The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) was founded in 1968 and recently has been recognized as a campus of international excellence by the Ministries for Education (MEC) and for Science and Innovation (MICINN) of the Spanish Government. The UAB is in the 9th position worldwide, the 4th at European level, and the first Spanish university in the ranking QS Top 50 under 50 that classifies Top 50 universities of the world younger than 50 years old. The Group, leaded by the Department of Geography, aims to propose new algorithms, methodologies and operational tools Remote Sensing, Cartography and land dynamics. The group has broad experience in image processing of remote sensors, having worked with images of low, medium and high spatial resolution from both satellite and airborne sensors. The members of the research group have published hundreds of scientific papers, participated in more than hundred research projects and contracts, and have obtained several national and international awards.
Xavier Pons (PhD degree in 1992) is Full Professor at the Department of Geography of UAB focusing on Remote Sensing (satellite and airborne) and the development of RS toolsets, both in terms of data structure and organization and in terms of software writing. He has participated, and leaded in many cases, more than 60 research projects. Recent works include descriptive climatology models, land use change analysis, study of information extraction impacts of lossy image compression (JPEG2000, etc) and Remote Sensing studies about water usage in forest and crops. His publications in these fields have had an important impact and have been referenced by more than 1,600 papers. Dr. Pons is recipient of an ICREA Academia Excellence in Research grant (2011-2015).
In Ecopotential he participate to WP4 (Earth Observation Data Generation and Harmonization).