Hi, I'm Marc Vallbé Mumbrú,

About Me

I grew up in a small town where the sky was dark enough at night to get me wondering about the universe. That led me to bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Physics, and a PhD in Extragalactic Astronomy studying the evolution of galaxies and active galactic nuclei from deep X-ray and optical surveys.

I then became responsible for the astronomical calibration of the near-IR multiobject spectrograph for the largest optical telescope in the world, and kept researching galaxy formation and evolution within the Galaxy Origins Youth Assembly programme.

After that I concentrated on teaching. A few years ago I turned satellite sensors from observing outward into deep space back to sensing the Earth, and these days I'm mainly doing research in optimising natural resources from remote sensing data as well as teaching.


Big Data
Galaxy Evolution
Deep Learning
Remote Sensing
Light Pollution
Natural Resources
Precision Agriculture
Open Source

Education & Research

  • UPC · BarcelonaTech 2018 - Present
    Master's degree in Natural Resources Engineering. Teaching "GIS and Remote Sensing Applied to the Management of Natural Resources".
    Natural Resources Engineering Remote Sensing GIS Physics
  • PhD supervision 2018 - Present
    Doctoral Programme in Natural Resources and Environment · Manresa School of Engineering · BarcelonaTech (UPC)
    • 2018 - Present. "Using CNOSSOS-EU for assessing road traffic noise in the UK", by J. Simona.

    Doctoral Programme in Sustainability · University Research Institute for Sustainability Science And Technology · BarcelonaTech (UPC)
    • 2019 - Present. "Evaluación del páramo y del valor de sus servicios ecosistémicos en la subcuenca del río Chambo (Ecuador) en el período 1996-2018", by Y. Pazmiño.
    Noise Pollution Law UK Ecology Sustainability GIS Páramo Ecuador
  • Master's Degree in Natural Resources Engineering. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC).
    • 2020-10. "Dark ecological corridors in Catalonia", by M. Galobart.
    • 2020-06. "Visualization and analysis of the industrial waste categories in Catalonia", by G. Navarro.
    • 2018-06. "Sustainability Analysis in Bolivia from Satellite Night Images", by C. Luizaga.
    Light Pollution Ecology GIS Remote Sensing VIIRS Waste Management Catalonia Sustainability Bolivia
  • UPC · BarcelonaTech 2017 - Present
    Physics I and II. Teaching in Bachelor's degrees in Industrial Electronics and Automatic Control / ICT Systems / Mining Engineering.
    Physics Mechanics Electromagnetism Industrial Engineering Mining Engineering ITC Engineering
  • High School Teaching 2009 - Present
    • 2017 - Present. Ins Cal Gravat Astronomy, Physics, Maths, and Chemistry to 14 - 18 year-old students.
    • 2011 - 2017. Ins Lacetània Physics, Chemistry to 15 - 18 year-old students.
    • 2009 - 2011. Epiqueia Alternative Pedagogy. Maths, Physics to 12 - 18 year old students.
    • 2010 - 2011. Ins Castellet Computer Science to 16 - 30 year old students.
    • 2009 - 2010. Ins Cal Gravat Technology to 12-14 year-old students.
    • 2009. Ins Castellet open source IT to 13 year old students.
    Physics Chemistry Astronomy Maths Computer Science IT security Technology
  • Responsible of astronomical calibration of the Near-IR Multiobject Spectrograph (EMIR) for the largest optical telescope in the world (GTC). Galaxy Origins Youth Assembly (GOYA).
    EMIR Galaxy Evolution GOYA EAST
  • PhD under Prof. Tom Shanks' supervision. "The evolution of galaxies and AGN from deep x-ray and optical surveys".
    AGN Chandra X-ray Optical Galaxy Evolution
  • Bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and in Physics.
    Philosophy Physics

For more information, have a look at my curriculum vitae .

Teaching (2020-21)

Master's degree in Natural Resources Engineering. UPC · BarcelonaTech

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Remote Sensing GIS Case Studies

Bachelor's degrees in Industrial Electronics and Automatic Control Engineering, and in ICT Systems Engineering. (Access course website as visitor with password «fisica».)

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Electric Fields Magnetic Fields Waves

Bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering. (Access course website as visitor with password «fisica».)

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Electric Fields Magnetic Fields

Institut Cal Gravat. (Access course website as visitor with password «fisica».)

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Institut Cal Gravat. (Access course website as visitor with password «fisica».)

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Mechanics Electromagnetism Quantum Mechanics Relativity Waves

Institut Cal Gravat. (Access course website as visitor with password «fisica».)

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Optics Mechanics Electricity

Research Topics

We use remote sensing, geographic information systems and local sensors to map light pollution and infer environmental and social parameters from it.

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Light Pollution

How quasars are related to star and galaxy formation is one of the most pressing cosmological questions and the one we try to dilucidate.

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Galaxy & AGN Evolution

Geographic information systems and remote sensing applied to improve the management of natural resources.

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Natural Resources GIS RS

Other research topics.

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Noise Pollution Law

Recent Highlights

We have developed a simple photogrammetric method to identify heterogeneous areas of irrigated olive groves and vineyard crops using a commercial multispectral camera mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). By comparing NDVI, GNDVI, SAVI, and NDRE vegetation indices, we find that the latter shows irrigation irregularities in an olive grove not discernible with the other indices. This may render the NDRE as particularly useful to identify growth inhomogeneities in crops. Given the fact that few satellite detectors are sensible in the red-edge (RE) band and none with the spatial resolution offered by UAVs, this finding has the potential of turning UAVs into a local farmer’s favourite aid tool.

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Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Precision Agriculture Red Edge Vegetation Indices GIS Remote Sensing Crops

Paramo ecosystems are areas of high natural interest as they contribute to water regulation, carbon retention, and possess significant biodiversity. The objective of this study is to develop an effective, economical, and easy to update methodology that allows simple monitoring of its conservation status, rate of degradation, and changes in land use at all times with the aim of, helping to take adequate measures to protect the high Andean tropical moors.

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Páramo GIS Ecuador

Just four decades ago, astronomers thought black holes —regions of intense gravity from which no information can escape— were mathematical oddities. But now astronomers, armed with large multiwavelength telescopes, infer the presence of supermassive black holes in the cores of most medium to large galaxies. They are the driving engines of quasars, which are highly energetic objects seen in the most distant galaxies. How quasars are related to star and galaxy formation is one of the most pressing cosmological questions and the one we try to dilucidate.

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SMBH AGN Quasars Galaxy Formation X-rays IR

In this work we study the impact of light pollution on the Natura 2000 network of EU-protected habitats in Catalonia. In particular, we set our focus on analysing how excessive artificial light in the ecological corridors connecting protected natural areas fragments the landscape at night and may isolate their nocturnal fauna.

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Light Pollution Ecology Remote Sensing GIS VIIRS

This work provides visual information regarding the generation and management of the industrial waste to facilitate the application of policies or business models that contribute to a better management of such waste. The data used are part of the 2018 Annual Industrial Waste Declaration, provided by the Agència de Residus de Catalunya (ARC).

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Waste Management Industrial Waste GIS

Satellite images are used to analyze the social, economic and environmental factors of sustainability in Bolivia. Night-time Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) images are used to trace the distribution of the population, and we correlate artificial light with energy consumption, environmental degradation and pollution by CO2 emissions, and social aspects that are obtained from secondary information sources.

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Sustainability Light Pollution Remote Sensing GIS VIIRS

Open Source Projects

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