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Deep Wetlands

About the project
In the Deep Wetlands project, we are developing a machine learning platform to monitor water extent changes in wetlands by integrating multiple data sources from satellite images, altimetry radars, and other space sensors. Wetlands are vital ecosystems for the functioning of the Earth system and necessary to achieve sustainable development. Water availability determines if wetlands can thrive and if they can deliver services to humans. However, water changes are mostly covered by thick vegetation, impairing their remote detection from space. Wetlands are disappearing rapidly; approximately 70% have been lost in the last 120 years.

Despite the danger that wetlands are currently facing, there is no global high-resolution assessment of wetland changes to date. This limits the in-depth and temporal analysis of wetlands from space. Changes in wetlands are unnoticed as most space-based technologies cannot fully account for water below vegetation and are limited to large water bodies. Our grand challenge is to quantify the changes in wetland surface area on existing wetlands.

About the Digital Futures Postdoc Fellow
Francisco J. Peña is a postdoctoral researcher working in the field of artificial intelligence and remote sensing. He works jointly at the division of Software and Computer System (SCS) of KTH Royal Institute of Technology and at the Department of Physical Geography of Stockholm University in Sweden. Francisco is also a member of the Distributed Computing at KTH (DC@KTH). Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher at University College Dublin (2018-2020). He obtained his PhD from University College Cork in June 2019.

His research interests include:

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Deep Learning
  • Recommender Systems
  • Remote Sensing

Main supervisor
Fernando Jaramillo, Assistant Professor at Stockholm University, Digital Futures Faculty

Co-supervisor
Amir Payberah, Assistant Professor, Division of Software and Computer Science at KTH, Digital Futures Faculty

Contacts

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Francisco J. Peña

Digital Futures Postdoctoral Fellow, Postdoc project: Deep Wetlands

frape@kth.se
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Fernando Jaramillo

Assistant Professor at SU, Digital Futures Faculty

08-16 47 71
fernando.jaramillo@natgeo.su.se
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Amir Payberah

Assistant Professor, Division of Software and Computer Science at KTH, Digital Futures Faculty

+46 72 554 40 11
payberah@kth.se