Early detection of dieback on Quercus ilex from hiperspectral and ecophysiological data

Duration: January 2014- January 2017

Principal Investigator: Dr. José Luis Quero.

Other researchers: Rocío Hernámdez-Clemente (U. Swansea), Matti Mottus (U. Helsinki), Luis Matías (CSIC), José María Higuera, Francisco José Romero, Francisco J. Ruiz-Gómez, Rafael Navarro (UCO).


  1. Quantification of the main biochemical variables regulating forest physiological condition using hyperspectral image information, to be integrated in ecophysiological models for the assessment of forest functionality. 
  2. Physiological field measurements, biochemical analysis of leaves and high-resolution hyperspectral images acquired by aero-transported systems. 
  3. Provide spatial information at real time with precise data on physiological variables and thus, based on this information, to evaluate agroforestry practices and management decisions. 


Community-based management of environmental challenges in Latin America.

Funding Agency: FP7 European commission

Duration: January 2012- January 2015

Principal Investigator: Mª del Mar Delgado-Serrano.

Other researchers: Rafael Navarro (UCO), José Luis Quero, Julio Berbel, Pepa Ambrosio.


The aim of the project is to identify sustainable community-based governance for the management of natural resources that could be used in different social-ecological systems in a context of climate change and increasing competition in the use of these ones.


Evaluation of functional behaviour of wood in outdoor above ground applications

Funding Agency: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad

Duration: July 2014- July 2017

Principal Investigator: Dr. Juan Ignacio Fernandez-Golfín.

Other researchers: Marta Conde, Rafael Sánchez (UCO); J. Luís García de Ceca, María Conde, Rafael Díez (INIA); F. Javier Fernández-Golfín, Enrique Martínez (UPM); Fernando Peraza (AITIM)


This project aims to improve the knowledge about the functional behaviour and expected service life of solid wood in outdoor above ground applications (facades, deckings, bridges, etc.) through the design of mathematical expressions useful to relate the evolution of the "climate of the material " (temperature and moisture content of wood in service) with time with that of the "dose" of accumulated degradation inherent in every weather or specific conditions of use.