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An UB exhibition shows the history of the interest in meteorology in Catalonia

The exhibition was shown in the Historical Building of the University of Barcelona. It is now placed in the Faculty of Physics.

The exhibition was shown in the Historical Building of the University of Barcelona. It is now placed in the Faculty of Physics.

09/03/2018

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More than a century ago, when there were no experts studying meteorology, atmosphere or the climate, there were many who were interested in the weather and acted as real explorers. Now, the exhibition “Exploradors del temps. Història de l’afició meteorological a Catalunya”, organized by the Analysis Group on Adverse Meteorological Situations (GAMA) of the University of Barcelona, is taking back this tradition in an exhibition that can be visited at the Faculty of Physics until March 16, and which will be available later at Casa de l’Aigua in Barcleona (C. Garbí, 2) from March 20 to April 30.

The exhibition shows how and what was studied in the past and what processes have taken place from the amateur meteorology and research. It also comments on basic concepts of meteorology, climatology and climate change, as well as other less known concepts. Also, each panel has a QR code throughout which people can access a didactic explanation.

The exhibition is divided into two areas. The first one is focused on the history of the interest in meteorology in Catalonia, from the 18th century until now: from Baró de Maldà, who took the first climate series, through the opening of the Observatory in Turó de l’Home, in 1932, until now, focusing on the big interest in meteorology in Catalonia. The exhibition also shows the role of women in this field, both in the past and nowadays. The second area is focused on meteorology, climatology, climate change and sustainable development.

The exhibition was carried out by the members of GAMA (Department of Applied Physics of the UB), and has the support of the Barcelona City Council and the HOPE project, from the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Other collaborators are the Observatory of Ebro River, the Meteorological Service of Catalonia, the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona and Fabra Observatory, Cartoteca de l’Institut Cartogràfic (map collection), Associació Catalana d’Aficionats a la Meteorologya and Associació Catalana d’Observadors Meteorològics, among others.
 

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