Co-ordination: Juan Puigdefabregas EEZA (CSIC)
Remote Sensing Unit
de Termodinamica, Facultat de Fisica
The research interests of the Remote Sensing Unit of the University of Valencia are now mainly focussed in the development of theoretical models and strategies -based on radiometry data as well as on remotely sensed data- to identify and quantify vegetation in semiarid landscapes. Tha main procedures developed include: vegetation canopy reflectance models, new vegetation indices and mixing models. A new research line has been recently incorporated regarding the study of angular effects such as the hot spot in canopy reflectance. All the aforementioned procedures are applied to environmental studies in the frame of different national and european research projects, mainly concerning the assessment of vegetation in pilot areas affected by desertification processes, forest fires and so on. The main goal in all these studies is the development of spectral indicators sensitive to landscape degradation. On the other hand, the Remote Sensing has got a wide teaching experience in Physics degree, in particular in Environmental Physics, as well as in doctorate studies concerning Remote Sensing of Environment.