Gabriel V. Gaona

Gabriel V. Gaona

Freelance. Free Software, Open Science and Open
Data activist. Amateur musician and Montains lover


  • Programming for Spatial analysis and Spatial
  • Highly skilled in R, Python, Bash, GIS

Cuenca, Ecuador
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Gabriel V. Gaona

PhD student

  • Institute of Landscape Ecology and Resource Management, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
  • Departamento de recursos hídricos, Universidad de Cuenca


B.S. in Environment Managing and Conservation[2002 - 2007]
Loja, Ecuador

National University of Loja

- Thesis: Remote sensing of the leaf area index (LAI) and validation with direct measurements in the San Francisco Reserve (RSF)

MSc. Sistems & Science of Geographic information[2015 - 2017]
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg Universität

- Thesis: Zoning based on bioclimatic design strategies for residential dwellings in Continental Ecuador

Research Experience

Science technician[2003 - 2013]
Loja, Ecuador

San Francisco Scientific Station: Project PREDICT

- Field data collector, database manager and maintenance of field sensors and stations of the Project “Precipitation Dynamics and Chemical Properties of a Tropical Mountain Forest in Southern Ecuador (PREDICT).

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant[2008 - 2009]
Loja, Ecuador

School of environmental engineering, National University of Loja.

- Performing field practices and experiments for the school of environmental science- Teaching asistance of the Laboratory of Environmental Science

University teaching professional[2009 - 2010]
Loja, Ecuador

School of environmental engineering, National University of Loja.

- Technician and teaching asistant for the school of environmental science

Technical Analyst[2013 - 2015]
Quito, Ecuador

National Institute Energetic Efficiency and Renewable Energy

- Analyses in GIS y Meteorology for the project “Estudio para el diseño de edificaciones de bajo consumo en Yachay”

Amazon Observatory Researcher[2015 - 2018]
Tena, Ecuador

Regional Amazonic University IKIAM

- Researcher at Amazon Observatory for Spatial Analysis and Meteorology

Professional Experience

Environmental Technician[2010 - 2011]
Guayaquil, Ecuador


- Field data collector and researcher for studies of environmental impact

Engineering and science technician[2011 - 2012]
Loja, Ecuador

Private Technical University of Loja Loja, Ecuador

- Generation of thematic cartography and geodatabase manager at the project “Generación de geoinformación para la gestión del territorio a nivel nacional” for 10 cantons of provinces of Loja and El Oro

Teaching Experience

Introduction to Hydrology[2008 - 2009]
Loja, Ecuador

National University of Loja

- NA

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems[2015 - 2017]
Tena, Ecuador

Regional Amazonic University Ikiam

- NA

Selected Publications

  1. M. Schweiker, M. André, F. Al-Atrash, et al. “Evaluating Assumptions of Scales for Subjective Assessment of Thermal Environments – Do Laypersons Perceive Them the Way, We Researchers Believe?” In: Energy and Buildings 211 (2020), p. 109761. ISSN: 0378-7788. DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2020.109761. <URL: link>.
  2. M. Schweiker, A. Abdul-Zahra, M. André, et al. “The Scales Project, a Cross-National Dataset on the Interpretation of Thermal Perception Scales”. In: Scientific Data 6.1 (2019), pp. 1-10. ISSN: 2052-4463. DOI: 10.1038/s41597-019-0272-6. <URL: link>.
  3. P. Cabrera-Barona, T. Blaschke, and G. Gaona. “Deprivation, Healthcare Accessibility and Satisfaction: Geographical Context and Scale Implications”. In: Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy 11.2 (2018), pp. 313-332. ISSN: 1874-4621. DOI: 10.1007/s12061-017-9221-y. <URL: link>.
  4. Y. . der Hoek, G. V. Gaona, and K. Martin. “The Diversity, Distribution and Conservation Status of the Tree-Cavity-Nesting Birds of the World”. In: Diversity and Distributions 23.10 (2017), pp. 1120-1131. ISSN: 1472-4642. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12601. <URL: link>.
  5. G. Villacreses, G. Gaona, J. Martínez-Gómez, et al. “Wind Farms Suitability Location Using Geographical Information System (GIS), Based on Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) Methods: The Case of Continental Ecuador”. In: Renewable Energy 109 (2017), pp. 275-286. ISSN: 0960-1481. DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2017.03.041. <URL: link>.
  6. A. Gallardo, M. Palme, A. Lobato-Cordero, et al. “Evaluating Thermal Comfort in a Naturally Conditioned Office in a Temperate Climate Zone”. In: Buildings 6.3 (2016), p. 27. DOI: 10.3390/buildings6030027. <URL: link>.
  7. G. V. Gaona, L. Balcázar, and I. Jaime. “Estimación de Longitud de Rugosidad Aerodinámica a Partir de Imágenes MODIS y LandSat.” In: XV Ecuentro de Géografos de América Latina. XV Ecuentro de Géografos de América Latina. La Habana, Cuba, 2015. <URL: link>.
  8. I. Miño-Rodríguez, G. Gaona, A. Lobato, et al. “Implementation of Simple GIS Methodology and Bioclimatic Strategies to Improve the Quality of Social Housing in the Andean Region of Ecuador”. In: World Sustainable Buildings. Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain, 2014, pp. 148-156. <URL: link>.
  9. C. Naranjo-Mendoza, J. López-Villada, G. Gaona, et al. “Performance Analysis With Future Predictions of Different Solar Cooling Systems in Guayaquil, Ecuador”. In: Volume 2: Economic, Environmental, and Policy Aspects of Alternate Energy; Fuels and Infrastructure, Biofuels and Energy Storage; High Performance Buildings; Solar Buildings, Including Solar Climate Control/Heating/Cooling; Sustainable Cities and Communities, Including Transportation; Thermofluid Analysis of Energy Systems, Including Exergy and Thermoeconomics. ASME 2014 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability Collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology. American Society of Mechanical Engineers Digital Collection, 2014. DOI: 10.1115/ES2014-6594. <URL: link>.
  10. G. Gaona, E. Quentin, and J. Labus. “Homogeneidad y Variabilidad Espacial de Series Meteorológicas Del Área Del Proyecto Ciudad Del Conocimiento - Yachay”. In: Avances en Ciencias e Ingenierias 5.2 (2013), pp. 22-34. DOI: 10.18272/aci.v5i2.138. <URL: link>.