Catalan Water Research Institute research and innovation for the sustainable use of water

Hydrological processes and water resources

This line develops research on hydrological processes in drainage basins, the effects of changes in use on runoff and erosion and, especially, on morphosedimentary processes in the fluvial network and their variability and magnitude. The balance of water and sediment in the Mediterranean basins and the alterations due to regulation constitute a central axis of the work.

Research topics:

  • Understanding the hydrological dynamics of surface and groundwater and the interactions between them, including the physical processes associated with river basins (e.g., sediment transport, dissolved loads).
  • Availability and quality of water resources, with special emphasis on the effect of human pressures: overexploitation, pollutants.
  • Effects of current changes on climate, land and society and water resources and their dynamics.