The principal aim of the group is to explore the effects of stressors and forcing processes on marine ecosystems with special attention to marine living resources and human activities. The group began in 1993 as a Research Group of Consolidated Quality of the Autonomic Government of Catalunya. Since then, the group has grown steadily by training Ph.D. students that later were contracted under various Spanish and European research programs such as Ramon y Cajal, Marie Curie, Juan de la Cierva, and JAE, and/or became CSIC permanent employees. Today, the group is highly multidisciplinary in terms of research activities, but also in technological aspects, publishing high quality scientific papers and informative reports. Since the beginning, the group has led many research projects funded by the Catalan and the Spanish governments, and European. The group is associated with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).