Gorka Muñoa

Gorka Muñoa

Postdoctoral researcher

I hold my PhD at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) in February 2021. Previously, I hold a BSc in Environmental Science (University of Granada), a MSc in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (Institute of Space Sciences of Catalonia - IEEC) and a MSc in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability (ICTA-UAB).

My research mainly focuses on two thematic areas: 

  • Survey by remote sensing of anthropic impacts on the tropical rainforest. I have analyzed deforestation, forest disturbance, illegal logging, fragmentation, and pollution in the oil extraction areas of northern Peruvian Amazon through multispectral Sentinel 2 and Landsat imagery. I have also employed Sentinel 1 SAR images for detecting oil spills in areas with high vegetation density and frequent cloud cover in tropical rainforests. My goal is to develop a near real-time monitoring system to detect oil spills in tropical rainforests to improve the control in countries with weak governance.
  • Unburnable fossil fuels and climate mitigation policies to limit the increase in global mean temperature to 1.5°C. I am currently contributing to the creation of the first geospatial digital interactive platform to identify and rank unburnable fuels, accouting for social-evironmental and economic impacts, and allowing the informed design of optimal divestment strategies and policies.