Sedano, Fernando

Sedano, Fernando
University of Maryland

Fernando Sedano is a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Geographical Sciences of the University of Maryland and project scientist for the Joint Global Carbon Cycle Center (JGC3).

Fernando is interested in the application of remote sensing to monitor spatial-temporal ecosystem dynamics. His research aims to understand and quantify the drivers of change and the feedbacks controlling dynamic coupled nature-human systems. Fernando holds a PhD. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California at Berkeley (2008). His thesis research focused on the characterization of tree cover structure from moderate spatial resolution optical sensors (MODIS and MISR) in African Miombo woodlands. Previously he had obtained a BSc. and MSc. in Forestry at the University of Valladolid (Spain). Before his academic live he also worked for several years as forest consultant and remote sensing specialist in Southern Africa, South America and South East Asia. Before joining the University of Maryland Fernando worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. His worked involved the development of remote sensing-based methods for forest monitoring and burned scar-mapping methodologies at continental level. He also worked on the characterization of wildfires in boreal ecosystems at the Department of Earth System Sciences of the University of California at Irvine.

Research Interests: 
Remote sensing sensor integration at medium spatial resolution; Forest degradation in African tropical woodlands; Forest fire dynamics in boreal ecosystems