Zbyněk Malenovský

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Zbyněk Malenovský

ARC Future Fellow
Geography, Planning & Spatial Sciences

Room 223 , Old IMAS Building (Surveying and Spatial Sciences)

0477 223 178 (phone)

Zbyněk Malenovský is an ARC Future Fellow at the School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences. He is professionally interested in the optical airborne and spaceborne monitoring of vegetation, specifically in quantitative imaging spectroscopy (measurements and modelling) of plant stress responses and primary production.


Before joining the University of Tasmania, Zbyněk worked as research scientist at the Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Brno, Czech Republic), the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre (Greenbelt, USA), the University of Wollongong (Australia), the University of Zürich (Switzerland) and the Wageningen University (the Netherlands). He also spent some time as a visiting scientist at the Centre for the Study of the Biosphere from Space in Toulouse, which part of the French Space Agency (CNES).


In 2001 I was awarded by the Dutch Royal NUFFIC scholarship (Huygens Programme, The Netherlands) stared my study at Wageningen University, where I was from 2002-2006 enrolled as the external PhD student (

Simultaneously, between 2001-2007 I was working as a researcher at the Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic). In 2004 I stayed for few months at the Centre d'Etudes Spatiales de la Biosphere (CESBIO Laboratory, Toulouse, France, as a visiting researcher.

Between 2005 and 2007 I was acting as the scientific manager of the European Space Agency (ESA) PECS project: 'Spectral-spatial scaling the GMES Sentinel-2 mission' (€220K), and leader of the research group for Remote Sensing of Vegetation Processes.

In 2007 I accepted PostDoc position at the Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) established within the FP6 EC project: 'ECOCHANGE' (, and from spring 2009 I worked as Research Associate at the Remote Sensing Laboratories (University of Zurich, Switzerland).

In 2010 I became principal investigator of the ESA project: 'Assessing Product Requirements for the Scientific Exploitation of the Sentinel Missions' (SEN4SCI, €200K).

In January 2012 I started my work at the University of Tasmania (Australia) as Research Associate in research group TerraLuma. Recently (in July 2012) I joined a new ESA project: 'FLEX/Sentinel-3 Tandem Mission Photosynthesis Study'.

Career summary



Thesis Theme



Date of Award


GIS for management and protection of mountain forests

Palacký University in Olomouc

Czech Republic

September, 1998


Quantitative remote sensing of Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.):
Spectroscopy from needles to crowns to canopies

Wageningen University

The Netherlands

October 2006

Languages (other than English)

Czech (mother tongue)

French (50% efficiency)

Russian (50% efficiency)

German (40% efficiency)


Professional practice

-Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE;
-Editorial board member of Journal of Remote Sensing – A Science Partner Journal (AAS/SPJ;
-Editorial board member of Remote Sensing – Letter Section (MDPI;
-Australian guest member of the European Cooperation in Science & Technology Action SENSECO (

Administrative expertise

Management of scientific projects and a small-size research group, organization of scientific expeditions and airborne campaigns.


Teaching expertise

University of Tasmania (Australia), 2018-2020:
-KGG103 – Remote Sensing Introduction
-KGG213 – Remote Sensing Image Analysis
-KGG542 – Environmental Remote Sensing A
-KGG543 – Environmental Remote Sensing B
University of Wollongong (Australia), 2014:
-EESC 305/905 – Remote Sensing of the Environment
University of Zürich (Switzerland), 2009-2011:
-GEO441 – Remote Sensing Seminar
-GEO442 – Spectroscopy of the Earth System
-GEO223.2 – Grundlagen Fernerkundung (Basics of Remote Sensing)
Wageningen University (The Netherlands), 2007-2008:
-GRS50403 – Capita Selecta in Geo-Information Science: Optical Remote Sensing in Ecological Modelling

Research Appointments

-Scientific committee of the 12th EARSeL Imaging Spectroscopy Workshop (March 2022, Postdam, Germany;
-Scientific committee of the 11th EARSeL Imaging Spectroscopy Workshop: Modelling and scaling imaging spectroscopy signatures of terrestrial photosynthesis (February 2019, Brno, Czechia;

Research Invitations

-IEEE GRSS Summer School lecture: Retrievals of quantitative plant traits from optical remote sensing data using radiative transfer modelling (July 2019, Beijing Normal University, China)
-11th EARSeL Imaging Spectroscopy Workshop keynote: Modelling and scaling imaging spectroscopy signatures of terrestrial photosynthesis (February 2019, Brno, Czechia)
-ICARE 2017 keynote: Upscaling in air- and space-borne imaging spectroscopy of vegetation using radiative transfer modelling (July 2017, DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany)
-EARSeL General Assembly 2017 keynote: Multi-scale imaging spectroscopy and radiative transfer in vegetation canopies (June 2017, Prague, Czech Republic)

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-Leaf-canopy spectroscopy upscaling of plant biochemical traits assessing ecosystem services.
-Forward and inverse radiative transfer modelling in spatially heterogenous vegetation canopies.
-Machine learning (AI) interpretations of Earth optical observations (drone/air-/space-borne).
-Measuring impact of globally changing climate on plant physiology, stress and functional diversity, especially on complex and extreme ecosystems (forests, alpine and Antarctic vegetation).

Research Themes

Zbyněk’s research aligns to the University’s strategic initiative on Climate change and Antarctic science. His research domain is scaling of optical signals reflected, transmitted and emitted from leaves and leaf constituents up to plant canopies using physical models radiative transfer models. He is developing drone, airborne and satellite-based quantitative imaging spectroscopy methods to estimate plant biochemical, biophysical and eco-physiological traits indicating dynamic environmental changes, such as stress events. Although his speciality is modelling and monitoring of forest ecosystems, his focus is also stress assessment of the Antarctic nearshore moss beds. His most recent interest is remote sensing and radiative transfer modelling of plant solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence. His science aims to inform decision makers and broad public about the impact of the uprising climate change on vegetation health and productivity.


Zbyněk is involved in numerous international research collaborations, including space agencies such as the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre and the European Space Agency (ESA). In the field of chlorophyll fluorescence and quantitative vegetation remote sensing, he collaborates the CESBIO Laboratory at CNES (France), Juelich Research Centre (Germany), the University of Twente (The Netherlands), the University of Helsinki (Finland), the University of Valencia (Spain), and the Czech Institute for Research of Global Change. On the national level, he collaborates closely with the CSIRO Remote Sensing department, the University of Queensland and the University of Wollongong.


-Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, University of Tasmania (2017-2021)
-Young Academics in Spatial Ecology, Peer-Mentoring Programme of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Zürich (2010-2011)
-Sabbatical Fellowship Programme of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (2004-2006)
-NATO Science Fellowships Programme (2003)
-International Fellowship Programme of the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries (2002)
-NUFFIC Huygens Programme Fellowship, Wageningen University/ The Netherlands (2000-2001)

Current projects

-ARC Future Fellowship: Bridging scales in remote sensing of vegetation stress (2017-2021), sponsor: Australian Research Council ($652K AUD)
-Old-growth mosses as proxies for past Antarctic climates, Australian Antarctic Science (AAS, 2019-2021), sponsor: Australian Antarctic Division ($359K AUD)

Fields of Research

  • Photogrammetry and remote sensing (401304)
  • Plant physiology (310806)
  • Ecology (310399)
  • Forestry sciences (300799)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges (450304)
  • Geomorphology and earth surface processes (370901)
  • Ecological physiology (310303)
  • Other earth sciences (379999)
  • Software engineering (461299)
  • Forestry management and environment (300707)
  • Crop and pasture biochemistry and physiology (300404)
  • Agricultural spatial analysis and modelling (300206)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences (280111)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems (180201)
  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems (180403)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Forestry (260299)
  • Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences (280107)
  • Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems (180301)
  • Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences (280115)
  • Other plant production and plant primary products (269999)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Environmentally sustainable plant production (260199)


Zbyněk has co-authored over 100 scientific communications, more than half published in international peer-reviewed journals. His papers were published predominantly in the top quartile of journals in the remote sensing category (as ranked by the Web of Science). He is publishing regularly in Remote Sensing of Environment and in the family of IEEE journals, but has also published his research outcomes in biological journals, such as New Phytologist, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, and Journal of Experimental Botany. More information about Zbyněk’s scientific publications is available at

Total publications


Journal Article

(35 outputs)
2020Bendig J, Malenovsky Z, Gautam D, Lucieer A, 'Solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence measured from an unmanned aircraft system: sensor etaloning and platform notion correction', IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 58, (5) pp. 3437-3444. ISSN 0196-2892 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2019.2956194 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Bendig J; Lucieer A


2020Croft H, Chen JM, Wang R, Mo G, Luo S, et al., 'The global distribution of leaf chlorophyll content', Remote Sensing of Environment, 236 Article 111479. ISSN 0034-4257 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2019.111479 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 17


2020Gautam D, Lucieer A, Bendig J, Malenovsky Z, 'Footprint determination of a spectroradiometer mounted on an unmanned aircraft system', IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 58, (5) pp. 3085-3096. ISSN 0196-2892 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2019.2947703 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Lucieer A; Bendig J


2019Aasen H, Van Wittenberghe S, Medina NS, Damm A, Goulas Y, et al., 'Sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence II: review of passive measurement setups, protocols, and their application at the leaf to canopy level', Remote Sensing, 11, (8) Article 927. ISSN 2072-4292 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/rs11080927 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 20


2019Gamon JA, Somers B, Malenovsky Z, Middleton EM, Rascher U, et al., 'Assessing vegetation function with imaging spectroscopy', Surveys in Geophysics, 40, (3) pp. 489-513. ISSN 0169-3298 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10712-019-09511-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 24


2019Janoutova R, Homolova L, Malenovsky Z, Hanus J, Lauret N, et al., 'Influence of 3D spruce tree representation on accuracy of airborne and satellite forest reflectance simulated in DART', Forests, 10, (3) Article 292. ISSN 1999-4907 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f10030292 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7


2019Liu W, Atherton J, Mottus M, Gastellu-Etchegorry JP, Malenovsky Z, et al., 'Simulating solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence in a boreal forest stand reconstructed from terrestrial laser scanning measurements', Remote Sensing of Environment, 232 Article 111274. ISSN 0034-4257 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2019.111274 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 6


2019Liu X, Guanter L, Liu L, Damm A, Malenovsky Z, et al., 'Downscaling of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence from canopy level to photosystem level using a random forest model', Remote Sensing of Environment, 231 Article 110772. ISSN 0034-4257 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2018.05.035 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 61Web of Science - 58


2019Malenovsky Z, Homolova L, Lukes P, Buddenbaum H, Verrelst J, et al., 'Variability and uncertainty challenges in scaling imaging spectroscopy retrievals and validations from leaves up to vegetation canopies', Surveys in Geophysics, 40, (3) pp. 631-656. ISSN 0169-3298 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10712-019-09534-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 5


2019Mohammed GH, Colombo R, Middleton EM, Rascher U, van der Tol C, et al., 'Remote sensing of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) in vegetation: 50 years of progress', Remote Sensing of Environment, 231 Article 111117. ISSN 0034-4257 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2019.04.030 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 81Web of Science - 74


2019Turner DJ, Malenovsky Z, Lucieer A, Turnbull JD, Robinson SA, 'Optimizing spectral and spatial resolutions of unmanned aerial system imaging sensors for monitoring Antarctic vegetation', IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 12, (10) pp. 3813-3825. ISSN 1939-1404 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2019.2938544 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Turner DJ; Lucieer A


2019Van Wittenberghe S, Alonso L, Malenovsky Z, Moreno J, 'In vivo photoprotection mechanisms observed from leaf spectral absorbance changes showing VIS-NIR slow-induced conformational pigment bed changes', Photosynthesis Research, 142, (3) pp. 283-305. ISSN 0166-8595 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11120-019-00664-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5


2018Gautam D, Watson C, Lucieer A, Malenovsky Z, 'Error budget for geolocation of spectroradiometer point observations from an Unmanned Aircraft System', Sensors, 18, (10) Article 3465. ISSN 1424-8220 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/s18103465 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Gautam D; Watson C; Lucieer A


2018Turner D, Lucieer A, Malenovsky Z, King D, Robinson SA, 'Assessment of Antarctic moss health from multi-sensor UAS imagery with random forest modelling', International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 68 pp. 168-179. ISSN 1569-8432 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jag.2018.01.004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Turner D; Lucieer A


2018Verrelst J, Malenovsky Z, Van der Tol C, Camps-Valls G, Gastellu-Etchegorry J-P, et al., 'Quantifying vegetation biophysical variables from imaging spectroscopy data: a review on retrieval methods', Surveys in Geophysics, 40, (3) pp. 589-629. ISSN 0169-3298 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10712-018-9478-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 70Web of Science - 32


2018Vilfan N, Van der Tol C, Yang P, Wyber R, Malenovsky Z, et al., 'Extending Fluspect to simulate xanthophyll driven leaf reflectance dynamics', Remote Sensing of Environment, 211 pp. 345-356. ISSN 0034-4257 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2018.04.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 33Web of Science - 33


2017Gastellu-Etchegorry J-P, Lauret N, Yin T, Landier L, Kallel A, et al., 'DART: recent advances in remote sensing data modeling with atmosphere, polarization, and chlorophyll fluorescence', IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 10, (6) pp. 2640-2649. ISSN 1939-1404 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2017.2685528 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 86Web of Science - 53


2017Malenovsky Z, Lucieer A, King DH, Turnbull JD, Robinson SA, 'Unmanned aircraft system advances health mapping of fragile polar vegetation', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8 pp. 1842-1857. ISSN 2041-210X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12833 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 74

Co-authors: Lucieer A


2017Wyber R, Malenovsky Z, Ashcroft MB, Osmond B, Robinson SA, 'Do daily and seasonal trends in leaf solar induced fluorescence reflect changes in photosynthesis, growth or light exposure?', Remote Sensing, 9, (6) Article 604. ISSN 2072-4292 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/rs9060604 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16


2016Wallace LO, Lucieer A, Malenovsky Z, Turner D, Vopenka Petr, 'Assessment of forest structure using two UAV techniques: a comparison of airborne laser scanning and structure from motion (SfM) point clouds', Forests, 7, (3) Article 62. ISSN 1999-4907 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f7030062 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 308Web of Science - 269

Co-authors: Wallace LO; Lucieer A; Turner D


2015Ac A, Malenovsky Z, Olejnickova J, Galle A, Rascher U, et al., 'Meta-analysis assessing potential of steady-state chlorophyll fluorescence for remote sensing detection of plant water, temperature and nitrogen stress', Remote Sensing of Environment, 168 pp. 420-436. ISSN 0034-4257 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2015.07.022 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 85Web of Science - 78


2015Gastellu-Etchegorry J-P, Yin T, Lauret N, Cajgfinger T, Gregoire T, et al., 'Discrete Anisotropic Radiative Transfer (DART 5) for modeling airborne and satellite spectroradiometer and LIDAR acquisitions of natural and urban landscapes', Remote Sensing, 7, (2) pp. 1667-1701. ISSN 2072-4292 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/rs70201667 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 153Web of Science - 137


2015Malenovsky Z, Turnbull JD, Lucieer A, Robinson SA, 'Antarctic moss stress assessment based on chlorophyll content and leaf density retrieved from imaging spectroscopy data', New Phytologist, 208, (2) pp. 608-624. ISSN 1469-8137 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/nph.13524 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 31

Co-authors: Lucieer A


2015Yanez-Rausell L, Malenovsky Z, Rautiainen M, Clevers JGPW, Lukes P, et al., 'Estimation of spruce needle-leaf chlorophyll content based on DART and PARAS canopy reflectance models', IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 8, (4) pp. 1534-1544. ISSN 1939-1404 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2015.2400418 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12


2014Lucieer A, Malenovsky Z, Veness T, Wallace L, 'HyperUAS - imaging spectroscopy from a multirotor unmanned aircraft system', Journal of Field Robotics, 31, (4) pp. 571-590. ISSN 1556-4959 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/rob.21508 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 122Web of Science - 106

Co-authors: Lucieer A; Veness T; Wallace L


2014Pieruschka R, Albrecht H, Muller O, Berry JA, Klimov D, et al., 'Daily and seasonal dynamics of remotely sensed photosynthetic efficiency in tree canopies', Tree Physiology, 34, (7) pp. 674-685. ISSN 0829-318X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpu035 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 18


2014Turner D, Lucieer A, Malenovsky Z, King DH, Robinson SA, 'Spatial co-registration of ultra-high resolution visible, multispectral and thermal images acquired with micro-UAV over Antarctic moss beds', Remote Sensing, 6, (5) pp. 4003-4024. ISSN 2072-4292 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/rs6054003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 128Web of Science - 109

Co-authors: Turner D; Lucieer A


2014Yanez-Rausell L, Malenovsky Z, Clevers JGPW, Schaepman ME, 'Minimizing measurement uncertainties of coniferous needle-leaf optical properties, part II: experimental setup and error analysis', IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 7, (2) pp. 406-420. ISSN 1939-1404 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2013.2292817 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14


2014Yanez-Rausell L, Schaepman ME, Clevers JGPW, Malenovsky Z, 'Minimizing measurement uncertainties of coniferous needle-leaf optical properties, part I: methodological review', IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 7, (2) pp. 399-405. ISSN 1939-1404 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2013.2272890 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 17


2013Homolova L, Lukes P, Malenovsky Z, Lhotakova Z, Kaplan V, et al., 'Measurement methods and variability assessment of the Norway spruce total leaf area: implications for remote sensing', Trees, 27, (1) pp. 111-121. ISSN 0931-1890 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00468-012-0774-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 17


2013Homolova L, Malenovsky Z, Clevers JGPW, Garcia-Santos G, Schaepman ME, 'Review of optical-based remote sensing for plant trait mapping', Ecological Complexity, 15 pp. 1-16. ISSN 1476-945X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecocom.2013.06.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 175Web of Science - 169


2013Kovac D, Malenovsky Z, Urban O, Spunda V, Kalina J, et al., 'Response of green reflectance continuum removal index to the xanthophyll de-epoxidation cycle in Norway spruce needles', Journal of Experimental Botany, 64, (7) pp. 1817-1827. ISSN 0022-0957 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/jxb/ert069 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 17


2013Malenovsky Z, Homolova L, Zurita-Milla R, Lukes P, Kaplan V, et al., 'Retrieval of spruce leaf chlorophyll content from airborne image data using continuum removal and radiative transfer', Remote Sensing of Environment, 131 pp. 85-102. ISSN 0034-4257 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2012.12.015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 106Web of Science - 100


2012Ac A, Malenovsky Z, Urban O, Hanus J, Zitova M, et al., 'Relation of chlorophyll fluorescence sensitive reflectance ratios to carbon flux measurements of montanne grassland and norway spruce forest ecosystems in the temperate zone', The Scientific World Journal, 2012 Article 705872. ISSN 1537-744X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1100/2012/705872 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1


2012Kovac D, Navratil M, Malenovsky Z, Stroch M, Spunda V, et al., 'Reflectance continuum removal spectral index tracking the xanthophyll cycle photoprotective reactions in Norway spruce needles', Functional Plant Biology: An International Journal of Plant Function, 39, (12) pp. 987-998. ISSN 1445-4408 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/FP12107 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8


Conference Publication

(6 outputs)
2018Bendig J, Gautam D, Malenovsky Z, Lucieer A, 'Influence of cosine corrector and UAS platform dynamics on airborne spectral irradiance measurements', Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 22-27 July 2018, Valencia, Spain, pp. 8826-8829. ISBN 9781538671504 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Bendig J; Gautam D; Lucieer A


2018Bendig J, Gautam D, Malenovsky Z, Lucieer A, 'Influence of cosine corrector and UAS platform dynamics on airborne spectral irradiance measurements', Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2018), 22-27 July 2018, Valencia, Spain, pp. 8822-8825. ISBN 978-1-5386-7150-4 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.1109/IGARSS.2018.8518864 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11

Co-authors: Bendig J; Gautam D; Lucieer A


2018Gastellu-Etchegorry JP, Malenovsky Z, Duran Gomez N, Meynier J, Lauret N, et al., 'Simulation of chlorophyll fluorescence for sun- and shade-adapted leaves of 3D canopies with the dart model', Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 22-27 July 2018, Valencia, Spain, pp. 5999-6002. ISBN 9781538671504 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2018Van Wittenberghe S, Alonso L, Malenovsky Z, Moreno J, 'Photoprotection dynamics observed at leaf level from fast temporal reflectance changes', Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 22-27 July 2018, Valencia, Spain, pp. 5991-5994. ISBN 9781538671504 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2018Van Wittenberghe S, Alonso L, Malenovsky Z, Moreno J, 'Linking chlorophyll fluorescence measurements and radiative transfer modelling II: new prospects', Proceedings from the Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE International Symposium, 22-27 July 2018, Valencia, Spain, pp. 1. ISBN 9781538671504 (2018) [Chair International Conference]

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2017Sabater N, Middleton EM, Malenovsky Z, Alonso L, Verrelst J, et al., 'Oxygen transmittance correction for solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence measured on proximal sensing: application to the NASA-GSFC fusion tower', Proceedings from the 2017 IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium, 23-28 July 2017, Texas, USA, pp. 5826-5829. ISBN 9781509049516 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.1109/IGARSS.2017.8128333 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5


Grants & Funding

I have acquired €435K and about $810K AUD as a principal investigator:
-Sensor calibration facility for ultrahigh-resolution remote sensing spectroscopy (2018-2019), Australian Research Council
-Make Our Planet Great Again - Photosynthesis observations of fluorescence from space in Silico (2018), French Ministry of Research
-SEN4SCI: Assessing Product Requirements for the Scientific Exploitation of the GMES Sentinel Missions (2010-2012), European Space Agency
-Spectral-spatial Scaling for GMES Sentinel-2 mission (2005-2009), European Space Agency
Additionally, I acquired about €600K and $1,200K AUD as a co-investigator:
-Synergies Optiques pour la détection spatio-temporelle du Stress Hydrique (2019-2020), Sciences & Technologies pour l’Aéronautique et l’Espace Foundation (France)
-SustES: Adaptation strategies for sustainable ecosystem services and food security under adverse environmental conditions (2017-2022), European Commission
-Hyperspectral Analysis and Modelling of Heterogeneous Surfaces (2015-2018), European Space Agency
-Towards ANTOS: Scaling and optimising unmanned airborne observations of moss ecosystems (2015-2018), Australian Antarctic Science
-Red Edge Positioning Techniques for Earth Observational Optical Mission Sentinel-2 (2014-2017), European Space Agency
-FLEX Photosynth: Flex/Sentinel-3 Tandem Mission Photosynthesis Study (2012-2014), European Space Agency
-Hyper-I-Net: Marie Curie Research Training Network (2007-2008), European Commission FP6
-HYRESSA: Hyperspectral Remote Sensing in Europe (2005-2008), European Commission FP6

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Sensor calibration facility for spectral and thermal remote sensing (2018)$224,450
New miniature sensors on-board airborne and underwater drones are revolutionising the way in which we collectinformation about the environment. Sensor calibration and characterisation is critical to the accuracy of hyperspectral and thermal data products, however, there is no central facility in Australia for this purpose. The aim of the project is to establish a calibration facility for the radiometric and spectral correction of hyperspectral and thermal sensors for ultrahigh-resolution remote sensing. The expected benefit to the Australian and international remote sening community is to significantly advance our capacity to collect high quality data and enable accuratemonitoring of our dynamic environments in unprecedented detail.
Australian Research Council ($159,450)
Airborne Research South Australia Limited ($10,000); Monash University ($15,000); Queensland University of Technology ($15,000); University of Queensland ($15,000); University of Wollongong ($10,000)
Grant-Linkage Infrastructure
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lucieer A; Lucieer VL; Malenovsky Z; Gonzalez LF; Roberts JM; Rudiger C; Robinson SA; Phinn S; McGrath AJ
Grant Reference
Bridging scales in remote sensing of vegetation stress (2017 - 2020)$652,000
The fellowship will address needs for sustainable ecosystem services under the environmental change bydeveloping operational upscaling algorithms for regional mapping of vegetation stress indicators from optical Earthobservations of the latest space-borne missions. These new approaches, using modern computer radiativetransfer models and unmanned aircraft systems called drones, will pave the way for regular satellite monitoring ofplant health across extensive and inaccessible Australian and Antarctic areas. More accurate and timely remotesensing maps of early stress symptoms will tell us when and where to protect ecological functions of wild naturalsystems and help us to sustain or even increase our agricultural food production.
Australian Research Council ($652,000)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Malenovsky Z
2017 - 2020
Grant Reference
Towards a large-scale Antarctic Nearshore and Terrestrial Observing System (ANTOS): Scaling and optimising unmanned airborne observations of moss ecosystems (2015 - 2017)$147,091
The general aim of this project is to take first steps towards a large-scale operational Antarctic terrestrial monitoring system, by analysing the existing ground and unmanned airborne observations of moss ecosystems collected in the vicinity of the Australian Antarctic station Casey. Particularly, we will determine the optimal and the minimal necessary spectral, spatial, and temporal remote sensing requirements to address regional-to-global questions about dynamic physiological development of moss ecosystems, indicating the actual Antarctic coastal climate changes.
Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) ($147,091)
Grant-Australian Antarctic Science
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lucieer A; Malenovsky Z
2015 - 2017

Research Supervision

Zbyněk has supervised 5 M.Sc. and 9 Ph.D. projects. All students under his supervision successfully obtained their degrees.
Ph.D. students:
-Krishna Lamsal (University of Tasmania, AUS, on-going)
-Leonard Hambrecht (University of Tasmania, AUS, on-going)
-Rhys Wyber (University of Wollongong, AUS, defended 2018)
-Deepak Gautam (University of Tasmania, AUS, defended 2018)
-Lucia Yáñez Rausell (Wageningen University & University of Zürich, NL, defended 2014)
-Lucie Homolová (Wageningen University & University of Zürich, NL, defended 2014)
-Daniel Kováč (Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, defended 2013)
-Petr Lukeš (Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, defended 2012)
-Alexandr Ač (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, defended 2010)
M.Sc. students:
-Ryan Christinger (University of Zürich, CH, defended 2011)
-Livia Kurer (University of Zürich, CH, defended 2010)
-Mohammed Ali Abebe (Wageningen University, NL, defended 2006)
-Lucie Homolová (Wageningen University, NL, defended 2005)
-Christian Ufer (Wageningen University, NL, defended 2004)






PhDMulti-Scale Spectral Remote Sensing of Vegetation Stress2018
PhDUltrahigh-resolution remote sensing for assessing biodiversity hotspots2019


PhDDirect Georeferencing and Footprint Characterisation of a Non-Imaging Spectroradiometer Mounted on an Unmanned Aircraft System
Candidate: Deepak Gautam