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     Date Submitted:18-04-2018
     Last Modified:18-04-2018 (07:47)
    Job information
     Current job:Remote Sensing PhD
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordsremote sensing, SAR, InSAR, Sentinel-1, forests


    Sept 2013- Aug 2017- PhD in Remote Sensing, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK.

    Thesis Title: “Spatial and Temporal Statistics of SAR and InSAR Observations for Providing Indicators of Tropical Forest Structural Changes due to Forest Disturbance”

    - Developing and testing novel methodologies (wavelet based) to track deforestation/forest degradation (and re-growth) using SAR and InSAR in the Congo Basin (selective logging and shifting agriculture) and Indonesia (fire disturbance).

    - Supervisors: Dr Edward Mitchard and Prof Iain Woodhouse.

    - Funding: Principal’s Development Career Scholarship and Elisabeth Sinclair Fund.

    - Two-first author papers, one first author paper in preparation.

    - Collaborations: Wageningen University, Ministry of Environment and Forestry (Indonesia), Wildlife Conservation Society, Université catholique de Louvain, Aberystwyth University, Joint Research Center and SARmap SA.


    2011-2012- MSc in Remote Sensing and Geography, Distinction, Aberystwyth University, UK.

    Thesis Title: “Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of TanDEM-X InSAR Data Aimed at the Characterisation of Vegetation Vertical Structure: A Case Study in Injune, Queensland (Australia)” (Supervisor: Prof Richard Lucas).

    - Modelling the dependence of interferometric complex coherence on radar parameters and vegetation parameters.

    - Evaluation of TanDEM-X, ground truth, LiDAR derived AGB and airborne LiDAR.

    Evaluation of AGB-coherence relationship.

    - Generation and comparison of TanDEM-X/LiDAR hybrid Canopy Height Models for forest at different stages of regeneration/degradation.

    - Field data manipulation.

     peatland mapping in Indonesia using ALOS PALSAR time-series.


    2008- 2011- Bachelor in Physical Geography, First, Aberystwyth University, UK.

    Thesis Title: “Understanding the Relationship Between Radar Microwave Backscatter and Vegetation Biomass through Allometric Equations and Wave Scattering Models: A Case Study for Pinus sylvestris” (Supervisor: Prof Richard Lucas).

    - Development of a tree geometric model.

    - Estimation of biomass through allometric equations.

    - Evaluation of the dependence of radar backscatter on vegetation parameters, moisture and snow based on wave scattering models.


    Work Experience

    Feb-June 2013- Remote Sensing Trainee (Sarmap SA, Switzerland).

    Project title: “Landcover Classification Using Time-series of ALOS PALSAR, ENVISAT ASAR, TanDEM-X and Cosmo SkyMed in Malawi”.

    Tasks: data ordering/downloading, SAR data processing, SAR and optical data analysis, time-series algorithm testing and developing, rule-based classification in IDL, producing landcover maps, report writing.


    Jan-Feb 2012- GIS and Remote Sensing Trainee (Ecology Matters- Environment Systems, UK).

    Project title: “Environmental Impact Assessment for Windfarm Developments: Implications for Bird Diversity”.

    Tasks: data ordering/download, integration of bird survey data, LiDAR, aerial photography, aerial photography interpretation, object-oriented classification of LiDAR data, map production, report writing.


    July 2006- Remote Sensing Trainee (European Commission Joint Research Center, Italy).

    Project title: “Classification of a Region around Lake Baikal (Siberia) using SIR-C”.

    Tasks: use of ENVI and IDL for classification of remote sensing data, map production and report writing.


    Teaching Experience (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK)

    January- March 2017- Remote Sensing and Global Climate Change Tutor.

    February 2016- Physical Geography Lab Demonstrator (GIS and remote sensing practicals).

    February 2015- Physical Geography Tutor.

    January-April 2015- Physical Geography Course Assistant (organised timetable, tutorials, essay marking)

    February 2014- April 2014- Sustainability, Society and Environment Tutor.

    September 2014- Geography Fieldwork: Foundations (Physical) Fieldwork Demonstrator (supervised students in the field during forest inventory, demonstrated use of equipment, in charge of remote sensing and GIS data).

    Sept- Nov 2014- Fundamental Methods in Geography Tutor and Demonstrator (statistics, Excel data manipulation and GIS).


    Deforestation and Forest Degradation Remote Sensing Projects

    2015- TanDEM-X AO (VEGE6702) (Co-Investigator):“Statistical analysis in the space-frequency-time domain of TanDEM-X SpotLight mode data for forest degradation mapping with focus on selective logging” (Project members: University of Edinburgh, Wageningen University, JRC, sarmap SA and Aberystwyth University).

    2014- ESA Category 1 Grant (ID 16030) (Principal Investigator): "Quantifying impacts of Anthropogenic and Natural Changes Leading to Forest Ecosystem Degradation Using Wavelet Analysis of Microwave and Optical Multi-temporal Remote Sensing Data" (Project members: University of Edinburgh).

    2013-TanDEM-X AO (VEGE0330) (Co-investigator): “Estimation of vertical and horizontal structural properties of tropical and sub-tropical woody vegetation by combining SAR interferometry and two-point spatial statistics (texture measures) of SAR observations” (Project members: University of Edinburgh, Wageningen University, JRC, sarmap SA and Aberystwyth University).



    De Grandi, E.C., Mitchard, E., Woodhouse, I. and De Grandi, G. 2015. Spatial Wavelet Statistics of SAR Backscatter for Characterizing Degraded Forest: A Case Study from Cameroon. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 8(7), 3572-3584.

    De Grandi, E.C., Mitchard, E.T.A. and Hoekman, D. 2016. Wavelet Based Analysis of TanDEM-X and LiDAR DEMs Across a Tropical Vegetation Heterogeneity Gradient Driven by Fire Disturbance in Indonesia. Remote Sensing, 8, 641.


    Conference proceedings

    De Grandi, E.C., Mitchard, E.; Hoekman, D.; De Grandi, G. 2018. Space Series Wavelet Analysis of TanDEM-X and LiDAR DEMs for Characterising Vegetation Structure in a Tropical Forest. (accepted for IGARSS 2018).

    De Grandi, E.C. and Mitchard, E. Tropical Forest Heterogeneity from TanDEM-X InSAR and LiDAR Observations in Indonesia. Proc. SPIE 10003, SAR Image Analysis, Modeling, and Techniques XVI, 1000305 (October 18, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2241796.

    De Grandi, E.C., Mitchard, E., Woodhouse, I., Verhegghen, A. and Muirhead, F. 2015. Statistics of TanDEM-X DSM, coherence and backscatter for the characterization of tropical forest structural configuration. IGARSS 2015: 1805-1808.

    De Grandi, E., Mitchard, E., Verhegghen, A., Hoekman, D., Holecz, F. 2015. Multi-Temporal Pixel Trajectories of SAR Backscatter and Coherence in Tropical Forests. In Proceedings of the 1st Int. Electron. Conf. Remote Sens., 22 June–5 July 2015; Sciforum Electronic Conference Series, Vol. 1, 2015, d014; doi: 10.3390/ecrs-1-d014.

    De Grandi, E., Mitchard, E., Verhegghen, A., Hoekman, D., Holecz, F. and Nieto Quintano, P. 2015. Multi-Temporal Pixel Trajectories of SAR Backscatter and Coherence in Tropical Forests. In Proceedings of the 35th EARSeL Symposium- European Remote Sensing: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities, June 15-18, 2015, Stockholm, Sweden.

    De Grandi, E.C., Mitchard, E. and Woodhouse, I. 2014. Spatio-temporal Wavelet Statistics of SAR Backscatter for the Characterisation of Forest Degradation in Cameroon" IGARSS 2014: 2321-2323.

    De Grandi, E.C, Lucas, R.M., Mitchard, E., Bunting, P. and Clewley, D. 2013. Analysis of TanDEM-X InSAR data aimed at the characterisation of vegetation vertical structure: A case study in Injune, Queensland (Australia). IGARSS 2013: 180-183.


    De Grandi, E.C. & Holecz, F. 2013 Landcover Classification Using Time-series of ALOS PALSAR, ENVISAT ASAR, TanDEM-X and Cosmo SkyMed in Malawi.

    De Grandi E.C. 2012. Environmental Impact Assessment for Windfarm Developments: Implications for Bird Diversity.

    De Grandi E.C. 2006. Classification of a Region around Lake Baikal (Siberia) using SIR-C.

    Journal Reviewer

    IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (2016-present).

    Remote Sensing (2016-present).

    Forests (2018-present).


    Computing and Programming Skills

    (advanced), IDL (intermediate), eCognition (intermediate), R (intermediate), Python (basic), GDAL (basic), QGIS (intermediate), ArcMap (intermediate), Wolfram Mathematica (intermediate), Minitab (intermediate), SARSCAPE (advanced), RSGISLib (intermediate), ASF MapReady (intermediate), Sentinel-1 Toolbox (intermediate), Sentinel-2 Toolbox (intermediate), ERDAS Image (intermediate), Google Earth Pro (advanced), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) (advanced).


    Prizes and Awards

    2013- Best Dissertation Performance Prize – MSc in Remote Sensing and Geography (Aberystwyth University).

    2011- Prof Jim Taylor award for best undergraduate biogeography dissertation (BSc, Aberystwyth University).


    2016- Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society Travel Bursary to attend TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X Science Meeting 2016.

    2016- Elizabeth Sinclair Bequest Centenary Fund (University of Edinburgh).

    2014- IEEE Travel Grant to attend IGARSS 2014 (Quebec, Canada) (IEEE).

    2013-2016 Principal’s Career Development Scholarship (University of Edinburgh) (PhD scholarship for 3 years).

    2013-2016 Research and Training Grant (School of GeoSciences -University of Edinburgh).

    2012- Access To Masters (1 year funding provided by the European Social Fund to undertake an MSc at Aberystwyth University).

    2008-2011 Excellence Bursary (funding to undertake a 3 year BSc at Aberystwyth University).


    Conferences, Workshops, Symposia and Seminars

    2016- ESA Living Planet Symposium, SPIE Remote Sensing, TanDEM-X Science Meeting.

    2015- IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Conference, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Conference, 1st International Electronic Conference on Remote Sensing (online), 35th EARSeL Symposium, 2nd EARSeL International Workshop on Temporal Analysis of Satellite Images, 6th International Workshop on Retrieval of Bio- & Geo-physical Parameters from SAR Data for Land Applications, BIOMASS (attended only).

    2014- IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Conference, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Conference 2014 Tropical forest monitoring in the 2020’s Workshop (attended), Edinburgh University Biosphere Atmosphere Programme Seminar, Joint Research Center of the European Commission Talk.

    2013- Guest Lecture for Remote Sensing and Global Climate Change, TanDEM-X Science Meeting 2013, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Conference.

    Professional Memberships

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)  (2008-present)

    Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (2013- present).



    Languages: Italian (native), English (fluent) and German (basic).

    First Aid qualification (Marlin, 2013).

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