Red coral effectively recovers in Mediterranean protected areas after decades of overexploitation

Protection measures of the Marine Protected Areas have enable red coral colonies (Corallium rubrum) to recover partially in the Mediterranean Sea, reaching health levels similar to those of the 1980s in Catalonia and of the 1960s in the Ligurian Sea (Northwestern Italy).

Sub-national “climate clubs” could offer key to combating climate change

‘Climate clubs’ offering membership for sub-national states, in addition to just countries, could speed up progress towards a globally-harmonised climate change policy, which in turn offers a way to achieve stronger climate policies in all countries.

Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Proof of Concept grant linked to the LICCI project

Victoria Reyes-García ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is one of the 76 top researchers that will receive ERC Proof of Concept grants.

ICTA-UAB demands the UAB to reduce number of flights

Given our current climate emergency, recently acknowledged by the UAB, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has drawn up a proposal urging the University to put into action a new travel policy to tackle one of its most polluting activities: Flying.

New assessment finds EU electricity decarbonization discourse in need of overhaul

It’s well known that the EU is focusing its efforts on decarbonizing its economy.

ICTA-UAB to organize the International Conference 2020 on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes

ICTA-UAB will host the International Conference 2020 on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes with the aim of exploring the role of changing lifestyles in climate change mitigation.

Iron availability in seawater, key to explaining the amount and distribution of fish in the oceans

People tend to pay more attention to how much food they are eating, than with how rich their diet is in essential micronutrients like iron.

Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea continue to receive dissolved metals from the mining waste deposited in Portmán Bay (Murcia) 25 years after the cessation of mining activity.

A new ICTA-UAB project to assess the impacts of micro- and nano-plastics in the tropical and temperate oceans

A new project led by ICTA-UAB researcher Patrizia Ziveri is one of five projects selected for funding by the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans).

Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

Limits to growth lie at the heart of how all living things function, according to a new study carried out by ICTA-UAB researchers  .

Jeroen van den Bergh, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands

The environmental economist at ICTA-UAB Prof. Dr Jeroen van den Bergh was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands.

High lead concentrations found in Amazonian wildlife

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the UVic-UCC detect high levels of lead concentration in wildlife samples from the Peruvian Amazon caused by lead-based ammunition and oil-related pollution in extraction areas.

Study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future

The Pyrenean forests, the Cantabrian coast and Galicia show an important potential to accumulate even larger amounts of carbon dioxide in the future and thus help to slow down the increase in CO2 concentrations which are warming the planet.

Why do environmentalists eat meat?

A study by researchers at the ICTA-UAB analyses the reasons why environmentally-minded scientists find it difficult to give up meat consumption, one of the world's greatest environmental problems.

La gestión del verde urbano permite incrementar la presencia de pájaros en las ciudades

Incrementar la biodiversidad del verde urbano permitiría aumentar la presencia de aves paseriformes en las ciudades mediterráneas, según un estudio científico realizado por investigadores del Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) que analiza qué estrategias hay que implementar sobre la vegetación urbana para conseguir "naturalizar" las ciudades favoreciendo la entrada de flora y fauna.

The Ebro River annually dumps 2.2 billion microplastics into the sea

An ICTA-UAB study analyses the distribution and accumulation of microplastics from one of the main rivers of the western Mediterranean.
Seminar: "High Resolution Measurement of PM and Ndvi of Urban and Green Areas: small scale urban data analysis tool”, by Marc Viader

Date: 2020-02-13

Title: "High Resolution Measurement of PM and Ndvi of Urban and Green Areas: small scale urban data analysis tool”

Speaker: Marc Viader Oliva, senior researcher at droneFUTURA S.L., a massive data acquisition firm.

Date: February 13th 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 11h
Venue: Z/033 ICTA-UAB

New evidence suggests that air quality and Urban Green Areas in cities may have a significant impact on the healthy development of young children. To better understand this health risk this tool integrates air quality measurement including particulate matter (PM), Ndvi data related to Urban Green Areas and the urban environment including high resolution geospatial understanding of public space over time. The air quality where children pass through, play, eat and learn everyday goes largely unmeasured at the small-scale of urban characteristics and temporary activities such as transit. Most US and European cities possess fewer than five active PM air quality stations. 
This tool advances the computational design of robotics for an affordable handheld instrument and geospatial analysis tools using UAV or UGV to measure both temporary phenomena and fixed urban design characteristics related to building and green areas. Measurements are recorded at various times of the day, week and year along sidewalks in any city neighborhood at approximately every 100 meters across standard blocks.


Marc Viader Oliva is an Architect and a MSc in Robotics & advanced Control (AI + CV).

2020: on going PhD at laSalle Ramon Llull University: PM vs Urban Design. 2015-2020: laSalle Ramon Llull University Faculty member. 2017-2020: Cofounder at droneFUTURA S.L. (Architecture Design and Smarter Cities). 2013: Open Thesis Fabrication Faculty member at the IAAC (A.I., Computer Vision, Model Identification and Control Design support). 2011 - 2014: Developing many Living Architecture Research Projects (including UAV, A.I., Computer Vision and Ambient Intelligence projects) within the UD&CL firm. 2011 2012 2013: Oregon Architecture University collaboration in Barcelona review projects (Smart cities). Master of Science in Automatic Control and Robotics (2011 – ESAII – UPC) with main courses focused at Ambient Intelligence. Thesis Research about UAV control design and implementation. 2005-2009: Outside Partner of GECSA-GPO. Professor of Project Presentation in the ELISAVA school of design. Professor of Project Presentation at the ETSEIB, Barcelona university of Engineers. From 1997 to 2009 Principal Partner and Director of WeCreateWorlds S.L., office of architecture, urban design and virtual architecture design. Master’s degree in architecture (1997 – ETSAB), by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. 

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