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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Carmelo Cammalleri

Research Physical Scientist

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Carmelo Cammalleri
Research Physical Scientist
USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Bldg. 007, Rm. 011, BARC-West
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350 USA
Voice: (301) 504-5420
Fax: (301) 504-8931

Research Interests:

  • Water and energy balance mapping from field to continental scale using remotely sensed thermal data.
  • Monitoring energy, water and carbon flux exchange in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum through micro-meteorological techniques (eddy covariance, scintillometry).
  • Assimilation of remote sensing products into hydrological models.


  • 2005 B.S. Environmental Engineering, Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy).
  • 2007 M.S. Environmental Engineering, Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy).
  • 2011 Ph.D. Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy).

Professional Experience:

  • 06/2011 - 12/2011: Dept. Civil, Aerospace and Environmental Engineering (DICA) - Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy; Post-doc Researcher.
  • 01/2012 - present: USDA-ARS-Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, MD; Research Physical Scientist.


  • 2007: Best Italian Remote Sensing Thesis Prize by IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing South Italy Chapter.
  • 2011: Best Paper Award by Italian Agrometeorological (AIAM) Society.

Selected Publications:(please contact the author to determine reprint availability)

( view author's publications/interpretive summaries/technical abstracts since 1999)

Minacapilli, M., Agnese, C., Blanda, F., Cammalleri, C., Ciraolo, G., D’Urso, G., Iovino, M., Pumo, D., Provenzano, G., Rallo, G. (2009). Estimation of actual evapotranspiration of Mediterranean perennial crops by means of remote-sensing based surface energy balance models. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 13(7), 1061-1074, doi:10.5194/hess-13-1061-2009. ISSN: 1027-5606, eISSN: 1607-7938.

Cammalleri, C., Agnese, C., Ciraolo, G., Minacapilli, M., Provenzano, G., Rallo, G. (2010). Actual evapotranspiration assessment by means of a coupled energy/hydrologic balance model: validation over an olive grove by means of scintillometry and measurements of soil water contents. J. Hydrol. 392(1-2), 70-82, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.07.046. ISSN: 0022-1694.

Cammalleri, C., Anderson, M.C., Ciraolo, G., D’Urso, G., Kustas, W.P., La Loggia, G., Minacapilli, M. (2010). The impact of in-canopy wind profile formulations on heat flux estimation in an open orchard using the remote sensing-based two-source model. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 14(12), 2643-2659, doi:10.5194/hess-14-2643-2010. ISSN: 1027-5606, eISSN: 1607-7938.

Minacapilli, M., Cammalleri, C., Ciraolo, G., D’Asaro, F., Iovino, M., Maltese, A. (2012). Thermal Inertia Modeling for Soil Surface Water Content Estimation: A Laboratory Experiment. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 76(1), 1-9, doi: 10.2136/sssaj2011-0122. ISSN: 0361-5995, eISSN: 1435-0661.

Cammalleri, C., Ciraolo, G., (2012). State and parameter update in a coupled energy/hydrologic balance model using ensemble Kalman filtering. J. Hydrol. 416-417, 171-181, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.11.049. ISSN: 0022-1694.

Cammalleri, C., Anderson, M.C., Ciraolo, G., D’Urso, G., Kustas, W.P., La Loggia, G., Minacapilli, M. (2012). Applications of a remote sensing-based two-source energy balance algorithm for mapping surface fluxes without in situ air temperature observations. Remote Sens. Environm. 124, 502-515, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2012.06.009. ISSN: 0034-4257.

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