Javier Pacheco Labrador, PhD


Main Focus

I am interested in characterizing vegetation and ecosystem properties from space using model-driven approaches. The challenge is that connections between these properties and remotely sensed radiation is not always direct or strong. To solve this problem, I rely on radiative transfer models coupled with SVAT or ecosystem models to establish formal connections between both. The overarching goal is to develop a new generation of remote sensing algorithms capable of monitoring new dimensions of ecosystems' state and responses.

In the project MoReDEHESHyReS, I developed multiple-constraint data assimilation methods to characterize Essential Biodiversity Variables in ecosystem stations combining different remote sensing signals and eddy covariance fluxes. I also developed the model senSCOPE. In the new project oBEF-Accross2, I used radiative transfer model simulations to decipher how functional diversity codifies in remote sensing signals and created normalized metrics comparable across remote sensing missions and field datasets. I currently assess the potential of physiologically-driven spectral signals to predict gross primary production in the project AustroSIF.

In addition, I collaborate with multiple researchers to acquire, interpret, and model spectral information in the context of vegetation studies. I am also vice-leader of the Working Group 1 of the COST Action CA17143 SENSECO, where I coordinate the Spatial Scaling Challenge (open until the end of October 2022!).

Curriculum Vitae

  • Postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry – Department of Biogeochemical Integration, Jena, Germany.
  • Associated Researcher at the SpecLab-CSIC.
  • Senior Researcher (Project Leader Assistant) at Fundación Centro de Estudios Ambientales del Mediterráneo (CEAM)
  • PhD in Geographical Information Technologies, SpecLab–CSIC / University of Alcalá (Thesis: Automated proximal sensing for estimation of the bidirectional reflectance distribution function in a Mediterranean tree-grass ecosystem).
  • Research assistant: Environmental Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy Laboratory (SpecLab–CSIC), Madrid, Spain.
  • MSc Geographical Information Technologies, University of Alcalá.
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