Institute of Environmental Diagnosis and Water Studies affilated with CSIC: The Spanish National Research Council, Institute of Environmental Diagnosis and Water Studies (IDÆA) aims to study the natural and anthropogenic changes that occur in ecosystems through chemical and geochemical techniques, mainly those involving increases in toxicity in organisms and humans.
IDÆA has been organized based on the experience of various researchers in the environment, analytical chemistry, geochemistry, hydrology and biotechnology. These have a proven track record of publication in journals of excellence, participation in European projects, collaboration in the resolution of serious environmental accidents, identification of environmental problems and study of climate and global change.
Spain has a specific problem derived from its geographical and climatic situation. The quality and availability of water, both from rivers and aquifers, is subject to a high rate of reuse and intensive exploitation due to the lower availability of this resource. It is necessary to develop a major effort to control and ensure the quality of the same.
Another specific problem concerns the air quality that is drastically influenced by episodes of Saharan dust in addition to the problems of urban and industrial pollution.
Another important aspect concerns the effects of diffuse pollution on organisms of the natural environment and humans.
The IDÆA has 174 researchers grouped in Departments of Geosciences and Environmental Chemistry with which it addresses these problems taking advantage of a high capacity for chemical analysis, environmental and geochemical studies. These include the Dioxin Laboratory with the longest professional career in Spain and an instrumental park in chromatography and mass spectrometry that place it in a leading position at European level.
Institute of Environmental Diagnosis and Water Studies (IDÆA) has also achieved patents upon their research on Elimination of Trihalomethanes and Emerging Contaminants by Plasma and Method for the recovery of germanium present in coal ash. The departments of Environmental chemistry incudes these as the major lines of research Environmental Chemistry, Organic and Analytical Chemistry, Ecotoxicology and Geosciences department encloses topics like Inorganic Geochemistry, Mineralogy as the major research topics.