Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Coronavirus Update

Wednesday 8 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends this evening. There has been a small rise in the number of new infections, but the daily percentage rate of growth has remained constant. 1,396 new coronavirus infections have been reported, bringing the total number to 31,043, a 4.7% increase on yesterday. In Catalonia, 107 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 3,148. This is an daily percentage increase of 3.5% and the smallest increase since the epidemic began. Since March 15, 37% of all coronavirus deaths in Catalonia (1,178 people) have occurred in nursing homes. As of yesterday, 94% of the 3,041 people who have died from the coronavirus in Catalonia were over 60 years old and 67% were over 80 years old.

The rate of daily increase of new coronavirus infections in Spain has upturned again today (+0.3%), with deaths declining (-0.2%). The overall trend in the growth of new infections and deaths remains downwards. The twentyfive days of strict confinement of the population is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 146,690 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 6,180 more than on Tuesday, an increase of 4.4%. This is the third lowest daily percentage rate of increase in new infections since the epidemic began. The total of deceased rises to 14,555, 757 more than yesterday, an increase of 5.5%. This is the second lowest daily percentage increase in deaths so far.

Salvador Illa, the Minister of Health, reports this morning that: "according to the data updated this morning, the number of infected continues to decline with an increase today of 4%. A week ago the average increase was 7%. Two weeks ago, 15%. The increase in ICU admissions is 3%. One week ago it was 6% and two weeks ago it was 16%. Those who have died has increased by 5% today. Last week it was 9%. The people discharged from hospital are 11% more than yesterday. When we talk about deceased people, I regret to say that there are no good data."

The WHO, through its deputy director general, Bruce Aylward, has described as "heroic and innovative" the work carried out by Spain and its containment measures. Besides praising the work of the health professionals, he also highlights: "the amazing response from the population. The streets in Madrid and Barcelona, which are cities with a lot of activity, are empty, the stores remain closed ... there is a strong collaboration from the population, who have understood that you have to stay home to stop the outbreak."

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections was 47.3% on March 14, the day the lockdown was put in place and has gone as high as 200% during the crisis. Reducing the rate of infection is key to beating the virus, because each day of increases compounds on the number of cases the day before. That means a 40% increase in cases early on in the outbreak may only equal a few hundred more people getting sick, but the same percentage increase later on can correspond to tens of thousands of people getting sick in one go. A rapid increase would lead to the healthcare system becoming overwhelmed, which in turn would increase the rate at which people die as key equipment such as ventilators runs out. In addition, there would be many collateral deaths due to other illnesses that cannot be dealt with in time.

Spanish Government calculations at the start of the state of alarm indicated active cases of coronavirus would slow their exponential rise at the end of March.

The numbers reported represent only the more serious infection cases as people with mild symptoms are requested to self-isolate at home, without the need to call health assistance or be tested. A study published on 16 March in Science Magazine[1], has found that until Wuhan's forced isolation, 86% of all infections were not being detected, and each undetected person spread the disease to 2.3 other people on average.

Spain remains on lockdown, all borders sealed, strict regulations on movement of the population and closure of all but essential shops and services.

The Government of Spain has extended the state of alarm for another two weeks, until April 26. Spain will also restrict entry for most foreigners at air and sea ports until April 16.

Tuesday 7 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends this evening. There has been a fall in the number of new infections. 1,324 new coronavirus infections have been reported, bringing the total number to 29,647, a 4.7% increase on yesterday. In Catalonia, 133 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 3,041. This is an increase of 4.6% from yesterday.

The rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have upturned today, after 5 days of falls. The data must be viewed with caution due to the under-reporting that occurs on weekends and most Tuesdays see a correction with accumulated data. The twentyfour days of strict confinement of the population is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has been reached and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 140,510 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 5,478 more than on Monday, an increase of 4.1%. The total of deceased rises to 13,798, 743 more than yesterday, an increase of 5.7%.

Barcelona Coronavirus - daily updates and advice for visiting groups

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River Cross Section Creator

Our River Cross Section Maker creates river cross sections from river fieldwork data, calculating the cross sectional area, wetted perimeter, hydraulic radius and discharge. The whole process takes less than five minutes, transforming a previously awkward and often difficult task into a quick and easy one.

Enter river width and depth measurements and your cross section and data are created for download.

River channel cross section example

Beach and Dune Profile Creators

Our Sand Dune Profile Maker creates sand dune transect profiles from cumulative distance and slope angle data. Our Beach Profile Creator makes beach profiles from cumulative width and slope angles, calculating the cross sectional area and beach volume. Other beach profile data entry options are available.

Enter your transect cumulative distances and changes in height or slope angle data and your beach or dune profile is created for download.

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Independent Investigation

We have a range of itinerary options for AQA, Edexcel, OCR and Eduqas that allow schools to complete the four days of fieldwork required for the A level Independent Investigation. We provide support for students to independently prepare their research question and sampling strategies in advance of their visit to Barcelona. If time allows, students can pilot their investigation on their arrival day, by visiting their chosen study area.

AQA Independent Investigation itinerary
Edexcel Independent Investigation
OCR Independent Investigation itinerary
WJEC Eduqas Independent Investigation
Independent Investigation Preparation
NEA Student Support
NEA Teacher Support

Offline Mobile Map App

Our Offline Mobile Map App creates data maps in the field, using geo-located map markers supporting colour shading, text, numerical (decimal) data and images. Editable worksheets allowing multiple data inputs for any location are provided in the app as an optional feature.

The map image with location markers and visible data inputs can be downloaded for direct insertion in a document, printing, or the creation of overlays and further processing.

Offline Map App Data Plotting Example

A Level Revision Courses

U6 Geography Students from Xaverian College took another step closer to their exam by spending a week in January studying and interpreting the Barcelona landscape in preparation for their research paper. Xaverian College has been running U6 trips to Barcelona for several years all of which have proven successful in terms of grades and students enjoyment.

Xaverian College U6 Geography Revision

Edexcel IGCSE Geography

Our Geography Fieldwork opportunities for Edexcel IGCSE cover the fieldwork requirements and provide knowledge and understanding of essential syllabus content. The field studies are supported by our IGCSE Geography Fieldwork Opportunities Handbook.

Edexcel IGCSE Geography Fieldwork

Geography field studies
Barcelona: Inner City 22@ High Tech Zone
Barcelona: Inner City 22@ High Tech Zone
Xaverian College U6 Geography Revision January 2018
Xaverian College U6 Geography January 2018
Barcelona: Inner City 22@ High Tech Zone
Barcelona: Inner City 22@ High Tech Zone
Ecology field studies

Who are we?

Barcelona Field Studies Centre offers fully inclusive Geography, Geology, Biology, Ecology, Environmental and Tourism field study courses to U.K. and International schools and colleges throughout the year in an outstanding geographical environment.

Fieldwork in Barcelona

Why Barcelona?

The Barcelona area offers a range of settings for geography fieldwork unrivalled in Europe. The city of Barcelona presents a fascinating case study of many of the major themes of urban growth and development. Field studies in the unspoiled National Parks that surround the city include coastal management, river processes, dune ecosystems, limestone and volcanic landscapes.

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Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options for groups attending our field study courses. The Artur Martorell Rural Lodge in Calafell has purpose-built facilities and accommodation for educational study group and lies at the lower end of the budget range. Many groups prefer hotel accommodation, and the Hotel Piccadilly located in Sitges, one of Spain's most attractive, cosmopolitan and prestigious resorts, is a very popular choice.

Accommodation

Barcelona Crime Map 2016

The Crime Map of Barcelona shows the highest crime occurs in the city's Old Town (Ciutat Vella) district, which includes El Raval. There were 40 crimes per 100 inhabitants in 2016, from an analysis of the Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police) data. These are the inner city districts that receive more than 30 million tourists every year, triggering the high crime rate per inhabitant.

Barcelona Crime Map

Barcelona Income Street by Street

An interactive map of street by street income data for Barcelona reveals districts with strong contrasts between the wealthy and the less well-off in adjacent streets. The data provide a range of potential geographical investigations into the causes and consequences of the inequalities. For example, areas of old manufacturing industry and sites close to global tourist attractions (e.g. Sagrada Família) appear to have a negative effect on incomes with consequent higher levels of deprivation.

Barcelona Income Street by Street 2016