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The soundscape created by birds is becoming quieter and less varied, with potential effects on people’s health

2 de November 2021Adriana Clivillé

The favourable properties of natural soundscapes are changing, due to declining bird populations and their new geographic distribution. As a consequence, the trill of birds is changing and birdsongs at dawn are becoming quieter and less varied.


The ecosystem services of Mediterranean forests are at risk if global temperatures rise more than 2°C

7 de July 2021Adriana Clivillé

For the first time, the scientific evidence on how fire risk and ecosystem services in Mediterranean forests are affected by a global temperature increase or decrease above 2°C is reviewed.


CREAF, observer organisation at the 8th IPBES plenary session

14 de June 2021Carla Kühleis

As a new observer organization, from CREAF we are taking part in the IPBES 8th Plennary session, from today 14th to the 24th of June 2021. Our scientific coordinator, Alícia Pérez-Porro, and researcher Lluís Brotons are taking part in this annual meeting that is held online.


Planting 3,000 million trees in Europe could increase the risk of forest fires

28 de April 2021Anna Ramon Revilla

A research group made up of researchers from CREAF, CTFC, InBIO/CIBIO, University of Santiago de Compostela and CSIC warns that the massive reforestation proposed by the Green Deal could increase the risk of fire if it isn't carried out according to good planning and scientific criteria.


During the lockdown, nature did not invade the cities, it only became more visible

12 de March 2021Anna Ramon Revilla

After a year of lockdown in the world, the results of the scientific project are available, promoted with the aim of understanding the effects of shutdown on nature. A scientific work in which we have collaborated with the Catalan Institute of Ornithology and published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.


Climate change affects birds in Europe and North-America differently than in the Mediterranean, and could expose them to a climate trap

17 de February 2021Anna Ramon Revilla

The behavior of bird communities in Europe and in the United States and Canada due to climate change is different than in the Mediterranean area. It changes faster in winter, when they migrate, than in spring, when they nest.


We participate in Europabon, the biodiversity observation project at the service of European public policies

28 de December 2020Adriana Clivillé

We are involved in the European project H2020 EuropaBON (Europa Biodiversity Observation Network: integrating data streams to support policy), which aims to create a standard for controlling biodiversity and ecosystems in Europe, to integrate data and support public policies.


Global change requires new fire management to preserve biodiversity

19 de November 2020CREAF

More than 4,400 terrestrial and freshwater species are threatened by changes in the fire regime. While many species are at risk by the increased frequency and intensity of fire, its suppression can be harmful to some life forms and ecosystems.


CREAF’s first international newsletter is out!

8 de September 2020Adriana Clivillé

We have published the first international CREAF's newsletter with the purpose of improving our visibility, reputation and recruitment of talent. Its common thread is ecology as a solution and it includes current events as diverse as 'la Caixa' postdoctoral scholarships with the experience of Oriol Lapiedra and the opinion of Marc Palahí, director of the European Forest Institute, about his previous work with us.


Creating less flammable landscapes would as much as halve the area expected to be affected by fire in the next 30 years

28 de August 2020Adriana Clivillé

Using mathematical models, a joint Spanish and Portuguese study has shown that altering the landscape, so as to reduce vegetation density and combustibility for example, and promoting farming activities of high natural value would drastically reduce the amount of land damaged by fire.


Green infrastructure planned at European level is more efficient

16 de March 2020CREAF

The need to fit the pieces of a currently fragmented landscape has led the European Union and the various territorial administrations to promote green infrastructure. This type of planning could secure ecosystem services and increase the connectivity of the Natura 2000 network, while improving the coverage of species of conservation interest in the EU beyond the current protected areas.


Farmland with small fields and varied crops is beneficial to biodiversity

29 de July 2019Anna Ramon Revilla

Research led by two French institutions shows that farmland comprising small fields sown with different types of crops is conducive to plant and animal diversity. Promoting such landscapes would help make up for the loss of natural and semi-natural habitats between crops.


Mountain birds in decline in Europe

28 de January 2019Anna Ramon Revilla

CREAF and ICO (Catalan Ornithological Institute) researchers Sergi Herrando and Lluís Brotons have participated in a study that shows populations of birds described as “mountain specialists” to have fallen by 10% in a decade in Europe. The situation is even more alarming in the Pyrenees and elsewhere in the Iberian Peninsula, where mountain bird populations fell by 21%.


Promoting borders between crops is vital to pollinator survival

19 de February 2018Anna Ramon Revilla

Two CREAF researchers have taken part in the study, which shows that small, irregularly shaped fields on farmland boost the number and abundance of species. This is because pollinators use crop borders as highways or corridors for movement and protection. The trend of ever larger crop fields is endangering insect pollinator populations and their ability to pollinate crops


Wildfires can favor the diversity of flora and fauna

24 de March 2017Verónica Couto Antelo

In many ecosystems, fire promotes a greater variety of species of plants and animals since it creates a more diverse set of environments. The positive effects of fire cannot be generalized to all aspects of an ecosystem; profound knowledge about the local species and fire regime is crucial. Insights from the study are useful for planning management of forest biomass fuel, controlled burnings, and forest fire suppression.


Mathematics in the fight against forest drought

8 de February 2016CREAF

A study by CTFC and CREAF scientists has led to the development of a mathematical model which predicts drought stress in forests. The research shows that forest drought stress depends on climatic conditions as well as vegetation and soil characteristics. 


Birds and butterflies are key indicators for the measurement of biodiversity loss

11 de November 2015Anna Ramon Revilla

According to a study in which CREAF participated, the populations of birds or butterflies living in open habitats have been negatively affected by the loss of field and scrubland habitat. Conversely, species which live in forests have been favored. These variations were related with changes in the Catalonian (and Mediterranean) landscape over the last few decades. 


A CEED Research Fellow will study fire effects to biodiversity in Catalonia

7 de September 2015CREAF

A CEED (Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions) Research Fellow has been recently awarded one of the five Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. He will travell to Spain to study the threat of fires to biodiversity at the CTFC (Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia) and CREAF (Centre of Ecological Research and Forestry Applications).


Òdena’s wildfire images taken by drones

1 de September 2015CREAF

InForest mixed unity, composed by CTFC and CREAF, has published the first images taken by drones of the burned area from Òdena's wildfire (Barcelona area), occurred last july which burned more than 1.200 ha. InForest is pioneer in drones use for ecology and conservation research.


The CTFC and CREAF boast a new drone service for research in ecology and conservation

9 de July 2015Anna Ramon Revilla

The InForest mixed unit assembled by these two institutions has become the first academic institution in Catalonia and one of the first in the nationauthorized for drone operation.


Scientists identify the 13 most important research challenges to face global change in the Mediterranean region

3 de February 2015J.Luis Ordóñez

Scientists consider it key to understand why droughts kill so many trees and the influence of local forest histories on tree mortality. They also warn that we know very little about the joined effects of different disturbances on each ecosystem, and highlight the necessity to plan research projects covering more time and space. 


Firefighters are the main factor that determines the current patterns of forest fires in Catalonia

21 de June 2013Anna Ramon Revilla

A new model of landscape evolution, developed by a group of Catalan and Canadian researchers, identifies that the ability to extinguish fire is essential in the explanation of the fire patterns in Catalan territory. The model also shows that, if current climate trends continue, the burned area could increase by more than 60% in the next 20 years.

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