17 May 2018

The seventh edition of the Gymkhana of the Seas and Oceans (Gymkhana de los Mares y Océanos) was held at the Cosmocaixa in Barcelona, ​​a great activity to show highschool students the key role of the ocean currents in our planet.

Seas and oceans occupy more than two thirds of the planet surface of the planet and for this reason the Earth is also known as the 'Blue Planet'. The oceans constitute a global system and are interconnected through marine currents, which are essential for climate equilibrium and make life possible as we know it.

The Gymkhana of the Seas and Oceans is celebrated since 2014 in different cities such as Madrid, Seville and Barcelona. In its seventh edition, 422 students from different institutes of ​​Barcelona have participated. During the day, they carried out activities, workshops...

27 April 2018

From April 24 to 26, more than 70 people from the International Ocean Vector Winds Science Team (IOVWST) have met at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona.

The IOVWST is an international research group focused on satellite-derived ocean surface wind retrievals and related applications. The group counts with the participation of NASA, EUMETSAT, NOAA, the Indian (ISRO) and Japanese (JAXA) space agencies and the Chinese National Satellite Ocean Application Service (NSOAS) as main entities, meteorological centres such as the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA); and oceanographic centres around the world, including the Institute of Marine Sciences (CSIC), the Woods Hole...

20 April 2018

On April 14, the BCN-GULLS project was launched, an initiative to study the impact of the yellow-legged gull on public health in the city of Barcelona.

The study is promoted by a group of scientific institutions including the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), the Public Health Agency of Barcelona, ​​the Catalan Institute of Ornithology, the Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal) and the Biological Station of Doñana (EBD-CSIC). The project also has the collaboration of the Barcelona Zoo.

The yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis) is an opportunistic seabird adapted to exploit, besides marine resources, food of human origin present in landfills and urban areas. This behaviour and the fact that part of the population of this species carries human-harmful bacteria, has caused it to be considered a...

19 April 2018

From 27th to 30th of April all people living in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Barcelona are called to participate in the most important biodiversity event in the world, the City Nature Challenge. For the first time, Barcelona has organized a great event under the name of Biomarathon.

The international initiative was born in 2016 in the United States, when the Academy of Sciences of California (San Francisco) competed with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles to see which of the two cities found more life in its urban environment. Two years later, the friendly competition has taken the international leap with 68 participating cities. These include the spanish cities Barcelona, ​​Madrid and Cádiz. The winning city will be the one with more participants, who have found more biodiversity and more different species. This...

17 April 2018

On April 16 and 17, the Institute of Marine Sciences hosted the meeting of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet), an initiative of the European Commission that aims to collect and harmonize European marine data.

The main purpose of EMODnet is to unlock fragmented and hidden marine data resources from different disciplines such as bathymetry, geology, physics, chemistry, biology, benthic habitats and human activities, to make these available to individuals and organisations (public and private), and to facilitate investment in sustainable coastal and offshore activities through improved access to quality-assured free-access marine data.

The initiative has the EMODnet Data Ingestion portal, which counts with a network of 44 organizations...