Sarah Mubareka

Sarah Mubareka has a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada), and graduated with a Ph.D. in Remote Sensing from the same institution. She originally came to the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (at the time: “Space Applications Institute") in 2000, and worked on global vegetation mapping using medium-resolution optical imagery. She then moved to the Institute for Protection and Security of the Citizen in 2002, modelling population vulnerability using high-resolution satellite data and environmental indicators. Sarah moved back to the IES in 2008 to work on tasks related to image processing, and was eventually given the opportunity to work in the area of land use modelling. Sarah has been working in pan-European spatial modelling since 2009. As of 2013, she has become a scientific officer with the Forest Resources and Climate Unit, dealing with the European Forestry Dynamics Model. Her skills include spatial modelling, image processing, environmental indicators, scenario development and consultations with stakeholders. Her main area of interest is in developing a F/OSS modelling framework for the forestry sector within the Bioeconomy. This entails the analysis and integration of forest resource mapping products, which describe the current state of Europe’s forests, into forestry dynamics and sector models. The modelling framework will be used to describe the future state of Europe’s forests according to different policy and environmental scenarios.


  • San-Miguel-Ayanz, J., de Rigo, D., Caudullo, G., Houston Durrant, T., Mauri, A., Tinner, W., Ballian, D., Beck, P., Birks, H. J. B., Eaton, E., Enescu, C. M., Pasta, S., Popescu, I., Ravazzi, C., Welk, E., Abad Viñas, R., Azevedo, J. C., Barbati, A., Barredo, J. I., Benham, S. E., Boca, R., Bosco, C., Caldeira, M. C., Cerasoli, S., Chirici, G., Cierjacks, A., Conedera, M., Da Ronch, F., Di Leo, M., García-Viñas, J. I., Gastón González, A., Giannetti, F., Guerrero Hue, N., Guerrero Maldonado, N., López, M. J., Jonsson, R., Krebs, P., Magni, D., Mubareka, S., Nieto Quintano, P., Oliveira, S., Pereira, J. S., Pividori, M., Räty, M., Rinaldi, F., Saura, S., Sikkema, R., Sitzia, T., Strona, G., Vidal, C., Vilar, L., Zecchin, B. (2016) European atlas of forest tree species. San-Miguel-Ayanz, J., de Rigo, D., Caudullo, G., Houston Durrant, T., Mauri, A. (Eds.). Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg. 200 pp. ISBN:978-92-79-52833-0, DOI:10.2788/4251.
  • Mubareka, S., Jonsson, R., Rinaldi, F., Fiorese, G., San-Miguel-Ayanz, J., Sallnäs, O., Baranzelli, C., Pilli, R., Lavalle, C., Kitous, A. (2014) An integrated modelling framework for the forest-based bioeconomy. IEEE Earthzine 7 (2), 908802+. doi:10.1101/011932
  • Ciscar, J. C., Feyen, L., Soria, A., Lavalle, C., Perry, M., Raes, F., Nemry, F., Demirel, H., Rozsai, M., Dosio, A., Donatelli, M., Srivastava, A., Fumagalli, D., Zucchini, A., Shrestha, S., Ciaian, P., Himics, M., Van Doorslaer, B., Barrios, S., Ibáñez, N., Rojas, R., Bianchi, A., Dowling, P., Camia, A., Libertà, G., San-Miguel-Ayanz, J., de Rigo, D., Caudullo, G., Barredo, J. I., Paci, D., Pycroft, J., Saveyn, B., Van Regemorter, D., Revesz, T., Mubareka, S., Baranzelli, C., Rocha Gomes, C., Lung, T., Ibarreta, D. (2013) Climate impacts in Europe: an integrated economic assessment. In: Impacts World 2013 - International Conference on Climate Change Effects. Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) e. V.
  • Batista e Silva, F., Lavalle, C., Jacobs-Crisioni, C., Barranco, R., Zulian, G., Maes, J., Baranzelli, C., Perpina, C., Vandecasteele, I., Ustaoglu, E., Barbosa, A., Mubareka, S. (2013) Direct and Indirect Land Use Impacts of the EU Cohesion Policy. Assessment with the Land Use Modelling Platform. EUR 26460 EN. doi:10.2788/60631 ISBN: 978-92-79-35148-8 (pdf)
  • Mubareka, S., Maes, J., Lavalle, C., de Roo, A. (2013) Estimation of water requirements by livestock in Europe. Ecosystem Services (short communication). Published online April 2013.
  • Mubareka, S., Estreguil, C., Lavalle, C., Baranzelli, C., Rocha Gomes, C., Hofer, B. (2013) A land-use-based modelling chain to assess of the impacts of Natural Water Retention Measures on Europe’s Green Infrastructure. International Journal of Geographic Information Science. Published online April 2013.
  • de Roo, A., Burek, P., Gentile, A., Udias, A., Bouraoui, F., Aloe, A., Bianchi, A., La Notte, A., Kuik, O., Elorza Tenreiro, J., Vandecasteele, I., Mubareka, S., Baranzelli, C., van der Perk, M., Lavalle, C., Bidoglio, G. (2012) A multi-criteria optimisation of scenarios for the protection of water resources in Europe: support to the EU blueprint to safeguard Europe's waters. EUR 25552 EN doi:10.2788/55540
  • De Roo A., Bouraoui F., Burek PA., Bisselink B., Vandecasteele I., Mubareka S., Salamon P., Pastori M., Zambrano H., Thiemig V., Bianchi A., Lavalle C. (2012) Current water resources in Europe and Africa - Matching water supply and water demand EUR 25247 EN. doi:10.2788/16165.
  • Burek, P., Mubareka, S., Rojas, R., de Roo, A., Bianchi, A., Baranzelli, C., Lavalle, C., Vandecasteele, I. (2012) Evaluation of the effectiveness of Natural Water Retention Measures, Support to the EU Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Waters. Report EUR 25551 EN. doi:10.2788/5528.
  • Mubareka, S., Koomen, E., Estreguil, C., Lavalle, C. (2011) Development of a composite index of urban compactness for land use modelling applications. In Landscape Urban Planning. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.08.012
  • Lavalle C., Baranzelli C., Mubareka S., Rocha GomesC., Hiederer R., Batista e Silva F., Estreguil C. (2011) Implementation of the CAP Policy Options with the Land Use Modelling Platform. A first indicator-based analysis. Scientific and technical report EUR 24909. ISBN 978-92-79-20917-8. doi: 10.2788/44614. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
  • Lavalle, C., Baranzelli, C., Silva, F., Mubareka, S., Gomes, C., Koomen, E., Hilferink, M. (2011) A High Resolution Land use/cover Modelling Framework for Europe: introducing the EU-ClueScanner100 model. ICCSA 2011, Part I, LNCS 6782, 60–75.Volume 6782(1): 60-75.
  • Gallego, F. J., Batista, F., Rocha, C., Mubareka, S. (2011) Disaggregating population density of the European Union with CORINE Land Cover. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 25(12): 2051-2069.
  • Mubareka, S., Ehrlich, D. (2010) Identifying and modelling environmental indicators for assessing population vulnerability to conflict using ground and satellite data. Ecological Indicators, 10(2):493-503.
  • Perpar, A., Mubareka, S., Deranja, D., Udovč, A., Pintar, M. (2010) Projections of future land use in the municipality of Koper based on the MOLAND model. Geodetski Vestnik 54(4): 676-690.
  • Ehrlich, D., Lang, S., Laneve, G., Mubareka, S., Schneiderbauer, S., Tiede, D. (2009) Can Earth Observation tools help to describe population? Indirect population estimations from EO derived geo-spatial data: contribution from GMOSS in Jasani, B., Pesaresi, M., Schneiderbauer, S., Zung, G. (eds). Remote Sensing from Space: Supporting International Peace and Security. Springer publishers, London.
  • Mubareka, S., Ehrlich, D., Bonn, F., Kayitakire, F. (2008) Settlement location and population density estimation in rugged terrain using information derived from Landsat ETM and SRTM data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 29(8):2339-2357.
  • Stibig, Belward, Roy, Rosalina-Wasrin, Agrawal, Joshi, Hildanus, Beuchle, Fritz, Mubareka, Giri (2007) A land-cover map for South and Southeast Asia derived from SPOT-VEGETATION data. Journal of Biogeography, 34(4): 625-637.
  • Mubareka, S., Al Khudhairy, D., Bonn, F., Aoun, S. (2005) Standardising and mapping open-source information for crisis regions: the case of post-conflict Iraq. Disasters 29(3): 237-254.


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