Dr Marta Yebra

PhD
Research Fellow
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental Monitoring 050206
  • Natural Hazards 040604
  • Surface Processes 040607
  • Ecosystem Function 050102
  • Photogrammetry And Remote Sensing 090905

Biography

Dr Marta Yebra is a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamics (Fenner School of Environment and Society) with a focus on using remote sensing data to monitor, quantify and forecast natural resources, natural hazards, and landscape function and health at local, regional and global scales

From 2004-2010 she was employed at the University of Alcala, where she was involved in two large multidisciplinary projects which assessed and integrated the main fire risk factors and analysed fire risk trends, considering potential changes in socio-economic factors as well as foreseen impacts of global climate change. During her research, she spent time at the Centre for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (University of California at Davis, USA); the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA, Argentina) and the School of Environmental and Life Sciences of Salford (UK).

From 2010 to 2013 Marta was a postdoctoral fellow at CSIRO Land and Water as developing innovative methods to integrate satellite and in-situ observations from micrometeorological tower sites with models to predict carbon-water coupling. 

In 2017, Dr Yebra was awarded the prestigious Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship from the Australian Academy of Science. She was also awarded the CSIRO Pyne-Scott Career Award in 2013. 

Marta is an Associate editor for Remote Sensing of Environment (Elsevier), highest ranked journal in Earth observation for environmental applications (impact factor 6.265).

She has been invited to present at 17 national and international conferences, including two keynote talks. Dr Yebra has been a member of nine scientific conference committees and convenor of national and international conferences and workshops.

Academic teaching in 11 undergraduate and graduate courses, including "Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS", "Fire in the Environment", and "Environmental measurement, modelling and monitoring". Accreditation as a senior lecturer by the Spanish Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation. She supervises honours and graduates research scholars in diverse wildland fire topics (see below).

Researcher's projects

*PI= Principal investigator; CI=Co-investigator

Year

Role*

Value

Funding body

Title

2018

PI

$ 500k

Geoscience Australia

Nationwide burnt area extent algorithm

2017-21

PI

$ 570k

Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC

Mapping bushfire hazard and impact (Phase 2)

2017

PI

$ 54k

Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC

Utilization funds to build the Australian Flammability Monitoring System website.

2017

PI

$ 2k

Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC

Travel grant

2017

PI

$ 200k

ACT Government + Airbus

Developing applications for AIRBUS SPOT satellite data

2016

PI

$ 250k

ANU Major Equipment Grant

Forest Spectroscope

2016

PI

$ 20k

TERN AusCover

Generating vegetation products from airborne data

2016-19

CI

$ 200k

National Science Foundation China

Developing an algorithm for Fuel Moisture Content

2016-19

CI

€ 214k

Spanish Ministry of Economy

Monitoring key vegetation biophysical variables in tree-grass ecosystems

2015

PI

$ 3k

TERN AusCover

Travel grant

2014

PI

$ 20k

TERN AusCover

Using LiDAR for vegetation mapping at the ACT

2014

PI

€ 15k

EU Joint Research Centre

Implementation the vegetation moisture content algorithm in the European Commission’s Forest Fire Information System

2014-17

PI

$ 524k

Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC

Mapping bushfire hazard and impact (Phase 1)

2013

PI

$ 87 k

CSIRO+ ACT Government

Characterising vegetation in the ACT

2013

PI

$ 15k

CSIRO

Developing a Hyperspectral unmixing toolbox

2008

PI

€ 6.2 k

Spanish Ministry of Science

Travel grant INTA Climate and Water Division

2007

PI

€ 5.8 k

Spanish Ministry of Science

Travel grant CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

2006

PI

€ 6.2 k

Spanish Ministry of Science

Travel grant University of Salford

2004

PI

€ 4.3 k

Spanish Ministry of Science

Travel grant University of California-Davis

2005-08

PI

€ 78,7

Spanish Ministry of Science

Doctoral Scholarship

2004

Pi

€ 6 k

Fire Brigade of Madrid

Review software packages for disaster management.


Available student projects

Projects are developed in consultation with potential students.

Current student projects

  • Sami Ullah Shah "Development of an integrated method to characterise wildfire hazard using remote sensing data and GIS".  PhD candidate. 
  • Li Zhao, "Forecasting coupled litter and root zone moisture dynamics". PhD candidate.
  • Andrea Massetti: "Assimilation of satellite-based information on fuel condition into fire behaviour models". PhD candidate.
  • Wentao Yin: "A remote sensing approach to analysing ecosystem resilience". PhD candidate.
  • Ivan Kotzur: "Remotely sensing primary production following from bushfires: a comparison of biomes". Honours Student
  • Shiyao Zhong: "Predicting kangaroo density by using grass biomass remote sensing data". Master student
  • Benjamin Mathews-Hunter: "Reintroduction of corroboree frogs in the ACT". Honours Student
  • Changming Yin: "Burn severity estimation of North Australian Tropical Savannas using Radiative Transfer Model". PhD candidate visiting from the University of Technology of Chengdu.

Past student projects

I have supervised 8 Honours/Masters students, 9 undergraduate students and hosted 9 self-funded visitors and students (3 senior researchers, 3 PhD candidates, one master student and two undergraduate students). I am also an external expert at the OzEWEX Australian Climate and Water Summer Institute since 2016 where I guide several students on their research topics.

 

Publications

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