Alberto Muñoz Torrero
GIS and Remote Sensing specialist at the MNCN
Alberto is a geologist and GIS-analyst. He is focused on investigating the effects of climate change and the dynamics of Earth's surfaces in mountainous regions. His academic journey comprises a Bachelor's degree in fundamental geology from the Complutense University in Madrid (Spain) in 2012. He further pursued a Master's in Earth Sciences with a specialization in Geological Risk in 2018, followed by a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Geneva in 2024. He has a background as a GIS analyst in the oil and gas industry where he has worked in different international projects as well as GIS manager in different field campaigns.
His most recent works are related to the influence of climatic and anthropogenic factors in the occurrence of landslides in the Himalayas. Additionally, he delves into the multi-decadal dynamics of natural processes in permafrost mountain environments within the Alps. This encompasses scrutinizing the historical kinematics of rock glaciers in the Swiss National Park and studying slope failures in the Matter Valley of Switzerland.
As a researcher at the Hydrology and Climate Change Laboratory at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC), Alberto actively participates in various national and international projects focused on climate-related natural hazards. In these projects, he utilizes GIS and a diverse range of remote-sensing techniques. His approach involves a comprehensive analysis of historical, aerial, and satellite image time series, generation of 3D terrain models, combinations of satellite multispectral bands, and the application of differential SAR interferometry. Furthermore, he integrates state-of-the-art technology by obtaining new imagery and LIDAR data using unmanned aerial vehicles.