I am a Professor of Remote Sensing 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+
  • LiDAR
  • Inversion of Radiative Transfer Models


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Environmental Engineering, 2000, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Geodesy and Geomatics, 2005, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

The overarching theme of my research, teaching and outreach activities is the use of Earth Observation satellite remote sensing systems for global environmental monitoring. My current research focuses on the production, validation and analysis of global and continental scale datasets from remotely sensed dataset, with a particular emphasis on algorithm development for burned area mapping, estimation of vegetation biophysical parameters, and forest monitoring.

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.

  • NASA MODIS Science Team
  • CEOS Cal Val, Land Cover Product Validation Subgroup, Fire Product Validation focus area, co-Chair
  • GOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation Team, member
Luigi Boschetti
Forest Rangeland and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho
Department of Geographical Sciences
luigi [at] uidaho.edu