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Vincenzo Giannico

PhD Student, Michigan State University
Landscape Ecology & Ecosystem Science (LEES) | Research Gate

Vincenzo Giannico is a PhD candidate in "Biodiversity, Agriculture and Environment” at the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (DISAAT), University of Bari. His doctoral research focuses on ecosystem service trade-offs of urban and peri-urban forest areas using high resolution remotely sensed data (i.e. LiDAR, Multi- and Hyperspectral data).

Specifically, the aim of his research is to find explanatory variables derived from remote sensing data capable of estimating carbon stored in biomass, the amount of biodiversity and its patterns, and to understand the relationships among these ecosystem services. Previously, he did an internship in "Planetek Italia", a leader company in the field of Earth Observation technologies, where he performed pre-processing and advanced analysis methodologies on optical and laser sensor data and more. His main research interests are ecosystem modeling, ecosystem services, remote sensing of the environment, and applications of geomatics in forestry.


PhD Student, Biodiversity, Agriculture and Environment | 2014 — Present
University of Bari, Bari, Italy

MS, Management and Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Landscape | 2013
University of Bari, Bari, Italy

Visiting Scholar | 2008
Escuela Politécnica Superior de Gandia, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

BS, Forestry and Environmental Sciences | 2010
University of Bari, Bari, Italy


Journal Paper

  1. F Bottalico, L Pesola, M Vizzarri, L Antonello, A Barbatid,G Chirici, P Corona, S Cullotta, V Garfì, V Giannico, R Lafortezza, F Lombardi, M Marchetti, S Nocentini, F Riccioli, D Travaglini, L Sallustio. 2015. Modeling the influence of alternative forest management scenarios on wood production and carbon storage: a case study in the Mediterranean region. Environmental Research (In press).
  2. Marziliano, P. A., Lafortezza, R., Medicamento, U., Lorusso, L., Giannico, V., Colangelo, G., & Sanesi, G. (2015). Estimating belowground biomass and root/shoot ratio of Phillyrea latifolia L. in the Mediterranean forest landscapes.Annals of Forest Science, 1-9.


  1. Giannico V, Lafortezza R, Colangelo G, La Mantia C, Sanesi G, 2014. Assessing Forest Stand Conditions in Urban Areas Using Multi-Source and Multi-Scale Data. Sentinel-2 for Science Workshop, 20-22 May 2014, ESA-ESRIN, Frascati (Rome), Italy. pp. 94.
  2. Giannico, V., Lafortezza, R., Colangelo, G., & Sanesi, G. (2014, July). ASSESSING DENDROMETRIC PARAMETERS IN URBAN FOREST AREAS USING AIRBORNE LIDAR AND FIELD DATA. ForestSAT2014 Conference, 4-7 November 2014, Riva del Garda (TN), Italy
  3. Giannico V.,Elia M., Sanesi G, Lafortezza R (2014). A practical tool to support ecosystem services assessment and management decisions in urban forest area. IALE World Congress, 5-10 July 2015, Portland (OR), USA.


The GREEN SURGE project is a collaborative project between 24 partners in 11 countries. It is funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

GREEN SURGE will identify, develop and test ways of linking green spaces, biodiversity, people and the green economy in order to meet the major urban challenges related to land use conflicts, climate change adaptation, demographic changes, and human health and wellbeing. It will provide a sound evidence base for urban green infrastructure planning and implementation, exploring the potential for innovation in better linking environmental, social and economic ecosystem services with local communities.


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