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ALTER-Net: A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Europe’s ecosystem research network


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CREAF is a public research center dedicated to terrestrial ecology and territorial analysis, producing knowledge and methodologies for conservation, management, and adaptation of the environment to global change. The center’s objective is to work as a bridge between academia, administrations, and society, promoting awareness and exchanging knowledge within its scope of activities, at the local, regional, and global levels.

Located at the campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the center was founded in 1987 as a consortium between various public administrations, research entities, and academic training entities.

Research carried out by the center can be divided into four general areas:


Recent Publications:

  • Andivia E., Zuccarini P., Grau B., de Herralde F., Villar-Salvador P., Savé R. (2019) Rooting big and deep rapidly: the ecological roots of pine species distribution in southern Europe. Trees - Structure and Function. 33: 293-303. Link
  • Andrés P., Rosell-Melé A., Colomer-Ventura F., Denef K., Cotrufo M.F., Riba M., Alcañiz J.M. (2019) Belowground biota responses to maize biochar addition to the soil of a Mediterranean vineyard. Science of the Total Environment. 660: 1522-1532. Link
  • Baldocchi D., Penuelas J. (2019) The physics and ecology of mining carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by ecosystems. Global Change Biology. : 0-0. Link
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