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: Professor of GIS and Remote Sensing


Her research is focused on developing novel remote sensing methods for the monitoring, measuring and modelling of natural environments. She is particularly interested in the following scientific lines:
– Analysing the potential of novel remote sensing information for tracking ecosystem functioning and biodiversity at a variety of scales (from proximal sensing to earth observations)
– Developing methods for the quantitative estimation of land surface properties from multi-source optical and thermal remote sensing data
– Integrating remote sensing data, including sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence, into statistical and physically based models aimed at the analysis and modelling of environmental process, with a particular focus on the biogeochemical cycles (Carbon-Water-Nutrient)
– Studying the impact of climate change on the alpine and extra-alpine cryosphere and on the interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere and lithosphere, with particular attention to high mountain environments.
She has also expertise on the design and development of remote sensing instruments for the collection of continuous spectral measurements; field campaign organization, experimental design and field data acquisition. 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.


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: PhD – lab. technician


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

GiuliaTMy research focuses on the evaluation of the structural and functional state of vegetation. I am interested in understanding the dynamics of natural and semi-natural ecosystems and my activities mainly regard the elaboration of field measurements and airborne hyperspectral data for the quantitative retrieval of biophysical and biochemical vegetation parameters and the use of optical sensors for the long-term quantitative detection of sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence.



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.


Greta Pennati. Position: Research Scholarship

I graduated in October 2020 at the University of Milano – Bicocca in Environmental and Territorial Science and Technologies.
I am currently focusing on a project that follows what I discussed in my thesis. The aim of the project is to evaluate the spatial variability of thermal inertia of snow through multi-source remote sensing and to create density maps. The maps will be validated by field measurements.



Isacco Saini. Position: Research Scholarship

I got my bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of Milano in February 2018. My bachelor’s thesis focused on snow optical properties that have been investigated by using hyperspctral analysis, in order to study impurities effects and the morphology of snow fractal clusters. At the moment, the aim of the project is to evaluate the snow radiative forcing with the purpose to detect and develop a semi-empirical algorithm that would be able to describe the melting processes of snowpacks and the thermal variations due to mineral and organic inclusions. To do this, we exploit both simulated and multi-source remote sensing optical data.



Former Collaborators

Julitta Tommaso. JB hyperspectral managing director.

Biriukova Khelvi. PhD student.

Blanco-Sacristàn Javier. PhD student.

Evdokimov Anton. PhD student.

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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