Valle de La Orotava. Al fondo se encuentra el valle de Icod, que se deslizó durante la erupción. (Imagen: Marta López Saavedra).

Un nuevo estudio de Geociencias Barcelona del CSIC (GEO3BCN-CSIC) evalúa el impacto que tendría en la actualidad un episodio de múltiples eventos extremos en Tenerife. Esta publicación, liderada por la investigadora predoctoral de GEO3BCN-CSIC, Marta López Saavedra, reconstruye el último gran suceso geológico en cascada que tuvo lugar en la isla canaria para analizar qué consecuencias tendría si se produjera hoy.

Plataforma de extracción de sondeos lacustres en el lago de Caldeirao de la Isla de Corvo (Imagen: Santiago Giralt)

The human occupation of the Azores Islands began 700 years earlier than the onset of Portuguese settlement of the island, which as historical documents indicate, was in the 15th century. This is the main conclusion of new research conducted by an international multidisciplinary team of scientists with the participation of the CSIC. The study published in the journal PNAS, reconstructs when, how, and under which climatic conditions the islands were colonized, in addition to the impacts of the first human settlements on the ecosystems, by analyzing sediment cores recovered from several lakes on the islands. The authors of the study suggest that the first settlers came from northern Europe, and that their arrival occurred in conjunction with favorable climatic conditions to allow sailing towards these volcanic islands, which are located some 1,450 km from the European coast.

La Plataforma Temática Interdisciplinar (PTI) POLARCSIC ha inaugurado el pasado jueves, día 30 de septiembre, la exposición fotográfica ‘Una mirada Polar’ en la Escola Thau Barcelona. Hasta el 30 de noviembre el centro exhibe a nivel interno, para el profesorado y el alumnado de la escuela, este recorrido fotográfico compuesto por 30 imágenes de las regiones polares.

Geociencias Barcelona (GEO3BCN-CSIC) y el Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) han comenzado la predicción operacional de las nubes de ceniza y SO2 (Dióxido de azufre) del volcán de la Palma, que entró en erupción el pasado 19 de septiembre. El dispositivo predecirá la posición, concentración y disposición de estas dos sustancias en la atmósfera y en el suelo durante las próximas 36 horas.

Several researchers from Geosciences Barcelona (GEO3BCN-CSIC) participate in the GeoMod 2021 international conference. From 19th to 23rd of September, Landgoed Zonheuvel (Netherlands) holds this meeting which is dedicated to the latest results of analogue and numerical modelling in the Geosciences.

Geociencias Barcelona (GEO3BCN-CSIC) es una de las numerosas instituciones de investigación que participan en la edición de este año de la ‘Noche Europea de los Investigadores’ que se celebrará el próximo viernes 24 de septiembre y cuyo lema este año es ‘La investigación por el Cambio’.

The ancient volcano El Camp dels Ninots located in the town of Caldes de Malavella hosts one of the most relevant paleontological sites of Pliocene age in Europe. The site is part of the lake sediments developed within the crater of the volcano. The volcano eruption, which is known as maar-diatreme, took place 3.5 million years ago. This type of volcanic eruption is highly explosive due to the underground interaction between magma and groundwater, resulting in a crater that lacks the volcanic edifice that characterises other types of volcanoes. For this reason, the main volcano structure is buried underground. Now, an international team of researchers led by Xavier de Bolòs, postdoctoral researcher at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and including Joan Martí, researcher at GEO3BCN-CSIC, have published a new study that reveals details on the eruption process and the inner structure of the volcano. The study has been recently published in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research

A flood of epic proportions drained at a rate of more than 800 Olympic swimming pools per second from a glacial lake that spanned the Canadian Prairie provinces more than 12,000 years ago, according to a new University of Alberta-led study. In this work, led by Sophie Norris, a former University of Alberta Ph.D. student, has participated Daniel García Castellanos, researcher at Geociencias Barcelona (GEO3BCN-CSIC). The study has been published recently in the Geophysical Research Letters journal.

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A new multidisciplinary study lead by researchers from the CSIC and the University of Barcelona proposes to relaunch the development of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology in Spain by applying the hubs & clusters strategy. A hub is composed of a group of nearby CO2 emitters, while a cluster is formed by these emission hubs and suitable nearby geological storage sites. The authors of the study, which has been recently published in the journal Applied Energy, estimate that the hubs & clusters strategy could cut up to 68 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, equivalent to 21% of Spanish annual CO2 emissions.

María José Jurado, researcher from GEO3BCN-CSIC, has been appointed by the European Commission as a new member of the Operational expert group of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials. Jurado will be a member of this working group on behalf of the CSIC until next 2023.

The Cadi-Moixeró Natural Park has edited the new field guide entitled "El Vulcanisme al Parc Natural del Cadí-Moixeró". Joan Martí, researcher at GEO3BCN-CSIc is one of the authors of the book, along with Llorenç Planagumà, geologist and environmental specialist, and Joan Casòliva, geologist and technician at the natural park.

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