Daniela Stroppiana
Daniela Stroppiana
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Senior Researcher


Daniela Stroppiana's research activity focuses on the use of satellite images for natural resourse monitoring. In particular, images acquired by medium/coarse spatial resolution space-borne optical sensors for regional up to global studies such as: Landsat TM/ETM+, SPOT-VEGETATION, NOAA-AVHRR and NASA-MODIS.

A specific research interest is monitoring forest fires with optical and radar satellite data at regional scale and, specifically, the development of automatic algorithms for mapping areas affected by fires.

Since 2004 she is part of IREA-CNR, natural resources and agriculture monitoring team as research fellow (2004-2014) first and from 2014 as researcher.

She was technical manager of the SPACE4AGRI  (Sviluppo di metodologie aerospaziali innovative di osservazione della terra a supporto del settore agricolo in Lombardia) project coordinated by IREA-CNR and funded by Regione Lombardia (2013-2015). She also partecipated to the FP7 ERMES (an Earth obseRvation Model based ricE information Service) project, coordinated by IREA-CNR and funded by the European Commission (2014-2017); in ERMES she supervised algorithms and products of the rice and flooding mapping activities.

She is now coordinator of the IREA-CNR activities within the Hot Spot Mapping project funded by EC-JRC and coordinated by E-geos focusing on land cover and land cover change mapping. 


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Daniela STROPPIANA graduated in Environmental Engineering, at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, on February 1998. She has now more than 15 years experience in remote sensing techniques for vegetation monitoring. Her research activities focused on the use of low resolution data for large scale monitoring of vegetation conditions. In particular, burnt area mapping at continental scale in Australia was the topic of her PhD in Forestry Engineering discussed at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal in April 2005 and carried out during her staying at the EC-JRC, Ispra, Italy between 1998 and 2002.

At the Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare, Florence, Italy, (2002-2004) she was involved in a project that aimed to estimate crop yield reduction due to water deficit in Chad, Africa; this project also offered her the opportunity of organizing and teaching a training course at Agrhymet, Niamey, Niger, on the use of water balance models for crop yield reduction assessment.

Since 2004, she has been working at the National Research Council, Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA CNR), Milan, Italy. Here she gained experience on the estimation of biophysical parameters of the vegetation cover in both natural and agricultural ecosystems with a focus on the integration of field  and remotely sensed data. She has been involved in the GMES project of the European Commission Geoland and Geolnad-2 for environmental status assessment in Africa. She has also had the opportunity of carrying on her research on burned area mapping at regional scale from medium resolution satellite data with a particular interest on the integration of optical and radar data.

She was involved in national and international projects coordinated by IREA-CNR and focusing on crop monitoring. In particular, she was Technical Manager of the Space4Agri project funded by Regione Lombardia (2013-2015) and supervisor of rice and flooding mapping activities in the FP7-ERMES project (2014-2017). 

In the recent years she has grown interest and experience in developing methodologies for the integration of optical and SAR data for monitoring agriculture and vegetation fires. 

At present she is coordinator of IREA-CNR's activities within the "Framework Service Contract No. 199552 for Global Land High Resolution Hot Spot Monitoring within the Global Land Component of the Copernicus Land Service (C-GL-HRM)" coordinated by E-geos. 

Scientific production


Assessing in-season crop classification performance using satellite data: a test case in Northern Italy, R. Azar, P. Villa, D. Stroppiana, A. Crema, M. Boschetti, P.A. Brivio, European Journal of Remote Sensing 49, 361-380, doi: 10.5721/EuJRS20164920, 2016.

In-Season Mapping of Crop Type with Optical and X-Band SAR Data: A Classification Tree Approach Using Synoptic Seasonal Features, P. Villa, D. Stroppiana, G. Fontanelli, R. Azar, and P.A. Brivio, Remote Sensing, 7(10), 12859-12886; doi:10.3390/rs71012859, 2015.

Integration of optical and SAR data for burned area mapping in Mediterranean regions, D. Stroppiana, R. Azar, F. Calò, A. Pepe, P. Imperatore, M. Boschetti, J.M.N. Silva, P.A. Brivio, and R. Lanari, Remote Sensing, 7, 1320-1345, 2015, doi: 10.3390/rs70201320, 2015.

Advanced methods of plant disease detection. A review, Federico Martinelli, Riccardo Scalenghe, Salvatore Davino, Stefano Panno, Giuseppe Scuderi, Paolo Ruisi, Paolo Villa, Daniela Stroppiana, Mirco Boschetti, Luiz R Goulart, Cristina E Davis, Abhaya M Dandekar, Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 35(1), 1-25, 2015.

Identification of environmental anomaly hot spots in West Africa from time series of NDVI and rainfall, M. Boschetti, F. Nutini, P.a. Brivio, E. Bartholomé, D. Stroppiana, A. Hoscilo, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. 78, 26-40, 2013.

Handling heterogeneous bipolar information for modeling environmental syndromes of global change, G. Bordogna, M. Boschetti, P.A. Brivio, P. Carrara, D. Stroppiana, C.J. Weissteiner, Environmental Modelling & Software, Vol. 36, 131-147, 2012.

A method for extracting burned areas from landsat TM/ETM+ images by soft aggregation of multiple spectral indices and a region growing algorithm, D. Stroppiana, G. Bordogna, P. Carrara, M. Boschetti, L. Boschetti, P.A. Brivio, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. 69, 88-102, 2012.

Forest Leaf area Index in an Alpine valley from medium resolution satellite imagery and in situ data, D. Stroppiana, M. Boschetti, P.A. Brivio, L. Nizzetto, A. di Guardo, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, Vol. 6, 063528; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.6.063528, 2012.

Positive and negative information for assessing and revising scores of burn evidence, D. Stroppiana, G. Bordogna, M. Boschetti, P. Carrara, L. Boschetti, P.A. Brivio, IEEE geosciences and Remote Sensing Letters, Vol. 9, 363-367, 2012.

Estimation of rice production at regional scale with a Light Use Efficiency model and MODIS time series, M. Boschetti, D. Stroppiana, R. Confalonieri, P.A. Brivio, A. Crema, S. Bocchi, European Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 43, 63-81, 2011.

Assessing remotely sensed chlorophyll-a for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in European perialpine lakes, M. Bresciani, D. Stroppiana, D. Odermatt, G. Morabito, C. Giardino, Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 409, 3083-3091, 2011.

Comparison of global inventories of CO emissions from biomass burning derived from remotely sensed data, D. Stroppiana, P.A. Brivio, J.-M. Grégoire, C. Liousse, B. Guillaume, A. Mieville, M. Chin, G. Pétron, Atmopheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol. 10, 12173-12189, doi:10.5194/acp-10-12173-2010, 2010.

Mapping burned areas in a Mediterranean Environment using soft integration of Spectral indices from high resolution satellite images, M. Boschetti, D. Stroppiana, P.A. Brivio, Earth Interactions, Vol. 14, 1-20, 2010.

Analysis and interpretation of spectral indices for soft multi-criteria burned area mapping in Mediterranean regions D. Stroppiana, M. Boschetti, P. Zaffaroni, P.A. Brivio, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, Vol. 6, 499-503, 2009.

Monitoring reed vegetation in environmentally sensitive areas in Italy M. Bresciani, D. Stroppiana, G. Fila, M. Montagna, C. Giardino, Italian Journal of Remote Sensing, 41, 125-137, 2009.

Estimation of Plant Nitrogen Concentration in paddy rice from field canopy spectra D. Stroppiana, M. Boschetti, P.A. Brivio, S. Bocchi, Italian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 41, 45-57, 2009.

A multi-year geographic database of fire affected areas derived from satellite images in the National Parks of Italy P.A. Brivio, B. Petrucci, M. Boschetti, P. Carrara, M. Pepe, A. Rampini, D. Stroppiana, P. Zaffaroni, Italian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 41, 65-78, 2009.

Plant nitrogen concentration in paddy rice from field canopy hyperspectral radiometry D. Stroppiana, M. Boschetti, P.A. Brivio, S. Bocchi, Field Crops Research, Vol. 111, 119-129, 2009.

A fuzzy anomaly indicator for environmental monitoring at continental scale D. Stroppiana, M. Boschetti, P.A. Brivio, P. Carrara, G. Bordogna, Ecological Indicators, Vol. 9, 92-106, 2009.

Multi-year monitoring of rice crop phenology through time series analysis of MODIS images M. Boschetti, D. Stroppiana, P.A. Brivio, S. Bocchi, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 30, 4643-4662, DOI: 10.1080/01431160802632249, 2009.

A flexible multi-source spatial-data fusion system for environmental status assessment at continental scale P. Carrara, G. Bordogna,  M. Boschetti, P.A. Brivio, A. Nelson, D. Stroppiana, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Vol. 22, 781-799, 2008.

Accumulation parameters and seasonal trends for PCBs in temperate and boreal forest plant species L. Nizzetto, C. Pastore, X. Liu, P. Camporini,  D. Stroppiana, B. herbert, M. Boschetti, G. Zhang, P.A. Brivio, K.C. Jones, A. Di Guardo, Environmental Science&Technology, Vol.42, 5911-5916, 2008.

Tracing the fate of PCBs in forest ecosystems L. Nizzetto, D. Stroppiana, P.A. Brivio, M. Boschetti, A. Di Guardo, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, Vol. 9, 542-549, 2007.

Evaluation of LAI-2000 for leaf area index monitoring in paddy rice D. Stroppiana, M. Boschetti, R. Confalonieri, S. Bocchi, P.A. Brivio, Field Crops Research, Vol. 99, 167-170, 2006.

Analysis of rice sample size variability due to development stage, nitrogen fertilization, sowing technique and variety using the visual jackknife R. Confalonieri, D. Stroppiana, M. Boschetti, D. Gusberti, S. Bocchi, M. Acutis, Field Crops Research, Vol. 97, 135-141, 2006.

A global inventory of burned areas at 1km resolution for the year 2000 derived from SPOT VEGETATION data K. Tansey, J-M. Grégoire, E. Binaghi, L. Boschetti, P.A. Brivio, D. Ershov, S. Flasse, R. Fraser, D. Graetz, M. Maggi, P. Peduzzi, J.M.C. Pereira, J.M.N. Silva, A. Sousa, D. Stroppiana, Climatic Change, Vol. 67, no. 2, 345-377, doi: 10.1007/s10584-004-2800-3. ISSN: 0165-0009, 1573-1480, 2005.

Vegetation burning in the year 2000: Global burned area estimates from SPOT VEGETATION data K. Tansey, J.M. Grégoire, D. Stroppiana, A. Sousa, J.M.N. Silva, J.M.C.  Pereira, L. Boschetti, M. Maggi, P.A. Brivio, R. Fraser, S. Flasse, D. Ershov, E. Binaghi, D. Graetz, P. Peduzzi, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, VOL. 109, D14S03, Doi:10.1029/2003JD003598, 2004.

An Algorithm for Mapping Burnt Areas in Australia Using SPOT-VEGETATION Data D. Stroppiana, K. Tansey, J-M. Grégoire, J.M. Pereira, IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 41, no. 4, april 2003.

Evaluation of compositing algorithms over the Brazilian Amazon using SPOT-4 VEGETATION data J.M.B. Carreiras, J.M.C. Pereira, Y.E. Shimabukuro, D. Stroppiana, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 24, NO. 17, pp. 3427-3440, 2003.

The use of SPOT-VEGETATION data in a classification tree approach for burnt area mapping in Australian savanna D. Stroppiana, J-M. Grégoire, J.M.C. Pereira, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 24, NO. 10, pp. 2131-2151, 2003.

Radiometric analysis of SPOT-VEGETATION images for burnt area detection in Northern Australia D. Stroppiana, S. Pinnock, J.M. Pereira, J-M. Grégoire, Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 82, Issue 1, 21-37, September 2002.

Advantages and drawbacks of NOAA-AVHRR and SPOT-VEGETATION for burnt area mapping in a tropical savannah ecosystem M. Maggi, D. Stroppiana, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 231-245, 2002.

The Global Fire Product: daily fire occurrence, from April 1992 to December 1993, derived from NOAA-AVHRR data D. Stroppiana, S. Pinnock, J-M. Grégoire, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol.21, No.6&7, pp.1279-1289, 2000

An assessment of vegetation fire in Africa (1981-1991): burned areas, burned biomass and atmospheric emissions P.M. Barbosa, D. Stroppiana, J-M. Grégoire, J.M.C. Pereira, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Vol.13, No.4, pp. 933-950, 1999.

Satellite monitoring of fire in the EXPRESSO study area during the 1996 dry season experiment: Active fires, burnt area, and atmospheric emissions J.M.C. Pereira, B.S. Pereira, P.M. Barbosa, D. Stroppiana, M. Vasconcelos, J-M. Grégoire, Journal of Geophysical Research (Special Issue EXPRESSO), Vol. 104, No. D23, pp.30,701-30,712, 1999.

The Global Fire Product: Fire distribution from satellite data Dwyer E., D. Stroppiana, S. Pinnock, J-M. Grégoire, International Forest Fires News, No. 19, 78-83, 1998


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