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David Martini

PhD student at the Research group: Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions and Experimentation
room: C3.009b (tower)
phone: 6293
email: dmartini(at)

Current project

I work on the TRuStEE Project (Training on Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Modeling) which aims at better understanding and predicting ecosystem functions through a multidisciplinary approach that involves ecosystem modelling, plant physiology, remote sensing technologies and big data analysis.

My PhD Topic

In this PhD project I investigate the relationship between Ecosystem Functional Properties and sun-induced fluorescence in time and under different nutrient conditions.

I will work on the estimation of Ecosystem Functional Properties (EFPs) derived from the eddy covariance flux measurements and I will explore the predictability of EFPs using hyperspectral remote sensing information and Sun Induced Fluorescence (SIF). I will carry out the fieldwork in Majadas, Spain


• Developing a framework for the extraction of the EFPs from eddy covariance and chambers flux measurements

• Exploring the relationship between hyperspectral data and SIF with carbon fluxes and EFPs in different study sites

• Evaluating the potential of using SIF to predict photosynthetic CO2 uptake and/or transpiration and assessment of the factors affecting the relationship between fluxes and SIF


Zhang, Z., Zhang, Y., Porcar-Castell, A., Joiner, J., Guanter, L., Yang, X., ... & Martini, D. (2020). Reduction of structural impacts and distinction of photosynthetic pathways in a global estimation of GPP from space-borne solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence. Remote Sensing of Environment, 240, 111722.

Boonman, Coline CF, Frank van Langevelde, Imma Oliveras, Jeremy Couédon, Natascha Luijken, David Martini, and Elmar M. Veenendaal. "On the importance of root traits in seedlings of tropical tree species." New Phytologist (2019).

David Martini, Javier Pacheco-Labrador, Oscar Perez-Priego, Christiaan van der Tol, Tarek S. El-Madany, Tommaso Julitta, Micol Rossini et al. "Nitrogen and Phosphorus Effect on Sun-Induced Fluorescence and Gross Primary Productivity in Mediterranean Grassland." Remote Sensing 11, no. 21 (2019): 2562.

JavierPacheco-Labrador, OscarPerez-Priego, Tarek S.El-Madany, Tommaso Julitta, Micol Rossini, Jinhong Guan, Gerardo Moreno, Nuno Carvalhais, M. Pilar Martín, Rosario Gonzalez-Cascon, Olaf Kolle, Markus Reischtein, Christiaan van der Tol, Arnaud Carrara, David Martini, Tiana W.Hammer, Heiko Moossen, Mirco Migliavacca "Multiple-constraint inversion of SCOPE. Evaluating the potential of GPP and SIF for the retrieval of plant functional traits." Remote Sensing of Environment 234 (2019): 111362.

Shan, Nan, Weimin Ju, Mirco Migliavacca, David Martini, Luis Guanter, Jingming Chen, Yves Goulas, and Yongguang Zhang. "Modeling canopy conductance and transpiration from solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence." Agricultural and forest meteorology 268 (2019): 189-201.


2014-2016: MSc in Forest and Nature Conservation, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

2016: Internship at University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Research on the relationship between leaf venation and photosynthetic and hydraulic performances.

2015-2016: Master Thesis student, Wageningen UR. Research on the influence of drought and fire on the photosynthetic performances of West African seedlings.

2009-2013: BA in Forest and Environmental Science, University of Turin, Italy

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