Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC-BarcelonaTech
Campus Nord UPC
Mercè Vall-llossera obtained the degrees of Telecommunication Engineer, in 1990, and the Doctor Telecommunication Engineer in 1994 at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, UPC, Spain. She has been lecturing and doing research at the Department of Signal Theory and Communications at the UPC from 1990 until 1997 as assistant professor and from 1997 until present as associate professor. She spent a sabbatical year at the Concordia University (Montreal) with the scholarship of the “Programme Québécois de Bourses d’excellence”(1996-97): ”Stages de Formation postdoctorale au Québec pour jeunes diplômés étrangers” applying the FDTD method in the analysis of the effect of the mobile telephone to the body. At the beginning her research activities were related to numerical methods in electromagnetics and antenna analysis and design. At present, from 2000 her research is mainly related to passive remote sensing, geophysical parameters retrieval: soil moisture and ocean salinity retrieval from L-band radiometric measurements. She has been participating in several projects for the preparation of the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission by ESA., which was launched in November 2009. Nowadays is mainly interested in the development of new products and applications using several satellite data, obtained from different satellite missions. Such as drought and flood detection as well as, crop yield and forest fires prediction and ice clustering in the Arctic. Most of them really important for better understand the effects of climate change and to act for preserving the environment.