Mariano Barriendos Vallvé

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Mariano Barriendos Vallvé



Facultat de Geografia i Història (UB)
Montalegre, 6 | 08001 Barcelona
Office 3087

Visiting hours

Thursday and Friday, 9,30 to 10,30
Friday 16,00 to 17,00

Subjects taught

- Computer Resources and Quantitative Methods in History
- Historical Analysis of the Climate and Environment in the Early Modern period

Doctorate in Geography and History from the Universitat de Barcelona (1994). Extraordinary Doctorate Prize and second place in the First Faculty Prize of Doctors of the Universitat de Barcelona. Iluro Prize for historical monograph (1992).

Itinerary as postdoctoral researcher up to the year 2007, “Ramon y Cajal” programme. From 2007, associate professor (Serra Hunter Programme) at the Department of Early Modern History at the Universitat de Barcelona.


Projects: 5 international, 9 state, 12 research contracts, 3 thematic networks.
Publications and communication of results: 43 articles in indexed journals, 17 articles in unindexed journals, more than 40 books and book chapters, more than 10 articles in educational and press publications, more than 50 proceedings at conferences, more than 50 lectures delivered.

H-Factor (ISI):

Teaching of 16 subjects (1997-2010) in primary and secondary cycles, doctorate, graduate and master’s, in Physical Geography, Early Modern History, Astronomy and Meteorology.
1) Paleoclimatology / Historical Climatology
Methods: Identification and analysis of historical documentary sources with potential climatic / meteorological information (proxy-data). Application of historiographical procedures.
Cataloguing, digitalisation and treatment of the information detected in written documents. Application of knowledge from palaeography, meteorology and chronology.
Analysis and interpretation of the climatic data of a proxy nature. Conventional statistical methods, comparative climatic analysis.
Spatial scope: The work in Catalonia has involved spatial regions separated by a distance of 100km between points. Also available are four more points throughout Spain with 500km between them. An extension to the research could provide Catalonia with points 25-50km apart and Spain with points 100km apart.
Temporal scope: We have available a continuous series of data from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries. An extension to the research could broaden the temporal coverage, providing certain continuous series as well as sporadic but useful information for the last 1,000 years.
Keywords: rogativas, written documents, climatic risks, droughts, floods, climatic variability, climatic oscillation, medieval warm period, little ice age.
2) Former Meteorological Instrumental Series
Methods: Identification and analysis of historical documentary sources with old meteorological instrumental observations. Application of historiographical procedures.
Compilation, digitalisation and treatment of the information gathered. Application of statistical methods of verification, adjustment and ordering.
Analysis and interpretation of extreme meteorological phenomena by means of synoptic reconstructions.
Spatial scope: We have 14 instrumental series at daily resolution in various areas of Western Europe. The research can be extended by collaborating with groups working on historical maritime climatology.
Temporal scope: From the first systematic observations (seventeenth-eighteenth centuries) to the existence of official meteorological services. The availability of data since the existence of meteorological services across Europe is guaranteed by the diffusion of the British Meteorological Office grids (1880 to date). The period 1850-1880 is in the process of being brought up to this standard (Project EMULATE). The research itself allows meteorological and climatic studies for the period 1780-1880.
Keywords: Instrumental meteorological observation, atmospheric pressure, temperature, precipitation, direction of the wind, state of the sky, circulation indices, extreme meteorological episodes.
3) Reconstruction of Extreme Meteorological Episodes and Natural Risks
Methods: Identification, classification and analysis of extreme meteorological episodes in local administrative sources, governmental sources and documents of public works in local and supra-local administrations. Systematic cataloguing of information concerning the episode and its impact on human communities. Establishment of chronologies and evaluation of all quantitative or quantifiable information for reconstruction / modelling according to modern criteria.
Spatial scope: The territory belonging to the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Temporal scope: The availability of information allows reconstructions from the fourteenth century onwards.
Keywords: Floods and droughts, avalanches and major snowfalls, landslides, natural risks, administrative documentation, governmental documentation.
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