Mediterranean Ecogeomorphological and Hydrological Connectivity Research Team
Welcome to the Mediterranean Ecogeomorphological and Hydrological Connectivity Research Team, MEDhyCON, a research team focused on ecogeomorphology and hydrological and sediment connectivity dynamics in mediterraean environments.
MEDhyCON is a research team composed by researchers from the Departments of Geography and Biology of the University of the Balearic Islands in collaboration with the Balearic Forestry and Soil Protection Service and also the Water Resources Management Service of the Balearic Islands Government. The main aim is developing basic research for transferring an effective scientific knowledge.
The research lines are focused on the study of ecogeomorphological processes at various spatiotemporal scales in Mediterranean catchments affected by global change impacts (abandoned land, forest fires and forest transition, urbanization and pollution of wetlands and the Mediterranean Sea). This task is developed by continuous monitoring of water and sediment fluxes through a dense network of gauging stations within different catchments of the island of Mallorca. In addition, the vegetation evolution is monitored at ground level and with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) to obtain images to generate high resolution digital elevation models (High-Resolution DEM) for addressing these ecogeomorphologic processes.
The development of interdisciplinary long-term monitoring programs is the key value of our scientific research team, in which the interaction of practical field knowledge is extremely useful to develop reliable predictive models that lead to a better understanding of terrestrial systems.