AI1. Hydrological processes

This line develops research on hydrological processes in drainage basin, the effects of land use change on runoff and erosion and, especially, on the morpho-sedimentary processes in the fluvial network, together with their variability and magnitude. Water and sediment budgets in Mediterranean catchments and the alterations due to river's regulation are a central issue in our work.

Specific objectives are:

• Analysis and modeling of water resources and hydrological processes of surface and subsurface water bodies

• Study of physical and geomorphological processes in aquatic systems

• Study of sediment dynamics in river systems

• Development of support tools for planning and management of water resources in relation to the effects of climate change and water scarcity


Ramon J. Batalla
Research Professor (UdL Associated)

Senior Lecturer of Physical Geography at the University of Lleida (UdL). He is a fluvial geomorphologist whose research develops in the fields of monitoring and modelling fluvial processes, especially sediment transport in sand and gravel bed rivers, human interference on catchment and fluvial dynamics in Mediterranean areas, sediment management in regulated rivers, fluvial hydrology, river restoration, and Eco-Geomorphology. He participates and leads funded competitive projects and research contracts, at a national and international level. He has conducted research studies in collaboration with the Free University of Berlin, the University of California in Berkeley, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Potsdam and the Aberystwyth University, between others.

He leads the Fluvial Dynamics Research Group -RIUS (for more details see



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