The core group members of the COST action's research project "Optical synergies for spatiotemporal SENsing of Scalable ECOphysiological traits" (SENSECO) are:


 Dr Martin Schlerf, Chair

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg

Martin Schlerf (Geographer, Ph.D. in Remote Sensing) works as a Senior Research Associate at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). He is coordinating research projects in hyperspectral and thermal remote sensing of vegetated and non-vegetated surface properties with a focus on the retrieval of biophysical and biochemical vegetation properties at various scales for precision agriculture and forestry applications.  He was a national representative of Luxembourg in the COST-Action OPTIMISE, is a member of the Mission Advisory Group for the CHIME (Sentinel-10) mission to space by the European Space Agency and chairs the SENSECO COST-Action.

  Dr Jochem Verrelst, Vice-Chair

University of Valencia, Image Processing Laboratory (IPL), Spain

Jochem’s research activities are on one hand within the framework of ESA's FLuorescence EXplorer (FLEX) mission, and on the other hand focus on the retrieval of biophysical parameters. He is the founder of the ARTMO toolbox ( for semiautomatic RTM running and retrieval of vegetation properties from Earth Observation data. He holds an ERC to work on fluorescence-based photosynthesis estimates for vegetation productivity monitoring from space ( 

  Dr MaPi Cendrero, Working Group 1 leader (scaling gap)

University of Valencia, Image Processing Laboratory (IPL), Spain

MªPilar is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Laboratory of Earth Observation (University of Valencia). Her research is focused on translating biophysic al traits of plants towards the emission of chlorophyll fluorescence and reflectance vegetation indices. It includes experiments from the growth chamber to the greenhouse towards whole agricultural fields.

Prof Lammert Kooistra, Working Group 2 leader (temporal gap)

Wageningen University, Netherlands

In his role as Associate Professor, Lammert am teaching in several Geo-information Science courses and supervising on average 8 PhD students. His research interest is in the development of integrated sensing systems, combining satellite, drones and in situ sensors for monitoring applications in agriculture and environmental resource management.

  Dr Miriam Machwitz, Working Group 3 leader (sensor synergies)

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg

Miriam has a background in environmental sciences and obtained her PhD in Remote Sensing. She is working as a Research Associate at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) focusing on vegetation modelling. Her expertise comprises crop growth modelling and data-model-integration for agricultural applications with a special focus on hyperspectral UAV data analysis.

 Dr Andreas Hueni, Working Group 4 Leader (data quality)

Remote Sensing Laboratories, Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland

 Andy has been working on the Airborne Prism Experiment (APEX) imaging spectrometer  project since 2007 and is currently a Research Associate with the Remote Sensing Laboratories, UZH, where he is leading the research on APEX sensor and data calibration. His research interests include the calibration of spectrometers, uncertainty analysis, and the design of combined database and software systems, such as the spectral database SPECCHIO.

Dr Enrico Tomelleri, STMS & Training Coordinator

Free University of Bolzano, Italy

 Dr Karolina Sakowska, Science Communication Manager

Universtiy of Innsbruck, Austria

Karolina obtained her PhD in micrometeorology and remote sensing in the summer of 2016. Her PhD project was mainly focused on investigating the major factors controlling the exchange of carbon dioxide (CO2) between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere by means of the eddy covariance (EC) technique and on linking CO2 fluxes and biophysical parameters with optical sampling of vegetation. Her current activities revolve around integration of optical observations (hyperspectral reflectance and sun-induced fluorescence) with EC carbonyl sulfide (COS) and standard EC CO2 flux partitioning in order to provide new constraints on gross primary productivity (GPP).

  Dr Zeljka Loncaric (Science Communication)

Department of Biology, University of Osijek, Croatia

Zeljka obtained her PhD in biology in 2017. She constructed PhD a discrete mathematical models of mosquito population dynamics and investigated the possible effects of climate change of population dynamics of the modeled species. She developed procedures for optimization of mosquito control measures using software and hardware solutions based on parallel computing technology and GPU. Her research interests are remote sensing, primary using UAVs, spectral data analysis, time series analysis and spatial statistics.

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