Max Planck Gesellschaft

--- Former member ---

(now at ZAMG, Vienna)

Çağlar Küçük

PhD candidate with research groups Global Diagnostic Modelling and Model Data Integration
room: C2.004
email: ckucuk(at) New email: caglar.kucuk(at)

Research interests

  • Remote sensing (last focus on geostationary satellites)
  • Ecohydrology of drylands
  • Data driven analyses

Ph.D. project

  • Ecohydrology from Space
    Vegetation-water interactions in water limited regions in Africa via remote sensing: Diagnosing effects of secondary water resources at local scales yet over large domains with a data driven approach using remote sensing based observations

Academic background

  • since 12/2018 PhD student in Ghent University, Hydro-Climate Extremes Lab
  • 02/2014 - 06/2016 MSc in Geographic Information Technologies at Istanbul Technical University
  • 09/2007 - 02/2013 BSc in Civil Engineering at Middle East Technical University


  • since 10/2017 PhD candidate in the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
  • 04/2017 - 09/2017 Trainee researcher in Joint Research Centre of the European Commission for monitoring tree stress via remote sensing
  • 04/2014 - 09/2015 Research assistant in Istanbul Technical University under 'Monitoring Paddy-rice Fields with X-band Images' project


Another preprint: Küçük Ç., Koirala S., Carvalhais N., Miralles D.G., Reichstein M., Jung M. (2021). Local-scale secondary water inputs modulate seasonal vegetation cover decay rate across Africa. ESSOAr. doi: 10.1002/essoar.10508299.1

Preprint: Küçük Ç., Koirala S., Carvalhais N., Miralles D.G., Reichstein M., Jung M. (2021). Characterising the response of vegetation cover to water limitation in Africa using geostationary satellites. ESSOAr. doi: 10.1002/essoar.10504964.2

Küçük Ç., Taşkın G., Erten E. (2016). Paddy-Rice Phenology Classification Based on Machine-Learning Methods Using Multitemporal Co-Polar X-Band SAR Images. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 9(6), 2509-2519. doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2547843


  • 2019 - AGU Fall Meeting, Poster presentation: Spatial patterns of seasonal decay rate in Fractional Vegetation Cover in Africa
  • 2019 - ESA-LPS, Oral presentation: Spatial patterns of phenological decay in Africa
  • 2015 - IGARSS, Oral presentation: Co-polar SAR data classification as a tool for real time paddy-rice monitoring
  • 2014 - IGARSS, Oral presentation: Remote sensing image classification by non-parallel SVMs
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