Mihai Tanase

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Born and raised in Bucharest I started my trip around the world at 14 when I moved north to study forestry within a specialized high school program followed by a BS in Forest Management. Once task accomplished, nine years later, I returned home working as an engineer at the Forest Research and Management Institute. During this period I have also enhanced my education with a bachelor in economics. Five years later I have decided to follow a Masters program at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (Greece). This brought a change to my career which afterwards focused on remote sensing applications for forest management. Following the master, I went for a PhD degree at the University of Saragossa (Spain). A postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Melbourne set me adrift towards the end of the world were I have remained since together with my dear companions Cris, Oscar and Marcos. As a good forester I like trekking, camping, and generally all kind of outdoors activities. I also like learning new things and taking on new challenges. You will learn more about me by browsing this website. If you want to know about my professional background, check the “Research” page. The photo gallery showcases some of my trips, activities and friends. For any doubt, curiosity or suggestion contact me.

Mihai Tanase

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  • Research Interests

    • Natural Hazards

      (forest fires, floods)

      My interests are focused on pre- and post-fire forest management and the use of remote sensing for landscape scale assessment of fuel type, fuel load, fire effects and live fuels moisture content. I am using a variety of remote sensing sensors from high resolution optical to synthetic aperture radar and airborne laser scanning. Over the past 10 years I have developed new methods based on SAR for estimating fire severity and forest regrowth in a range of environments. The pioneering nature of this effort resulted in the publication of several articles one of which was awarded the Interactive Prize Paper Award by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. I have also demonstrated the utility of SAR data for the retrieval of live canopy moisture content which is relevant for fire risk evaluation. Recently, I have proposed the use of a novel index, the standardized Radar Burn Ratio, for the estimation of fire severity without the need for a priori information from field campaigns.

    • Carbon cycling

      (forest biomass, fire emissions)

      I am interested in airborne and space-borne radar data to understand the main factors influencing forest biomass quantification errors. My work focuses on improving biomass estimation accuracy from dense multi-temporal series and advanced radar techniques such as polarimetry and interferometry. I have also worked on enhancing existing backscatter models with a priori forest structural information obtained from lidar sensors.

    • Environmental change

      (land use & land cover change)

       I am also interested in broad scale changes of land use land cover types with an emphasis on forest change caused by natural disasters or the anthropic influence. I am using a range of methods and sensors such as object and pixel based classification techniques, change detection, and trajectory analysis as well as a range of sensors from high and very high spatial resolution optical satellite images to synthetic aperture radar and their synergy.

  • Education

    • PhD Geography

      University of Zaragoza (2006-2010)

      Spatial Planning and Environment program Thesis: SAR Sensitivity to Burn Severity and Forest Recovery in Mediterranean Environments – backscatter and interferometric coherence analysis. Grade: Maxima cum laude with European Honors, Date: December 3rd 2010.

    • MSc Environmental Management

      Mediterranean Agronomic Institue of Chania (2004-2006)

      Curricula on Remote Sensing and GIS for environmental management Thesis: Fuel type mapping using high and very high spatial resolution satellite imagery”. Grade: Maxima cum laude

    • BSc Economics

      Academy of Economic Studies (1999-2003)

      Financial markets and banking program, Thesis: Mortgage loans, a way to develop real estate market in Romania.

    • BSc Honors Silviculture

      Stefan cel Mare University (1994-1999)

      Silviculture and forest management, Thesis: Decadal forest management planning for Doroteia forest district.

  • Employment

    • University of Alcala

      Research Fellow (2015-present)

      Multi-temporal data series analysis and radar-optical data fusion for vegetation and natural disasters monitoring

     
    • University of Melbourne

      Research Fellow (2011-2014)

      Development of algorithms for forest characterization from remote sensing data with an emphasis on radar and lidar sensors; Analysis of spatial patterns of vegetation moisture content; Calibration and validation of airborne synthetic aperture radar data; Development of field protocols for data collection; Field data collection and processing; Planning airborne surveys; Soil moisture estimation.

    • University of Zaragoza

      Research Fellow (2008-2010)

      Polarimetric, interferometric and backscatter analysis of synthetic aperture radar data over areas affected by natural hazards; Forest monitoring using synthetic aperture radar data; Burn severity estimation at regional level using optical sensors.

    • Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (part-time)

      Research assistant (2005-2006)

      Development of land-cover/land-use maps using QuickBird and Ikonos satellite imagery and object-oriented analysis; Research on hyper-spectral satellite imagery for pre-fire planning and management; Pixel and object oriented mapping of forest fuels; Collection of vegetation spectral signatures; Accuracy assessment of the derived mapping products.

    • Forest Research and Management Institute

      Research fellow (2002-2004)

      Forest monitoring within the framework of the European ICP program and the Romanian national monitoring program; Monitoring air pollution effects on forest health in the Carpathian Mountains; Forest management planning and conservation of virgin forests; Field data collection, processing and analysis.

    • Forest Research and Management Institute

      Engineer (1999-2002)

      Forest management planning; Statistical analysis on wood volume harvested at national level from private forests; Statistical analysis on forest excluded from the privatization process.

  • Remote Sensing Skills

    Optical sensors 70%
    
                            
    SAR sensors 85%
    
                            
    LiDAR 70%
    
                            
    Signal processing 35%
    
                            
    Field campaign 85%
    
                            
  • Software skills

    Gamma RS 85%
    
                            
    ITT ENVI 80%
    
                            
    ESRI ArcGIS 70%
    
                            
    Matlab 50%
    
                            
    Statistica & SPSS 50%
    
                            
    PolSARpro 70%
    
                            
    Erdas Imagine 65%
    
                            
    IDRISI 40%
    
                            

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Current projects

  • 2016-2020  “EO-ROFORMON – Prototyping an Earth-Observation based monitoring and forecasting system for the Romanian forests”, Romanian National Research and Innovation Authority. Objective: the project aims to prototype a novel national forest monitoring and forecasting system based on the integration of active (radar) and passive (optical) Earth-Observation (EO) sensors calibrated with in situ data obtained from terrestrial laser scanning.
  • 2014-2017  “Dense Time series of RADARSAT-2 and COSMO-SkyMedSAR data for crop mapping and soil moisture retrieval over agricultural sites”, COSMO-SkyMed/RADARSAT-2 Initiative. Objective: The objective of this project is to study the additional improvements that can be obtained by a combined use of SAR time series collected both at C- and X- band, which show complementary sensitivities to crop canopy components. The integrative use of multi-temporal RADARSAT-2 and COSMO-SkyMed data for crop mapping and soil moisture retrieval will be investigated by developing and validating algorithms tailored to enhance the synergy of the two SAR systems, including the identification of the polarimetric configuration optimizing the performance of the retrieval and classification algorithms.
  • 2013-2018  “Quantifying and monitoring carbon dynamics in forest ecosystems affected by wildfires using multi-temporal SAR data”, JAXA`s 4th ALOS RA. Objective: This project aims to use L-band SAR data to estimate carbon stock changes caused by wildfires and monitor its subsequent dynamic due to vegetation regrowth through the integrated use of field and remote sensing data.  The effects of prescribed burning treatments on forest structure will also be evaluated. The study will focus on the development of multi-temporal SAR based indices for direct fire effects estimation. It is assumed that relating pre- and post-fire backscatter indices within a differenced approach would provide direct measurements of the changes in vegetation structure. Through pixel based trajectory analysis explicit spatial information on the forest recovery process through all intermediate development stages is possible. Temporal segmentation strategies with both regression-based and point-to-point index fitting as a function of time will be used.

Past projects

(selective list)

  • 2014  “Novel radar-based methods for improved estimation of fire effects“, Early Career Research Grant (RMS 6021), the University of Melbourne.
  • 2011-2013  “Towards operational monitoring of key climate parameters from synthetic aperture radar”, Australian Research Council and the CRC-SI.
  • 2012-2014 “Single pass X-band interferometric data for crop growth monitoring during the vegetation season”, DLR (XTI 0896).
  • 2009-2010  “Monitoring of vegetation recovery in forests affected by fire and wind storm using X-, C- and L-band SAR data”, CSA (SOAR-EU 6793).
  • 2008-2010  “Fire severity assessment and vegetation recovery monitoring in Mediterranean environments using TerraSAR-X, ALOS PALSAR and ERS data”, DLR (LAN 0464).
  • 2008-2010   “Assessing fire severity and monitoring vegetation recovery in Mediterranean environments affected by fires”, ESA (C1P.5446).
  • 2007  “Estimation of changes in forest area and biomass in Central Siberia”, within ALOS Kyoto & Carbon Initiative (K&C).
  • 2006 “Fuel type mapping using high and very high spatial resolution satellite imagery”, wihtin Fire Paradox, European Comission (FP6-018505).
  • 2005 “Land cover / land use object oriented mapping for Kolymvari test site”, within GEOLAND –Integrated GMES EU (SIP3-CT-2003-502871).
  • 2000-2003 “Long term effects of air pollution on selected forest ecosystems in the Carpathian Mountains, Europe (Retezat National Park)”, USDA Forest Service.
  • 2000-2002  “GIS techniques for analyzing forest monitoring data”, Romanian National Plan for Research and Development.

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