Marine and Environmental Biogeosciences Research Group (MERS)

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    Avinguda de l'Eix Central

    08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)


Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Marine and Environmental Biogeosciences Research Group (MERS) is based at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB)MERS is addressing various key environmental biological and geochemical processes regulating the marine and freshwater realms as well as interacting with climate change. Human-induced global and climate change affects society, natural resources and economy around the world and the awareness of their impact has increased considerably in the last decades. Earth’s aquatic systems, supporting life through a variety of processes, are particularly sensitive to environmental and climatic changes.

The research group main mission is aiming to solve important environmental issues such as the anthropogenic impact on the ocean, the ocean in a high CO2 world, the dynamics of oceanic geochemical cycles, the interaction of marine organisms with climate and global change including biodiversity,  the land-ocean transfer of matter, and understanding the natural system through paleoceanographic studies.

Research lines

  • Research lines:
  • Marine carbon and carbonate cycling from biomineralization to global implications
  • Source and fate of plastic pollution in the marine environment
  • Submarine groundwater discharge and land-ocean interactions
  • Tracing environmental processes and historical reconstructions with radionuclides
  • CO2-induced ocean changes and paleo-perspectives, and carbon and energy exchange between coastal ecosystems and the atmosphere

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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