General @en / 6 February 2018

GEOCAMB and ICRA researchers face an emerging problem: aquifer contamination by antibiotics

In recent years, research on groundwater agricultural pollution has been mainly focused on the impact of nitrates. A new project will address antibiotic contamination in the context of emerging pollutants, a less explored topic, until today.

Josep Mas-Pla, researcher at Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) and GEOCAMB, heads the IMPACT project that aims to determine the environmental impact produced by the presence of antibiotics and nitrates in different aquifers around Catalonia.

The project, which includes four research groups and is coordinated by the University of Barcelona (UB), is based on previous initiatives tackled on pollution by nitrate, pesticides and antibiotics of agricultural origin in different environments. These projects allowed to determine transport and attenuation patterns of nitrates. At the same time, the researchers detected a great variability in the results obtained leading to an appreciable degree of uncertainty to the management of this problem.

This new project will focus on the problem of the presence of antibiotics from an environmental impact perspective (spatial/temporal variability and ocurrence) in different hydrogeological scenarios. Moreover, it will face the implementation of decision support systems that take into account the variability associated to the prediction of pollutant ocurrence. The project also includes assessing the economic impact on social welfare, ecological services, as well as farmers and urban consumers’ economies.

The project is financed by the last “Retos Excelencia” call of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain (MINECO) and will end in 2021.

 Project Title: IMPACT –

Impacto de la contaminación de origen agrícola en la calidad hidroquímica (nitratos, antibióticos) y microbiológica (genes de resistencia) de las aguas subterráneas: condicionantes hidrogeológicos de su presencia, análisis de la vulnerabilidad y de la selección eficiente de puntos de muestreo, y su valoración socio-económica.

IP: Josep Mas-Pla
Duration: 2018-2021
Reference: Retos CGL2017-87216-C4-4-R
Budget: € 104,665.
Participating Entities: UdG / ICRA, UB, UCLM and UPC
Coordinator: Albert Soler Gil (UB)

General @en / 10 January 2018

Two new MINECO projects launch in 2018

This 2018 launches two MINECO “Retos Investigación” with leadership and participation of Geocamb researchers. Here they are:


IMPACT – Impact of agricultural pollution on the hydrochemical (nitrates, antibiotics) and microbiological (resistance genes) of groundwater: hydrogeological conditions of their presence, vulnerability analysis and efficient selection of sampling points, and its socio-economic valuation.

MINECO – Retos CGL2017-87216-C4-4-R Total : 104.665€. PI: Josep Mas-Pla (Geocamb-UdG, ICRA) Coordination action with UB, UCLM y UPC. Coordinator: A. Soler Gil (UB).

Development of methodologies for mapping, characterizing, monitoring and predicting sinkholes in epigene and hypogene karst systems


MINECO – Retos CGL2017-85045-P Total: 121,000€.

PI: Francisco Gutiérrez (UNIZAR)

Coordination action with UNIZAR, UAB, UdG, Florida Atlantic University, UK, CENIEH i Geological Survey of Israel

Credits: Carles Roqué


General @en / 19 December 2017

GEOCAMB wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy 2018!

General @en / 26 October 2015

Workshop on Groundwater and Wetlands

GEOCAMB researchers involved in organizing and conducting the conference “Aguas Subterráneas y Zonas Húmedas” organized by the International Association of Hydrogeology (Spanish group) to be held in Girona on 26-27 November 2015.

For registration, please contact:

Check out the program at this link:  2ªCircularAS-HumedalesGirona.

General @en / 27 November 2013
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Geocamb contributes to the discussion about the futur of the Catalonia Geological Survey


On November 20, it was held at the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Geology of the University of Barcelona, ​​an event about the importance of having an independent geological survey, and which functions should it develop. Professional geologists, technicians and academics participated in this vindicative act derived from the recent merge of the current Geological Institute of Catalonia within the Cartographic Institute of Catalonia.

The Research Group Geocamb contributed with a talk by D. Brusi around the role of the Geological Survey in Catalonia.

The main content of this act is summarized in the following link: Resum Acte IGC Nov 2013

General @en / 12 November 2013

A paper by Geocamb appears highlighted in the “Advances in Engineering” webpage

The webpage Advances in Engineering highlights the paper by Geocamb “Anticipating the effects of groundwater withdrawal on Seawater intrusion and soil settlement in urban coastal areas”, recently published in Hydrological Processes which evaluates the effects of saltwater intrusion in Sant Antoni de Calonge.


Link to publication:

General @en / 29 April 2013

On Friday, April 19, the authors David Soler, Louis Straw and David blouse will preent the a book on the geology of the massif and Guillerias Collsacabra edited by Geocamb. The book includes a thorough description of the area geology as well as several geological field-trips in the study area .
The presentation will be at 12 am in the Assembly Hall of the Faculty of Sciences and will be attended by the Rector, Dr. Anna M. Geli.

General @en / 21 February 2013

Get the book “Gestión ambiental integrada de áreas costeras”, edited by Geocamb, in pdf format

The book “Gestión ambiental integrada de áreas costeras” includes several related studies in the context of an European project related to the management of coastal areas, both in the Iberian peninsula as well as in South America.

Edited by Geocamb and Università Ca Foscari de Venezia, originally published by Editorial Rubes in November 2009, we offer it now to readers in pdf format.

[Download the book here]

General @en / 16 November 2012

A workshop in Girona presents the results of the SISPyr project

Results of the project SYSPyr, in which Geocamb has collaborated in the work of seismic zonation from surface geology knowledge and geotechnical data, provide mapping of seismic risk in the city of Girona.


General @en / 19 June 2012

Summer 2012 meeting contributions

In summer 2012, Geocamb researchers will contribute to the following meetings:

  • 7th EUropean congress on REgional GEOscientific cartography and Information systems. Bolonya, 12-15 Juny 2012.
  • Flowpath 2012. Percorsi di Idrogeologia, 1a edizione. Bolonya, 20-22 Juny 2012.
  • 7a Asamblea Hispano-Portuguesa de Geodesia y Geofísica, Donosti-San Sebastián, 25-29 juny 2012.
  • VIII Congreso Geológico de España. Oviedo, 17-19 Juliol 2012.
  • 39th International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)-2012. Niagara Falls, 16-21 setembre 2012.
  • XII Reunión Nacional de Geomorfología. Santander,  17-21 setembre 2012.

More details at [Conference Proceedings].

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