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Prof Jose Moreno
University of Valencia, Department of Earth Physics and Thermodynamics; Faculty of Physics
Tel: 34 - 96-3543112
jose.moreno @

Jose F. Moreno obtained the PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Valencia, where he is presently teaching at the Faculty of Physics, as Professor of Earth Physics, and head of the Laboratory for Earth Observation of the Image Processing Laboratory-Scientific Park, University of Valencia. He is working on different national and international projects related to remote sensing and space research, on the development of data processing algorithms for multisource data integration and multisensor/multiresolution studies, including optical/microwave synergy and optical hyperspectral data processing, for modelling and monitoring land surface processes, with special interest in numerical techniques for model inversion and data assimilation applied to remote sensing data. During 1995-1996 he was a visiting scientist at the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, USA. He has been involved in several European research networks, including the European Network for the development of Advanced MOdels to interpret Remote Sensing data over terrestrial environments (ENAMORS), and the European Radar-Optical Research Assemblage (ERA-ORA) network. He also participated in EC research projects such as RESMEDES (Remote Sensing and Mediterranean Desertification), FLAUBERT (Flood in Arid Units by Earth Remote Techniques), AIMWATER (Analysis, Investigation and Monitoring of Water resources) and DEMETER (DEMonstration of Earth observation TEchnologies in Routine irrigation advisory services).

Author of many publications in the field, including several book chapters, Prof. Moreno has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions of Geoscience and Remote Sensing (1994-2000), and was a member of the European Space Agency Earth Sciences Advisory Committee (1998-2002), the Space Station Users Panel (SSUP) and other advisory committees (ESA, European Commission, European Science Foundation, Eumetsat, NASA), as well as member of several national and international societies, and scientific committees for many international conferences and workshops. Prof. Moreno was a member of the writing team for “The Changing Earth: New Scientific Challenges for ESA’s Living Planet Programme”, ESA SP-1304, 2006. He is also involved in the Spanish mission SEOSAT within the ESA GMES programme, as chairman of the SEOSAT/Ingenio Mission Advisory Group.

He has participated actively in the design and development of several remote sensing experiments, as the SPARC (SPECTRA Barrax Campaigns) by using CHRIS/PROBA data in preparation of the ESA SPECTRA mission, and the preparatory activities for the Sentinel missions within the GMES programme (AgriSAR for Sentinel-1, SEN2FLEX for Sentinel-2 and SEN3EXP for Sentinel-3). He coordinated the proposal for the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX), a candidate ESA Earth Explorer Mission, and currently is chairman of the FLEX Mission Advisory Group.

Activities in education:

Prof. Moreno is teaching regularly Remote Sensing courses at the University of Valencia, including PhD courses, but also elementary courses for students of Physics and Engineering (Numerical and Statistical Methods in Physics, Fundamental Physics, Fluid Mechanics, Computer methods in Physics, Experimental Techniques in Physics, Remote Sensing Fundamentals and Applications). He is also involved in a Master on Remote Sensing, another Master on Remote Sensing and GIS, and a Master on Biodiversity that also includes remote sensing applications. He has been also invited lecturer on occasional basis on other Master courses and regular PhD courses of several other universities, such as the Master´s Program in Satellite Technology of the Polytechnic University of Madrid and the Specialist Course in Remote Sensing and GIS of the University of Castilla-La Mancha. He has contributed in a textbook publication on remote sensing, and has participated in the elaboration of teaching material, that includes both practical laboratory image processing and data analysis tools, as well as practical radiometric measurements with spectroradiometers in laboratory and field conditions. He was a lecturer at the ESA Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2007.

Recent projects:

MERIS/AATSR Synergy Algorithms for Cloud Screening, Aerosol Retrieval, and Atmospheric Correction ESA ESRIN/Contract No. 21090/07/I-LG, 2007 - 2009

Retrieval of biophysical parameters for the FLEX mission from Sentinel-3 data Spanish National Space Research Programme AYA2010-21432-C02-01, 2011 - 2013

Assessing BRDF effects of sun-induced fluorescence for quantifying canopy-level photosynthetic efficiency - FLUORBRDF European Union MCP PIEF-GA-2010-252237, 2010 - 2012

Development of CHRIS/PROBA modules for the BEAM toolbox ESA ESRIN Contract No. 20442/07/I-LG, 2007 – 2008

AGRISAR 2006 Agricultural Bio-/Geophysical Retrievals from Frequent Repeat SAR and Optical Imaging ESA ESRIN Contract No. RFQ/3-11609/06/I-LG, 2006 – 2007

SENtinel-2 and FLuorescence EXperiment (SEN2FLEX) ESA ESRIN Contract No. 19187/05/I-EC, 2005 – 2006

Sentinel-3 Experiment (SEN3EXP) ESA ESRIN/22661/09/I-LG, 2009 - 2010

Development of algorithms for the exploitation of MERIS data over land ESA ESRIN Contract No. 16545/02/I-LG, 2003 – 2004

Biomonitoring of the urban habitat quality using hyperspectral aircraft observations-BIOHYPE Belgian Science Policy Office STEREO project contract A10/0077, 2009 - 2013

Selected Publications:

Developments for vegetation fluorescence retrieval from spaceborne high-resolution spectrometry in the O2-A and O2-B absorption bands,
L. Guanter, L. Alonso, L. Gómez-Chova, M. Meroni, R. Preusker, J. Fischer and J. Moreno
Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 115, D19303, doi:10.1029/2009JD013716, 2010.

Atmospheric correction of ENVISAT/MERIS data over inland waters: validation for European lakes,
L. Guanter, A. Ruiz-Verdú, D. Odermatt, C. Giardino, S. Simis, V. Estellés, T. Heege, J. A. Domínguez-Gómez, and J. Moreno
Remote Sensing of Environment, 114, 467-480, 2010.

Remote sensing of solar induced chlorophyll fluorescence: review of methods and applications,
M. Meroni, M. Rossini, L. Guanter, L. Alonso, U. Rascher, R. Colombo, and J. Moreno
Remote Sensing of Environment, 113 (10), pp. 2037-2051, 2009.

Seasonal variations of leaf area index of agricultural fields retrieved from Landsat data.
González-Sanpedro, M. C., Le Toan T., Moreno, J., Kergoat L. and E. Rubio. Remote Sensing of Environment, 112 (3), 810-824, 2008,

Coupled retrieval of aerosol optical thickness, columnar water vapor and surface reflectance maps from ENVISAT/MERIS data over land
L. Guanter, L. Gómez-Chova, J. Moreno Remote Sensing of Environment, 112 (6), 2898–2913, 2008.