As dawn breaks at the Oulettes de Gaube refuge (France), Bernat Claramunt is ready to start an expedition as a scientific guide in the Gaube valley, in the Pyrenees. As a CREAF ecologist expert on mountain systems, he knows the terrain well. This is why he cannot stop looking at the Glacier des Oulettes to note its retreat, even if it still looks imposing.
Drought and its consequences is one of the 4 most critical natural hazards in the mountain areas of Southwest Europe, together with floods, fires and soil degradation. This is one of the starting points of the third transnational seminar on strategies for the management and prevention of drought impacts on mountain forests in Southwest Europe, integrated in the SUDOE MONTCLIMA project.
The ecosystem services of Mediterranean forests are at risk if global temperatures rise more than 2°C7 de July 2021Adriana Clivillé
Maurizio Mencucini's taste for constant itinerancy was awakened by a professor at the University of Florence, who constantly pushed his students to leave Italy. Today he recognises that to do so "a certain daring is needed, but over time you realise that opportunities open up". And, he adds, "it's something I tell my children every day".
Some chemical pollutants from road traffic and transported by sea breezes can alter climatic and ecological aspects, even in protected areas, according to a study by authors from CREAF and IDAEA-CSIC, among others.