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Firefly maps are promoted and described by John Nelson who published a post in 2016 about its characteristics. However, these types of maps are linked to ArcGIS, which has led me to try to recreate them in R.


A disadvantage of choropleth maps is that they tend to distort the relationship between the true underlying geography and the represented variable. It is because the administrative divisions do not usually coincide with the geographical reality where people live. Besides, large areas appear to have a weight that they do not really have because of sparsely populated regions. To better reflect reality, more realistic population distributions are used, such as land use. With Geographic Information Systems techniques, it is possible to redistribute the variable of interest as a function of a variable with a smaller spatial unit.



More Publications

(2021). Temperature-related effects on respiratory medical prescriptions in Spain. En Environmental Research, 202:111695.

PDF 10.1016/j.envres.2021.111695

(2021). Intensity and duration of heat stress in summer in the urban area of Madrid. En Geographicalia 73:95-113.




[2019-2022] AVODIS - Understanding and building on the social context of rural Portugal to prevent wildfire disasters. (University of Porto)

[2020-2021] Short-term effect of heat and cold on the use of respiratory medications. An ecological study of time series. (DRO-ANT-2020-01, AEMPS) (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela)

[2018-2020] CLICES- CLImate of the last CEntury in Spanish mainland. (University of Barcelona, University of Zaragoza, CSIC)

[2017-2020] ELECTRONET - Atmospheric Electricity Network: coupling with the Earth System, climate and biological systems. info (Cost Action 15211)

[2016-2019] FIREXTR - Prevent and prepare society for extreme fire events: the challenge of seeing the forest and not just the trees. info (University of Porto)

[2018-2020] Prevalence of consumption of alcohol, cannabis and other drugs in students between 14 and 18 years of age in Lugo. (University of Santiago de Compostela)

[2017-2019] MEDEA3 - Study of socioeconomic and environmental inequalities in the geographical distribution of mortality in large cities (1996-2015). info (Multicenter Research Project)

[2017-2019] Intensive alcohol consumption: characterization of a new trajectory towards alcoholism. (University of Santiago de Compostela)

[2014-2016] Biometeorological approach to study the spatial variability of influenza in the Iberian Peninsula. (University of Cantabria)


  • 2019

Introduction in Geographic Information Systems and Cartography with R [15h] (Summer School, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)

Introduction in Geographic Information Systems and Cartography with R, II Edition [15h] (Summer School, University of Santiago de Compostela)

Introduction in Geographic Information Systems with R [30h] (University of Porto)

  • 2018

Introduction in Geographic Information Systems and Cartography with R, I Edition [15h] (Summer School, University of Santiago de Compostela)

  • 2014

Practical applications of R with climatological data [25h] (University of Barcelona)

Climatic applications of Geographic Information Systems [12h] (University of Santiago de Compostela)

  • 2013

Introduction to Statistics with R [20h] (University of Santiago de Compostela)

Introduction in data management, manipulation, visualization and statistics with R [40h] (University of Barcelona)