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Prof Mário Caetano
Foundation for Science and Technology, Av. D. Carlos I, 126 1249-074 Lisboa Portugal
Tel: +351 21 3911534
Fax: +351 21 3956519


Principal Researcher of the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Foundation for Science and Technology); Associate Professor at Instituto Superior de Estatística e Gestão de Informação (ISEGI), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL)

Mário Caetano has a degree in Forest Engineering from the Lisboa University of Technology (1989), a MSc in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1995), and a Ph.D. in Forestry (2000) from the Lisboa University of Technology.

Research interests include the use of remote sensing data for land cover land use (LCLU) characterisation and environmental monitoring. He is particularly interested on satellite image classification algorithms, spatial and temporal pattern analysis and on accuracy assessment strategies.

He has coordinated and participated in many research and development projects funded by Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), European Commission (EC) and European Space Agency (ESA), such as: DesertWatch Extension for Portugal (funded by ESA, Subcontract 09/694); LANDEO (User driven land cover characterisation for multi-scale monitoring using multi-sensor earth observation) (PCDTE/MGS/49969/2003); AGRO130 (Using satellite images for automatic mapping of forest clear cuts and new plantations); APERTURE (environmentAl tyPological spacE mappeR facilitating the implemenTation of eURopean legislation) (ENV4-CT94-0437); AMECIS (Multi-strategic approach for satellite image processing) (DGOT); DREU (Assessment of the dynamics of the Área Metropolitana de Lisboa using remote sensing) (RS/12/031/MF/SW); PREMFIRE (Prevention and Mitigation of Fire Hazard in Portugal) (AO/1-3880/01/l-SB); STORMS (Silvicultural Srategies For Predicting Damage To Forest From Wind, Fire and Snow) (CT94-2392); BACCHUS (Methodological Approach for vineyard inventory and management) (EVG1-CT-2002-00075).

He was also the coordinator of land cover mapping projects using satellite imagery, e.g. CORINE Land Cover 2000 and 2006 (CLC2000 and CLC2006) for the European Environment Agency (EEA), Monitoring Urban Dynamics (MURBANDY) for Porto, Setúbal and Algarve for the European Commission. Currently he is the coordinator of CLC2006 for Portugal. He is also responsible for the conceptual development of the national project Land Use and Land Cover Map of Continental Portugal for 2007 (COS2007).

Activities in education

As Associate Professor in the New University of Lisboa, Mário Caetano teaches, since 2000, master program classes related to remote sensing, image processing and environmental monitoring. He taught remote sensing and GIS classes in Universidade Atlântica, Universidade Católica and Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Cabo Verde and Universidade Católica de Moçambique.

Since 2000, Mário Caetano was the scientific advisor of around 35 graduate (MSc and PhD) students on thesis related to theory and applications of remote sensing on land cover mapping and environment monitoring. He was a member of more than 15 MSc and PhD thesis committees.

Distinctions / Memberships

Mário Caetano is the national delegate in the following groups: European Space Agency (ESA) Programme Board for Earth Observation (PB-EO); Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Committee; GMES Partners Board, 7TH Framework Programme (FP7) Space Committee.

Mário Caetano was member of the following groups: Steering Committee of the Spatial Accuracy Research Association (ISARA), Environment Agency (EEA) IMAGE&CLC2000 Steering Committee; EEA Steering Committee for the GMES Land Fast Track Service; United Nations (UN) Action Team on Disaster Management for the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of the Outer Space (UNISPACE III) (2001-2004). He was invited by EEA as a remote sensing expert to collaborate on the definition of the Technical Specifications of CORINE Land Cover 2006.

Mário Caetano has acted as referee in several remote sensing scientific journals. He is a member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) since 1996. He was the Chairman and organiser of the Seventh International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (Accuracy’2006). He organised several workshops in Portugal related to satellite earth observation, e.g. Remote Sensing for forest characterisation (2006), Information Day On Earth Observation (2003), GMES and ENVISAT (2001). He was the President of the Scientific Committee of the most important Portuguese conference on GIS (ESIG’2004). He was Co-chair of the Conference on Remote Sensing of the Land Surface (SPIE Symposium on Aerospace Remote Sensing 2000) and of the Conference on Remote Sensing for Earth Science Applications, (SPIE Symposium on Aerospace Remote Sensing, 1999).

Mário Caetano was a member of the Scientific Committees of many conferences, e.g. Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (Accuracy’2010), 3rd EARSeL SIG Workshop on Land Use & Land Cover (2010), Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (Accuracy’2008); II International Conference and Exhibition on Geographic Information (GISPLANET’2005), 2nd EARSeL SIG Workshop on Land Use & Land Cover (2006), 25th International Symposium of EARSel (European Association of of Remote Sensing Laboratories) (2005); National Conferences of GIS users (ESIG’2002, ESIG’2004, ESIG’2006, ESIG’2008, ESIG’2010).

Mário Caetano evaluated proposals for: National Science Foundation; Sixth Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities; and STEREO (Support to the exploitation and research of Earth Observation) from the Belgian Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs. He also evaluated projects of the Fourth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the European Commission (1999).

He received the following awards: National Engineering Award (1989); American Club of Lisbon Award for Academic Merit (1990); Best Paper on the 2nd EARSeL Special Interest Group Workshop on Land Use & Land Cover (2006); Best Paper on the 3rd Historical Cities Sustainable Development: The GIS as a Design and management Support (HISTOCITY 99)

Selected publications

Mário Caetano is author of more than 120 publications in books, journals and conference proceedings. Here, just a list of the 5 most important/recent publications is presented:

Carrão, H., A. Araújo, P. Gonçalves e M. Caetano, 2010. Multitemporal MERIS images for land cover mapping at national scale: the case study of Portugal. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 31(8): 2063-2082.

Carrão, H., P. Gonçalves e M. Caetano, 2010. A Nonlinear Harmonic Model for Fitting Satellite Images Time Series: Analysis and Prediction of Land Cover Dynamics. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. 48(4): 1919-1930.

Gonçalves, L., C. Fonte, E. Júlio e M. Caetano, 2009. A method to incorporate uncertainty in the classification of remote sensing images, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 30(20): 5489-5503.

Sarmento, P., H. Carrão, S. Stehman, e M. Caetano, 2009. Incorporating reference classification uncertainty into the analysis of land cover accuracy, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 30 (20): 5309–5321.

Pinto, P., P. Cabral, M. Caetano, e M.F. Alves, 2009. Urban growth on coastal erosion vulnerable stretches. Journal of Coastal Research, 2: 1567-1571.