Ramiro Marco Figuera

About me

Hi! Welcome to my personal website. I am Ramiro Marco Figuera, a planetary scientist from Sant Feliu de Llobregat, a town near Barcelona. I lived and worked in Spain, Hungary, Germany, The Netherlands, UK and now I am based in Bremen, Germany.

I did my undergraduate in Surveying Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and worked at the Cartographic Institute of Catalonia as a trainee. Later I moved to Berlin were I studied an MSc in Geodesy and Geoinformation Sciences. While studying and working at the Technical University of Berlin I started getting interested in planetary science and I decided to go deeper. I did and internship at the European Space Agency (ESTEC) working with the Lunar Lander team doing some illumination studies at the Lunar south pole. After a few months I went back to Berlin to finish my master thesis. I did it about new computational techniques using graphic cards to actually calculate the illumination, and it was a success! I managed to reduce a 24 hours process to just 30 minutes.

After a few months in Sheffield and Manchester, I got a PhD position at Jacobs University Bremen. My PhD topic is "Resource evaluation on the Moon and Mars: volatiles on the surface and upper crust". I also work in the EarthServer project as lead developer of PlanetServer-2, an online tool to visualize an analyze planetary science data.



Currently - PhD in Planetary Science, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.
2014 MSc. Geodesy and Geoinformation Science, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.
2011 Postgraduate diploma in GIS and Environmental Applications, UPC Talent Tech Center, Barcelona.
2011 Geoinformatics (Erasmus), Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.
2010 BSc. Surveying Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona.

Professional Experience

2015-current Research Associate at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.
2012-2014 Research Assistant at TU Berlin, Germany.
2013-2013 Trainee at ESA ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
2009-2010 Trainee at Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya, Barcelona.


Oliver Clements, Julia Wagemann, Simone Mantovani, Peter Baumann, Ramiro Marco Figuera, Angelo Pio Rossi, Georgios Kakaletris and Ben Evans, "EarthServer2: Improving access to big data through OGC standard interfaces - a hands on WC(P)S session" in INSPIRE conference, 2016

R. Marco Figuera, J. Flahaut, P. Gläser, P. Williams, and A. P. Rossi, “Water ice characterization near candidate landing sites at the lunar south pole,” in European Lunar Symposium, 2016.

A. P. Rossi, T. Hare2, P Baumann, D. Misev, C. Marmo, S. Erard, B. Cecconi and R. Marco Figuera, "Planetary Coordinate Reference Systems For OGC Web Services" in 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2016.

A. P. Rossi, R. Marco Figuera, J. Flahaut, M. Martinot, D. Misev, P. Baumann, B. Pham Huu, and S. Besse, “Remote Sensing Data Analytics for Planetary Science with PlanetServer/EarthServer,” EGU Gen. Assem. Conf. Abstr., vol. 18, no. EGU2016–3996, 2016, 2016.

R. Marco Figuera, A. P. Rossi, P. Baumann, H. B. Pham, D. Misev, V. Merticariu, A. Dumitru, and P. Hogan, “Analyzing lunar DTMs through web services with EarthServer/PlanetServer-2,” in International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Working Group IV/8 Meeting, 2015.

J. H. P. Oosthoek, P. Arriazu, and R. Marco Figuera, “Shall We Send Humans to Holden Crater? How a Geodesic GIS Approach Can Aid the Landing Site Selection for Future Missions to Mars,” First Land. Site/Exploration Zo. Work. Hum. Mission. to Surf. Mars, 2015.

R. Marco Figuera, P. Gläser, J. Oberst, and D. De Rosa, “Calculation of illumination conditions at the lunar south pole - parallel programming approach,” in EPSC Abstracts, Vol. 9, EPSC2014-476, 2014.

P. Gläser, F. Scholten, D. De Rosa, R. Marco Figuera, J. Oberst, E. Mazarico, G. A. Neumann, and M. S. Robinson, “Illumination conditions at the lunar south pole using high resolution Digital Terrain Models from LOLA,” Icarus, vol. 243, pp. 78–90, Nov. 2014.

P. Gläser, F. Scholten, D. De Rosa, R. Marco Figuera, J. Oberst, E. Mazarico, G. . Neumann, and M. . Robinson, “Connecting Ridge - A landing site at the lunar south pole with extended illumination,” in EPSC Abstracts, Vol 9., 2014.


Ramiro Marco Figuera
Department of Physics and Earth Sciences
Jacobs University Bremen
Campus Ring 1, 28759 Bremen, Germany
Office: Research III, Room 99b
Email: r.marcofiguera@jacobs-university.de
Tel: +49 (0)421 200 3226