The group’s research focuses on the following fields::
- Conservation of soil and water
- Environmental geochemistry (soil, water and sediment)
- Palaeoecology and global change
The skills developed by the group’s members enable multidisciplinary approaches to resolve research challenges with environmental application. The following are highlighted:
- Physical and chemical analysis of soil, sediment and water samples.
- Morphological and mineralogical characterization of soils.
- Biogeochemistry of soil, sediment and water samples.
- Analysis of rainfall and runoff and the runoff generation processes at river basin scale.
- Evaluation of water erosion and risk analysis.
- Study of the dynamics of sediments, nutrients and metals at small river basin scale.
- Monitoring and oversight of water quality through stations equipped with continuous metering instruments.
- Evaluation continental and coastal water quality using bioindicators.
- Modelling of the effects of climate change and soil use changes on hydrologic processes and the exportation of nutrients in small river basins, in order to predict future scenarios.
- Environmental advice on soil and water conservation subjects.
- Palaeoclimatology and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction inferred from isotope analyses of pollen and diatoms in continental and coastal settings.
- Diagnosis of death by submersion inferred by diatoms.
- Environmental impact studies.