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Marcos Moreu

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MarcosMoreu_Photo.jpgMarcos Moreu
email: marcos.moreu@ucl.ac.uk

 

Extreme Citizen Science Group (ExCiteS)

Department of Geography
University College London
North-West Wing
Room G18
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT

 

 

Background

Marcos studied Mechanical Engineering at University of Lleida, Spain (BSc, 2012). During his undergraduate studies he collaborated with the NGO Engineering Without Borders in Spain and El Salvador. Between 2013 and 2015 he completed – online and part-time – a PgDip in GIS at Ulster University. After that he worked for a UK based geospatial company and for an international organisation in Kenya in disaster management related projects. Before joining UCL’s ExCiteS in Nov 2018 he completed his MSc Dissertation on Remote Sensing for deforestation monitoring and co-developed the OpenChangeDetectionMap project.

LinkedIn: marcosmoreubadia

Current research

Title: Whose land? Whose map? Land use mapping by land users in the Digital Earth era.

Short abstract: Addressing the climate change and rural poverty problems requires, among other, knowledge, information and data about human-land interactions, however, it’s estimated that 70% of the world’s people-to-land relationships are not officially recorded and therefore alternative, non-traditional sources of data are needed. In the Digital Earth era, appropriate ICTs can reduce the digital divide, the inequality of participation and the data gap – digital land use maps created by land users can play a role in addressing the two interconnected problems of climate change and rural poverty. That said, citizen participation in geographical data production can have (un)expected negative consequences and poses a wide range of challenges (e.g. trust, literacy, connectivity, data security or data legitimacy), especially in rural communities in less connected societies. This research explores the benefits and limitations of using GNSS-based on-site and satellite imagery-based off-site mapping tools to support the participation of citizens (pastoralists, farmers and hunter-gatherers) in rural land use mapping in the context of securing land rights and sustainable development for all.

Supervisors:
Prof. Muki Haklay
Dr.Claire Ellul

Funding:
This research is part of the project named ECSAnVis (Extreme Citizen Science: Analysis & Visualisation). The project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Teaching

2020 – Course ‘Introduction to Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing’. UCL Dept. of Geography.

2019 – UCL Induction week. UCL Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.