Antoni Munné

Antoni Munné
Catalan Water Agency. (Generalitat de Catalunya) · Department of Monitoring and Aquatic Ecosystem Improvement

PhD in Ecology

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December 2008 - present
Catalan Water Agency
Position
  • Head of the Department for Monitoring and Ecosystem Improvement
June 2005 - December 2008
Catalan Water Agency
Position
  • Head of the Water Framework Directive Implementation Unit
March 2001 - May 2005
Catalan Water Agency
Position
  • Planning Officer for river management

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Publications (108)
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Citation: Peñuelas, J.; Germain, J.; Álvarez, E.; Aparicio, E.; Arús, P.; Basnou, C.; Blanché, C.; Bonada, N.; Canals, P.; Capodiferro, M.; et al.
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In summer 2019, a full-scale trial was carried out to investigate the effects in drinking water quality when tertiary treated wastewater was discharged into the Llobregat River upstream of the intake of one of the major drinking water treatment plants of Barcelona and its metropolitan area. Two scenarios were investigated, i.e. discharging the recl...
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Aim To analyse temporal metacommunity dynamics in river networks in relation to hydrological conditions and dispersal. Location Fifteen river reaches from the Llobregat, Besòs and Foix catchments in the North‐Eastern Iberian Peninsula. Taxon Aquatic macroinvertebrates belonging to 99 different families. Methods We sampled aquatic macroinvertebra...
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Chemical stressors co-occur in mixtures into watercourses and this complicates predicting their effects on their ecological status. Our knowledge of river basin specific pollutants (RBSPs) is still limited, but it remains necessary to ensure the good chemical and ecological status. We performed an exercise on Mediterranean river sites exposed to ur...
Technical Report
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Intermittent rivers and Ephemeral Streams (IRES) are river water bodies characterised by temporary flow. They are widespread across the EU and a significant proportion of them is expected to increase due to climate change scenarios and rising water demands. The purpose of this handbook is to help water managers to understand the natural processes...
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Studying Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams (IRES) requires regular observations of streamflow. Unfortunately, intermittent streams are poorly monitored, particularly in temperate climates. To fill gaps in knowledge of the dynamics of intermittent streams, a pilot initiative within the SMIRES project (Datry et al., 2017, https://www.smires.e...
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River ecosystems worldwide are affected by altered flow regimes, and an advanced science and practice of environmental flows has developed to understand and reduce these impacts. But most environmental flows approaches ignore flow intermittency, which is a natural feature of 30% of the global river network length. Ignoring flow intermittency when s...
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La cuenca del río Gaià, provincia de Tarragona, está regulada desde el año 1975 por la presencia de un embalse para uso industrial y regadío, que durante muchos años provocaba que el tramo final del río estuviera seco, y por lo tanto no llegara al mar. El régimen hídrico de la cuenca es temporal en condiciones naturales, con un régimen con un marca...
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LIFE ALNUS suggests an alternative strategy for the conservation of Mediterranean alluvial alder forests (91E0*) for the first time at regional scale (Catalonia). Our strategy aims to revert this habitat’s unfavourable evolution and to export results to other areas within the Mediterranean biogeographical region. The aims of the LIFE ALNUS were to...
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Mediterranean watercourses are among the most threatened ecosystems worldwide, being increasingly important to understand environmental drivers of biotic assemblages. Our aim was to provide a comprehensive picture of bryophyte communities in Mediterranean rivers and to determine the environmental factors that influence their distribution. We used f...
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Intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (IRES) are common across Europe and dominate some Mediterranean river networks. In all climate zones, IRES support high biodiversity and provide ecosystem services. As dynamic ecosystems that transition between flowing, pool, and dry states, IRES are typically poorly represented in biomonitoring programmes...
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More than half of the global river network is composed of intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (IRES), which are expanding in response to climate change and increasing water demands. After years of obscurity, the science of IRES has bloomed recently and it is being recognised that IRES support a unique and high biodiversity, provide essential...
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When the regime of a river is not perennial, there are four main difficulties with the use of hydrographs for assessing hydrological alteration: i) the main hydrological features relevant for biological communities are not quantitative (discharges) but qualitative (phases such as flowing water, stagnant pools or lack of surface water), ii) stream f...
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1.According to the European Union Water Framework Directive, river basin management plans must include a programme of measures, with a series of management actions aiming to achieve good ecosystem status of all water bodies within the basin. The design and later prioritization of these management actions is, in theory, done through cost-effectivene...
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Hydroelectricity is increasingly used worldwide as a source of renewable energy, and many mountain ranges have dozens or hundreds of hydropower plants, with many more being under construction or planned. Although the ecological impacts of large dams are relatively well known, the effects of small hydropower plants and their weirs have been much les...
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Freshwater ecosystems are among the most affected by anthropogenic disturbances, and fish have several advantages for monitoring them, such as the response at larger temporal and spatial scales and its visibility to the society. This chapter summarizes our experience in developing fish-based indices in Catalonia. We describe some differences observ...
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Groundwater is a valuable natural resource that needs to be assessed and protected. The European Union (EU) adopted new water legislation that includes the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Groundwater Daughter Directive (GWD). Both require the identification of sustained increasing pollution trends and their reversal. This is the second pill...
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The purpose of this chapter is to present results of the applicability of the most well-known biopollution (BP) and biocontamination (BC) indices available in the literature by using information from the standard monitoring programme for fish carried out in Catalonia. As a part of this exercise, the pertinence of the results is evaluated by answeri...
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Methodologies currently used to assess hydromorphological features in Mediterranean rivers are reviewed in this chapter. Most relevant methodologies developed across Europe in compliance with WFD (Water Framework Directive) are also analyzed, along with their adaptations to different spatial scales from European, national to regional scales. We als...
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The Water Framework Directive includes fish fauna as one of the biological elements, jointly with aquatic flora and benthic invertebrates, to assess and monitor water and habitat quality. Successful implementation of the Directive depends in part on the development of reliable, science-based tools to directly assess biological conditions. Although...
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The Catalan Water Agency (ACA) established a WFD Monitoring Programme for a period of 6 years (from 2007 to 2012) in order to provide a proper water status diagnosis just before the water management plan's updating in the Catalan River Basin District (NE Spain). Most of applied monitoring tools were developed over the last decade in close cooperati...
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Aquatic macrophytes are commonly used as the basis for assessing the ecological condition of wetlands and rivers and are considered the basis for some of the best indicators of these ecosystems within their landscape. We review key approaches that utilize plant traits as the basis for water resource assessment, including the floristic quality asses...
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The Catalan Water Agency (ACA) established a WFD Monitoring Programme for a period of 6 years (from 2007 to 2012) in order to provide a proper water status diagnosis just before the water management plan’s updating in the Catalan River Basin District (NE Spain). Most of applied monitoring tools were developed over the last decade in close cooperati...
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The Water Framework Directive includes fish fauna as one of the biological elements, jointly with aquatic flora and benthic invertebrates, to assess and monitor water and habitat quality. Successful implementation of the Directive depends in part on the development of reliable, science-based tools to directly assess biological conditions. Although...
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Microbial source tracking (MST) tools are used to identify sources of faecal pollution to accurately assess public health risks and implement best management practices. Many different viruses are excreted by humans and animals and are frequently detected in water contaminated with faeces or/and urine. Because of the large degree of host specificity...
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Compliance with the Water Framework Directive (WFD) of the European Union requires water managers to establish environmental flow regimes (EFR) in rivers across the continent. Few water agencies have examined the economic and social welfare impacts of implementing environmental flow requirements. We present the approach used by the Catalan Water Ag...
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Aquatic macrophytes are commonly used as the basis for assessing the ecological condition of wetlands and rivers and are considered the basis for some of the best indicators of these ecosystems within their landscape. We review key approaches that utilize plant traits as the basis for water resource assessment, including the floristic quality asses...
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The Water Framework Directive (WFD) implementation requires the use of biological quality elements to assess ecological status in water bodies, including aquatic flora. Previous macrophyte indices have been developed for rivers in several Mediterranean regions of the Iberian peninsula. Due to the lack of a suitable tool that would consider macrophy...
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The lower Ebro River (Catalonia, Spain) has a fish community dominated by alien species in both richness (55%) and abundance (78%). This river stretch is regulated by many dams and its flow was severely reduced by increasing water uses. We found strong evidence that the success of establishment and dispersal of alien fish species in this Mediterran...
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Biomonitoring of water quality in Iberian rivers: Learned lessons A Decalogue summarizing the experience over 30 years in biomonitoring is provided by the authors with two main focuses, the use of macroinvertebrates as biological indicators, and the design of systems to evaluate the ecological status in rivers and streams. After a general introduct...
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The Water Framework Directive (WFD) implementation requires the use of biological quality elements to assess ecological status in water bodies, including aquatic flora. Previous macrophyte indices have been developed for rivers in several Mediterranean regions of the Iberian peninsula. Due to the lack of a suitable tool that would consider macrophy...
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The primary effects of droughts on river basins include both depleted quantity and quality of the available water resources, which can render water resources useless for human needs and simultaneously damage the environment. Isolated water quality analyses limit the action measures that can be proposed. Thus, an integrated evaluation of water manag...
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Ordeix M., Sostoa A., Maceda A., García-Berthou E., Benejam L., Casals F., Caiola N., Ibàñez C., Sellarès N., Pou-Rovira G., Rodríguez-Labajos B., Solà C., Bardina M., Casamitjana A. & Munné A. 2014. Els peixos dels rius i les zones humides de Catalunya. Qualitat biològica i connectivitat fluvial. Agència Catalana de l’Aigua ‒ Museu del Ter ‒ Eumo...
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Ecosystem services would be incorporated into decision making more often if researchers were to focus more on the demand for these services rather than the supply. This implies examining the economic, decision making and technological context of the end-user before trying to attribute economic values to well known biological processes. This paper p...
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The main purpose of this paper is to evaluate whether introducing reclaimed water to the lower part of the Llobregat River has an effect on the macroinvertebrate community assemblage and the biomarker responses of the caddisfly larvae Hydropsyche exocellata. Therefore, a before-and-after experiment was carried out at two locations, upstream and dow...
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This work exposes a new methodological approach to solve the problem of intercalibrating river quality national methods when a common metric is lacking and most of countries share the same WFD-common assessment method. The approach herein presented was applied to highly-seasonal rivers of the Mediterranean Geographical Intercalibration Group (MedGI...
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The Mediterranean Rivers Geographic Intercalibration Group developed a 3-step approach that allowed the characterization of the best available condition of four Mediterranean common stream types, regarding organic contamination and nutrients, hydrological and morphological alterations and land use. For this purpose, a common database composed of 7...
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The Llobregat River, which is characterized by important fluctuations of the flow rates, receives treated waters from WWTPs. During the years 2007 and 2008, the Llobregat River basin suffered from a severe drought which affected the supply of drinking water facilities (DWF) that rely on the exploitation of the river water. The Catalan Water Agency...
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Water scarcity is a consequence of both natural and anthropogenic factors including highly variable temporal and spatially heterogenic distribution of precipitations, growing populations, increasing water demand particularly for agriculture, and the widespread contamination of water resources by a plethora of organic and inorganic contaminants. In...
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The Llobregat River has severely been impacted by anthropogenic pressures since long time ago. The mid and lower Llobregat basin holds an important concentration of industries, agricultural activities, and urban areas, with high associated water demand and wastewater discharge. Salt mine activities, hydropower water diversion, and flow regime alter...
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The lower Ebro River (Catalonia, Spain) has recently undergone a regime shift from a phytoplankton dominated to a macrophyte-dominated system. This shift is well known in shallow lakes but apparently it has never been documented in rivers. Two initial hypotheses to explain the collapse of the phytoplankton were considered: a) the diminution of nutr...
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In Europe, diverse biological indices and metrics have been developed for ecological status assessment in rivers using macroinvertebrate, diatoms, macrophytes, and fish communities according to the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC). Additionally, priority and hazardous substances (pesticides, PAHs, heavy metals, chlorinated and non-chlorinated...
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In compliance with the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive, monitoring of the ecological and chemical status of Catalan river basins (NE Spain) is carried out by the Catalan Water Agency. The large amount of data collected and the complex relationships among the environmental variables monitored often mislead data interpretation in ter...
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La aplicación de la Directiva Marco del Agua (Directiva 2000/60/CE) requiere que el establecimiento del estado ecológico de las masas de agua se realice a partir de la evaluación de elementos de calidad biológica, entre los que se encuentra la flora acuática. En las masas de agua fluviales, la calidad de la flora acuática se evalúa a partir de las...
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Data on macroinvertebrates of selected reference sites were compiled from a long-term monitoring programme carried out in the Mediterranean Catalan Basins (NE Spain) that permitted analysis for nine years, from 1996 to 2004, using a homogeneous data collection procedure. This study aims to analyse the differences in composition and structure of mac...
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The presence of sewage-borne micro contaminants in environmental waters is directly related to the discharge of treated effluents from wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) and the flow rate of the receiving river waters. Mediterranean rivers, in particular, are characterized by important fluctuations in the flow rates and heavy pollution pressures re...
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Fish pass assessment in the rivers of Catalonia (NE Iberian Peninsula). A case study of weirs associated with hydropower plants and gauging stations This study evaluated the effectiveness of fish passes in Catalan rivers (NE Iberian Peninsula). The aim was to test current functionality to enhance these structures for the purpose of optimising their...
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Longitudinal connectivity in hydromorphological quality assessments of rivers. The ICF index: A river connectivity index and its application to Catalan rivers The Water Framework Directive urges assessment of river continuity as an input for the evaluation of hydromorphological quality. The existence of transverse obstacles in river beds has seriou...
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Mediterranean rivers are characterized by frequent hydrological disturbances, including floods, droughts, and human impacts like water abstraction. During 2008 an exceptionally long drought in NE Spain was irregularly interrupted by rainfall events. We analyzed the relationships between the biological community structure with the ongoing and preced...
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1. Water abstraction strongly affects streams in arid and semiarid ecosystems, particularly where there is a Mediterranean climate. Excessive abstraction reduces the availability of water for human uses downstream and impairs the capacity of streams to support native biota. 2. We investigated the flow regime and related variables in six river basin...
Technical Report
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Adjustment of the Index of Biotic integrity (IBICAT) based on the use of fish as indicators of the environmental quality of the rivers of Catalonia
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For the European Parliament and Commission to implement the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the water-quality indices that are currently used in Europe need to be compared and calibrated. This will facilitate the comparative assessment of ecological status throughout the European Union. According to the WFD, biologic indices should respond consist...