María Ballester
Senior Project Manager at GMV Aerospace and Defence

BA Hons. NWS University, Sydney; PhD (2000) in Remote Sensing, UCM University, Madrid, on multitemporal satellite series for LULC and crop phenology. Image processing abilities range from meteorological to VHR satellites for geo-strategic interpretation. Project Manager at GMV since 2007 in the Remote Sensing Applications Unit, she has been responsible for the development of Earth observation services for EU institutional clients governing environment and climate programmes (EC, ESA), agriculture and forestry (DG ENV), emergency response and security (REA, ESA, DG GROW), requiring the MGCP mapping standard. Between 2014 and 2018, Dr. Yagüe managed the EC study on User Requirements & Service Specifications to be fulfilled by the next generation of the Copernicus space component (NEXTSPACE) across European institutions and users in six application domains.
In the frame of H2020, she leads Horizon 2020 project MySustainableForest which consolidates a portfolio of 21 EO based forest products, including a specific module for Carbon Stocks. The market launch of MySustainableForest products has pivoted upon seven workshops chaired by Dr. Yagüe with over 500 sustainable forest management stakeholders in France, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Czech Republic and Lithuania. Moreover she participates in H2020 CoRdiNet, spreading the network of Copernicus data and services users, on behalf of GMV as Spanish Copernicus Relay.
In the context of ESA, the studies in progress are HAPSVIEW, -Identification of High Altitude Pseudo Satellites in Support of Satellite Air Quality Activities- and SPAEO – Mission Requirements for Future Spanish Space Mission in the Earth Observation Domain-.
In response to the World Bank’s Forest and Landscapes Team within the Climate Funds Unit (SCCFM) she leads the Assessment of innovative technologies and their “readiness” for remote sensing-based estimation of forest carbon stocks and dynamics, which shall conclude in December 2020 in preparation of the COP26 to be held in November 2021 in Glasgow.



Parallel Session on The case for Europe’s leadership in AI for Earth Observation
Wednesday Nov 4, 2020  16:00-17:30
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