LTDA Group


Colombo Roberto. 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



Panigada Cinzia. 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


Rossini Micol. 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



Cogliati Sergio. 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 Fluorescence EXplorer (FLEX) mission developing novel retrieval algorithms and contributing in several airborne campaigns with the HyPlant sensor




Julitta Tommaso. 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.



Di Mauro Biagio.  Position: PostDoc Fellowship

 biagioresAtmospheric 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




Garzonio Roberto. 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




Celesti Marco. Position: PhD student

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: PhD student

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



Mirko Ginocchi. Position: Fellowship. Analysis of MODIS time series and land surface parameters estimation


Martina Anelli. Position: Fellowship.  Analysis of satellite images for coral reef analysis



Fussi Fabio. Position PhD student


Water resources exploration and management. Groundwater exploitation. Shallow hydrogeology. Manual drilling. Application of GIS and Remote Sensing to International Cooperation. Disaster mitigation and preparedness. Advanced GIS analysis for natural resources management. Open source GIS. Decision Support system, multicriteria analysis, Participatory GIS


Ilaria Cazzaniga. Position PhD student

Antonio Padovano. Position PhD student


Former Collaborators


Cilia Chiara.  Environmental consultant

Fava Francesco.  Scientist at ILRI, Kenya

Meroni Michele. PostDoc Fellowship JRC. Ispra, Italy.

Busetto Lorenzo. PostDoc Fellowship CNR – IREA, Milan, Italy.

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

Marchesi Andrea. PostDoc Fellowship Milano Politecnico University, 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.

Carlo Maria Marino. Associate Professor

Claudio Sajovitz.



Visiting scientist


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

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

Zarco-Tejada Pablo. Director of the Laboratory for Research Methods in Quantitative Remote Sensing. Instituto de agricoltura sostenible, CSIC, Cordova, Spain.

Javier Pacheco-Labrador, PhD student at the Environmental Spectroscopy and Remote Sensing Laboratory (SpecLab – CSIC), Madrid, Spain. From 11 October to 20 December 2014.

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

Karolina Sakowska, PhD student at the Fondazione Edmund Mach, San Michele all’Adige (TN). From 25 February 25 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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