Research is critical to Geoparks. The following research projects are ongoing in the Orígens Geopark.

A natural open museum in the Pyrenees: virtual reallity experience for dissemination and conservation of the geological and cultural heritage (VIGEOCULT)

Paleontology, Geology, Cultural Heritage and Virtual Reality

Project led by the Geomodels research group of the University of Barcelona in collaboration with the Catalan Institute of Paleontology Miquel Crusafont, the UNESCO World Geopark Origins and the virtual reality company Digivisión with the aim of creating an open-air museum using the new methodologies of virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) on 4D geological reconstructions. The project proposes to design a digital platform to develop applications that allow creating immersive experiences in different parts of the Geoparc territory for educational purposes, dissemination and tourism promotion through VR/AR.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Josep Antoni Muñoz de la Fuente – Universitat de Barcelona (UB) with the collaboration of ICP, Orígens Geopark and Digivisión.

Proyecto VIGEOCULT (PLEC2021-00793) financiado por MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 y por la Unión Europea NextGenerationEU/ PRTR

Paleonvironmental Dynamics of transitional Settings from The Cretaceous to the Eocene in the South-central Pyrenees. PGC2018-101575-B-I00. 2019 -2022

Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Paleontology, Geochronology

Study of the transitional media of the past (marine-continental) from the Cretaceous to the Eocene in the southern Pyrenean basin. Using sedimentological, paleontological and geochronological techniques, we aim improving the understanding of the processes that have conditioned the evolution of the Tremp and Àger depositional basins.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Oriol Oms, Department of Geology, Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Estructura y deformación de márgenes pasivos que involucran capas de sal. PID2020-117598GB-I00. 2021-2025

Structural geology, saline tectonics

Principal Investigator: Josep Antoni Muñoz de la Fuente. Geomodels – University of Barcelona (UB)

Iberia en el Cretácico y Paleógeno: paleoisla y puente biogeogràfico. Casos de estudio en macroforaminíferos y carofitas. PID2020-113912GB-I00. 2021-2025

Paleontolography, Paleoclimatology, Biogeography

Principal Investigator: Dr. Carles Martin Closas – University of Barcelona (UB)

Impacto de las Transiciones Climáticas del Paleógeno en los Sistemas Sedimentarios de Iberia. PID2019-106440GB-C21. 2020-2024

Sedimentología, Isótopos, magnetostratigrafia 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Raimon Pallas Serra – RISKNAT – Universitat de Barcelona (UB).

New aproximations in the characterization of seismic sources and its integration in fault-based seismic hazard models. Case studies in the East of Iberia. 2021-2025

Paleosismology, Active tectonics, Geodes, Geomorfology 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Miguel Garces Crespo  – Universitat de Barcelona (UB).

Pyrenees La Nuit: Pyrenean strategy for protecting and improving the quality of the night environment. EFA 233/16 PLN. POCTEFA, 2014-2022

Astronomy, Light Pollution

Pyrenees La Nuit aims to improve the quality of cross-border ecosystems by protecting and improving a very specific aspect: the Natural night Darkness. The rise in light pollution implies the loss of this natural value which is at the same time a determining factor in the state of biodiversity, ecosystems and people’s health. The final and main result is the development of a strategy for the protection and improvement of the night environment quality, which also serves as a reference and roadmap for other sites or areas that aim tackling this issue.

Research Institute: NICDO – Planetarium of Pamplona. Other Project associates: Consell Comarcal de la Noguera, Gestión Ambiental de Navarra S.A., Pic du Midi, Ciel Ouvert and CPIE 65.

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