Meet the team

Who are we?

The Gaia4Sustainability team is made up of 4 different teams throughout Spain,  with more than 15 astrophysicists and engineers. They are located in Catalunya (Institut de Ciències del Cosmos (ICCUB-IEEC) and Parc Astronòmic del Montsec) and Galicia (University of A Coruña and the University of Vigo).

Institut de Ciències del Cosmos – Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya

The Institut de Ciències del Cosmos of the Universitat de Barcelona / Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya team is composed by astrophysicists and engineers. They have been working in light pollution since more than two decades ago, both in measurement campaigns and modelling. The team regularly contributes to the measurement’s campaigns for the Generalitat de Catalunya, with the aim of elaborate the map of the night sky brightness in Catalunya. They have developed GAMBONS, a model for the natural sky brightness used in the Gaia4Sustainability project. The team has also experience in the use of models of the propagation of light through the atmosphere, a crucial point to understand how the different lighting technologies contributes to the light pollution.

University of A Coruña

The Gaia group of the UDC/CITIC is made up of computer engineers and astrophysicists who, since 2007, have been members of the international consortium DPAC, promoted by the European Space Agency to carry out the processing and analysis of data from the Gaia satellite. Our group has been able to take advantage of its multidisciplinary composition, which is fundamental in a mission like Gaia with an important component of both Astrophysics and ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). We have experience in the application of advanced computing techniques, based on the Artificial Intelligence, both to the analysis of complex problems as well as to the treatment of information in extensive and heterogeneous databases. The AI ​​techniques that we use range from the development of Expert Systems to support decision making, the analysis of information through Artificial Neuron Networks and through Genetic Algorithms.

Parc Astronòmic Montsec

The Parc Astronòmic Montsec team is composed by astrophysicist and technicians. This team have been working in light pollution for more than ten years as staff of Parc Astronòmic and as part of the Universitat de Barcelona from more than twenty years. The main research topic is linked to measurement and instrumentation actions with special interest in environmental elements that could disturb the evaluation of night sky. This team has developed in cooperation with Generalitat de Catalunya and Universitat de Barcelona the very first map of Light Pollution quality of Catalonia. Additionally this team has experience in EU funded cooperation projects related to night sky quality and artificial light at night.

University of Vigo

The University of Vigo team is composed by astrophysicists and technicians. This team has been working in light pollution for more than seven years, as staff of the University of Vigo and as part of the Spanish network of studies on light pollution [REECL]. The main research topics addressed are linked to the study and assesment of night sky quality in the Galician Autonomous Community. This team has also cooperated, in ligth pollution studies, with the Starlight Foundation, the Sky, Science and Culture Foundation or the Maritime Terrestrial National Park of the Galician Atlantic Islands [PNMTIAG], among several municipalities or public and private entities.