Dr Marta Yebra is a Mission Specialist with the ANU Institute for Space and the Director of the ANU Bushfire Initiative, which aims to protect Australia from catastrophic bushfires. She is also an Associate Professor in remote sensing at the Fenner School of Environment & Society and the School of Engineering.
Marta is a member of the Australian Space Agency’s Technical Advisory Board for Earth Observation and the Scientific Panel of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and an Associate Editor of the Elsevier journal Remote Sensing of Environment. She led the development of the Australian Flammability Monitoring System and is now working with a multidisciplinary team to design Australia’s first satellite mission (Ozfuel) to help forecast vulnerable areas where bushfires are at the highest risk of starting or burning out of control. Her research has been recognised through numerous awards, including the CSIRO OCE Pyne-Scott career award, the Max Day Environmental Science Award by the Australian Academy of Science and the BNHCRC’s Outstanding Achievement in Research Utilization award.