Department of Environmental Engineering

Monica Garcia
Assistant Professor in Hydrology 

Department of Environmental Engineering (DTU) 
Miljøveg, Building 115
2800 Kgs. Lyngby,
Phone: +45 45252287


Study and modeling of land surface fluxes -water, carbon and energy- at different spatial and temporal scales using Earth Observation data from satellite, airborne (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and remote field sensors. 

  • Role of radiometric temperature in modeling evapotranspiration and surface conductance from soil and vegetation
  • Development of land degradation, biodiversity and disturbance indicators based on surface energy changes
  • Drought effects on ecosystem functioning and resilience using time-series analyses metrics.


Monica obtained a Master in International Agricultural Development at the University of California, Davis (2000) and a Ph.D. in Remote sensing of the environment (2003) at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid where she also graduated as an Agricultural Engineer. She was a postdoc at the National Research Council (CSIC) in Spain and Copenhagen University (Denmark). Currently, she is also an Adjunct Research Scientist at IRI, Columbia University (USA). 

On her past research she developed novel eco-hydrological indicators to monitor ecosystem services, or land degradation in water-limited regions like the Mediterranean basin, the African Sahel or California using remote sensing. Some of her research publications have been featured in Nature Geosciences, the New Scientist, and Reuters among others. 

Last updated 11.04.2016