Javier Pacheco Labrador, PhDPostDoc
Ecosystem Function from Earth Observation
Global diagnostic models
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 . 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 , where I coordinate the (open until the end of October 2022!).
- 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.