Dr. Houborg received his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He spent a year at the University of Edmonton, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences during his graduate studies and was a visiting Ph.D student at the USDA-ARS facility in Tucson, Arizona in 2005. After being awarded a Ph.D in Physical Geography in 2006, he spent 4 years in the United States working first as a Post-doctoral scientist at the USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory and then as a Research Associate in the Hydrological Sciences Branch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Dr. Houborg returned to Europe in 2011 to take up a position at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Italy. In early 2013, he joined KAUST as a Research Scientist.
Dr. Houborg is interested in optimizing the utilization of earth observation data and further advance the integration of high quality satellite products within land surface modelling schemes for improved monitoring of terrestrial water, carbon and energy cycle processes in space and time. He is active in the development of candidate remote sensing techniques for accurately mapping key leaf and canopy biophysical properties useful for tracking changes in crop health and productivity, as well as studies on their relationship to key plant functional traits and validation. He is also looking into the benefits of combining data streams in the shortwave reflective and thermal infrared domain to better describe vegetation function and response to environmental stress factors. Dr. Houborg realizes that a key to major science advancements is to make innovative use of existing remote sensing data through a multi-sensor approach that exploits the synergies and individual benefits provided by the suite of available satellite sensors.
Research Interests Keywords
Crop health and productivity
Modelling of water and carbon cycle processes
Satellite Remote Sensing