Philippe Rufin
F.R.S. FNRS Postdoctoral Fellow, Université Catholique de Louvain

I am a Geographer working at the intersection of Earth Observation and Land System Science. I am currently working at the Earth and Life Institute at UCLouvain, supported by a F.R.S.-FNRS Postdoctoral Fellowship. My studies make use of Earth Observation data and Machine Learning techniques to map land use, land management, and land intensity across large regions and long time frames. My recent work focuses on croplands and pastures in consolidated and small-holder systems within tropical and semi-arid regions.


  • Land System Science
  • Earth Observation
  • Food Systems
  • Machine Learning
  • Open Data
  • Scales


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2015 - 2019
Ph.D. Geography - Earth Observation
Humboldt-Universität | Stockholms Universitet
2011 - 2014
M.Sc. Global Change Geography
Humboldt-Universität | Université de Provence
2007 - 2011
B.A. Geography & Social Science


Recent Publications

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Revisiting the Past: Replicability of a Historic Long-Term Vegetation Dynamics Assessment in the Era of Big Data Analytics, 2022, Remote Sensing
David Frantz , Patrick Hostert , Philippe Rufin , Stefan Ernst , Achim Röder , Sebastian van der Linden
Uncertainty in Drought Identification Due to Data Choices, and The Value of Triangulation, 2021, Water
Pius Borona , Friedrich Busch , Tobias Krueger , Philippe Rufin
Mapping Crop Types and Cropping Systems in Nigeria with Sentinel-2 Imagery, 2021, Remote Sensing
Esther Shupel Ibrahim , Philippe Rufin , Leon Nill , Bahareh Kamali , Claas Nendel , Patrick Hostert
GEE Time Series Explorer for QGIS – Instant Access to Petabytes of Earth Observation Data, 2021, ISPRS Archives
Philippe Rufin , Andreas Rabe , Leon Nill , Patrick Hostert
Operational Coregistration of the Sentinel-2A/B Image Archive Using Multitemporal Landsat Spectral Averages, 2021, IEEE GRSL
Philippe Rufin , David Frantz , Lin Yan , Patrick Hostert
Landsat time series reveal expansion and intensification of dry season cropping in Turkey, 2021, Journal of Land Use Science
Philippe Rufin , Daniel Müller , Marcel Schwieder , Dirk Pflugmacher , Patrick Hostert


Mapping Field Size Dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa
Mapping Agricultural Systems of the Mediterranean
Remote Sensing of Dam-Induced Agricultural Change