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Carles Ibáñez Marti

Carles Ibáñez Marti
Cap del programa ecosistemes aquàtics

Sant Carles de la Ràpita
Crta: Poble Nou, Km 5,5 43540 Sant Carles de la Ràpita

Tel. Directe: 977745427
Mòvil: 675782075

Informació profesional

Degree in Biological Sciences (University of Barcelona, 1986). Doctor in Biology (University of Barcelona, 1993). Especialized in ecology of rivers, estuaries and wetlands, with 24 years of research experience mainly carried out in the Ebro Delta, but also in the Mississippi (USA), Rhone (France) and Po (Italy) deltas. Researcher in the Department of Ecology, University of Barcelona (1988-1996). Felowship of the Spanish Ministry of Education to carry out the Ph. D. Thesis on the ecology of the Ebre estuary (1988-1992). Grants of the Spanish Ministry of Education in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (November 1990) and the Center for Wetland Resources, Louisiana State University (September 1991). Postdoctorate in the Laboratory of Ecology of Fluvial Systems (CNRS), Rhône Delta, France (1993-1994). Researcher of the European Union Project “Impacts of Climatic Change on Northwestern Mediterranean Deltas” (1994-1996). Project Leader of a European Union LIFE Projects about rice field and wetland management in the Ebre Delta (1997-2001) and about coastal lagoon restoration (2010-2014). Member of the Council for Sustainable Management of Water of the Catalan Government. Member of the Council for Sustainable Development of the Government of Catalonia.

Projectes Destacats



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Effects of the improved water quality and the alteration of the flow regime on the biological communities of the lower Ebro


Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia                        CGL2006-1487/BOS

Carles Ibáñez


Development of models and techniques for the prevention and control of the zebra mussel.


Ministerio de Medio Ambiente 072/SGTB/2007/1.1

Carles Ibáñez


Development of techniques to compensate subsidence and sea-level rise in the coasts and wetlands of the Ebro Delta.


Ministerio de Medio Ambiente        056/RN08/04.3

Miguel Alonso García-Amilivia (United Research Services S.L.)


DeltaNet, Network of European Delta Regions-Sustainable Delta Governance


European Union,      Interreg IVC Programme

Marck de Buck (Lead partner) Carles Ibáñez (IRTA)


D-LAGOON, Habitat restoration and management in two coastal lagoons of the Ebro Delta: Alfacada and Tancada


European Union,        LIFE+ Programme

Carles Ibáñez






Ecological status of the lower Ebro River and definition of an environmental flow regime.


Departament Medi Ambient i Habitatge, Generalitat de Catalunya

Carles Ibáñez


Effects of the chemical contamination of the Flix reservoir on the ecosystems of the Ebro River and Delta.


Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

Carles Ibáñez


Project design for the establishment of an environmental indicators network in the Ebro Delta.


United Research Services España S.L.

Carles Ibáñez


Sampling and determination of the index of macroinvertebrates and diatoms in the water bodies of the lower Ebro River.

from 2007

Agència Catalana de l'Aigua

Carles Ibáñez


Development of indicators of the status of water bodies, and analysis of the environmental flows for the maintenance of the ecological status of the lower Ebro River and its transitional waters.

from 2006

Agència Catalana de l'Aigua

Carles Ibáñez


Elaboration of the Plan for the Integral Protection of the Ebro Delta


Agència Catalana de l'Aigua

Carles Ibáñez


Study of the black fly larvae habitat,  population dynamics, distribution and effects of the treatments with Bti.

from 2006

CODE(Consorci de Serveis Agroambientals de les comarques del Baix Ebre i Montsià)

Carles Ibáñez


Monitoring the effect of the drought period on the ecological status of the Catalonian rivers.


Agència Catalana de l'Aigua

Carles Ibáñez


Development of a Network of Environmental Indicators in the Ebro Delta from 2011 Agència Catalana de l'Aigua Carles Ibáñez

Publicacions Destacades


Prado P., Ibáñez C. and Caiola N. In press. Spatio-temporal patterns of submerged macrophytes in three hydrologically altered Mediterranean coastal lagoons. Estuaries and Coasts.

Rodríguez-Climent S., Caiola N. and Ibáñez C. In press. Salinity as the main factor structuring small-bodied fish assemblages in hydrologically altered Mediterranean coastal lagoons. Scientia Marina.

Ibáñez, C. & Caiola, N. 2013. Impacts of water scarcity and drought on Iberian aquatic ecosystems. In: Drought in arid and semi-arid environments, Springer.

Ibáñez, C. 2013. Water, energy and sustainable development in the 21st century. In: Ecological dimensions for sustainable socioeconomic development, WIT Press.

Ibáñez, C., Morris, J.T., Mendelssohn, I.A. & Day, J.W.  2012. Coastal Marshes. In: Estuarine Ecology, Second Edition (J.W. Day et al. Eds.), pp. 129-164, Wiley-Blackwell, 568 pp.

Ibáñez, C., Caiola, N., Rovira, A. & Real, M. 2012. Monitoring the effects of floods on submerged macrophytes in a large river. Science of the Total Environment 440: 132-139.

Rovira, A., Alcaraz C. & Ibáñez C. 2012. Spatial and temporal dynamics of suspended load at a-cross-section: The lowermost Ebro River (Catalonia, Spain). Water Research 46(11): 3671-3681.

Sirin, S., Trobajo, R., Ibáñez, C & Salvadó, J. 2012. Harvesting the microalgae Phaeodactylum tricornutum with polyaluminium chloride, aluminium sulphate, chitosan and alkalinity-induced flocculation. Journal of Applied Phycology 24(5): 1067-1080.

Rovira, L., Trobajo, R., Leira, M. & Ibáñez, C. 2012. The effect of hydrological dynamics on benthic diatom community structure in a highly stratified estuary: The case of the Ebro Estuary (Catalonia, Spain). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 101: 1-14.

Ibáñez C., Alcaraz C., Caiola N., Rovira A., Trobajo R., Alonso M. Duran, C., Jiménez, P.J., Munné, A. & Prat N. 2012. Regime shift from phytoplankton to macrophyte dominance in a large river: Top-down versus bottom-up effects. Science of the Total Environment 416: 314-322.

Rovira,L., Trobajo, R. & Ibáñez, C. 2012. The use of diatom assemblages as ecological indicators in highly stratified estuaries and evaluation of existing diatom indices. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64(3): 500-511.

Weinstein, M.P., Turner, R.E. & Ibáñez, C. 2012. The global sustainability transition: it’s more than changing light bulbs. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy 9(1): 1-12.

Rodríguez-Climent S., Alcaraz C., Caiola N., Ibañez C., Nebra A., Muñoz-Camarillo G., Casals F., Vinyoles D. & Sostoa A. 2012. Gillnet selectivity in the Ebro Delta coastal lagoons and its implication for the fishery management of the sand smelt, Atherina boyeri (Actinopterygii: Atherinidae). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2011.09.008.

Rovira, L., Trobajo, R., Leira, M. & Ibáñez, C. 2012. The effect of hydrological dynamics on benthic diatom community structure in a highly stratified estuary:  The case of the Ebro Estuary (Catalonia, Spain). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 101: 1-14.

Rovira,L., Trobajo, R. & Ibáñez, C. 2012. The use of diatom assemblages as ecological indicators in highly stratified estuaries and evaluation of existing diatom indices. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64(3): 500-511.

Alcaraz C., Caiola N. & Ibáñez C. 2011. Bioaccumulation of pollutants in the zebra mussel from hazardous industrial waste and evaluation of spatial distribution using GAMs. Science of the Total Environment, 409: 398-904.

Day, J.W., Ibáñez, C., Scarton, F., Pont, D., Hensel, P., Day, J. & Lane, R.  2011. Sustainability of Mediterranean deltaic and lagoon wetlands with sea-level rise: the importance of river input. Estuaries and Coasts 34: 483-493.

Nebra A., Caiola N. & Ibáñez C. 2011. Community structure of benthic macroinvertebrates inhabiting a highly stratified Mediterranean estuary. Scientia Marina, 75: 577-584.

Rovira, L., Witwoski, A., Trobajo, R., Ibáñez, C. & Ruppel, M.  2011. Planothidium iberense spec. nov., a new brackish diatom of the Ebro Estuary (NE Spain). Diatom Research, 26, 99-107

Ibáñez, C., Curcó, A., Riera, X., Ripoll, I. I Sánchez, C. (In press). Influence of Rice Field Management Practices on Birds in the Growing Season: a Review and an Ebro Delta Case Study. Waterbirds 33 (Special Publication 1): 167-180.

Ibáñez, C., Sharpe, P.J., Day, J.W., Day, J.N., Prat, N. (2010). Vertical accretion and relative sea level rise in the Ebro Delta wetlands. Wetlands, DOI 10.1007/s13157-010-0092-0.

Suárez, A.; Alcaraz, C.; Ibáñez, C.; Trobajo, R.; Barata, C. (2010). Procambarus clarkii as a bioindicator of heavy metal pollution sources in the lower Ebro River and Delta. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 73: 280-286.

Suárez, A., Ibáñez, C., Lacorte, S., Barata, C. (2010). Ecotoxicological effects of rice field waters on selected planktonic species: comparison between conventional and organic farming. Ecotoxicology, DOI 10.1007/s10646-010-0537-5.

Ibáñez, C., Caiola, N., Sharpe, P. and Trobajo, R. (2010). Application of Ecological Indicators for the Assessment of Health of River Ecosystems. In: Handbook of Ecological Indicators for Assessment of Ecosystem Health (S. Jorgensen, et al. Eds.), CRC Press.

Ibáñez, C. (2009). Impacts of climate change on Mediterranean coastal wetlands. In: Climate Change Impacts on the Coastal Zone (A. Yáñez-Arancibia Ed.), INECOL, Mexico.

Cid, N.; Ibáñez, C.; Palanques, A.; Prat, N. (2009). Patterns of metal bioaccumulation in two filter-feeding macroinvertebrates: exposure distribution, inter- species differences and variability along development. Science of the Total Environment 408: 2795-2806.

Day, J.W., Hall, C.A., Yáñez-Arancibia, A., Pimentel, D., Ibáñez, C. and Mitsch, W.J. (2009). Ecology in times of scarcity. BioScience 59(4): 321-331.

Ibáñez, C.; Prat, N.; Duran, C.; Pardos, M.; Munné, A.; Ginebreda, A.; Tirapu, L.; Andreu, R.; Caiola, N.; Cid, N.; Hampel, H.; Sanchez, R.; Trobajo, R. (2008). Changes in dissolved nutrients in the lower Ebro river: causes and consequences. Limnetica 27(1): 53-64.

Zaldívar, J.M.; Cardoso, A. C.; Viaroli, P.; Newton, A.; De Wit, R.; Ibáñez, C., Reizopoulou, S.; Somma, F.; Razinkovas, A., Basset, A., Holmer, M. and Murray, N. (2008). Eutrophication in transitional waters: an overview. Transitional Waters Monographs 1: 1-78.

Rovira, A. and Ibáñez, C. (2007). Sediment management options for the lower Ebro river and its delta. Journal of Soils and Sediments 11: 1-11.

Day, J.W., Maltby, E. and Ibàñez, C. (2006). River basin management and delta sustainability: a commentary on the Ebro Delta and the Spanish National Hydrological Plan. Ecological Engeneering 26: 85-99.

Ibáñez, C. and Prat, N. (2003). The environmental impact of the Spanish Hydrological Plan on the lower Ebro river and delta. Water Resources Development 19 (3): 485-500.

Pont, D., Day, J.W., Hensel, P., Franquet, E., Torre. F., Rioual, P., Ibáñez, C. and Coulet, E. (2002). Response scenarios for the deltaic plain on the Rhône in the face of an acceleration in the rate of sea-level rise with special attention to Salicornia-type environments. Estuaries 25 (3): 337-358.

Cardoch, L., Day, J.W. and Ibáñez, C. (2002). Net primary productivity as an indicator of sustainability in the Ebro and Mississippi deltas. Ecological Applications 12(4): 1044-1055.

Curcó, A., Ibáñez, C., Day, J.W. and Prat, N. (2002). Net primary production and decomposition of salt marshes of the Ebre Delta (Catalonia, Spain). Estuaries 25(3): 309-324.

Ibáñez, C., Curcó, A., Day, J.W. y Prat, N. (2000). Structure and productivity of microtidal Mediterranean coastal marshes. Pages 107-136 in: M.P. Weinstein and D.A. Kreeger Eds., Concepts and Controversies in Tidal Marsh Ecology. Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands.

Ibáñez, C., Day, J. W. and Pont, D. (1999). Primary Production and decomposition in wetlands of the Rhône Delta, France: interactive impacts of human modifications and relative sea level rise. Journal of Coastal Research 15(3): 717-731.

Ibáñez, C., Saldaña, J. and Prat, N. (1999). A model to determine the advective circulation in a three layer salt wedge estuary: application to the Ebre River Estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 48 : 271-279.

Santos, T.C., Rocha, J.C., Alonso, R.M., Martínez, E., Ibáñez, C. and Barceló, D. (1998). Rapid degradation of Propanil in rice crop fields. Environmental Science and Technology 32: 3479-3484.

Ibáñez, C., Pont, D. and Prat, N. (1997). Characterization of the Ebre and Rhone Estuaries: a basis for defining and classifying salt wedge estuaries. Limnology and Oceanography  42(1): 89-101.

Ibáñez, C., Canicio, A. and Day, J.W. (1997). Morphologic evolution, relative sea-level rise and sustainable management of water and sediment in the Ebre Delta. Journal of Coastal Conservation. 3: 191-202.

Ibáñez, C., Prat, N. and Canicio, A. (1996). Changes in the hidrology and sediment transport produced by large dams on the lower Ebro river and its estuary. Regulated Rivers 12(1):51-62.

Sánchez-Arcilla, A., Jiménez, J., Stive, M.J., Ibáñez, C., Prat, N., Day, J.W. and Capobianco, M. (1996). Impacts of sea-level rise on the Ebro Delta: a first approach. Ocean and Coastal Management  30: 197-216.

Ibáñez, C., A. Rodrigues-Capítulo and N. Prat. (1995). The combined impacts of river regulation and eutrophication on the dynamics of the salt wedge and the ecology of the lower Ebro River, En: The Ecological Basis for River Management, D. Harper and A. Ferguson Ed., John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, UK.

Prat, N. and Ibáñez, C. (1995). Effects of water transfers projected in the Spanish National Hydrological Plan on the ecology of the lower river Ebro and its delta. Water Science and Technology  31(8): 79-86.

Day, J.W.,  Pont, D., Hensel, P. and Ibáñez, C. (1995). Impacts of sea-level rise on deltas in the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean: the importance of pulsing events to sustainability. Estuaries 18(4):636-647.