To articulate its research potential, our Centre organises its scientific activity around five main research lines supported by three emerging and transversal tools and technologies.
Due to its key importance in "ecosystem functioning", biological diversity plays a fundamental role in the ecosystem´s capacity to provide services (as a source of food, water, climate regulation, and other) it is fundamental in the storage and on the flow of materials and energy in nature through the roles of primary producers, consumers and decomposers.
Coastal zones face important challenges, specially related to the deterioration of their environmental, socio-economic and cultural resources. Coastal problemas have an international dimension and must thus rely on the support of EU policy (regional, maritime, transport, fisheries, environment, agriculture, energy or industry) and on sharing knowledge among states, regions and other stakeholders.
Coasts represent less than 15% of the earth´s surface, but more than 50% of the world´s population lives in coastal areas. Coasts are fundamental areas for the reproduction of numerous species, and they stand intense activities like tourism, maritime traffic, aquaculture or fisheries. All of this creates economic, demographic and environmental pressures that end up in a deterioration of coastal ecosystems and that can cause adverse effects in human health.
The ocean has a central role in the regulation of the earth´s climate and biogeochemical cycles. Global warmin associated to the increase in concentration of greenhouse gases has caused relevant changes in the circulation of materials and energy in the ocean, apart from an increase in the sea level, which is specially relevant due to the fact that coastal areas host 25% of the world´s population
It is neccesary to find solutions to ensure sustainability in marine resource exploitation. This can only be done by increasing our knowledge to, for instance, optimize the exploitation methods, to find methods to valorize by-products. In this sense, the potential of a key enabling technology like biotechnology, the use of marine model organisms for research or the exploitation of our coasts meteo-climatological features are outstanding.
Transversal tools and technologies