Roberto Colombo. Position: Professor of Remote Sensing 


Graduated in Earth Science at the University of Milan, Italy, in 1991. He wrote his thesis on the use of remotely sensed data for geomorphological mapping of the inland delta of the Niger River in Mali. From 1994, he collaborated with the Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare in Florence and he was involved in the hydrological modelling of the Mareb River in Eritrea by combining satellite images and field data. From 1996 to 1999 he worked at the Remote Sensing Department of the CNR, in Milan, in researches regarding the use of remotely sensed data for the determination of energy balance components. From 1999 to 2002, he conducted researches at the DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission in Ispra, Italy, for developing methodologies for extracting river networks and catchment boundaries by combining DEMs and environmental parameters at pan European scale. From 2003-2004 he operated as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Milano Bicocca. Currently, he is leading the LTDA activities and the main research interest is to develop remote sensing tools for quantitative estimation of land surface properties. In this respect, he works with a wide range of Earth Observation data at different scales and geophysical methods, assimilating multi-source, multi-spectral and multi-temporal remote sensing data, from field to satellite level for modelling terrestrial and environmental dynamics. Scopus, Google ScholarResearchgate


Cinzia Panigada. Position: PhD – lab. technician


Since 2001 she works in the Laboratory of Remote Sensing of the Department of Earth and Environmental Science. Main research topics are: 1. analysis and elaboration of hyperspectral observations acquired by airborne or satellite sensors for quantitative estimation of plant traits  for environmental monitoring and modelling.  2.  expertise in field campaign organization, experimental design and field data acquisition (e.g. spectroradiometric measurements for image calibration and validation, leaf and canopy radiometric measurements by means of high resolution spectroradiometers; plant traits measurements at leaf and canopy level). Since January 2014 she collaborate with the University Grant Office as Reference person for Horizon 2020 proposals submission.



Micol Rossini. Position: Researcher 

micol_fotoresMy research is focused on developing novel remote sensing methods for the monitoring, measuring and modeling of natural environments. I am particularly interested in quantitative methods for the retrieval of bio-geophysical variables from multi-source optical and thermal remote sensing data; investigation of the relation between productivity of terrestrial ecosystems and high spectral resolution remote measurements; sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence from field and airborne high resolution data. I have also expertise on the design and development of remote sensing instruments for the collection of continuous spectral measurements. I’m the vice-chair of the ESSEM COST Action ES1309 “Innovative optical Tools for proximal sensing of ecophysiological processes (OPTIMISE)”. ResearchGate, Google Scholar



Sergio Cogliati. Position: Researcher


He received his PhD in Environmental Sciences and he is currently a research fellow at the Laboratory of Remote Sensing of Environmental Dynamics (LTDA) working on hyperspectral remote sensing. The research interests include the development of new high spectral resolution instruments for field, UAV and airborne remote sensing. Since 2011 participates in the development of the European Space Agency (ESA) Fluorescence EXplorer (FLEX) mission developing novel retrieval algorithms and contributing in several airborne campaigns with the HyPlant sensor. My interest is in atmospheric propagation and atmospheric correction of remotely sensed data and the development of algorithms and inverse methods for the retrieval of biogeophysical surface parameters.



Tommaso Julitta. Position: PostDoc Fellowship


I do like remote sensing but proximal sensing can be even better. My activity is mainly focused on optical proximal sensing for vegetation monitoring to quantitave estimate biophysical variables. In these years I had the possibility of exploiting several hyperspectral and multispectral devices in order to investigate the phenological and the physiological plant status.  I started with the time series analysis of webcam images to develop an automatic system for the extraction of phenological dates and analyse the interaction between meteorological variables and phenology. Besides this I spent long time to study how to measure the sun-induced Chlorophyll fluorescence as physiological indicator, which can help in vegetation early stress detecion and in improving ligh use efficiency models.



Biagio Di Mauro.  Position: PostDoc Fellowship


Atmospheric aerosol-cryosphere interactions, complex systems and power law distributions, wildfires, satellite multispectral time series, glacier dynamics DEM reconstruction from UAV data, groundwater contaminant distributions, planetary sciences. ResearchGate, GoogleScholar




Roberto Garzonio. Position: PostDoc Fellowship


Mountain glaciers, alpine environment, snow and ice. Information technology, data acquisition systems, data pre-processing and programming. Applied geomatics, GIS and UAV-based tools for environmental monitoring. Water supply in developing countries.




Marco Celesti. Position: PostDoc Fellowship

marcoMy research focus on using multi-source remote sensing data to characterize vegetation and it’s dynamics. In particular, I use proximal and aerial hyperspectral radiance/reflectance data, thermal data, LiDAR data, flux measurements and modelling data to analyse sun induced fluorescence signal, and how it is related to biophysical and structural vegetation parameters. I’m also interested in using statistical pattern-recognition techniques to analyse remotely sensed vegetation parameters maps at ecosystem scale.



Giulia Tagliabue. Position: PostDoc Fellowship

GiuliaTI graduated in 2015 with a thesis about species mapping and plant traits retrieval in a complex mixed forest and my research is now focusing on the evaluation of the structural and functional state of different vegetation surfaces. I’m interested in understanding the dynamics of natural ecosystems and my activities regard the elaboration of field measurements and airborne hyperspectral data for the retrieval of biophysical and biochemical vegetation parameters and the use of optical sensors for the long-term quantitative detection of sun induced chlorophyll fluorescence.



Khelvi Biriukova. Position: PhD student

khelvi_biriukova_photo_sqMy research project is developed within MSCA-ITN TRuStEE project ( with the focus in characterization of temporal variability of Plant Traits and Ecosystem Functional Properties using optical signals. I am working on sun-induced fluoresence anisotropy charachetrization and  on developing a method to decompose time series of sif and vegetation indices to extract seasonal, diurnal and fast responses components.



Javier Blanco Sacristán. Position: PhD student

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I studied Biology and took a master degree on “Conservation, Management and Restoration of the Biodiversity” at the University of Granada. With this background, I am interested in anything related with ecosystem functioning and what can we do to understand it. In the past years, I have used Object Based Image Analysis and aerial images for the semi-automatic detection of different kinds of vegetation in various ecosystems, from semi-arid deserts to high Mediterranean mountains. In arid ecosystems, I have used aerial images and 3D models for studying how vegetation is related with underground water, understanding how underground-water dependent ecosystems work. I am interested in developing small and affordable aerial platforms which allow monitoring vegetation with different sensors, from simple RGB cameras to hyperspectral ones. I like programming anything (software, sensors, drones…), and automate any process that can save some time to the user. Field work is one of my favourite things to do. I enjoy working outdoors, especially when having to spend some days away from the office. I strongly believe this is one of the best parts of this job!


Anton Evdokimov. Position: PhD student

antonevdokimov-300x300During joint MSc covered by a highly competitive 2-year Erasmus Mundus scholarship, I have focused my studies on Remote Sensing and GIS for environmental modelling, and developed a deep interest for computational methods and machine learning applications in environmental science. This was backed by a broad academic background and strong math skills achieved through my BSc in Physical Geography and Geoecology.This diverse experience allowed me to realize that my strongest skills are within research and development domain, and willing to connect my interest in computational methods and knowledge in environmental science, I am happy to participate in TRuStEE ( My current work aims at developing a novel approach for landslide monitoring based on the identification of remote sensing indicators of landslide activity linked to vegetation dynamics.


Francesca Bearzot. Position: PhD student


I graduated in 2016 with a thesis about periglacial processes analysis by using terrestrial photogrammetry. My work relies on field-based and remote sensing measurements of periglacial environment, Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) analysis, analysis of thermal regimes in mountain environment in relation to permafrost and periglacial dynamics; basically, my research primarily focuses upon periglacial geomorphology, environmental change and landscape development following permafrost degradation processes.



Ilaria Cesana. Position: PhD student


I have received my master degree in physics from the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca in March 2017. My thesis was about the construction and characterization of an OpenSPIM microscope used for hemodynamics investigation of model organisms, specifically zebrafish embryos (Casper). I have start the PhD in Environmental Sciences in November 2018. The title of my research is “Algorithms development for chlorophyll fluorescence signal evaluation generated from inland waters and vegetation using hyperspectral remote sensing and radiative transfer models”.



Gabriele Bramati. Position: Research Scholarship

I got my bachelor’s degree in 2019 with a thesis focused on the evolution of a glacier within ablation seasons using UAV and satellite acquisitions. I’m interested in everything connected with the cryosphere and its processes comprehension through remote sensing. My current activity is focused on exploring snow and ice optical properties and their variability on the glacier surface by field, UAV and satellite data. Moreover, I’m interested in glacial geomorphology and its evolution through time. Besides this, I’m also investigating statistical methods to assess Earth surface properties for airborne and satellite images either on snow, ice or vegetation.



Former Collaborators

Jia Min. PhD student.

Cazzaniga Ilaria. PostDoc Fellowship, EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, Germany.

Anelli Martina. Environmental consultant.

Fussi Fabio. Secondary school professor.

Ginocchi Mirko. PhD student.

Sajovitz Claudio. Environmental consultant.

Cilia Chiara.  Environmental consultant.

Fava Francesco.  Senior Environmental Scientist, ILRI, Kenya.

Meroni Michele. Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy.

Busetto Lorenzo. Researcher CNR – IREA, Milan, Italy.

Migliavacca Mirco. Group leader at Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions and Experimentation, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.

Marchesi Andrea. Account manager, Harris Geospatial Solutions, Milan, Italy.

Seguini Lorenzo. JRC consultant, Ispra, Italy.

Zanusso Dimitrij. Environmental free lance consultant.

Bellingeri Dario. ARPA Lombardia, Milan, Italy.

De Matteo Eliseo. Environmental free lance consultant.

Stroppiana Daniela. CNR – IREA, Milan, Italy.

Gottardelli Simone. Fondazione Montagna Sicura, Aosta, Italy.

Marino Carlo Maria. Associate Professor.



Visiting scientists

Fawcett Dominic. PhD student, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, UK.

Quarfeld Jamie. Erasmus plus internship, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Zarco-Tejada Pablo. Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Pacheco-Labrador Javier. PostDoc Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany. From 11 October to 20 December 2014.

Vittek Marian. PhD student, University of Bonn, Germany. From 15 October to 19 December 2012.

Sakowska Karolina. PostDoc Fellowship, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria. From 25 February to 10 March 2012.

Monteiro Antonio. Post Doc researcher, CIBIO, University of Porto, Portugal.

 Diaz Varela Ramon. Associate Professor, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Calvo Silvia. University of Vigo, Spain.

Musinu Silvia. Environmental free lance consultant.

Tercia Azevedo. GESAMB, Gestão Ambiental e de Resíduos, EEIM. Portugal.


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