Research Expertise

  • Damià's research includes monitoring and modelling of fluvial dynamics, with special emphasis on sediment transport and associated geomorphic processes (e.g. sedimentary and morphological processes in river channels). His research extends to sediment and water management in regulated rivers (e.g. design and implementation of flushing flows), and to eco-hydrology/eco-geomorphology (interactions between aquatic biota and fluvial processes).
  • Damià and Dr. Batalla are maintaining joint research in the highly modified River Ebro. Damià is participating in different research projects examinating geomorphic adjustment to flow regulation in the lower Ebro River (one of the largest regulated rivers in Spain), and resulted in the design and implementation of regular environmental flows. These projects have been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science since 2002 (PI: Ramon J. Batalla) and has been carried out in collaboration with the Ebro Water Authorities and Endesa Generacion SA.
  • Together with Dr. Batalla, they started collaboration with Dr. Chris Gibbins at the University of Aberdeen -UA-, (UK) in 2006. They developed a program of interdisciplinary research that was originally funded by the Leverhulme Trust (UK). They designed, built and tested a portable flume that can be used to understand both the dynamics of bedload transport on river channels during onset of transport and the implications of this for a number of ecological processes (e.g. benthic invertebrate community structure, drift). In relation to that work, Damià leads a patent that has been already published by the Spanish Office of Designs and Patents.
  • Damià started collaboration with Dr. James Brasington in 2007. They have pioneered the use of advanced instrumentation techniques in the field of fluvial geomorphology. He has participated in different projects lead by Dr. Brasington. In particular, he is the Co-PI of a highly prestigious UK Natural Environment Research Council -NERC- funded research project (PI: James Brasington) aimed at developing the first-ever hyperscale topographic models of large, piedmont braided river systems. This project uses a suite of state-of-the-art geomatic technologies, novel analytical methods, and powerful modelling tools to integrate process understanding across a range of spatial-temporal scales.
  • Damià participates in a large multidisciplinary project linked to regulated fluvial systems: SCARCE, a Consolider-Ingenio 2010 research project (CSD2009-00065) funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and lead by Dr. Damià Barceló (IDAEA-CSIC) aimed at assessing and predicting effects on water quantity and quality in Iberian rivers caused by global change
  • He has been PI of different small reserach projects funded by the British Society for Geomorphology, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in UK and the Institute of Alto-Aragoneses Studies in Spain.
  • He is also participatiting and collaborating in research projects lead by Dr. Gibbins (Aberdeen University) and Dr. Smith (Aberystwyth University). It is worth to mention the work is being done in the Special Area of Conservation (SAC) of the Ehen river (NW England) with the aim of reconnec a tributary to the mainstem of the Ehen, increasing the supply of water and sediment and, consequently, improving sedimentary and hydraulic habitat conditions. This project is lead by Dr. Gibbins and funded by the Environmental Agency.

Flix Dam in the lowermost Ebro River, Spain.

Sandy patch in the Feshie River, Scotland.

Macroinvertebrate on a stone (photo: C. Gibbins).