International Project Team

Seven organizations from seven countries were involved in the FLEX Photosynthesis 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

FRANCE:  Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (CNRS-LMD)

Technical manager:

Dr. Yves Goulas
Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique – UMR8539, Ecole Polytechnique
Route de Saclay, F91128 Palaiseau cedex, FRANCE
Tel: +33 1 69 33 51 56

Additional science team members:

Ismael Moya,  Fabrice Daumard

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:

Alexander Gallé,  Sebastian Wieneke,  Hella Ahrends,  Ladislav Nedbal

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:

Luis Alonso,  Jochem Verrelst,  Jesús Delegido Gómez,   Juan Pablo Rivera Caicedo

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 members:

Elena Mezzini,  Antonio Volta,  Sabrina Raddi

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

Technical manager:

Dr. Julie Olejnickova
Division of Innovation and Mitigation Techniques
Global Change Research Centre AS CR, v.v.i
Belidla 986/4a, 603 00 Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC
Tel: +420 389 033 823

Additional science team members:

Zbynek Malenovsky,  Daniel Kovac,  Karel Klem,
Frantisek Zemek,  Alexander Ac

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

Technical manager:

Prof. Dr. Ing. Wouter Verhoef
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 289

Additional science team members:

Christiaan van der Tol
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 Photosynthesis Study...

This study targetted the linkage between solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and photosynthesis in terrestrial vegetation.  A dedicated photosynthesis model based on state-of-the-art existing modules was developed and implemented.  We also developed and tested a prototype algorithm that can derive photosynthesis from FLEX tandem mission measurements.  The Photosynthesis Study was part of the package of parallel study activities needed for assessment of the FLEX candidate mission.

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