Research Staff

Alessandro Baccini, Ph.D.

Assistant Scientist
Woods Hole Research Center
149 Woods Hole Road
Falmouth, MA 02540-1644


Ph.D. – Boston University 2005, Department of Geography and Environment.
Dissertation: Forest Biomass Mapping Using Satellite, Climate and Field Data

B.A. and Master – University of Florence (Florence, Italy)
1996 - Forest Sciences, Summa Cum Laude

Professional Experience

  • 2009 – Present: Assistant Scientist, The Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA
  • 2007 – 2009: Project Scientist, The Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA
  • 2005 – 2007: Post Doctorate Research Associate, Boston University, Department of Geography and Environment, Boston, MA
  • 1996 – 2000: The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of United Nations, Forest Resource Assessment (FRA), Rome, Italy

Research Interests

The global carbon cycle, the use of satellite data for the monitoring of forest carbon and vegetation structure, land cover, land cover change and the effects of environmental change on the terrestrial carbon cycle at the regional and global scale.

Selected publications

Goetz S.J., A. M. Sun, A. Baccini, P. S. A. Beck (2010). Synergistic use of spaceborne lidar and optical imagery for assessing forest disturbance: An Alaska case study. Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 115, xxx, doi:10.1029/2008JG000898, Published : 2010

Goetz S.J., A. Baccini, N.T. Laporte, T. Johns, W. Walker, J. Kellndorfer, R.A. Houghton and M. Sun. (2009). Mapping and Monitoring Carbon Stocks with Satellite Observations: a Comparison of Methods. Carbon Balance and Management 2009, 4:2 Open access journal:

Baccini, A., N. Laporte, S.J., Goetz, M. Sun, H. Don. (2008) A first map of Tropical Africa’s above-ground biomass derived from satellite imagery. Environmental Research Letters 3 - 045011 (9pp). Open access journal

Krankina, O. N., Pflugmacher, D., Friedl, M., Cohen, W. B., Nelson, P., and Baccini, A. (2008): Meeting the challenge of mapping peatlands with remotely sensed data, Biogeosciences, 5, 1809-1820.

Herold M., Mayaux P., Woodcock C., Baccini A. and Schmullius C. (2008) Some challenges in global land cover mapping: an assessment of agreement and accuracy in existing 1 km datasets. Remote Sensing of Environment 112:2538-2556

Baccini, A., Friedl M.A, C. Woodcock (2007) Scalilng Field Data to Calibrate and Validate Moderate Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing Models. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 73:8:945-954

Potere, D., M. Ozdogan, C.E. Woodcock, A. Baccini (2007) Patterns in Forest Clearing along the Appalachian Trail Corridor. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 73, 783-791

Baccini, A., Friedl M.A, C. Woodcock, R. Warbinghton (2004a) Forest Biomass Estimation Over Regional Scales Using Multisource Data. Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L10501, doi:10.1029/2004GL019782

Friedl M.A., Strahler, A., McIver D., Hodges, J.C.F., Zhang, X., Schneider, A., Baccini, A., Cooper, A., Schaaf, C., Gao, F. and S. Gopal (2002), Global land cover mapping from MODIS: algorithms and early results. Remote Sensing of Environment 83:287-302

Achievements and Awards

First place recipient of the 2008 John Davidson President's Awards for practical papers.

Third place recipient of the 2008 Leica Geosystems Award for Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing from American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).