Senior Researcher

ISSIA CNR – Bari

SHORT BIO

Palma Blonda received the doctoral degree in physics at the University of Bari, Italy in 1980. She joined the Italian National Research Council (C.N.R.) in 1984. Her research interests include topics concerning Digital Image Processing and Pattern Recognition with applications in Biomedicine (1980-1996) and Geoscience: analysis of multi-source and multi-temporal data, feature selection, segmentation, supervised and unsupervised classification, data fusion, soft computing (neural networks and fuzzy logic), and change detection.

Currently, she is the Coordinator of the FP7-SPACE.2010.1.1-04 project titled: BIOdiversity Multi-Source Monitoring System: from Space TO Species (BIO_SOS). Grant Agreement no: 263435 (www.biosos.eu). Start date: 1-12-2010.End date: 30-11-2013. The BIO_SOS Consortium is composed by 16 Partners from 8 Countries, including Brazil and India.

She was the ISSIA scientific responsible of classification and change detection research activity carried out within a previous European project of the Fifth Framework Programme titled Landslide Early Warning Integrated System (LEWIS), EVG1-CT-2001-00055, 2002-2005. She was involved in many national projects supported by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), ENEA, MURST . She was a member of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society and ESA-EUSC Image Information-Mining Group (IIMG). Within IEEE, she served as co-chair (2002-2004) of the IEEE Data Fusion Technical Committee. She is member of the Associazione Italiana di Telerilevamento (AIT). She has served in the Scientific and Program Committees of many international conferences, such as SPIE conferences on Image and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing, IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposia (IGARSS), and ESA-EUSC conference on Image Information Mining. She has served as reviewer of many journals among which: IEEE Transaction on Fuzzy Systems, IEEE Transaction on Neural Networks, Pattern Recognition Letters, IEEE Transaction on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of Environment.

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  1. V. Tomaselli, M. Adamo, G. Veronico, S. Sciandrello, C. Tarantino, P. Dimopoulos, P. Medagli, H. Nagendra, P. Blonda

    Definition and application of expert knowledge on vegetation pattern, phenology, and seasonality for habitat mapping, as exemplified in a Meditteranean coastal site, Plant Biosystems, Sept. 2016

  2. M. Adamo, C. Tarantino, V. Tomaselli, G. Veronico, H. Nagendra, P. Blonda

    Habitat mapping of coastal wetlands using expert knowledge and Earth Observation data, Journal of applied ecology, 2016

  3. C. Tarantino, M. Adamo, R. Lucas, P. Blonda

    "Detection of changes in semi-natural grasslands by cross correlation analysis with Worldview-2 images and new Landsat 8 data", Remote sensing of environment, Vol. 175, 2016

  4. Nagendra H., Mairota P., Marangi C., Lucas R., Dimopoulos P., Honrado J.P., Niphadkar M., Mücher C.A., Tomaselli V., Panitsa M., Tarantino M., Manakos I., Blonda P.

    "Satellite Earth observation data to identify anthropogenic pressures inselected protected areas", International journal of applied earth observation and geoinformation, Vol. 37, 2014

  5. G.F. Ficetola, M. Adamo, A. Bonardi, V. De Pasquale, C. Liuzzi, F. Lovergine, F. Marcone, F. Mastropasqua, C. Tarantino, P. Blonda, E. Padoa-Schioppa

    Importance of landscape features and earth Observation derived habitat maps for modelling amphibian distribution in the Alta Murgia National Park, International journal of applied earth observation and geoinformation, Vol. 37, 2014

  6. R. Lucas, P. Blonda, P. Bunting, G. Jones, J. Inglada, M. Arias, V. Kosmidou, Z. Petrou, I. Manakos, M. Adamo, R. Charnock, C. Tarantino, C.A. Mucher, R. Jongman, H. Kramer, D. Arvor, J. Honrado, P. Mairota

    The Earth Observation Data for Habitat Monitoring (EODHaM) System, International journal of applied earth observation and geoinformation, Vol. 37, 2014

  7. M. Adamo, C. Tarantino, V. Tomaselli, V. Kosmidou, Z. Petrou, I. Manakos, R.M. Lucas, C.A. Mucher, G. Veronico, C. Marangi, V. De Pasquale and P. Blonda

    Expert knowledge for translating land cover/use maps to General Habitat Categories (GHCs), accepted for publication by Landscape Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-014-0028-9, 2014

  8. Zeng R.Q.; Meng X.M.; Wasowski J.; Dijkstra T.; Bovenga F.; Xue Y.T.; Wang S.Y.

    "Ground instability detection using PS-InSAR in Lanzhou, China", Quarterly journal of engineering geology and hydrogeology, Vol. 47, No. 4, 2014

  9. Petrou, Z.I., Kosmidou, V., Manakos, I., Stathaki, T., Adamo, M., Tarantino, C., Tomaselli, V., Blonda, P, Petrou, M.

    A rule-based classification methodology to handle uncertainty in habitat mapping employing evidential reasoning and fuzzy logic, Pattern Recogn. Lett. Doi: 10.1016/j.patrec.2013.11.002., 2013

  10. C. Tarantino, M. Adamo, G. Pasquariello, F. Lovergine, P. Blonda and V. Tomaselli

    8-Band Image Data Processing of the Worldview-2 Satellite in a Wide Area of Applications, Earth Observation, Rustam B. Rustamov and Saida E. Salahova (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-973-8, InTech, 2012

  11. P. Blonda

    BIO_SOS project, The parliament magazine,Parlementary Communications, Vol. 7, No. 337, 2011

  12. A. Baraldi; L. Durieux; D. Simonett; G. Conchedda; F. Holecz, P. Blonda

    Automatic Spectral-Rule-Based Preliminary Classification of Radiometrically Calibrated SPOT-4/-5/IRS, AVHRR/MSG, AATSR, IKONOS/QuickBird/OrbView/GeoEye, and DMC/SPOT-1/-2 Imagery-Part I: System Design and Implementation, IEEE Transactions on geoscience and remote sensing, Vol. 48, No. 3, 2010

  13. Baraldi, A., Durieux, L., Simonetti, D., Conchedda, G., Holecz, F., Blonda, P.

    Automatic Spectral Rule-Based Preliminary Classification of Radiometrically Calibrated SPOT-4/-5/IRS, AVHRR/MSG, AATSR, IKONOS/QuickBird/OrbView/GeoEye, and DMC/SPOT-1/-2 Imagery-Part II: Classification Accuracy Assessment, IEEE Transactions on geoscience and remote sensing, Vol. 48, No. 3, 2010

CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS

  1. C. Tarantino, P. Blonda, M. Adamo

    An application of the Cross-Correlation Analysis to detect changes in semi-natural grasslands to artificial structures using very high and high resolution satellite data, IEEE Workshop on Environmental, Energy and Structural Monitoring Systems (EESMS2016), 13-14 June 2016, Bari (Italy)

  2. Adamo M., Tarantino C., Lucas R., Tomaselli V., Sigismondi A., Mairota P., Blonda P.

    "Combined use of expert knowledge and earth observation data for the land cover mapping of an Italian grassland area: an EODHAM system application", International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment - IGARSS 2015, July 2015, Milan (Italy)

  3. Tarantino C., Adamo M., Blonda P.

    "Application of a semi-automatic unsupervised change detection to (semi-) natural grassland loss at very high resolution", International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment - IGARSS 2015, July 2015, Milan (Italy)

  4. Petrou Z.I.; Stathaki T.; Manakos I.; Adamo M.; Tarantino C.; Blonda P.

    "Land cover to habitat map conversion using remote sensing data: A supervised learning approach", International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Quebec Convention CentreQuebec City; Canada; 13- 18 July 2014

  5. Petrou, Z. I.; Manakos, I.; Stathaki, T.; Tarantino, C.; Adamo, M.; Blonda, P.

    (2013) "A vegetation height classification approach based on texture analysis of a single VHR image", International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, Beijing, China, 22-26 April 2013

  6. Kallimanis A.S., Dimopoulos P., Tomaselli V., Honrado J., Lucas R., Marangi C., Blonda P.

    (2013) Comparing Habitat classification schemes for assessing landscape diversity, in MS.MONINA/BIO_SOS conjoint conference on "Ecosystem and Biodiversity Monitoring - best practice in Europe and globally" (EO4Hab) GI_FORUM, Salzburg, July 3-5 2013

  7. Tomaselli V., Dimopoulos P., Marangi C., Kallimanis A.S., Adamo M., Tarantino C., Panitsa M., Terzi M., Veronico G., Lovergine F., Nagendra H., Lucas R., Mairota P., Mücher C.A., Blonda P.

    (2013) Comparison of Land Cover/Land Use and Habitat classification systems for Habitat mapping from space: strengths and weaknesses evidenced in Mediterranean sites of Natura 2000 network, in oMS.MONINA/BIO_SOS conjoint conference on "Ecosystem and Biodiversity Monitoring - best practice in Europe and globally" (EO4Hab) GI_FORUM, Salzburg, July 3-5 2013

  8. Adamo M., Tarantino C., Kosmidou V., Petrou Z., Manakos I., Tomaselli V., Lucas R., Mücher S., Blonda P.

    (2013) Exploitation of Remote Sensing data for Land Cover to Habitat map translation: a case study, in MS.MONINA/BIO_SOS conjoint conference on "Ecosystem and Biodiversity Monitoring - best practice in Europe and globally" (EO4Hab) GI_FORUM, Salzburg, July 3-5 2013

  9. Z. I. Petrou, C. Tarantino, M. Adamo, P. Blonda, M. Petrou

    (2012) Estimation of Vegetation Height through Satellite Image Texture Analysis, in ISPRS 2012 XXII International Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 25 August-1 September 2012

  10. D. Arvor, V. Kosmidou, T. Libourel, M. Adamo, C. Tarantino, R. Lucas, B. O’Connor, P. Blonda, C. Pierkot, M. Fargette, S. Andres, L. Durieux

    (2012) Semantic Nets for Object-Oriented Land Cover Mapping: a preliminary example, in GEOBIA 2012 Conference, Brazil, May 2012

  11. P. Blonda, F. Chaabene, K. Dimitropoulus, N. Gammalidi, S. Rejichi, E. Santi, C. Tarantino, D. Torri

    (2011) Earth Observations for complementing vegetation definition and distribution: an example for fire propagation, in ICST 2011, Atene, September 2011

  12. N. Amoruso, A. Baraldi, C. Tarantino, P. Blonda

    (2009) SPECTRAL RULES AND GEOSTATISTIC FEATURES FOR CHARACTERIZING OLIVE GROVES IN QUICKBIRD IMAGES, in IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Cape Town, Africa

BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. C. Tarantino, M. Adamo, G. Pasquariello, F. Lovergine, P. Blonda, V. Tomaselli

    (2012) 8-Band Image Data Processing of the Worldview-2 Satellite in a Wide Area of Application, InTech, Rijeka (Croazia) in Earth Observation, 2012

  2. P. Blonda, P. Dimopoulos, M. Petrou, R. Jongman, H. Nagendra, D. Iasillo, A. Arnoud, P. Mairota, J. Jhonrado, E. P. Schioppa, R. Lucas, L. Durieux, L. Candela, J. Inglada

    (2012) Biodiversity multi-source monitoring system: from space to species (BIO_SOS), in Let's Embrace Space- Space research achievements under the 7th Programme, DG Enterprise and Industry, 2012