Wolfgang Wagner

Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Research Group:
Remote Sensing
Head of Department
Research Area:
Remote Sensing, Physics and Applications

Gußhausstr. 25-29 / E120 (CB0321)
Wien, 1040
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Wagner Wolfgang


November 5, 2015

Wolfgang Wagner was born in Wels, Austria, in 1969. He received theDipl.-Ing. (MSc) degree in physics and the Dr.techn. (PhD) degree in remote sensing, both withexcellence, from the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria, in1995 and 1999 respectively.

In support of his master and PhD studies he receivedfellowships to carry research at the University of Bern (1993), AtmosphericEnvironment Service Canada (1994), NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre (1995),European Space Agency (1996), and the Joint Research Centre of the EuropeanCommission (1996-1998). From 1999 to 2001 he was with the German AerospaceAgency (DLR), first as a project assistant at the Institute of High FrequencyTechnology and later as the head of the SAR Applications team at the GermanRemote Sensing Data Centre. In 2001 he was appointed professor for remotesensing at the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing of TU Wien. From2006 to 2011 he was the head of the Institute of Photogrammetry and RemoteSensing and since October 2012 he has been the head of the newly foundedDepartment of Geodesy and Geoinformation. Further university functions havebeen: member of the board of the Faculty of Mathematics and Geoinformation(since 2004), member of the TU Wien Senate (2006-2010), and coordinator of theGeodesy and Geoinformation group (2004-2012).Furthermore, he is co-founder of the Earth Observation Data Centre for WaterResources Monitoring (EODC), acting as head of science since December 2014.

The main research interest of Wolfgang Wagner lies in physicalmodeling and geophysical parameter retrieval from remote sensing data. Hisscope is to develop robust algorithms, taking instrument specifications andapplication requirements into account. He has mostly worked with active remotesensing techniques, in particular scatterometry, SAR and airborne laserscanning (lidar), even though he has also some experience with optical andinfrared sensors. Using C-band scatterometer data his research group hasproduced the first global remotely sensed soil moisture data set in 2002. Thesoil moisture retrieval algorithm was implemented by EUMETSAT to provide anoperational near-real-time service for the Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT)on-board of METOP. This service became operational in December 2008. Thealgorithms were also successfully adapted for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)data within ESA funded activities. Using ScanSAR data of ENVISAT ASAR 1 km soilmoisture maps extent could be derived at continental scale for the first time. Togetherwith research colleagues from VU Amsterdam and TU Wien he also developed thefirst 30+ years global soil moisture data set by merging active and passivesoil moisture retrievals, which was the foundation for the ESA Climate ChangeInitiative (CCI) project on soil moisture which started end of 2011 under hiscoordination. In the field of lidar remote sensing Wolfgang Wagner was thecoordinator of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for "Spatial Data fromLaser Scanning and Remote Sensing", which has been supported by thirteennational and international companies, from 2003 to 2010. His main interest liesin physical modeling and calibration of full-waveform laser scanner data, appliedto the problems of improving terrain models, quantitative vegetation retrievaland object modeling.

Wolfgang Wagner has been author and co-author of over 140journal papers, 20 book chapter, and 150 papers in conference proceedings. Accordingto Google Scholar his papers have been cited more than 9000 times and hish-index is 49. He has held 82 invited presentations at conferences, workshopsand seminars. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the Open Access Journal"Remote Sensing" (1/2009-9/2011) and member of the editorial boards of"Hydrology and Earth System Sciences" (since 2007), "RemoteSensing" (since 9/2011), and the newly founded ISPRS International Journalof Geo-Information (since 1/2012)

Wolfgang Wagner has been member of the ScienceAdvisory Group of METOP-SG SCA instrument (jointly organized by EUMETSAT andESA) since 2014 and of the Mission Advisory Group of Sentinel-1 (ESA) since2011. From 2004 to 2010 he was member of Science Advisory Group for the SoilMoisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite of ESA, and from 2003 to 2014member of the METOP ASCAT SAG. In the period 2005 to 2008 he served ascommittee chair of the EGU Hydrologic Sciences Sub-Division on Remote Sensing& Data Assimilation and from 2008 to 2012 as President of Commission VII ofthe International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). In 2009he became co-chair of the Land Product Validation Subgroup on soil moisturewithin the CEOS Working Group on Calibration and Validation, and in 2012 hebecame a member of the GCOS/GTOS/WCRP Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate(TOPC) and member of the ISPRS International Scientific Advisory Committee(ISAC).

He was conference chair of the ISPRS Commission VIISymposium held on July 5-7 2010 in Vienna which formed the scientific part ofthe ISPRS Centenary Celebrations. He has been committee member of severalinternational conferences, such as the Earth Observation and Water CycleScience Conference 2009 jointly organized by ESA, EGU, ISPRS and GEWEX, the ISPRSWorkshops on Laserscanning 2007 and 2009, and the EUMETSAT/ESA Scatterometer Science Conferences 2011 and 2016, and the firstSatellite Soil Moisture Application and Validation Workshop 2013 jointlyorganized by ESA, EUMETSAT, WMO, GEWEX, CEOS and GCOS.