ICTS-RBD is a scientific large-scale facility providing research support and cutting-edge biodiversity monitoring systems at the heart of one of the most important protected areas in Europe: Doñana National and Natural Park
At the Research Coordination Office all scientific activities are stored in database; projects, publications, conferences, PhD dissertations, ..ntained. References range from scientific papers and technical reports to popular books and legislation.
Monitoring at ICTS-RBD
The need to understand the inherent variability of natural systems, led to the creation of a long term monitoring program in Doñana, aimed at creating series of essential data of both physical and biological parameters
Doñana’s Singular Scientific-Technical Infrastructure (ICTS-RBD) provides access and support to carry out research at the Doñana Protected Areas.
For such purpose, it provides researchers with accomodation, various facilities and technical/logistical support. It also runs monitoring programs to assess the status and trends of biodiversity, provides online access to all the information gathered by these monitoring programs and delivers ICT service management and tools to facilitate the search and use of that information.
Leatherback turtle rescue (Dermochelys coriacea) on the beach of Doñana National Park
On July 1, members of the Doñana Biological Station Natural Process Monitoring Team collaborated, together with environmental agents and technicians from the Doñana Natural Area and a team from the Underwater Rescue Unit of Fire Service of Huelva, in the rescue of a specimen of the leatherback turtle (a species classified as Vulnerable worldwide), which was entangled in minor fishing gear in the Protection Area of the Coastal Sea.
The veterinarians of the Junta de Andalucía emergengy program against stranding of marine mammals and sea turtles detremined that the health condition of the animal seemed satisfactory. Its total length was 164 cm, while the largest of all sea turtles, usually measure between 180-220 cm, with a weight range from 250 to 700 kilos.
Once the condition of the turtle was evaluated, It was transferred to the Andalusian Marine Environment Management Center (CEGMA) in Algeciras, to receive all necessary care for its proper recovery and subsequent release in its natural environment.
Unfortunately, despite all the efforts made and the health care received, the specimen died. Once the autopsy is performed, more information will be available.
Start a project
If you plan to do research in Doñana, you must bear in mind that your project must be approved by the Research Access Commission of the Doñana Participation Council. The ICTS-RBD provides assistance throughout the procedure. Read more
Request access, accommodation and/or technical and logistic support
Once your research project has been approved by ICTS-RBD, you can request access and accomodation in the Biological Reserve using this online form and/or logistic or technical support using this online form . Do not forget to read carefully the facilities’ use rules. Read more
Request biodiversity data
You can visualize ICTS-RBD’s biodiversity monitoring data at the Data Infrastructure and consult essential ecosystem indicators derived from them at the Global Change Observatory. Raw data are offered free of charge to competitive research projects, subject to the following terms and conditions of use included in this data-request form.
Bird Ringing Lab
The Bird Ringing Lab is a service of ICTS-RBD that centralizes all scientific ringing activities undertaken in Doñana, and coordinates non-metallic bird banding in Spain.Read More
Cork oaks density
Map showing cork oaks density in the Doñana Biological Reserve