Dr. Wouter Dorigo
Tel.: +43-1-58801-12243

Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Vienna University of Technology, Gußhausstraße 27-29, A-1040 Vienna, Austria




Dorigo, W.A. , Xaver, A. Vreugdenhil, M. Gruber, A., Hegyiová, A. Sanchis-Dufau, A.D., Zamojski, D. , Cordes, C., Wagner, W., and Drusch, M. (2013). Global Automated Quality Control of In situ Soil Moisture data from the International Soil Moisture Network. Vadose Zone Journal, in press. doi:10.2136/vzj2012.0097

Dorigo, W., Lucieer, A., Podobnikar, T., Carni, A. (2012). Mapping invasive Fallopia japonica by combined spectral, spatial, and temporal analysis of digital orthophotos. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 19, 185-195, doi: 10.1016/j.jag.2012.05.004



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Wouter Dorigo


Research Interests

•    Remote sensing of soil moisture and vegetation


Within these themes Wouter focuses on several aspects, including geophysical parameter retrieval through physical and semi-empirical methods, calibration and validation, process automation, up- and downscaling, image classification, data merging, and time series analysis. Wouter has a vast research experience with various earth observation systems, including active and passive microwave systems, hyper- and multispectral sensors, airborne laser scanning, and multi-angular remote sensing.
Using earth observation data he tries to understand and quantify the dynamics (trends, extremes) and interactions of vegetation and the water cycle in a changing climate. As a project coordinator and scientist Wouter has played a key role in developing the first multi-decadal global soil moisture data set of merged active and passive soil moisture retrievals ( and in establishing the International Soil Moisture Network (, a data hosting facility that harmonizes and makes available to the user community soil moisture data  from over 40 ground-based networks.


Key Facts


Wouter received the M.Sc. degree in physical geography and the M.A. degree in Italian language and translation from the Utrecht University in 2000 and 2001, respectively. In 2008 he received his Dr.rer.nat. (PhD) degree in remote sensing with honours from the Technische Universität München.In 2002, he worked as a project manager in airborne laser scanning at the National Survey Department of the Netherlands. In support of his PhD studies he worked from 2003 to 2006 at the imaging spectroscopy group of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen and spent several months at INRA Bioclimatology, Avignon, France.


Since 2007, he has been working at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, first as a University Assistant and postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and since 2012 as Senior Scientist in the Remote Sensing Research Group of the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation. From 2008 to 2012 Wouter was Commission VII secretary of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and in 2013 he was invited to become a member of the GEWEX Data and Assessments Panel (GDAP) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). He has been committee member of several international conferences, such as the EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy in 2003, the ISPRS Commission VII Symposium in 2010, and the Satellite Soil Moisture Application and Validation Workshop 2013 jointly organized by ESA, EUMETSAT, WMO, GEWEX, CEOS and GCOS.