Satellite remote sensing represents an important investigation tool of various parameters of the environment Is based on building spectral databases, global large datasets, refining validation, calibration procedures in multi-source, multi-temporal environment. The accelerating impact of the available enabling technologies is very important in Earth’s features extraction, interpretation by digital image processing, pattern recognition and features identification. The practical value of remotely-sensed data has increased significantly in this context with the advent of new, very high spatial resolution optical sensors (e.g. the current Indian IRS-1C and forthcoming US Space Imaging IKONOS, QuickBird and OrbView systems) and interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). Major improvements are especially in the hyperspectral opportunities, data fusion experiences, storage, management and retrieval of large datasets.

Research activities:

  • Multisensor satellite remote sensing data applications for environmental changes assessment and seismic hazard surveillance.
  • Biogeophysical parameters extraction from time-series multispectral, multiresolution and multitemporal satellite remote sensing data (Landsat MSS, TM, ETM, NOAA AVHRR, MODIS, SAR ERS, SPOT, IKONOS and QuickBird), and integration as input data for spectral, statistic and physical/climatic developed models.
  • Developing interlinked monitoring and verified predictive and modeling tools for assessment of changes  and its feed-backs on landuse/landcover as well as of the impact of climatic changes on urban, forestry, agricultural, hydrologic, marine and deltaic ecosystems.
  • Radon monitoring in air, soil, water in relation with seismic hazard and surveillance of environmental radioactivity around nuclear facilities
  • Fundamental research in spectroradiometry and applied spectroscopy related to environmental analysis on local, regional and global scales.

Main area of expertise  

  • Space based and in-situ applications for land use and land cover state monitoring and changes
  • Bio-geophysical parameters and bio-optical  modeling ;
  • Ecosystems (urban, agroforest, marine and deltaic) forecast ;
  • Environmental impacts, hazards  and risks assessments :
  • Earthquake surveillance for Vrancea active zone;
  • Environmental pollution non-radioactive and radioactive assessment in urban, industrial and Nuclear Power Plants areas ,Black Sea and Danube Delta ;
  • Climate change analysis;
  • Earth observation and assessment tools for sustainable development.