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.
Every month an aerial survey is carried out of the water birds present in the Guadalquivir marshes. This spring the flooding of the marshes has been unfavourable. Before raining started in April, the marshes dried up almost completely, making it impossible to flood the marshes completely during spring as they do during an average hydrological year.
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 the 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 Doñana Biological Reserve (RBD), belonging to Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC), joined the Spanish ICTS network in 2006.The term “Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS)” refers to leading R&D facilities that, individually or by coordinating several installations, provide services for pioneering and top-quality research, as well as for the transmission, exchange and preservation of knowledge, transfer of technology, and promotion of innovation.
In October, 28th a member of the Doñana Natural Process Monitoring Team witnessed a mortal attack of a Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) on a flock of Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) in Santa Olalla lagoon. About 11 in the morning, two couples of Spanish Imperial Eagles were seen flying over the peridunal lagoons, one in the vertical of the Las Pajas lagoon, and another in the Santa Olalla-Dulce lagoons.
As a result of the monitoring of the tidal channels that connect the estuary with the Doñana marshland, carried out during the month of September - days 11 and 26 -, numerous specimens of blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) were captured again. In addition to confirming in this way the usual presence of the species in the Doñana National Park, these captures are interesting because it coincides with a decrease in catches in other areas of the estuary where the species begins to be commercially...
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