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     Date Submitted:14-06-2012
     Last Modified:23-10-2012 (12:10)
    Job information
     Current job:Visiting researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordsyoung, motivated, earth observation, remote sensing, engineering
    CV

    Nationality

    Spanish

    Birthdate

    21.09.1984

     

    Professional experience

     

    05.2012 – 08.2012

    Visiting researcher– Sciences and Exploration Directorate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, USA)

     

    Analysis of simulated ICESat–2 LiDAR data to develop an algorithm to reduce measurement and solar background noise, and to identify and delineate ground, mid– and top–of–forest canopy traces in photon ranging data, to estimate canopy height and forest biomass. Attend meetings and teleconferences covering: launch vehicle selection, orbits, schedules, budget, etc.

     

     

    04.2011 – 08.2011

    Research engineer in European Union funded project TELECAN MAC 2007–2013 (MAC/3/C181) – University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

     

    Researched, processed, and developed remote sensing data products, to study climate change in the Canary Islands and the countries of Cape Verde, Morocco, Mauritania, and Senegal. Use of NASA AVHRR and MODIS data products.Prepared written proposals to apply for funding to Spanish and European programs (e.g. Fundación Biodiversidad, Natura2000)

     

     

    11.2009 – 07.2010

    Research internship – Remote Sensing Image Processing Research Group, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

     

    Developed MATLAB tool to monitor, analyse, and study environmental parameters: aerosols, chlorophyll, clouds, land cover, land/sea surface temperature, ozone, primary production, vegetation, and water vapour. Use of NASA MODIS data products

     

    Education

     

    09.2011 – 08.2012

    M.Sc. in Space Management– International Space University (Strasbourg, France)

     

    Honors: European Space Agency (ESA) scholarship

    Individual project: “Measuring winds from space: ADM–Aeolus”. Grade 9/10

    Team project: “IDEAS for Africa”, sponsored by NASA. Role: team leader

     

     

    10.2010 – 07.2011

    M.Sc. in Telecommunications Technologies– University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

     

    Dissertation: “High level methodology to implement the Vertex Component Analysis algorithm in a GPU”. Grade: 10/10

     

     

    10.2002 – 10.2010

    Telecommunications Engineering (5 years + 1 year master thesis) – University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

     

    Master thesis: “Monitorisation and analysis of environmental parameters in the Canary Islands using remote sensing”. Grade: 10/10

     

     

    02.2011 – 03.2011

    Certification of Innovation Manager– University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

     

     

    Innovation and business competitiveness, the innovation process, planning and implementation of innovation projects, funding for R&D+i, globalisation

     

     

    11.2010 – 11.2010

    ESA Post–Alpbach 2010 Workshop: Extension to ESA Summer School Alpbach– Obergurgl, Austria

     

    Honors: fully funded by European Space Agency (ESA)

    Topic: further developed modules from the ESA Summer School Alpbach 2010

    Task: reviewed a mission phase 0/A from the ESA Summer School Alpbach 2010

     

     

    07.2010 – 08.2010

    ESA Summer School Alpbach 2010– Alpbach, Austria

     

    Honors: fully funded by Spanish Technical Aerospace Institute (INTA)

    Topic: New Space Missions for Understanding Climate Change

    Task: developed a mission concept (phase 0/A) to study climate change. Role: team leader

    Language skills

     

    Spanish:

    native (mother tongue)

    English:

    near–native (raised in England during 3 years of childhood, pre–university studies under British curriculum)

    French:

    intermediate (studied 4 years, lived in France for 9 months)

     

    Social skills and competences

     

    Computer skills

    High level user in MATLAB, MS–Windows/Office/Project, internet, e–mail

    Medium level user in remote sensing and image processing software: ENVI

    Medium level user in operating systems: Linux, Solaris

    Medium level user in programming environments: ADA, C/C++

    Notions of ArcGIS, IDL, LabView, STK

     

     

    Social skills

    Excellent communication skills and teamwork capacity

    Teamwork: amateur football player and children’s football coach for several years

    Intercultural: worked as member of international and interdisciplinary teams at ESA Summer School Alpbach, ESA Post–Alpbach, International Space University, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

     

     

    Others

    Driving license B1 (European). Since 2002

    Interestin sports practice, reading, films, writing, and travelling

    Great interestin earth observation, remote sensing, and space technology

     

    Publications

     

    Journals

    1.     A. Hoffmann, D. Clifford, J. Aulinas, J. G. Carton, F. Deconinck, B. Essen, J. Hüsing, K. Kern, S. Kox, D. Krejci, T. Krings, S. Lohrey, P. Romano,R. Topham, C. Weitnauer.A novel satellite mission concept for upper air water vapour, aerosol and cloud observations using Integrated Path Differential Absorption LiDAR Limb Sounding. MDPI Remote Sensing 2012 4(4), 867–910

     

    Conferences

    1.     R. Topham, J. Marcello, F. Eugenio, A. Hernández–Guerra. Regional Study of Sea Surface Temperature, Chlorophyll and Aerosol Concentration Trends in the North Atlantic Ocean Using MODIS Data. 63rd International Astronautical Conference, 1–5 October 2012 (accepted)

    2.     S. Georgakas,R. Topham, J. R. Osborne, H. Modi, C. Johnson, R. Hernández Villatoro, M. Ebert. Desert Movement Predictor and Forma–Booths: Two Earth Observation–Based Applications for Pan African Development. 63rd International Astronautical Conference, 1–5 October 2012 (accepted)

    3.     J. R. Osborne, M. Ebert, S. Georgakas, R. Hernández Villatoro, C. Johnson, H. Modi, R. Topham. Assisting Development Across the African Continent Using Space Applications. 63rd International Astronautical Conference, 1–5 October 2012 (accepted)

    4.     D. Clifford, A. Hoffmann, C. Weitnauer, R. Topham, P. Romano, S. Lohrey, S. Kox, T. Krings, D. Krejci, K. Kern, J. Hüsing, B. Essen, F. Deconinck, J. G. Carton, J. Aulinas. A novel mission concept for upper air water vapour observations: active limb sounding with a constellation of retroreflectors. AGU Fall Meeting 2011, 5–9 December 2011

    5.     J. Aulinas, D. Clifford, K. Kern, D. Krejci, P. Romano, R. Topham, C. Weitnauer. Alpbach Summer School – a unique learning experience. AGU Fall Meeting 2011, 5–9 December 2011

    6.     J. Aulinas, D. Clifford, K. Kern, D. Krejci, P. Romano, R. Topham, C. Weitnauer. Alpbach Summer School 2010 – Proposed Missions to Understand Climate Change. AGU Fall Meeting 2011, 5–9 December 2011

    7.     F. Eugenio, R. Topham, J. Marcello. Monitorisation and analysis of environmental parameters using MODIS data. 14th Conference of the Spanish Remote Sensing Association, 21–23 September 2011

     

    Additional information

     

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (IGRSS) member number 90915271

     

    References available on request


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