Alessandro Baccini, Ph.D.
Woods Hole Research Center
149 Woods Hole Road
Falmouth, MA 02540-1644
Dr. Baccini is a remote sensing scientist whose interests focus on the use of satellite data for the monitoring of forest carbon, land cover, land cover change and the effects of environmental change on the terrestrial carbon cycle at the regional and global scale. Before joining the Center he was a research associate at Boston University and worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations for the Forest Resources Assessment 1990 and 2000 monitoring tropical deforestation. He received his doctorate from Boston University.
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
- 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
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.
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: http://www.cbmjournal.com/content/4/1/2
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 http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/3/4
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).