Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Coronavirus Update

Thursday 6 August 2020

The covid-19 infections in Spain continue to cause international concern. The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 1,683 new infections in the last 24 hours, 89 less than yesterday when 1,772 were reported. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 309,855. This total represents 4,088 cases more than yesterday, a discrepancy caused by those tests that take more than a day to become known and two communities that failed to provide data. There are currently 580 active outbreaks affecting 6,900 people.

Twentytwo deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. One new death has been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 28,500. The data excludes deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test. Spain’s mortality rate has returned to normal compared with the same period over the previous five years, with no excess deaths since 18 May.

Catalonia has reported 706 new infections in the last 24 hours, with 11 deaths. The daily number of new infections has fallen from yesterday when 955 were registered in 24 hours, but the number of deaths has risen. New hospital admissions total 576, a decrease on yesterday's total of 607. Numbers in intensive care units have fallen from 111 to 108.

The average age of positive cases in Catalonia continues to drop slightly, falling in the last three weeks from an average of 39.5 years to 36.7. More infections are linked to nightlife than family gatherings.

There are a number of reasons for daily discrepancies in data for new infections for Spain. The chart below is based on various sources that are tracking and aggregating coronavirus data and shows the daily change in new cases for Spain including those tests that take more than a day to become known.

Daily change in new coronavirus cases for Spain - August 4 2020
Source: Google, based on Wikipedia and other authoritative sources

The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia has lifted the obligation for bars, restaurants, beach bars and casinos to close at the latest at midnight.

The Ministry of Health for Catalonia has announced voluntary restrictive measures for the metropolitan area of Barcelona, given the upward evolution of covid-19 infections. These measures will be in place until 17 August. Citizens of the affected municipalities are advised to stay at home except for essential journeys. Meetings of more than 10 people are prohibited and the capacity in bars and restaurants is limited to 50%. Nightlife and cultural activities should be avoided. The regional government has stopped short of imposing a mandatory lockdown and said the measures were meant to avoid having to do so. Four million Catalans are subject to these restrictions.

Most regions in Spain have now made the use of face masks obligatory in both indoor and outdoor public spaces, even when social distancing of 1.5 metres is observed. Penalties may be imposed if you do not comply.

The UK FCO advises against all non-essential travel to Spain including the Balearic and Canary Islands based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. The Canary Islands and Balearic Islands are no longer exempt. This advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of COVID-19 in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia (which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona).

France has advised its citizens against travel to Aragon due to the epidemic situation, the second Spanish autonomous community affected by this recommendation. France advised against travel to Catalonia from July 24. Hungary will now require travellers arriving from Spain to take a negative PCR test or quarantine. Swiss health authorities have announced that they will impose a 10-day quarantine on travellers from Spain with the exception of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. The German government has advised against non-essential travel to the Spanish regions of Aragon, Catalonia and Navarra as a result of the 'high number of coronavirus infections'. The Dutch government has also advised against all non-essential travel to Barcelona and urged its citizens to immediately return to the Netherlands and quarantine. Slovenia has imposed a quarantine on travellers from Valencia, Catalonia, the Basque Country, Aragon and Navarra.

Arrivals from the United Kingdom are not required to self-isolate on arrival but will be subject to a series of three health checks. These checks involve:

  • providing the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 by following the instructions on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app 48 hours prior to travel. It is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Spain to fill out and sign the online form associated with your trip, regardless of your nationality or residency status. On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival;
  • a temperature reading;
  • a visual health assessment.

*From 26 May, the deaths shown are for the last 7 days

Wednesday 5 August 2020

The covid-19 infections in Spain have increased again. The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 1,772 new infections in the last 24 hours, 594 more than yesterday when 1,178 were reported. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 305,767. This total represents 2,953 cases more than yesterday, the discrepancy of 1,181 caused by those tests that take more than a day to become known. Two communities have not provided data. The Ministry of Health has explained that Castilla La Mancha has not been able to upload data due to technical problems and the Basque Country has not uploaded data due to local festivities.

Twentyfive deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. One new death has been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 28,499. The data excludes deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test. Spain’s mortality rate has returned to normal compared with the same period over the previous five years, with no excess deaths since 18 May.

Catalonia has reported 955 new infections in the last 24 hours, with 10 deaths. The daily number of new infections has increased 54% from yesterday when 622 were registered in 24 hours, but the number of deaths has fallen. New hospital admissions total 607, a decrease on yesterday's total of 632. Numbers in intensive care units have risen from 108 to 111. From July 12 to August 1, 147 people have died in Catalonia from Covid-19. Twenty people died between July 12 and 18, 52 died from 19 to 25, and a total of 75 from July 26 to August 1, in a clearly upward trend.

Barcelona Coronavirus - daily updates and advice for visiting groups

UK FCO Advice Friday, August 7th, 2020: FCO advises against all non-essential travel to Spain

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
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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

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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