Ignacio Meléndez Pastor

Environmental Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Environmental Soil Science Group (GEA)
Department of Agrochemistry and Environment
University Miguel Hernández of Elche
Av/ Universidad, s/n. Edificio Alcudia
E-03202
Elche (Alicante), Spain

Tel.: (+34) 96665-8846
Fax: (+34) 96665-8340
Web: http://agromedi.umh.es/SIG.htm
Email: imelendez@umh.es

Research Interests

Wetlands, soil-plant-atmosphere interactions, soil mineralogy, land cover change.

Remote sensing, field radiometry, geostatistics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), dynamic modelling of environmental processes.

Knowledge/skills

Languages: English (read, speak, write), Portuguese (read), Françoise
(read), Italian (read)
Software: Remote sensing / GIS: ENVI, IDRISI, Intergraph GeoMedia Professional, ESRI ArcView, PCI Geomatics, INPE-SPRING, INPETerraView, MultiSpec, MicroMSI, HyperCube
Radiometry: ASD Fieldspec Hand Held, RS3, ViewSpec, SAMS (Spectral Analysis and Management System)
CAD/Topography: AutoCAD, Microstation, Protopo
Mathematics/Statistics: SPSS 12 to 14
Programming languages: Matlab (beginner), IDL (beginner), R (medium), Fortran (beginner), Visual Basic (beginner)
Office: Microsoft Office, OpenOffice
Analytics: soil, water and plant physical-chemical analysis.

Education

Current: Master in Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
EGeoCampus. National Geographical Institute (IGN),
Ministry of Public Works.

2006: Advanced studies certification (Equivalent to M.S.).
Ph.D. academic program in Environmental Quality of Mediterranean Soils.
Department of Agrochemistry and Environment – Section of Environmental Soil Science Department of Applied Biology – Section of Botany.
University Miguel Hernández of Elche.

2006: Researching aptitude level.
Ph.D. academic program in Environmental Quality of Mediterranean Soils.
Department of Agrochemistry and Environment – Section of Environmental Soil Science Department of Applied Biology – Section of Botany.
University Miguel Hernández of Elche.

2006: Course “Geostatistics in remote sensing”
Institution: Dr. Mario Chica Olmo. Department of Geodynamics,
University of Granada, Spain. In XII National Congress of Geographical
Information Technologies. University of Granada – Geographical
Information Technologies Group at the Spanish Association of
Geographers. Granada, Spain.

2005: Teaching aptitude level.
Ph.D. academic program in Environmental Quality of Mediterranean Soils.
Department of Agrochemistry and Environment – Section of Environmental Soil Science Department of Applied Biology – Section of Botany.
University Miguel Hernández of Elche.

2005: Profesional Updating Seminar of “Field Radiometry in Remote Sensing”
Department of Geography,
University of Alcalá –
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
Alcalá, Spain.

2004: B.S. in Environmental Sciences.
Faculty of Experimental Sciences
University Miguel Hernández of Elche.

2004: Course “Remote sensing: treatments, data bases and applications”
Dr. Vicente Caselles. Department of Thermodynamics,
University of Valencia, Spain. In: XI National Congress of Quantitative
Methods, Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing.
University of Murcia – Quantitative Methods, Geographical Information
Systems and Remote Sensing Group at the Spanish Association of
Geographers.
Murcia, Spain.

Professional Positions

2005 – present Fellowship of the Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo (CAM) for
research in the Thesis project “Multitemporal analysis with multispectral remote sensing of coastal wetlands in the province of Alicante”
Direction:

  • Dr. Jose Navarro Pedreño. Department of Agrochemistry and Environment, University Miguel Hernández of Elche, Spain.
  • Dr. Magaly Koch. Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, USA.
  • Dr. Ignacio Gómez Lucas. Department of Agrochemistry and Environment, University Miguel Hernández of Elche, Spain.

2004 -2005 Fellowship of specialization in Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Soil Science, at the Department of Agrochemistry and Environment of University Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain

Research

2006: Research centre: Institute of Atmospheric and Environmental Science,
School of GeoSciences,
The University of Edinburgh.
Host researcher: Dr. Mathew Williams
Period of time: 2 months (16th October to 15th December).
Funding institution: Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo (CAM).

Academic Activity

Function: Technical assistantship in the course of “Geographical Information Systems for the environment”.
Course: 2004-05 1st semester
Degree course: 2nd year of the B.S. in Environmental Science at University Miguel Hernndez, Department of Agrochemistry and Environment.

Function: Technical assistantship in the course of “Geographical Information Systems for the environment”.
Course: 2003-04 1st semester
Degree course: 2nd year of the B.S. in Environmental Science at University Miguel Hernndez, Department of Agrochemistry and Environment.

Direction of Academic Grade Projects

Academic Grade: B.S. in Environmental Sciences at Miguel Hernández University.
Student: Begoña Díez Martín.
Co-direction: Jose Navarro Pedreño
Title of the project: Estimation of carbon storage capacity of forest areas. The palm forest of Elche.
Time of lecture: Active.
Qualification: -

Academic Grade: B.S. in Environmental Sciences at Miguel Hernández University.
Student: Miguel Verdu Bernabeu.
Co-direction: Jose Navarro Pedreño
Title of the project: Remote sensing applied the to study of the Natural Park of Salinas de Santa Pola.
Time of lecture: Active.
Qualification: -

Academic Grade: B.S. in Environmental Sciences at Miguel Hernández University.
Student: Pedro Gomis Gómez.
Co-direction: Jose Navarro Pedreño
Title of the project: Soil parameters analysis with field radiometry.
Time of lecture: 2006 September.
Qualification: 10 (maximum).

Academic Grade: B.S. in Environmental Sciences at Miguel Hernández University.
Student: Irene Soler del Moral.
Co-direction: Jose Navarro Pedreño
Title of the project: Remote sensing applied the to study of the salt marsh of Agua Amarga.
Time of lecture: 2005 September.
Qualification: 10 (maximum).

Funded Projects and Research

2007 Environmental evaluation of wetlands of Alicante with remote
sensing: el Clot de Galvany and el Saladar de Agua Amarga.
Type of project: Research project of public official announcement
Financial entity: Conselleria de Empresa Universidad y Ciencia. Generalitat Valenciana.
Principal researcher: Jose Navarro Pedreño.
Financial aid: 2,500 €
Number of researchers: 5
Status: Active

2007 Viability study and put into effect of the Plan for Soil Restauration in the quarry “Casa El Duende”.
Type of project: Contrato para actividades de asesoramiento y asistencia técnica entre la universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche y TARMAC IBERIA, S.A.U.
Financial entity: TARMAC IBERIA, S.A.U.
Principal researcher: Jose Navarro Pedreño
Financial aid: 3,000 €
Number of researchers: 7
Status: Active

2007 Cartography of pollutants concentration in the ceramic cluster.
Type of project: Contrato para actividades de asesoramiento y asistencia técnica entre la universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche y la Fundación Universidad Jaume I-Empresa.
Financial entity: Fundación Universidad Jaume I-Empresa.
Principal researcher: M.M. Jordán
Financial aid: 4,000 €
Number of researchers: 6
Status: Active

2006 Cartography and statistical modelling of pollutants.
Type of project: Contrato para actividades de asesoramiento y asistencia técnica entre la universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche y la Fundación Universidad Jaume I-Empresa.
Financial entity: Fundación Universidad Jaume I-Empresa.
Principal researcher: M.M. Jordán
Financial aid: 3,000 €
Number of researchers: 6
Status: Finished

2005 Remote sensing determination of environmental quality parameters at the coastal area of Salinas de Santa Pola Natural Park.
Type of project: Research project of public official announcement.
Principal researcher: Dr. Jose Navarro Pedreño
Financial entity: Dirección General de Calidad Ambiental. Conselleria de Territori i Habitatge. Generalitat Valenciana
Financial aid: 7,536.17 €
Number of researchers: 8
Status: Finished

2002 – 2004 Risk areas in relation with the application of sewage slugs in the province of Alicante. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) application.
Type of project: Research project of public private entity announcement.
Principal researcher: Dr. Jose Navarro Pedreño
Financial entity: BANCAJA
Financial aid: 12,000 €
Number of researchers: 7
Status: Completed

Remote Sensor Data Access Licenses

CHRIS-PROBA

Title: Analysis of Mediterranean coastal wetlands for carbon sequestration in soils and vegetation and land cover changes.
Sensor manager: ESA (European Space Agency).
Type of licence: Category-1 LBR Project
Number of scenes: 2
Lifetime Start: 2007-01
Lifetime End: 2007-12
Main researcher: Jose Navarro Pedreño

LANDSAT

Title: Analysis of Mediterranean coastal wetlands for carbon sequestration in soils and vegetation and land cover changes.
Sensor manager: ESA (European Space Agency).
Type of licence: Category-1 LBR Project
Number of scenes: 6
Lifetime Start: 2007-01
Lifetime End: 2007-12
Main researcher: Jose Navarro Pedreño

ASTER

Title: Study of soils and wetlands in the Mediterranean Basin
Sensor manager: NASA-JPL.
Type of licence: ASTER user authorization.
Number of scenes: 11
Lifetime Start: 2006-03-02
Lifetime End: 2008-09-30
Main researcher: Jose Navarro Pedreño

Scientific Publications

Peer Review Papers

1. Melendez-Pastor, I.; Narro-Pedreño, J.; Gómez, I.; Koch, M. (200X). Identifying optimal spectral bands to assess soil properties with VNIR radiometry in semi-arid soils. Geoderma, (in review)

2. J. Navarro-Pedreño, M.M. Jordan, I. Meléndez-Pastor, I. Gómez, P. Juan, J. Mateu. (2007). Estimation of soil salinity in semi-arid land using a geostatistical model. Land Degradation and Development, 18: 339-353

3. I. Meléndez-Pastor, J. Navarro-Pedreño, M.M. Jordán, I. Gómez. (2006). Exploración inicial mediante teledetección de la mineralogía en un sector de la sierra de Cartagena. Macla, 6: 305-308.

Scientific Papers in Conferences and Seminars

1. Navarro Pedreño, J., Meléndez-Pastor, I., Gómez Lucas, I., Almendro Candel, M.B. (2006). Segmentación de imágenes mediante el empleo de índices de vegetación para la estimación de parámetros edáficos. XII National Congress in Geographical Information Technologies. 19th –22nd September. Granada (Spain). pp. 1093-1105.

2. Navarro Pedreño, J., Meléndez-Pastor, I., Jordán, M.M., García Sánchez, E. (2006). Aproximación al estudio de la composición mineral edáfica mediante el empleo de espectros de referencia en un análisis lineal de mezclas espectrales. XII National Congress in Geographical Information Technologies. 19th –22nd September. Granada (Spain). pp. 1107-1120.

3. Meléndez-Pastor, I., Navarro-Pedreño, J., Gómez, I., Mataix, J., Jordán, M.M. (2006). A simplified fuzzy logic model to evaluate soil vulnerability. 1. Theoretical basis: DEM and Remote Sensing. 5th European Congress on Regional Geoscientific Cartography and Information Systems. Earth and Water. June 13th-16th. Barcelona (Spain). pp. 166-168.

4. Soriano, J.M., Meléndez-Pastor, I., Navarro-Pedreño, J., Gómez, I., Mataix-Solera, J. (2006). A simplified fuzzy logic model to evaluate soil vulnerability. 2. Application to a post-fire study of soil vulnerability in the Paraje of “La Granadella” (Alicante). 5th European Congress on Regional Geoscientific Cartography and Information Systems. Earth and Water. June 13th-16th. Barcelona (Spain). pp. 182-184.

5. Meléndez-Pastor, I.; Navarro-Pedreño, J.; Gómez-Lucas, I. (2005). Estimación del cambio de usos del suelo en el entorno del Clot de Galvany y el Saladar de Agua Amarga. In: VII Workshop of Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing in Ecology (SIGTECO). 24-26/11/2005. Alicante (Spain).

6. Meléndez-Pastor, I.; Navarro-Pedreño, J.; Jordán, M.M.; Gómez-Lucas, I.; Almendro-Candel, M.B.; García-Sánchez, E. (2005). Análisis de la evolución temporal de suelos afectados por incendios forestales mediante el empleo de índices de vegetación y modelos digitales del terreno. In: II National Symposium of Soil Degradation Control. 6- 8/07/2005. Madrid (Spain). pp. 731-735.

7. Gómez-Lucas, I.; Almendro-Candel, M.B.; García-Sánchez, E.; Jordán, M.M.; Navarro-Pedreño, J.; Meléndez-Pastor, I. (2005). Evolución temporal de nutrientes en un rechazo mineral enmendado con RSU. Ensayos en parcelas. In: II National Symposium of Soil Degradation Control. 6-8/07/2005. Madrid. pp. 389-393.

8. Meléndez-Pastor, I.; Navarro-Pedreño, J.; Mataix-Solera, J.; Guerrero- Maestre, C.; Gómez-Lucas, I. (2005). An approach to identify temporal changes in burned areas in relation with soil characteristics. In: 5th EARSeL International Workshop on Remote Sensing and GIS Applications to Forest Fire Management: Fire Effects Assessment. 16-18/06/2005. Zaragoza (Spain). pp. 275-279.

9. Meléndez-Pastor, I.; Navarro-Pedreño, J.; Gómez-Lucas, I. (2004). Propuesta metodológica de análisis de la contaminación por metales pesados en torno a la red viaria alicantina. In: XI National Congress of Quantitative Methods, Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing. 20-23/09/2004. Murcia (Spain). pp. 233-244.

10. Barcelona, M.; Meléndez, I. (2003). Análisis cartográfico de la evolución urbana de Elche y su repercusión en el Palmeral. In: III National Congress of Students and Graduates in Environmental Sciences. 6-8/11/2003. Elche (Spain).

Books

1. Meléndez, I.; Pastor, E. (2003). Aproximación al Contexto Ambiental de Espacios Naturales del Sistema Ibérico y Pirineos. Libro-Guía del V Campamento de Hidrogeología y Medio Ambiente. Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche. Elche. ISBN: 84-95893-72-X.

2. Meléndez, I.; Pastor, E. (2002). Aproximación al Contexto Ambiental de Espacios Naturales del Sistema Ibérico, Depresión del Ebro y Pirineos. Libro-guía del IV Campamento de Hidrogeología y Medio Ambiente. Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche. Elche. ISBN: 84-95893-20-7

Oral Presentations in Conferences and Seminars

1. Meléndez-Pastor, I., Soriano, J.M (2006). A simplified fuzzy logic mode to evaluate soil vulnerability. 1. Theoretical basis: DEM and Remote Sensing. 5th European Congress on Regional Geoscientific Cartography and Information Systems. Earth and Water. Session 2: Soil Conservation. Chairpersons: Luca Montanarella, CEC JRC and Jaume Boixadera, UdL. Dept. Medi Ambient i Ciències del Sòl. June 15th. Barcelona (Spain).

2. Soriano, J.M., Meléndez-Pastor, I. (2006). A simplified fuzzy logic model to evaluate soil vulnerability. 2. Application to a post-fire study of soil vulnerability in the Paraje of “La Granadella” (Alicante). 5th European Congress on Regional Geoscientific Cartography and
Information Systems. Earth and Water. Session 2: Soil Conservation. Chairpersons: Luca Montanarella, CEC JRC and Jaume Boixadera, UdL. Dept. Medi Ambient i Ciències del Sòl. June 15th. Barcelona (Spain).

Talks and Lectures

1. Talk (2006-10-27): “Multi-temporal analysis with multi-spectral remote sensing dat of land cover and carbon dynamics of coastal wetlands in the province of Alicante (Spain)”. Institute of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, School of GeoSciences, The University of Edinburgh.

Recognition and Awards

2006/2007 Honorific assistant at the Department of Agrochemistry and Environment, University Miguel Hernández.

2005/2006 Honorific assistant at the Department of Agrochemistry and Environment, University Miguel Hernández.

2004/2005 Honorific assistant at the Department of Agrochemistry and Environment, University Miguel Hernández.

2004 First award of the 1st Awards UMH-Grupo Marjal by the work “Prediction of environmental variables at the province of Alicante scale and its bussiness application”.