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Bontemps, Sophie


BSc and MSc programmes at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) in 1998-2004 in Bio-Engineering (environmental sciences).

PhD thesis at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) in 2005-2010 in Environmental Sciences and Remote Sensing, which aimed at the development of change detection techniques using Earth Observation data contributing to global Earth surface monitoring

Work experience

Consulting activities in GIS and land use planning (2004)

Research assistant in remote sensing technologies applied to environmental sciences, through various international projects funded by the European Space Agency focusing on land cover mapping (e.g. GlobCover ; CCI Land Cover - and agriculture monitoring (e.g. Sentinel-2 for Agriculture -; Sentinel for Common Agriculture Policy) (2005-onwards)

Project manager of international projects funded by the European Space Agency (2014-onwards) 

Hartley, A.; MacBean, N.; Georgievski, G.; Bontemps, S.; Uncertainty in plant functional type distributions and its impact on land surface models, Remote Sensing of Environment (in press)

Lamarche, C. ; Santoro, M. ; Bontemps, S. ; d’Andrimont, R. ; Radoux, J. ; Giustarini, L. ; Brockmann, C. ; Wevers, J. ; Defourny, P. ; Arino, O., Compilation and Validation of SAR and Optical Data Products for a Complete and Global Map of Inland/Ocean Water Tailored to the Climate Modeling Community, Remote Sensing, Vol. 9(1), 36 (2017)

Li, Wei ; Ciais, Philippe ; MacBean, Natasha ; Peng, Shushi ; Defourny, Pierre ; Bontemps, Sophie. Major forest changes and land cover transitions based on plant functional types derived from the ESA CCI Land Cover product. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Vol. 47, p. 30-39 (2016)

Waldner, François; Fritz, Steffen ; Lamarche, Céline ; Bontemps, Sophie ; Defourny, Pierre. A Unified Cropland Layer at 250 m for Global Agriculture Monitoring. Data, Vol. 1 (1), no.3, p. 1-13 (2016)

Bontemps, Sophie ; et al. Building a Data Set over 12 Globally Distributed Sites to Support the Development of Agriculture Monitoring Applications with Sentinel-2. Remote Sensing, Vol. 7, no.12, p. 16062-16090 (2015)

Poulter, Benjamin ; MacBean, Natasha ; Hartley, Andrew ; Khlystova, Iryna ; Arino, Olivier ; Betts, Richard ; Bontemps, Sophie ; Boettcher, Martin ; Brockmann , Carsten ; Defourny, Pierre ; Hagemann, Stefan ; Herold, Martin ; Kirches, Grit ; Lamarche, Céline ; Lederer, Dimitri ; Ottlé, Catherine ; Peters, Marco ; Peylin, Philippe. Plant functional type classification for earth system models: results from the European Space Agency’s Land Cover Climate Change Initiative. Geoscientific Model Development, Vol. 8, no.C550–C551, p. 2315-2328 (2015)

Bontemps, Sophie ; Arino , Olivier ; Bicheron, Patrice ; Carsten Brockmann, Christelle ; Leroy, Marc ; Vancutsem, Christelle ; Defourny, Pierre. Operational Service Demonstration for Global Land-Cover Mapping. The GlobCover and GlobCorine Experiences for 2005 and 2009. In: Remote Sensing of Land Use and Land Cover : Principles and Applications, 2012, p. 243-264.

Bontemps, Sophie; Herold, Martin ; Kooistra, Lammert ; Van Groenestijn, A.; Hartley, Andrew.; Arino, Olivier.; Moreau, Inès; Defourny, Pierre, 2012. Revisiting land cover observation to address the needs of the climate modeling community. Biogeosciences, Vol. 9, no.6, p. 2145-2157 (2012)