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Short bio

Dr. Matti Mõttus is a Principal Scientist at VTT in Remote Sensing team. His areas of expertise include hyperspectral remote sensing, and mapping of vegetation structure and functioning using remote sensing data.  He is a member of the Mission Advisory Group for ESA’s FLEX satellite mission and an official collaborator on EPIC DSCOVR vegetation products developed by Boston University (prof. Yuri Knyazikhin). Dr. Mõttus is an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Plant Science, section Technical Advances in Plant Science. He has acted as the Principal Investigator (PI) of three research projects funded by Academy of Finland (total budget 3M€), including an ongoing consortium project for AI application in forest mapping, and participated in numerous other national and international projects related to remote sensing. 

Research interests

Information on my research projects, datasets and computer code can be found at the dedicated GitHub page.

My research interests include

  • Remote sensing of vegetation structure and functioning
  • Radiative transfer in vegetation canopies and forest reflectance models
  • Combining artificial intelligence and physical models 
  • Hyperspectral remote sensing
  • Photosynthetically Active Radiation
  • Optical field spectroscopy
  • Quantification of vegetation structure
  • Theory of spectral invariants in radiative transfer theory 
  • Photochemical Refelctance index and sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence

Education/Academic qualification

Physical sciences, Doctorate, University of Tartu

1 Sep 20001 Dec 2004

Award Date: 1 Dec 2004

External positions

Academy of Finland Research Fellow

1 Sep 201631 Dec 2018

Academy of Finland Research Fellow

1 Sep 201331 Aug 2016

Postdoctoral researcher

1 Jan 201031 Aug 2013

title of docent, University of Helsinki

12 Nov 2009 → …

Postdoctoral researcher

1 Jul 200931 Dec 2009

postdoctoral researcher, short contracts, total 6 months

1 Jan 200731 Dec 2008

Senior Research Associate, Tartu Observatory

1 Aug 200630 Jun 2009

Postdoctoral researcher

1 Jun 200531 Jul 2006

Research fellow, Tartu Observatory

1 Jun 200431 May 2005

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Research Output

Early Diagnosis of Vegetation Health From High-Resolution Hyperspectral and Thermal Imagery: Lessons Learned From Empirical Relationships and Radiative Transfer Modelling

Hernández-Clemente, R., Hornero, A., Mottus, M., Penuelas, J., González-Dugo, V., Jiménez, J. C., Suárez, L., Alonso, L. & Zarco-Tejada, P. J., 15 Sep 2019, In : Current Forestry Reports. 5, 3, p. 169-183 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • Diurnal Changes in Leaf Photochemical Reflectance Index in Two Evergreen Forest Canopies

    Mõttus, M., Aragão, L., Bäck, J., Hernández-Clemente, R., Maeda, E. E. & Markiet, V., Jul 2019, In : IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. 12, 7, p. 2236-2243

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Combining Deep Learning Methods for Retrieval of Forest Biomass & Structure

    Molinier, M., Astola, H. & Mõttus, M., 16 May 2019, ESA Living Planet Symposium 2019. Milano: European Space Agency ESA

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference abstract in proceedingsScientific

  • Implications of whole-disc DSCOVR EPIC spectral observations for estimating earth's spectral reflectivity based on low-earth-orbiting and geostationary observations

    Song, W., Knyazikhin, Y., Wen, G., Marshak, A., Mõttus, M., Yan, K., Yang, B., Xu, B., Park, T., Chen, C., Zeng, Y., Yan, G., Mu, X. & Myneni, R. B., 1 Oct 2018, In : Remote Sensing. 10, 10, 1594.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)