Virtual Research Environments

Service to generate Big Data analytic workflows, leveraging specific needs and restrictions of the domain and design issues, identifying necessary data sources, formats, treatment, integration, and standardisation. Furthermore, providing mechanisms for the publication and preservation of curated data and results. This service is conceived in the form of SaaS (Software as a Service) and will be oriented to constructing analysis applications through component workflows and a Web interface. This interface will offer mechanisms to compose workflows in a simple and intuitive way, although with practical functionality. In the design of these workflows, thanks to the semantisation of metadata involving software components (other services), the user will be guided in its composition and how it can be deployed and executed.

Big Data

The European Topic Centre on Spatial Analysis and Synthesis (ETC-UMA) is an international research centre within the University of Malaga supporting since 2011 the development of knowledge to feed evidence-based policies from local to Pan-European level. The team has a wide expertise in a range of environmental and socio-economic domains. Its major areas of expertise include remote sensing and spatial analysis, land, and ecosystem assessment, ecosystem services, coastal and marine studies, environmental conservation, territorial development, resource efficiency, and soil mapping.


Services to evaluate the effect of climate change on animal species distribution in order to take appropriate measures that help the European Union to conserve biodiversity. For the evaluation of the effect of such changes on the animal species, the development of robust and generalizable distribution models is considered for biology conservation. This allows to relate the geographical distribution of species with the multiple environmental factors that determine them, as well as inferring their past distribution and forecasting it.


Services for habitat monitoring (species and plant community level) in suitable fragile environments such as endemic fir woods, high mountain, edaphoxeric substrates, arid areas, etc. Includes plant functional traits which allow the qualitative and quantitative assessment of ecosystem services.


Services to determine soil quality indicators properties and determine soil degradation/desertification processes: to determine soil humidity patterns under different soil surface components along a Mediterranean pluviometric gradient and to create a spectral signature library and models through field spectroradiometry in different Mediterranean environments and climate conditions.


Services to establish an aerobiological surveillance network to detect changes in the flowering phenology of different species through the presence of pollen grains in the atmosphere. Services to perform statistical studies on the relationship between pollen concentrations and the different meteorological parameters. Services to generate necessary data to highlight the trends followed over time by the different taxa as a consequence of global warming and their role in the increase of pollen allergies. Services to provide an information system susceptible to be used for preventing pollinosis.


Services to contribute to the knowledge and sustainable management of the Andalusian aquifers based on hydrological and hydrogeological information, with the aim of accurately knowing its hydric performance and available water resources, determining the interaction between surface and underground water with the dependent ecosystems and quantifying every element taking part in its balance, including underground inputs and outputs.