Developing operational radiative transfer models for Plant Traits and Ecosystem Functional Properties estimation from multi source remote sensing data

Host Institute
University of Twente, faculty of ITC
Host Country
The Netherlands


The project will be about the discover how plants influence ecosystem functioning and climate, and how we can monitor ecosystem functions with satellites. Thanks to accurate spectrometers on satellites, we have opportunities to explore how the reflected and emitted radiation of vegetation is related to the dynamics, the functioning, and the water use and carbon uptake of plants on Earth. The task is to develop model simulation tools to relate data of existing Earth observation satellites to and ecosystem functioning and biodiversity. With this model you will produce maps of indicators of biodiversity and plant functioning. The SCOPE model (Soil-Canopy-Observation of Photosynthesis and Energy fluxes) will be the starting point to model radiative transfer and plant physiological processes. In addition.
The activities will include:
To participle in a measurement campaign;
To systematically analyze of the scientific literature, laboratory, field and satellite data of plant physiological variables and spectrometry collected by the candidate and colleagues at other institutes;
To develop computer model simulation tools of radiative transfer of visible to near infrared light in complex vegetation canopies, using the SCOPE model as starting point;
To applying computer simulations using satellite data images;
To publish of a minimum of three scientific papers and a PhD dissertation;
To participate in project meetings and trainings, and to present results at conferences.


A six month stay at the Max Planck institute for Biochemistry is a mandatory supervised by Dr. M. Migliavacca
A three months stay at the Forschungszentrum Julich, supervised by Prof. Dr. Uwe Rascher.


The activity will be supervised by Prof. Christiaan Van der Tol.