José Gómez-Dans

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Fire is a ubiquitous component of the Earth system that is poorly understood. To date, a global-scale understanding of fire is largely limited to the annual extent of burning as detected by satellites. This is problematic because fire is multidimensional, and focus on a single metric belies its complexity and importance within the Earth system. To address(More)
Non-native, invasive grasses have been linked to altered grass-fire cycles worldwide. Although a few studies have quantified resulting changes in fire activity at local scales, and many have speculated about larger scales, regional alterations to fire regimes remain poorly documented. We assessed the influence of large-scale Bromus tectorum (hereafter(More)
Multitemporal measurements gathered by EMISAR over the Foulum (Jutland) test site and AirSAR over the Wageningen test site provide an unrivalled opportunity to examine the factors affecting classification of northern European agricultural crops using both polarimetric and multitemporal information. Data analysis, guided by physical principles, has been used(More)
1 Abstract— We present results from experiments carried out in the GB-SAR facility at the University of Sheffield to ascertain the role of polarimetric interferometry in crop height retrieval. To this end, a mature wheat canopy, grown in outdoor conditions, was reassembled inside the GB-SAR chamber and imaged at C-band using a two-dimensional scan. This(More)
There is an increasing need to consistently combine observations from different sensors to monitor the state of the land surface. In order to achieve this, robust methods based on the inversion of radiative transfer (RT) models can be used to interpret the satellite observations. This typically results in an inverse problem, but a major drawback of these(More)
Recent studies show widespread encroachment of forest into savannas with important consequences for the global carbon cycle and land-atmosphere interactions. However, little research has focused on in situ measurements of the successional sequence of savanna to forest in Africa. Using long-term inventory plots we quantify changes in vegetation structure,(More)
Biomass burning is a global phenomenon and systematic burned area mapping is of increasing importance for science and applications. With high spatial resolution and novelty in band design, the recently launched Sentinel-2A satellite provides a new opportunity for moderate spatial resolution burned area mapping. This study examines the performance of the(More)
Physically-based radiative transfer models (RTMs) help in understanding the processes occurring on the Earth's surface and their interactions with vegetation and atmosphere. However, advanced RTMs can take a long computational time, which makes them unfeasible in many real applications. To overcome this problem, it has been proposed to substitute RTMs(More)