Philippe Rufin
F.R.S.-FNRS Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth & Life Institute, UCLouvain

Geographer interested in linking Land System Science and Earth Observation. My work involves the development and application of methods for large-area mapping of land use and land use intensity based on machine learning. Currently, I´m working on mapping the dynamics of cropland, field size, and land use intensity in Sub-Saharan Africa using deep learning and very high spatial resolution satellite imagery.


  • Land System Science
  • Earth Observation
  • Machine Learning
  • Geospatial Data Science
  • Open Science


Earth & Life Institute, UCLouvain
2023 - 2026
Postdoctoral Fellow | Medium-scale farms in Sub-Saharan Africa
Earth & Life Institute, UCLouvain
2021 - 2023
Postdoctoral Fellow | Field size dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa
Earth Observation Lab, Humboldt-Universität
2019 - 2021
Postdoctoral Fellow | Large-area agriculture mapping
Earth Observation Lab, Humboldt-Universität
2015 - 2019
Ph.D. Geography | Earth Observation


Selected Publications

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An actor-centered, scalable land system typology for addressing biodiversity loss in the world’s tropical dry woodlands, 2024, Global Environmental Change
Marie Pratzer , Patrick Meyfroidt , [...] , Philippe Rufin , Mariana Rufino , Mahesh Sankaran , Ricardo Torres , Srinivas Vaidyanathan , Maria Vallejos , Malika Virah-Sawmy , Tobias Kuemmerle
Understanding the robustness of spectral-temporal metrics across the global Landsat archive from 1984 to 2019, 2023, Remote Sensing of Environment
David Frantz , Philippe Rufin , Andreas Janz , Stefan Ernst , Dirk Pflugmacher , Franz Schug , Patrick Hostert
Enabling spaces for bridging scales: scanning solutions for interdisciplinary human-environment research, 2023, Sustainability Science
Cecilie Friis , Mónica Hernández-Morcillo , Matthias Baumann , Claudia Coral , Theresa Frommen , Arash Ghoddousi , David Loibl , Philippe Rufin
Post-Soviet changes in cropping practices in the irrigated drylands of the Aral Sea basin, 2022, Environmental Research Letters
Philippe Rufin , Mayra Daniela Peña-Guerrero , Atabek Umirbekov , Yanbing Wei , Daniel Müller
Large-area mapping of active cropland and short-term fallows in smallholder landscapes using PlanetScope data, 2022, Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
Philippe Rufin , Adia Bey , Michelle Picoli , Patrick Meyfroidt
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
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


Medium-Scale Farms as Drivers of Deforestation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Mapping Field Size Dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa
Mapping Agricultural Systems of the Mediterranean
Remote Sensing of Dam-Induced Agricultural Change