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.
Last April-May, the Long-Term Biodiversity Monitoring Group (ICTS-RBD) carried out the annual spring survey of Doñana’s wetlands (Photo: part of the components of the Group, from left to right, Rocío Fernández Zamudio, Miguel A. Bravo, Isidro Román and Rosa Arribas). This survey, which started in 2004, collects information on the hydrology, water quality and aquatic biota: (plants, invertebrates, fish and amphibians) in a network of sampling stations distributed over Doñana’s marshland,...
During the last days, technicians from Doñana's Biodiversity Monitoring Group (ICTS-RBD) are performing a monitoring program of the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) and the Spanish pond turtle (Mauremys leprosa) in Doñana Natural Area. In this occasion, the survey is taking place in the pine forest of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, in Cádiz (see Photo).
Cyaniris semiargus is a small lepidopteran from the Lycaenidae family that reaches in Doñana its southernmost distribution limit. At this latitude, besides Doñana, it its only observed at higher altitudes in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
The ICTS-EBD participated with several international and national scientific institutions in a study lead by Instituto de Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC) about the long-term deteterminants of the seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in the wild ungulate community in Doñana (Photo of fallow-deers in Doñana, by Rubén Rodríguez-Olivares).
Last February, the Long-Term Monitoring Team (ESPN) of Doñana’s Singular Scientific-Technical Infrastructure (ICTS-RBD) provided support to a research project that studies the hybridation between the two subspecies of the Greek tortoise found in Doñana, Testudo graeca graeca and T. g. marokensis (Photo by Isidro Román). Technicians of ESPN supported the research project’s team during an intensive survey of tortoise individuals at El Puntal Estate, in the heart of Doñana’s National Park. The...
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