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Dr. Cristina Milesi

Research Scientist
NASA Ames Research Center & University Corporation Monterey
email: cristina dot milesi at gmail dot com Mail Stop 242-4
Moffett Field, CA 94035
(650) 604-6431

Research Interests

  • Remote sensing and ecosystem process modeling of the interactions between water, carbon and nitrogen cycling
  • Urbanization and its impacts on Earth's biophysical and biogeochemical processes
  • Human population and the environment

Education and Training

  • Ph.D. Ecosystem Modeling and Remote Sensing, University of Montana, 2004
  • B.Sc. Biology (summa cum laude), University of Trieste, 1995

Awards and Honors

  • 2004-2005 National Research Council Post-doctoral Associateship at NASA Ames Research Center
  • 2000-2003 NASA Earth System Science Fellowship
  • 1996-1997 Area Science Park (Trieste/Italy) Fellowship for Young Researchers


Milesi, C., R. Nemani, and C.D. Elvidge. 2009. Assessing the extent of urban irrigated areas in the United States. In: Global Mapping of Irrigated and Rainfed Cropland Areas using Remote Sensing Eds: P.S. Thenkabail, J.G. Lyon, H. Turral and C.M. Biradar. Taylor and Francis. In press.

Hirofumi, H., F. Melton, K. Ichii, C. Milesi , W. Wang, and R.R. Nemani. 2009. Evaluating the impacts of climate and elevated CO2 on tropical rainforests of the western Amazon basin using ecosystem models and satellite data. Global Change Biology. In press.

Nemani, R., H. Hashimoto, P. Votava, F. Melton, W. Wang, A. Michaelis, C. Milesi, S. Hiatt, and M. White. 2009. Monitoring and forecasting ecosystem dynamics using the Terrestrial Observation and Prediction System (TOPS). Remote Sensing of Environment In press.

Lebassi, B., J. Gonzalez, D. Fabris, E. Maurer, N. Miller, C. Milesi, P. Switzer, and R. Bornstein. 2009. Observed 1970-2005 cooling of summer daytime temperatures in coastal California. Journal of Climate. In press.

Ganguly, S., M.A. Schull, A. Samanta, N.V. Shabanov, C. Milesi, R.R. Nemani, Y. Knyazikhin, R. B. Myneni. 2008. Generating LAI Earth System Data Record from Multiple Sensors. Part 1: Theory. Remote Sensing of Environment, 112: 4333-4343.

Ganguly, S., A. Samanta, M.A. Schull, N.V. Shabanov, C. Milesi, R.R. Nemani, Y. Knyazikhin, R. B. Myneni. 2008. Generating LAI Earth System Data Record from Multiple Sensors. Part 2: Implementation, Analysis and Validation. Remote Sensing of Environment, 112: 4318-4332.

Elvidge, C.D., B.J. Tuttle, P.C. Sutton, K.E. Baugh, A.T. Howard, C. Milesi, B. Bhuduri, R. Nemani. 2007. Global Distribution and Density of Constructed Impervious Surfaces. Sensors. 7:1962-1979.

Elvidge, C.D., K.E. Baugh, B.J. Tuttle, A.T. Howard, D. Pack, C. Milesi, E. Erwin. 2007. A Twelve Year Record of Natural Gas Flaring Derived From Satellite Data. Oil & Gas Journal, 105(42): 50-59.

Milesi, C., C.D. Elvidge, J.B. Dietz, B.J. Tuttle, R.R. Nemani, and S.W. Running. 2005. Mapping and modeling the biogeochemical cycling of turf grasses in the United States. Environmental Management. Online First. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-004-0316-2.

Milesi, C., H. Hashimoto, S.W. Running, and R.R. Nemani. 2005. Climate variability, vegetation productivity and people at risk. Global and Planetary Change, 47(2-4): 221-231.

Elvidge, C.D., P.C. Sutton, T.W. Wagner, R. Ryznar, S.J. Goetz, A.J. Smith, C. Jantz, K.C. Seto, M.L. Imhoff, Y.Q. Yang, C. Milesi, and R. Nemani. 2004. Urbanization. In Land Change Science: Observing, Monitoring, and Understanding Trajectories of Change on the Earth's Surface, G. Gutman and C. Justice, eds. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 315-328 pp.

Elvidge, C.D., C. Milesi, J.B. Dietz, B.J. Tuttle, P.C. Sutton, R. Nemani, and J.E. Vogelmann. 2004. U.S. Constructed Area Approaches the Size of Ohio. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 85:233.

Hessl, A.E., C. Milesi, M.A. White, D.L. Peterson, and R.E. Keane. 2004. Ecophysiological parameters for Pacific Northwest trees Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-618. Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, OR. 14p.

Milesi, C., C.D. Elvidge, R.R. Nemani, and S.W. Running. 2003. Assessing the impact of urban land development on net primary productivity in the southeastern United States. Remote Sensing of Environment, 86:273-432.

Heinsch, F.A., M. Reeves, C.B. Bowker, P. Votava, S. Kang, C. Milesi, M. Zhao, J. Glassy, W.M. Jolly, R.R. Nemani and S.W. Running. 2003. GPP and NPP (MOD17A2/A3) Products User's Guide. NASA MODIS Land Algorithm. 42 p.

Milesi, C., C.D. Elvidge, R.R. Nemani, and S.W. Running. 2003. Assessing the environmental impacts of human settlements using satellite data. Management of Environmental Quality, 14:99-107.

Altobelli, A., E. Feoli, F. Iadarola, and C. Milesi. 1996. Industrial Ecology: an application of GIS and quantitative methods for the analysis of industrial patterns. Coenoses, 11(3): 109-114.