4 June 2020

The climatic effects of El Niño have strong socioeconomic and environmental implications all over the planet. The heavy rains that occur approximately every four years in the eastern equatorial part of the Pacific Ocean are attributed to this meteorological phenomenon that causes an increase in sea surface temperature.

However, El Niño is not the only phenomenon that alters the atmosphere general circulation, causes changes in humidity and regulates the rainfall regime in tropical regions. Something similar happens with the Atlantic Niño –named like this for its similarity with El Niño-, that is characterized by the appearance of warm sea surface temperature anomalies in the eastern equatorial Atlantic.

When it attains its full strength, the phenomenon increases rainfall and the...

29 May 2020

- Ahead of World Oceans Day, the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM) of Barcelona and the Institute of Marine Research of Vigo (IIM) have launched the #AnhelDeMar campaign on social networks.

- The initiative encourages society to express on social networks what the ocean provides to it through a drawing, a poetry, a video or any other creative way.

The Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM) of Barcelona, ​​together with the Institute of Marine Research (IIM) of Vigo and other marine research centres of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) commemorate World Oceans Day, which will take place on 8 June, with a campaign of wishes on social networks named #AnhelDeMar.

The initiative...

27 May 2020

ICM is deeply committed to the ocean and society. To express this commitment, we have evolved our brand to reflect our passion and excellence in marine research. Soon, we will go a step forward in our visual universe, online presence and communication, aiming at modernity, transparency and commitment.  

This evolution, together with a renewed strategy to foster ocean science, will reveal our desire and determination to create a better research environment that helps to build the future we imagine for our oceans.

19 May 2020

The Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) has published the Sant Jordi 2020 Awards, which distinguish works and researchers from all areas of Catalan science and culture.

Clara Ruiz-González, postdoctoral researcher in the Marine Microbial Ecology group of the Institut de Ciències del Mar, has received the PIUS FONT I QUER award from the Biological Sciences Section for Life Sciences, for her project "Microbial Metacommunities: dispersal and connectivity as major drivers of the diversity and function of aquatic microorganisms”.

Clara Ruiz-González focuses her research on understanding the relationship between diversity and function of...

4 May 2020

- The study analysed the movement of thirty gulls that nest in the Marismas del Odiel Natural Site (Huelva, Spain). The individuals were marked with GPS devices and their location was obtained every five minutes during one year.

- The yellow-legged gull is an opportunistic species with a high adaptability; able to adapt to human activities and take advantage of its food resources throughout the year.


A team from the Institut de Ciències del Mar and the Biological Station of Doñana (EBD), both centres from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), together with scientists from the University of Barcelona (UB), have verified the high capacity of the yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis) to adapt to human activities...