Luigi Boschetti

Adjunct Associate Professor

I am an Associate Professor in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho; until 2012 I was with the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, as Assistant Research Scientist (2005-2009) and Associate Research Professor (2009-2012).

I held research fellowships at the Italian national Research Council (2004-2005) and at the Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (2002-2004), and was a visiting scientist at the Natural Resources Institute - University of Greenwich (2000-2002).

Areas of Interest:
  • Global scale applications of low and medium resolution satellite data
  • Remote sensing of fire
  • Multitemporal algorithms
  • Validation of low resolution thematic products
  • REDD+
Degrees
  • MS Environmental Engineering, 2000, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Ph.D Geodesy and Geomatics, 2005, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
The overarching theme of my research is the use of remote sensing as tool for global environmental monitoring, with a focus on the generation of systematic, multiannual measurements of climatic variables. The current observations from environmental satellites are going to be an essential part of future data records, and will increasingly have a key role in allowing us to understand our changing planet. Since 2005 I have been part of the team developing the MODIS Global Burned Area Product; more recently, I have used the experience matured on the MODIS Science Team to apply the same automatic and systematic approach, to test the generation of Landsat scale continental and global products for fire, and for forest disturbances.
My service and outreach philosophy is to facilitate the use of Earth Observation data and products beyond the science community; as part of this effort, I am a member of the GOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation Team, and of the CEOS CalVal Land Product Validation Team. I am one of the core authors of the GOFC Sourcebook on REDD+, which provides guidance for the use of remote sensing data in carbon accounting, using methods compliant with the IPCC guidelines.
National NASA MODIS Science Team
International CEOS Cal Val, Land Cover Product Validation Subgroup, Fire Product Validation focus area, co-Chair
International GOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation Team, member
  • Luigi Boschetti
Forest Rangeland and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho
Department of Geographical Sciences
Phone: (208) 885-6508
Email: luigi@uidaho.edu