Pedro Espin

Pedro Espín | CTTC

Geomatics (GM)

Phd , Researcher

Phone: +34 93 645 29 00

Pedro Espín holds a Ph.D. in Electronics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Pavia, Italy (2020) and a Master Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Cartagena, Spain (2015). His PhD research activities are focused on the investigation of ground-based radars for snowpack monitoring. In the master thesis, he designed and fabricated novel microwave circuits and antennas, proposing new techniques for designing leaky-wave antennas. Since October 2019, he is part of the GEON Department in the Geomatics Division of CTTC as Research Assistant. He participated to the technology transfer of the CTTC spin-off: Geokinesia.

As a researcher he is participating actively on the improvement of microwave sensors, mostly focused on snow monitoring. This line is directly related with the GEON department research line “Sensor orientation, calibration and positioning” and with the RSE department research line “Remote sensing techniques”. He is also participating in the RAR and Active Reflectors research lines. All these lines are part of the strategic plan of the CTTC. His main research interests are the geophysical applications of microwave sensors, focusing in the development of new techniques for ground-based radars and GNSS receivers for snowpack monitoring. Novel techniques in the design and fabrication of microwave components are also part of his research area.

During his research career he has contributed (under the frame of the SNOWAVE project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Scientific Research) with: (i)  The proposal and validation of a new architectures for snowpack monitoring sensors, pushing the boundaries of actual microwave radar sensors for estimating snow parameters. (ii) The design and fabrication of wide-band antennas for snowpack monitoring using novel 3D-printing techniques and materials. (iii) The creation of a snow parameters dataset (Snow height and Snow Water Equivalent) obtained through a novel snowpack monitoring sensor in several field campaigns from the Italian Alps and the Arctic Finnish Lapland. He participated in the ArcticWave project funded by INTERACT TA/RA for testing a microwave snow sensor in the Arctic Finnish Lapland.

He has authored or co-authored 6 scientific articles in international indexed journals concerning the previous topics. He has also 14 participations in international and national workshops and conferences. Moreover, he chaired and co-chaired different sessions in relevant conferences for his field like EuCAP.


ResearchGate profile: 



Scientific Journal papers 

6 international indexed journals


52 citations / h-index=4 (Scopus).

IPR/Technology transfer 

Participation to the technology transfer of the spin-off: Geo-Kinesia

Project Participation 

SNOWAVE (SIR project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Scientific Research (MIUR) and ArcticWave (funded by INTERACT TA/RA)

  Project participation at CTTC  

4: 2 international, 2 industrials.

Invited Talks

Invited to do a webinar on INTERACT Stories of Arctic Science and Stations on June 2020

Contribution to Conferences 

16 contributions to conferences. Chairing in the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP), 2018, London (UK). Session T11-9 : Metasurface Materials and Techniques.

Professional Service 

Since 2018, he has been regularly serving as reviewer for several journals in his field (IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, MDPI Remote Sensing).

Personal Achievements 

Awarded with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) APS Doctoral Research Grant in 2018.

Teaching activity 

(2018) Teaching assistant on Linear Electric Circuits, B.Eng Electronic Engineering, 6 CFU.(2018) Teaching assistant, Snow Avalanches and Related Mountain Natural Hazards, MS Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards, 6 CFU.
He advised 1 BEng project and 1 MSc project.
Enhanced Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Tracking Using Time Series of GNSS Positioning Errors
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. Vol. 13. No. 3. March 2024.
Angelats, E, Gorreja, A, Espín-López, PF, Parés, ME, Malinverni, ES, Pierdicca, R
10.3390/ijgi13030072 Google Scholar
IOPES, a new full-fledged approach to provide an end-to-end tracking system for emergency staff
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Vol. 100. January 2024.
Parés, ME, Angelats, E, Espín-López, PF, Navarro, JA, Munaretto, D, Salvador, J, Delgado, C, Olbrich, F, Martínez, A, Örn-Arnarson, G, Martín, D, Bachmann, J
10.1016/j.ijdrr.2023.104180 Google Scholar
Seasonal Snow Melting Process Investigation in Polar Environment Using a Dual-Receiver Radar Architecture
18th European Conference On Antennas And Propagation, Eucap 2024. January 2024.
Lodigiani M., Silvestri L., Espín-López P.F., Pasian M.
10.23919/EuCAP60739.2024.10500995 Google Scholar
Proof-of-Concept for a Ground-Based Dual-Receiver Radar Architecture to Estimate Snowpack Parameters for Wet Snow
Espin-Lopez, PF, Lodigiani, M, Barbolini, M, Dell'Acqua, F, Silvestri, L, Pasian, M
10.1109/TGRS.2021.3103834 Google Scholar
Design and Test of a Circularly Polarized Microstrip Antenna Array for a Sentinel-1 SAR Active Reflector with co-and cross-Polarization Capability
2022 16th European Conference On Antennas And Propagation, Eucap 2022. January 2022.
Perez F.M., Luzi G., Espin-Lopez P.
Google Scholar
A low-cost active reflector and a passive corner reflector network for assisting landslide monitoring using multi-temporal InSAR
Remote Sensing Letters. Vol. 13. No. 11. pp. 1080-1089 January 2022.
Luzi G., Barra A., Gao Q., F.Espín-López P., Palamà R., Monserrat O., Crosetto M., Colell X.
10.1080/2150704X.2022.2122891 Google Scholar
A novel approach for calculating the internal layers of snowpacks using a S-band radar
2022 52nd European Microwave Conference, Eumc 2022. pp. 80-82 January 2022.
Espin-Lopez P.F., Pasian M.
10.23919/EuMC54642.2022.9924336 Google Scholar
A Novel Approach for Calculating the Internal Layers of Snowpacks Using a S-Band Radar
European Microwave Conference. pp. 80-82 January 2022.
Espin-Lopez, PF, Pasian, M
Google Scholar
Design and Test of a Circularly Polarized Microstrip Antenna Array for a Sentinel-1 SAR Active Reflector with co- and cross- Polarization Capability
Proceedings Of The European Conference On Antennas And Propagation. Vol. A. January 2022.
Perez, FM, Luzi, G, Espin-Lopez, P
Google Scholar
Snow Layer Detection by Pattern Matching in a Multipath Radar Interference Scenario
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING. Vol. 42. No. 9. pp. 3193-3218 May 2021.
Kulsoom, F, Dell'Acqua, F, Pasian, M, Espin-Lopez, PF
10.1080/01431161.2020.1854890 Google Scholar
Determination of Snow Water Equivalent for Dry Snowpacks Using the Multipath Propagation of Ground-Based Radars
IEEE GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING LETTERS. Vol. 18. No. 2. pp. 276-280 February 2021.
Espin-Lopez, PF, Pasian, M
10.1109/LGRS.2020.2974546 Google Scholar
A low-cost active reflector for interferometric monitoring based on sentinel-1 sar images
SENSORS. Vol. 21. No. 6. pp. 1-21 January 2021.
Luzi, G, Espin-Lopez, PF, Mira, F., Monserrat, O, Crosetto, M
10.3390/s21062008 Google Scholar
Snow Layer Detection by Pattern Matching in a Multipath Radar Interference Scenario
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING. Vol. 42. No. 9. pp. 3193-3218 January 2021.
F. Kulsoom, F. Dell\'Acqua, M. Pasian, P. Espin
Google Scholar
International Geoscience And Remote Sensing Symposium (igarss). Vol. 2021-July. pp. 1027-1030 January 2021.
Espín-López, P.F., Luzi, G., Palamà, R.
10.1109/IGARSS47720.2021.9553533 Google Scholar
DInSAR deformation measurement using active and passive reflectors
Proceedings of SPIE. Vol. 11861. January 2021.
Luzi G., Espín-López P.F., Crosetto M., Monserrat O., Barra A., Gao Q.
10.1117/12.2600130 Google Scholar
Performance analysis of the iopes seamless indoor-outdoor positioning approach
GEOSPATIAL WEEK 2023, VOL. 48-1. Vol. 43. pp. 229-235 January 2021.
Angelats E., Espín-López P.F., Navarro J.A., Parés M.E.
10.5194/isprs-archives-XLIII-B4-2021-229-2021 Google Scholar
Experimental validation of a dual-receiver radar architecture for snowpack monitoring
International Journal of Microwave and Wireless Technologies. Vol. 12. No. 6. pp. 439-446 January 2020.
Pasian, M., Espín-López, P.F., Silvestri, L., Barbolini, M., Dell'Acqua, F.
10.1017/S1759078720000112 Google Scholar
Deformation monitoring using SAR interferometry and active and passive reflectors
GEOSPATIAL WEEK 2023, VOL. 48-1. Vol. 43. pp. 287-292 January 2020.
Crosetto M., Luzi G., Monserrat O., Barra A., Cuevas-González M., Palamá R., Krishnakumar V., Wassie Y., Mirmazloumi S.M., Espín-López P., Crippa B.
10.5194/isprs-archives-XLIII-B3-2020-287-2020 Google Scholar
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