Javier Blanco Sacristán

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Science and Engineering


Research Interests

Dr. Blanco-Sacristán's research focuses on using remote sensing to monitor dryland environments to understand their functioning, with a particular focus on mangrove forests and biocrusts. He is also interested in developing nature-based solutions that help improve the wellbeing of people in arid regions.

Selected Publications

Blanco-Sacristán, J., Johansen, K., Duarte, C. M., Daffonchio, D., Hoteit, I., McCabe, M. F. (2022). Mangrove distribution and afforestation potential in the Red Sea. Science of The Total Environment.

Blanco-Sacristán J, Panigada C, Gentili R, Tagliabue G, Martín MP, Ladrón de Guevara M, Maestre F, Rossini M. (2021). UAV RGB, thermal infrared and multispectral imagery used to evaluate the effect of terrain on the spatial distribution of dryland biocrust. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.

Guirado E, Blanco-Sacristán J, Rodríguez-Caballero, Alcaraz-Segura D, Cabello, J. (2021) Mask R-CNN and OBIA fusion improves the segmentation of scattered vegetation in very high-resolution optical sensors. Sensors.

Blanco-Sacristán J, Panigada C, Tagliabue G, Gentili R, Colombo R, Ladrón de Guevara M, Maestre F, Rossini M. (2019) Spectral Diversity Successfully Estimates α-diversity of Biocrust-Forming Lichens. Remote sensing


Ph.D. Environmental Sciences. University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy (2020)

M.Sc. Conservation, Management and Restoration of Biodiversity. University of Granada, Spain (2017)

B.Sc. Biology. UGR - University of Granada, Spain (2016)


Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD scholarship (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy). 3 years 

Scientific Initiation Program Scholarship (University of Granada, Spain). 1 semester

Research Interests Keywords

Remote Sensing Dryland monitoring