C. (Carmine) Maffei


I graduated in 2001 at the University of Naples with a thesis on hyperspectral remote sensing. From 2001 to 2006 I worked at the Institute for Agricultural and Forest Systems in the Mediterranean. Between 2006 and 2014 I was with MARSec, a R&D intensive SME, to develop products based on optical and thermal remote sensing of land. Since 2014 I’m with Benecon, where I work on hyperspectral imaging for archaeology, environmental monitoring and law enforcement.

Research themes


With the goal of mapping forest fire hazard, satellite measurements in the optical and thermal domains will be inverted to quantify vegetation moisture and temperature, while meteorological fire danger indexes will estimate dead fuels moisture. Analyses will be conducted to model vegetation radiometric response to weather forcing and to define a synthetic fire hazard index. Ground truth will be used to understand how vegetation evolves into critical conditions, and to validate the remote sensing retrievals.

Key publications

  • Maffei, C., & Menenti, M. (2014). An application of the perpendicular moisture index for the prediction of fire hazard. EARSeL eProceedings, 13(1), 13-19. doi:10.12760/01-2014-1-02.
  • Maffei, C., & Menenti, M. (2014). A MODIS-based perpendicular moisture index to retrieve leaf moisture content of forest canopies. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 35(5), 1829-1845. doi:10.1080/01431161.2013.879348.
  • Maffei, C., Alfieri, S., & Menenti, M. (2013). Characterising fire hazard from temporal sequences of thermal infrared MODIS measurements. EARSeL eProceedings, 12(1), 1-7. doi:10.12760/01-2013-1-01.

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Carmine Maffei

Guest PhD student

  • c.maffei@tudelft.nl
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
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