Francesca Perez

GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist

Francesca is currently senior researcher and remote sensing specialist at ITHACA, where she is doing research in the field of satellite remote sensing data exploitation for monitoring and responding to natural disasters. Her main research fields concern: use of geomatics techniques to provide spatial data and services in support to natural disaster early-warning and early impact analysis; long-term vegetation trends, land cover, land cover changes and land degradation processes identification and analysis; processing of large time-series of remote sensing multispectral data to support natural disaster hazard, vulnerability and risk modelling; processing and analysis (both quantitative and interpretation) of satellite imagery for mapping, especially for emergency management purposes.

She coordinates validation activities carried out by ITHACA in the frame of the Copernicus project Global Land High Resolution Hot Spot Monitoring within the Global Land Component of the Copernicus Land Service (C-GL-HRM) - Lot 1 - 2015-2019.  She is the responsible of the development of the ITHACA Drought Monitoring system. She has a varied experience in lecturing activities at Politecnico di Torino and tutorship of students in carrying out degree and PhD thesis.

Francesca has a master degree in Environmental Engineering (Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 2003) and holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering (Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 2008).