RESEARCH INTERESTS AND GENERAL OUTCOMES
Damià's research speciality is on fluvial geomorphology. Specific interests include fluvial sediment transport, channel morphodynamics and ecohydraulics. He has also experience on Geomatics, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems applied to fluvial catchments. He is interested in the study of the morpho-sedimentary dynamics associated to flood events, and the study of the anthropogenic impacts (e.g. dams, gravel mining, hydropeaking) on them. Therefore, his work is much focused in the interaction between sediment supply, flow hydraulics, sediment transport and channel morphology at multiple temporal and spatial scales, and how these determine habitat availability through river corridors. Damián Vericat has carried out numerous research stays in research centres in Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, Austria and New Zealand. He has led several competitive research projects and has participated in both national and international research projects. In addition, he has led numerous research and technology-transfer research contracts. The results of his research are disseminated, mainly, by means of the participation in both national and international congresses and workshops, and through the publication of research papers. Over the last 5 years, he has received several invitations to participate in international conferences, which include the invitation to participate in the International Gravel Bed Rivers Conference (Japan, September 2015, eighth edition).
Since the start of his postdoctoral period, he has consolidated different national and international collaborations i.e. solid collaborations that have resulted in projects and publications of special relevance for the lines of research that he is developing. Damián Vericat has also organized and participated in numerous research activities at national and international level. He reviews national and international papers, he has edited special issues in international indexed journals (River Research and Applications, Earth Surface Dynamics, Science of the Total Environment), and also evaluates competitive research projects proposals both nationally (e.g. National Plan of I+D+i of the Spanish Government) and internationally (e.g. National Science Foundation of America). He has participated as a lecturer in various specialization, undergraduate and master courses, and since 2011 he has been teaching at the School of Agrifood and Forestry Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Arts (Geography) of the University of Lleida. Finally, he has supervised 6 PhD students more than 5 Undergraduate and Master Theses.
PARTICIPATION IN ON-GOING RESEARCH PROJECTS
PROJECT: Dinámica morfo-sedimentaria en ríos de montaña afectados por hidro-puntas: efectos sobre el hábitat e implicaciones para su gestión (MorphPeak). Funding: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, Subdirección General de Proyectos de Investigación. Project Code: CGL2016-78874-R. Principal Investigator: Damià Vericat and Ramon J. Batalla (University of Lleida). Date: 2016-2019
PROJECT: Monitoring Long-Term Topographic Changes in Badlands: A Natural Laboratory in the Southern Pyrenees. Funding: British Society for Geomorphology. Principal Investigator: Damià Vericat and Mark Smith (University of Lleida and Leeds University). VISIT THE SITE.
PROJECT: Cost Action ES1306: Connecting European Connectivity Research (CONNECTEUR). Funding: European Science Foundation. Project Code: ES1306. Chair: Dr. Saskia Keesstra (Soil Physics and Land Mangement Group, Wageningen University). Date: 2014-2018. VISIT CONNECTEUR SITE.
PROJECT: Morphosedimentary dynamics in human-stressed fluvial systems: coupling channel morphology and ecological diversity (MorphSed). Funding: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, Subdirección General de Proyectos de Investigación. Project Code: CGL2012-36394. Principal Investigator: Damià Vericat (University of Lleida). Date: 2013-2016. VISIT MOPRHSED SITE.
PROJECT: Assessing and predicting effects on water quantity and quality in Iberian rivers caused by global change. Funding: SCARCE Consolider Ingenio 2010 (MICINN, Spain). Project Code: CSD2009-00065. Principal Investigator: Damià Barceló (CSIC-ICRA, Spain). WP MORPH leader: Ramon J. Batalla (University of Lleida). Date: 2009-2014. VISIT SCARCE SITE.