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Publications

Articles

Closing the nutrient cycle in urban areas: The use of municipal solid waste in peri-urban and urban agriculture

JD. Arosemena, S. Toboso-Chavero, B. Adhikari, G. Villalba
Waste Management. Volume 183, pages 220-231. June 2024

Modeling air quality at urban scale in the city of Barcelona: A matter of green resolution

V. Vidal, A. Cortés, A. Badia, G. Villalba
Journal of Computational Science. 102289. May 2024

Assimilating Sentinel-2 data in a modified vegetation photosynthesis and respiration model (VPRM) to improve the simulation of croplands CO2 fluxes in Europe

H. Bazzi, P. Ciais, E. Abbessi, D. Makowski, D. Santaren, ... , R. Segura-Barrero, C. Brümmer, M- Schmidt, B. Heinesch, M. Mauder, T. Gruenwald
International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. Volume 127, 103666. March 2024

Assessing Nature-based solutions in the face of urban vulnerabilities: A multi-criteria decision approach

D. Camacho-Caballero, J. Langemeyer, R. Segura-Barrero, S. Ventura, A. Mendoza, G. Villalba
Sustainable Cities and Society. Volume 103, 105257. Feb 2024

Predicting willingness to pay and implement different rooftop strategies to characterize social perception of climate change mitigation and adaptation

E. Untereiner, S. Toboso-Chavero, A. Vázquez, C. Madrid-Lopez, G. Villalba, X. Gabarrell
Environmental Research Communications. Volume 6, Issue 1. Jan 2024

Measuring BVOC emissions released by tomato plants grown in a soilless integrated rooftop greenhouse

G. Stringari, J. Villanueva, E. Appolloni, F. Orsini, G. Villalba, X. Gabarrell
Heliyon. Volume 10, Issue 1. Dec 2023

Exploring the Influence of Land Use on the Urban Carbonyl Sulfide Budget: A Case Study of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

C. Estruch, S. Belviso, A. Badia, V. Vidal, R. Curcoll, M. Udina, C. Grossi, JA. Morguí, R. Segura, S. Ventura, Y. Sola, G. Villalba
JGR Atmospheres. Volume 128, Issue 24. Dec 2023

Literature review on the potential of urban waste for the fertilization of urban agriculture: A closer look at the metropolitan area of Barcelona

V. Arcas-Pilz, X. Gabarrell, F. Orsini, G. Villalba
Science of The Total Environment. Volume 905, 167193. Sep 2023

Modelling the impacts of emission changes on O3 sensitivity, atmospheric oxidation capacity, and pollution transport over the Catalonia region

A. Badia, V. Vidal, S. Ventura, R. Curcoll, R. Segura, G. Villalba
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Volume 23, issue 18. Sep 2023

Analysis of synoptic weather patterns of heatwave events

S. Ventura, JR Miró, JC Peña, G. Villalba
Climate Dynamics. Volume 60, issue 9-10. May 2023

The potential of local food, energy, and water production systems on urban rooftops considering consumption patterns and urban morphology

S. Toboso-Chavero, A.L. Montealegre, S. García-Pérez, J. Sierra-Pérez, J. Muñoz-Liesa, X. Gabarrell, G. Villalba, C. Madrid-López
Sustainable Cities and Society. Volume 95, 104599. May 2023

Assessment of greenhouse emissions of the green bean through the static enclosure technique

G. Stringari, J. Villanueva, A. Rosell-Melé, N. Moraleda-Cibrián, F. Orsini, G. Villalba, X. Gabarrell
Science of The Total Environment. Volume 874, 162319. May 2023

Displaying geographic variability of peri-urban agriculture environmental impacts in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona: A regionalized life cycle assessment

A. Mendoza, R. Padró, MJ. La Rota-Aguilera, J. Marull, MJ. Eckelman, J. Cirera, A. Giocoli, G. Villalba
Science of The Total Environment. Volume 858, 101016. October 2022

How do street trees affect urban temperatures and radiation exchange? Observations and numerical evaluation in a highly compact city

R. Segura, E. Scott, A. Martilli, A. Badia, C. Estruch, S. Ventura, G. Villalba
Urban Climate. Volume 46, 101288. September 2022

Exploring Methods for Developing Local Climate Zones to Support Climate Research

L. Sigler, J. Gilabert, G. Villalba
Climate. Volume 109, 10(7). July 2022

Mapping direct N2O emissions from peri-urban agriculture: The case of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

A. Mendoza, K. Jepsen, M. Rufí-Salís, S. Ventura, C. Madrid-López, G. Villalba
Science of The Total Environment. Volume 821. January 2022

Extended use and optimization of struvite in hydroponic cultivation systems

V. Arcas-Pilz, F. Parada, M. Rufí-Salis, G. Stringari, R. González, G. Villalba, X. Gabarrell
Resources, Conservation and Recycling. Volume 179. January 2022

Adaptive resilience of and through urban ecosystem services: a transdisciplinary approach to sustainability in Barcelona

De Luca, C., J. Langemeyer, S. Vaňo, F. Baró, and E. Andersson
Ecology and Society. Volume 26(4):38. December 2021

Environmental and social life cycle assessment of growing media for urban rooftop farming

S. Toboso-Chavero, C. Madrid-López, G. Villalba, X. Gabarrell, A. B. Hückstädt, M. Finkbeiner, A. Lehmann
The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. Volume 26. October 2021

Sensitivity study of PBL schemes and soil initialization using the WRF-BEP-BEM model over a Mediterranean coastal city

R. Segura, A. Badia, S. Ventura, J. Gilabert, A. Martilli, G. Villalba
Urban Climate. Volume 39. September 2021

A take-home message from COVID-19 on urban air pollution reduction through mobility limitations and teleworking

A. Badia, J. Langemeyer, X. Codina, J. Gilabert, N. Guilera, V. Vidal, R. Segura, M. Vives, G. Villalba
Urban Sustainability. Article number 35. August 2021

Recovered phosphorus for a more resilient urban agriculture: Assessment of the fertilizer potential of struvite in hydroponics

V. Arcas-Pilz, M. Rufí-Salís, F. Parada, A. Petit-Boix, X. Gabarrell, G. Villalba
Science of The Total Environment. Volume 799. August 2021

Interactive spatial planning of urban green infrastructure - retrofitting green roofs where ecosystem services are most needed in Oslo

Z.S. Venter, D.N. Barton, L. Martinez, J. Langemeyer, F. Baró, T. McPhearson
Ecosystem Services. Volume 50, 101314. August 2021

Exploring the Potential of Using Carbonyl Sulfide to Track the Urban Biosphere Signal

G. Villalba, M. Whelan, S.A. Montzka, P.J.Cameron-Smith, M. Fischer, A. Zumkehr, T. Hilton, J. Stinecipher, I. Baker, R. P. Bambha, H.A. Michelsen, B.W. LaFranchi, C. Estruch, E. Campbell
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Volume 126, Issue 13. June 2021

Optimizing irrigation in urban agriculture for tomato crops in rooftop greenhouses

F. Parada, X. Gabarrell, M. Rufí-Salís, V. Arcas-Pilz, P. Muñoz, G. Villalba
Science of The Total Environment. June 2021

Incorporating user preferences in rooftop food-energy-water production through integrated sustainability assessment

S. Toboso-Chavero, C. Madrid-López, X. Gabarrell, G. Villalba
Environmental Research Comunications. Volume 3, number 6. June 2021

Urban agriculture - A necessary pathway towards urban resilience and global sustainability?

J. Langemeyer, C. Madrid, A. Mendoza, G. Villalba
Landscape and Urban Planning; Volume 210, June 2021

Assessing the environmental behavior of alternative fertigation methods in soilless systems: The case of Phaseolus vulgaris with struvite and rhizobia inoculation

V. Arcas-Pilz, M. Rufí-Salís, F. Parada, X. Gabarrell, G. Villalba
Science of The Total Environment. Volume 770. May 2021

Improving the Fertigation of Soilless Urban Vertical Agriculture Through the Combination of Struvite and Rhizobia Inoculation in Phaseolus vulgaris

V. Arcas-Pilz, F. Parada, G. Villalba, M. Rufí-Salís, A. Rosell-Melé, X. Gabarrell
Frontiers in Plant Science. Volume 12. May 2021

Abating heat waves in a coastal Mediterranean city: What can cool roofs and vegetation contribute?

J. Gilabert, S. Ventura, R. Segura, A. Martilli, A. Badia, C. Llasat, J. Corbera, G. Villalba
Urban Climate 37. May 2021

Envisioning the Future of European Food Systems: Approaches and Research Priorities After COVID-19

M. Vittuari, G. Bazzocchi, S. Blasioli, F. Cirone, A. Maggio, F. Orsini, J. Penca, M. Petruzzelli, K. Specht, S. Amghar, A. Atanasov, T. Bastia, I. Bertocchi, A. Coudard, A. Crepaldi0, A. Curtis, R. Fox-Kämper, A. Gheorghica, A. Lelièvre, P. Muñoz, E. Nolde, J. Pascual-Fernández, G. Pennisi, B. Pölling, L. Reynaud-Desmet, I. Righini, Y. Rouphael, V. Saint-Ges, A. Samoggia., S. Shaystej, M. da Silva, S. Toboso, P. Tonini, G. Trušnovec, B. Vidmar, G. Villalba and F. De Menna
Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. March 2021

More than the sum of the parts: System analysis of the usability of roofs in housing estates

S. Toboso, G. Villalba, X. Gabarrell, C. Madrid
Journal of Industrial Ecology. March 2021

Highly resolved WRF-BEP/BEM simulations over Barcelona urban area with LCZ

I. Ribero, A. Martinelli, M. Falls. A. Zonato, G. Villalba
Atmospheric Research; Volume 248, January 2021

Assessing the sustainability of contrasting land use scenarios through the Socioecological Integrated Analysis (SIA) of the metropolitan green infrastructure in Barcelona

Roc Padró, María José La Rota-Aguilera, Annalisa Giocoli, Jacob Cirera, Francesc Coll, Manel Pons, Joan Pino, Silvia Pili, Tarik Serrano, Gara Villalba, Joan Marull
Landscape and Urban Planning; Volume 203, November 2020

Can wastewater feed cities? Determining the feasibility and environmental burdens of struvite recovery and reuse for urban regions

Martí Rufí-Salís, Nadin Brunnhofer, Anna Petit-Boix, Xavier Gabarrell, Albert Guisasola, Gara Villalba
Science of The Total Environment; Volume 737, October 2020

Recirculating water and nutrients in urban agriculture: An opportunity towards environmental sustainability and water use efficiency?

Martí Rufí-Salís, Anna Petit-Boix, Gara Villalba, David Sanjuan-Delmás, Felipe Parada, Mireia Ercilla-Montserrat, Verónica Arcas-Pilz, Joan Muñoz-Liesa, Joan Rieradevall, Xavier Gabarrell
Journal of Cleaner Production; Volume 261, July 2020

Conferences

The food-water-climate nexus of green infrastructure: Examining ecosystem services trade-offs of peri-urban agriculture

Ricard Segura-Barrero et al. at EGU General Assembly 2024
Organizer: European Geosciences Union (EGU) / 15-19 April 2024

Determining the intensity of future heatwave episodes at urban scales: the case study of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

Sergi Ventura et al. at EGU General Assembly 2024
Organizer: European Geosciences Union (EGU) / 15-19 April 2024

The atmospheric GHG monitoring network of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

Gara Villalba et al. at 2023 American Geophysical Union (AGU23) San Francisco 2023
Organizers: American Geophysical Union / 11-15 December 2023

How climate change will affect future heatwaves at the urban scale: the case study of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (iPoster)

Sergi Ventura et al. at 2023 American Geophysical Union (AGU23) San Francisco 2023
Organizers: American Geophysical Union / 11-15 December 2023

Integrated System Analysis of Urban Vegetation and Agriculture (URBAG): Evaluating Nature-based Solutions Against Urban Vulnerabilities

David Camacho et al. at the VII International conference on Green Urbanism (GU 2023)
Organizers: IEREK, University of Rome Tor Vergata / 11-13 December 2023

Unlocking the potential of municipal solid waste compost for urban and peri-urban agriculture: Nutrient recirculation in metropolitan area

Juan David Arosemena et al. at X International Conference of Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America (CILCA) Viña del Mar 2023
Organizers: RICV, RACV and the University Andrés Bello / 24-28 July 2023

Can circular strategies contribute to sustainable food production in cities? The case of nutrients circulation for urban agriculture in a metropolitan area

Angelica Mendoza et al. at 11th International Conference on Industrial Ecology (ISIE) Leiden 2023
Organizers: University of Leiden / 2-5 July 2023

A decision approach to evaluate the design and implementation of green infrastructures in urban environments

Gara Villalba et al. at 11th International Conference on Industrial Ecology (ISIE) Leiden 2023
Organizers: University of Leiden / 2-5 July 2023

Closing the nutrient cycle in urban areas: The use of municipal solid waste compost for peri-urban and urban agriculture

Juan David Arosemena et al. at 11th International Conference on Industrial Ecology (ISIE) Leiden 2023
Organizer: University of Leiden / 2-5 July 2023

Modelling the impacts of green infrastructure on air quality

Alba Badia et al. at European WRF-Chem Workshop 2023
Organizers: Istituto di Nanotecnologie – Università del Salento Lecce/ 9-11 May 2023

Response of the ozone chemistry to changes in emissions over the Catalonia region

Alba Badia et al. at EGU General Assembly 2023
Organizer: European Geosciences Union (EGU) / 23-28 April 2023

Evaluating the impact of urban parks on the thermal comfort during a heat wave episode in a Mediterranean city

Ricard Segura et al. at EGU General Assembly 2023
Organizer: European Geosciences Union (EGU) / 23-28 April 2023

Evaluation of the main heatwave patterns in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula using ERA5 and CORDEX models

Sergi Ventura et al. at EGU General Assembly 2023
Organizer: European Geosciences Union (EGU) / 23-28 April 2023

Social assessment of rooftop farming projects

Susana Toboso et al. at the International Horticultural Congress 2022. S09 - Session 02
Angers Congress Centre, France / 17 August 2022

How green infrastructures impact on urban air quality over Barcelona

Alba Badia at the 13th International Conference on Air Quality – Science and Application
University of Thessaloniki, Greece / 27 June - 1 July, 2022

Urban Green Infrastructures: Opportunities for Circularity of Resources and Resilience

Gara Villalba at the Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Conference. Session: Advancing the Circular Economy for Human and Planetary Wellbeing
Held in Maine, US / 12 - 17 June, 2022

Past and future climate trends focused on synoptic patterns in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula

Sergi Ventura et al. at EGU General Assembly 2022
Organizer: European Geosciences Union (EGU) / 23-27 May 2022

Observational and numerical evaluation of the pedestrian-level microclimatic effect of street trees in a highly-compact city

Ricard Segura et al. at EGU General Assembly 2022
Organizer: European Geosciences Union (EGU) / 23-27 May 2022

Integrated assessments of Oslo's green roofs

David A. Camacho et al. at Green roofs and green facades seminar
Organizer: Norwegian Association of Architects / 24 November 2021

Nature-based solutions: European experiences and evaluation tools

Johannes Langemeyer et al. at Seminari Tècnic Local, Barcelona.
Organizer: Federació de municipis de Catalunya / 12 November 2021

Urban air pollution changes during the COVID pandemia over the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

Alba Badia et al. at ITM 2021. Session: Local and urban scale modelling
International Technical Meeting On Air Pollution Modelling And Its Application / 18-22 October 2021

Impactes de les infraestructures verdes sobre la qualitat de l’aire

Alba Badia et al. at 2n Congrés de Qualitat de l'aire. Session: Avaluació i modelització 2
Bioindicadors com avaluació de la qualitat de l'aire / 14-15 October 2021

Vulnerability, Multifunctionality, and Sustainability: Co-creation of an integrated multi-criteria decision approach for nature-based solutions.

David A. Camacho et al. at SURE 2020/21. Session C1
Symposium: NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR CITIES / 7-9 July 2021

Soluciones basadas en la naturaleza: ¿Para qué?, ¿Dónde? y ¿Para quién?

Johannes Langemeyer et al. at PARJAP conference 2021.
Asociación española de parques y jardines publicos. Murcia / 25-26 May 2021

Food vs water security in cities: A georeferenced sustainability assessment of peri-urban agriculture in metropolitan Barcelona using water vulnerability maps

Cristina Madrid et al. at EGU General Assembly 2021 - Session HS5.3.1
vEGU21: Gather Online / 19-30 April 2021

Assessing heat wave mitigation strategies in a Mediterranean coastal city: how effective are cool roofs and urban green?

Sergi Ventura et al. at EGU General Assembly 2021 - Session CL2.2
vEGU21: Gather Online / 19-30 April 2021

Sensitivity study of PBL schemes and urban morphology parameters using the WRF-BEP+BEM model over a Mediterranean coastal city

Ricard Segura et al. at EGU General Assembly 2021 - Session CL2.2
vEGU21: Gather Online / 19-30 April 2021

Towards the New Normality: A Take-home Message from COVID-19 Mobility Limitations and Teleworking.

Alba Badia et al. at AGU- Fall meeting 2020
American Geophysical Union. Atmospheric siences. 9 December 2020

Los servicios ecosistémicos urbanos. Valores económicos y socio-culturales

Johannes Langemeyer et al. at Urban Biodiversity. Promotion and conservation
Hosted by Climate Change and Sustainability Office. Barcelona Province Council 1. 20 November 2020

Air quality modeling study using the WRF-Chem model over Barcelona

Alba Badia et al. at 12th International Conference on Air Quality - Science and Application
Hosted by Aristotle University Thessaloniki Online presentations starting 6 April, Interactive Sessions 18-22 May 2020

Copernicus Climate Data Store Face-to-Face Training Event

Centre de Recerca Matemàtica and jointly organized with ECMWF; Volume 261, November 13th, 2019

Reports

ICOS-España. Informe de actividades 2021-2022

E. Cuevas, OE. García, SF. León-Luis, M. González-Dávila, JA. Adame, A. Carrara, P. Vélez-Belchí, E. Delory, PP. Rivas, G. Villalba, Á. Barreto, R. Curcoll, M. Yela & A. González-González
Agencia Estatal de Meteorología. ICOS-Spain. Activity Report 2021-2022. December 2023

Project documents

URBAG data management plan

This document contains all the relevant information about data generation. URBAG follows the ‘FAIR data principles’ by making the project’s research data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.

PhD thesis

Multiscale modelling to understand the influence of green infrastructure on temperature and atmospheric carbon capture

Student: Ricard Segura Barrero / Supervisors: Gara Villalba, Alba Badia, Alberto Martilli
PhD Programme in Environmental Science and Technology, May 2024

Master thesis

Green roofs in Oslo by 2030: understand their impacts through life cycle assessment

Student: Gaël Vervoort / Supervisors: David Alejandro Camacho, Susana Toboso, Gara Villalba
Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability, 2023

The impact of urban parks on air quality

Student: Luis Felipe Diaz / Supervisors: Alba Badia, Gara Villalba
Master’s Degree in Modelling for Science and Engineering, 2023

Food self-sufficiency of urban areas — lessons from the metropolitan area of Barcelona

Student: Haley Parzonko / Supervisor: Gara Villalba
Master’s Degree in Political Ecology, Degrowth Economics, and Environmental Justice, 2022

Optimization and Evaluation of the Vegetation Photosynthesis Respiration Model (VPRM) parameters for coniferous forests in Northern Europe

Student: Martha Domhoefer / Supervisors: Ricard Segura, Gara Villalba
Master’s Degree in Modelling for Science & Engineering, 2022

Drivers of agricultural losses in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona: A temporal, spatial, and qualitative approach

Student: Gabriele Gervasi / Supervisors: Johannes Langemayer, Sergi Ventura
Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability, 2022

Changes in Barcelona air quality during the COVID-19 Pandemic using the WRF-Chem model

Student: Macià Mut / Supervisors: Alba Badia, Gara Villalba
Master’s Degree in Modelling for Science and Engineering, 2021

Comparison between two Planetary Boundary Layer schemes in the Weather Research and Forecasting model coupled with Chemical transport (WRF-Chem)

Student: Oriol Teixidó / Supervisor: Alba Badia
Master’s Degree in Modelling for Science and Engineering, 2020