At CREAF we study the effects of increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations, climate change, or increases in contamination and we design measures to adapt ecosystems to a drier future.
Water resourcesThe Mediterranean climate is characterized by a very irregular distribution of precipitation, where intense droughts alternate with torrential rains. For this reason, the availability of water (for ecosystems as well as human activities) represents one of the most limiting factors for the development of life.
All climate change models forecast that the Mediterranean zone will be one of the most affected on the planet due temperature increase and precipitation decrease. Additionally, demand for water has not stopped growing in the last decades, not only due to our own consumption, but also due to that of trees and shrublands, which are commonly young and dense. For this reason, one of the principal objectives of research which we carry out at CREAF is the sustainable management of this resource which is strategic for life.