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
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
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
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