RIM Awards 2010


The Editor of AZTI-Tecnalia’s Revista de Investigación Marina (Marine Research Journal) and its Editorial Committee have agreed to award the prize for the best article published in this journal in 2010 to the RIM-17(5) issue entitled: “Protocol to develop an environmental impact study of wave energy converters”. The authors are Juan Bald, Andrea del Campo, Javier Franco, Ibon Galparsoro, Manuel González, Pedro Liria, Iñigo Muxika, Anna Rubio, Oihana Solaun, Ainhize Uriarte, María Comesaña, Antón Cacabelos, Rosa Fernández, Gonzalo Méndez, Darío Prada and Laura Zubiate.

The prize is awarded on the following merits of this piece of research:

  • Its great practical use and its potential for identifying future lines to be developed in AZTI-Tecnalia’s research and publications.
  • The collaboration among a considerable number of researchers from different research centres, areas within AZTI-Tecnalia, and from a range of disciplines.
  • It constitutes a basic document for drawing up impact studies on renewable energies, which are without doubt going to be used by many firms of consultants and research centres.


(First author) JUAN BALD. Maitrise de Sciences de L´Environnement, Section Océanologie from the University of Bordeaux I (1996) and Holder of a PhD in Biology from the University of Navarre (Pamplona, 2005). He did his PhD thesis at AZTI-Tecnalia’s Marine Research Unit, under the supervision of the Department of Zoology and Ecology of the University of Navarre, and specialising in the development of new methodologies for the evaluation of the physico-chemical state of coastal and transitional waters, in accordance with the requirements of the 2000/60/CEE Directive, commonly known as the Water Framework Directive. The fruit of his young research career includes 17 scientific papers in ISI journals (see http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-8513-2009, featuring articles in the Marine Pollution Bulletin and Ecological Modelling). Today, he is working in the sphere of costal resources management, the quality control of the marine environment and the carrying out of environmental impact studies for projects (marinas and commercial ports, aquaculture, dredging, etc.) and recently in the drawing up of protocols to evaluate the environmental impact of projects to make use of marine renewables. He is a member of the Impact Evaluation team of the SC114 group of AENOR on marine energies and of the Annex IV de la Agencia Internacional de la Energía (IEA-Annex IV) in matters relating to the environmental impact of renewable marine energy projects.

Autores de AZTI-Tecnalia que han participado en el artículo premiado junto al editor de la Revista



The Editor of AZTI-Tecnalia’s Revista de Investigación Marina (Marine Research Journal) and its Editorial Committee have agreed to award the prize for best reviewer of an article published in the journal in 2010 to Guillem Chust.

He has received the award for the following reasons:

  • He took on this task several times in the course of 2010.
  • He has always provided interesting points of view with critical but constructive comments, which have helped to improve the quality of the documents reviewed.
  • He did the reviews quickly and effectively.


GUILLEM CHUST. He holds a PhD from the University of Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France, 2002). He did his PhD thesis at the Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la Biosphère (CNES, CNRS), specialising in the processing of satellite data for its application in cartography, detection of habitat change and the modelling of animal and plant biodiversity. He has published 20 scientific publications in ISI journals (see www.researcherid.com/rid/C-1112-2008), with articles in Conservation Biology and Remote Sensing of Environment) and over 50 contributions (chapters in books, articles in national journals and participations in international conferences). Since joining the AZTI-Tecnalia technology centre in 2005, he has concentrated his research in two main areas: the study of the effects of climate change on coastal and estuary zones, and the application of remote sensors in marine ecology.
Guillem Chust junto al editor de la Revista Ángel Borja