About us

The main objective of our Coastal Biological Processes (PBL) research group is the study of processes relevant to coastal ecosystem functioning, particularly those that directly affect environmental quality and human health and well-being.

The coastline is the most endangered natural system on the planet. Its vulnerability reflects the fact that half of humanity lives in coastal areas, resulting in strong anthropogenic pressure on coastal ecosystems. Moreover, as coastal dynamics are governed by flows between the continent and the ocean, they are subject to the effects of human activities, many of which compromise ecological stability and therefore the benefits provided by the coastal zone to society.

The approaches derived from the general study of flows between compartments are useful for studying land-ocean interactions in the coastal zone (LOICZ), a priority issue in marine science for the last 20 years. Social interest in tackling problems such as the eutrophication of coastal waters and its apparent consequences (harmful algal blooms, anoxia, mass marine mortalities, etc.) has grown. In turn, this has resulted in opportunities to create a stable research team that by studying LOICZ seeks to address these problems using approaches tailored to their management and grounded in the solid theoretical foundations provided by high-quality basic science.