International Project Team

Nine organizations from eight countries were involved in the ESA FLEX Bridge Study.


CANADA:  P&M Technologies (PMT) – Prime Contractor

Study manager and  PMT Technical manager:

Dr. Gina Mohammed, Research Director
P&M Technologies
66 Millwood Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, CANADA  P6A 6S7
Tel: +1 705-946-2882

Contract administrator and  Webmaster:

Mr. Dan Pernokis, President
Tel: +1 705-946-2882

GERMANY:  Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)

Technical manager:

Dr. Uwe Rascher
Institute of Bio- and Geosciences – Plant Sciences (IBG-2)
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Leo-Brandt-Straße, 52428 Jülich, GERMANY
Tel: +49 2461 61-2638

Additional science team members:

Anke Schickling,  Maria Matveeva,  Lukas Prey, 
M.Pilar Cendrero-Mateo,  Sebastian Wieneke

SPAIN:  University of València (UVAL)

Technical manager:

Dr. José Moreno
Laboratory for Earth Observation – IPL, Dept. Earth Physics and Thermodynamics
Faculty of Physics, University of València
C/ Dr. Moliner, 50, 46100 Burjassot, València, SPAIN
Tel: +34 96 354 3112

Additional science team members:

Jochem Verrelst,  Luis Alonso,  Neus Sabater, 
Jorge Vicent Servera,  Carolina Tenjo

ITALY:  University of Bologna (UNIBO)

Technical manager:

Prof. Federico Magnani
Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie
  (Department of Agricultural Sciences)
Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
via Fanin 46, I-40127 Bologna, ITALY
Tel: +39 051 2096466

Additional science team member:

Elena Mezzini

ITALY:  University of Milano Bicocca (UNIMIB)

Technical manager:

Dr. Roberto Colombo
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Milano Bicocca
Piazza della Scienza, 1-20126 Milano, ITALY
Tel: +39 02 6448 2819

Additional science team members:

Micol Rossini,  Sergio Cogliati,  Cinzia Panigada

UNITED KINGDOM:  University College London (UCL)

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) / National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)

Technical manager:

Dr. Philip Lewis
Department of Geography
University College London
Gower Street
Tel: +44 020 7679 0585

Additional science team members:

Jacques Malaprade,  Natasha MacBean,  Jose Gomez-Dans,  Luis Guanter,
Caroline Nichol,  Alasdair MacArthur,  Mat Williams

SWITZERLAND:  University of Zurich (UZH)

Technical manager:

Dr. Alexander Damm
Remote Sensing Laboratories – Department of Geography
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
Tel: +41 044 635 5251


CZECH REPUBLIC:  Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic – Global Change
  Research Centre (CzechGlobe) (ASCR-GCRC)

Technical manager:

Dr. Alexander Ac
Division of Impact Studies and Physiological Analyses
Global Change Research Centre AS CR, v.v.i
Belidla 986/4a, 603 00 Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC
Tel: +420 511 192 253

Additional science team members:

Julie Olejnickova,  Daniel Kovac

THE NETHERLANDS:  University of Twente,
  Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (UT-ITC)

Technical manager:

Dr. Ir. Christiaan van der Tol
Department of Water Resources,
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)
University of Twente
Hengelosestraat 99, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, THE NETHERLANDS
Tel: +31 53 4874 282
Fax: +31 53 4874 336

Additional science team members:

Wouter Verhoef
Nastassia Rajh Vilfan  (externally funded)

EUROPE:  European Space Agency – European Space Research & Technology Centre

ESA has sites in several European countries, but the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, is the largest.  ESTEC is the technical heart – the incubator of the European space effort – where most ESA projects are born and where they are guided through the various phases of development.

Project Technical Officer:

Dr. Matthias Drusch
European Space Research & Technology Centre (ESTEC)
Keplerlaan 1, Postbus 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, THE NETHERLANDS
Tel: +31 71 565 8868
Fax: +31 71 565 5675

General Enquiries:

Tel: +31 71 565 6565

About the FLEX Bridge Study...

The goal of the FLEX Bridge Study was to optimize approaches for SIF retrievals and applications in assessment of photosynthesis and stress status in terrestrial vegetation, including development of a calibration/validation strategy for FLEX products.  The study has advanced the work of the PS Study and PARCS projects with new and additional science to address priorities identified by these previous studies and in ongoing FLEX preparatory activities.  FLEX Bridge will form the foundation of subsequent science & applications development during mission development and deployment.  The study consolidated follow-on activities leading up to the User Consultation Meeting (UCM) held in Krakow, Poland, on September 15-16, 2015.  FLEX has now been selected as ESA's new Earth Explorer 8 mission.

For further information about FLEX Bridge, click here.  To read or download the Final Report, click here.  To see a list of publications from the Study, click here.