prodeltas, Posidonia meadows, rocky shelf communities, deep shelf carbonate producing algal beds, deep environments (slope and rise), submarine canyons

    Areas of taxonomic expertise

    Specimen collections
    yes no
      Brief description :

    Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
    yes no
    University of Barcelona

    Training courses
    yes no
    * courses on Marine Geology and Marine Biology at the Faculties of Geology and Biology
    * Doctorate Program on Marine Science and on Earth Science
    * Training through research European Network on European Deep Ocean Margins (EURODOM)

    Capacity and brief description of library
    periodicals : more than 200 (on geology, biology and oceanography) ; books : more than 20 000 ; access to librairies available via Internet

    Type of research institution
    governmental, national governmental, local
    international academic
    private other:


    CIESM Guide of Marine Research Institutes