Scientific articles

My research focus

This page is a collection of my scientific articles reflecting my research interests and contributions in open source GIS, remote sensing, and environmental modeling.

Wordcloud of scientific publications authored by Markus NetelerOver the years, I have worked on various scientific topics, including filling gaps in satellite-based land surface temperature data, the impact of climate change on agriculture, and the relationship between tick-borne diseases and environmental factors. My work also focuses on the use of remote sensing to analyze biodiversity and ecology in the interplay between technology and the environment.

  • Open Source GIS and Remote Sensing: Contributions to the field of open-source GIS, including discussions on OSGeo, persistent identifiers, and the development of open-source GIS tools and methodologies.
  • Land Surface Temperature and Environmental Monitoring: Research on land surface temperature data from MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) and its applications in environmental monitoring and analysis.
  • Tick-Borne Diseases and Environmental Factors: Research on ecological and environmental factors affecting the risk of tick-borne diseases in Europe, highlighting the intersection of health, environment, and geospatial analysis.
  • Climate Change and Agricultural Impacts: Studies on the impact of climate change on agriculture, including the invasive potential of tropical fruit flies in temperate regions and the monitoring of agricultural progress under changing climate conditions.
  • Biodiversity and Ecological Analysis Using Remote Sensing: Investigations into measuring biodiversity, such as beta-diversity, using remote sensing techniques, and the use of these methods for ecological monitoring and conservation.


  • Dagostin, F., Tagliapietra, V., Marini, G., Cataldo, C., Bellenghi, M., Pizzarelli, S., Cammarano, R.R., Wint, W., Alexander, N.S., Neteler, M., Haas, J., Dub, T., Busani, L., Rizzoli, A. (2023): Ecological and environmental factors affecting the risk of tick-borne encephalitis in Europe, 2017 to 2021. Eurosurveillance, 28, 2300121 (2023). DOI: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2023.28.42.2300121


  • Löwe, P. and Neteler, M. (2022): OSGeo, persistent identifiers and the shape of things to come. Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLVIII-4/W1-2022, 287–293, doi:10.5194/isprs-archives-XLVIII-4-W1-2022-287-2022
  • Löwe, P., Anguix Alfaro, Á., Antonello, A., Baumann, P., Carrera, M., Durante, K., Hugentobler, M., Lime, S., Mitasova, H., Müller, D., Neteler, M., Reed, J., Strobl, C., Wessel, P. (2022): Open Source – GIS. In Springer Handbook of Geographic Information (pp. 807-843). Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-53125-6_30
  • Urrutia II, J.M., Scheffczyk, K., Riembauer, G., Mendoza, J., Yanez, D., Jímenez, S., Ramírez, A., Acosta, M., Argüello, J., Huerta, B., Neteler, M., Walz, Y. (2022): A validated geospatial model approach for monitoring progress of the Sendai Framework: The example of people affected in agriculture due to flooding in Ecuador. Progress in Disaster Science, 15, 100233, doi:10.1016/j.pdisas.2022.100233


  • Abernathey, R., Neteler, M., Amici, A., Jacob, A., Cherlet, M., Strobl, P. (2021): Opening new horizons: How to migrate the Copernicus Global Land Service to a Cloud environment, EUR 30554 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2021, ISBN 978-92-76-28406-2 (online), doi:10.2760/668980, JRC122454.
  • Gutierrez, A.P., Ponti, L., Neteler, M., Suckling, M.D. & Cure, J.R. (2021): Invasive potential of tropical fruit flies in temperate regions under climate change. Commun Biol 4, 1141. doi:10.1038/s42003-021-02599-9
  • Ponti, L., Gutierrez, A.P., de Campos, M.R., Desneux, N., Biondi, A., Neteler, M. (2021): Biological invasion risk assessment of Tuta absoluta: mechanistic versus correlative methods. Biol Invasions, pp. 1-21. doi:10.1007/s10530-021-02613-5
  • Riembauer, G., Weinmann, A., Xu, S., Eichfuss, S., Eberz, C., Neteler, M. (2021): Germany-wide Sentinel-2 based land cover classification and change detection for settlement and infrastructure monitoring. Proc. of the 2021 conference on Big Data from Space, Soille, P., Loekken, S. and Albani, S., eds., EUR 30697EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2021, ISBN 978-92-76-37661-3, doi:10.2760/125905, JRC125131, pp.53-56.
  • Schramm, M., Pebesma, E., Milenkovi?, M., Foresta, L., Dries, J., Jacob, A., Wagner, W., Mohr, M., Neteler, M., Kadunc, M., Miksa, T., Kempeneers, P., Verbesselt, J., Gößwein, B., Navacchi, C., Lippens, S., Reiche, J. (2021): The openEO API–Harmonising the Use of Earth Observation Cloud Services Using Virtual Data Cube Functionalities. Remote Sens., 13, 1125. doi:10.3390/rs13061125


  • Frank, C. W., Kaspar, F., Keller, J. D., Adams, T., Felkers, M., Fischer, B., Handte, M., Marrón, P. J., Paulsen, H., Neteler, M., Schiewe, J., Schuchert, M., Nickel, C., Wacker, R., and Figura, R. (2020): FAIR: a project to realize a user-friendly exchange of open weather data. Adv. Sci. Res., 17, 183-190. [DOI]
  • Ziv G, Beckmann M, Bullock J, Cord A, Delzeit R, Domingo C, Dreßler G, Hagemann N, Masó J, Müller B, Neteler M, Sapundzhieva A, Stoev P, Stenning J, Trajkovi? M, Václavík T (2020): BESTMAP: behavioural, Ecological and Socio-economic Tools for Modelling Agricultural Policy. Research Ideas and Outcomes 6: e52052. [DOI] [PDF]


  • Neteler, M., Gebbert, S., Tawalika, C., Bettge, A., Benelcadi, H., Löw, F., Adams, T., Paulsen, H. (2019): Actinia: cloud based geoprocessing. In: Proc. of the 2019 conference on Big Data from Space (BiDS’2019) (pp. 229–232). Luxembourg: P. Soille, S. Loekken, and S. Albani (Eds.), EUR 29660 EN, Publications Office of the European Union. [DOI] [PDF]
  • Ponti, L., A.P. Gutierrez, J.R. Cure, D. Rodríguez, F. Caboni, A. Boggia, M. Neteler (2019) Bioeconomic analogies as a unifying paradigm for modeling agricultural systems under global change in the context of geographic information systems. Geophysical Research Abstracts 21:EGU2019-13677. [PDF]
  • Schramm, M., Pebesma, E., Wagner, W., Verbesselt, J., Dries, J., Briese, C., Jacob, A., Mohr, M., Neteler, M., Mistelbauer, T., Miksa, T., Gebbert, S., Gößwein, B., Kadunc, M., Kempeneers, P., Gorelick, N.l. (2019): openEO – A Standardised Connection to and between Earth Observation Service Providers. In: Proc. of the 2019 conference on Big Data from Space (BiDS’2019) (pp. 229–232). Luxembourg: P. Soille, S. Loekken, and S. Albani (Eds.), EUR 29660 EN, Publications Office of the European Union. [DOI] [PDF]


  • Rocchini, D., Luque, S., Pettorelli, N., Bastin, L., Doktor, D., Faedi, N., Feilhauer, H., Féret, J.-B., Foody, G.M., Gavish, Y., Godinho, S., Kunin, W.E., Lausch, A., Leitão, P.J., Marcantonio, M., Neteler, M., Ricotta, C., Schmidtlein, S., Vihervaara, P., Wegmann, M., Nagendra, H. (2018): Measuring beta-diversity by remote sensing: A challenge for biodiversity monitoring. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9, 1787–1798. [DOI | PDF] (IF: 6.36)
  • Ponti, L., Gutierrez, A.P., Boggia, A., Neteler, M. (2018): Analysis of Grape Production in the Face of Climate Change. Climate 6, 20 [DOI]
  • Rosà, R., Andreo, V., Tagliapietra, V., Baráková, I., Arnoldi, D., Hauffe, H.C., Manica, M., Rosso, F., Blaáarová, L., Bona, M., Derdáková, M., Hamšíková, Z., Kazimírová, M., Kraljik, J., Kocianová, E., Mahríková, L., Minichová, L., Mošanský, L., Slovák, M., Stanko, M., Špitalská, E., Ducheyne, E., Neteler, M., Hubálek, Z., Rudolf, I., Venclikova, K., Silaghi, C., Overzier, E., Farkas, R., Földvári, G., Hornok, S., Takács, N., Rizzoli, A. (2018): Effect of Climate and Land Use on the Spatio-Temporal Variability of Tick-Borne Bacteria in Europe. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15, 732 [DOI] (IF 2.145)


ISI listed papers (cumulative IF: 18.763):

  • Andreo, V., Metz, M., Neteler, M., Rosà, R., Marcantonio, M., Billinis, C. Rizzoli, A., Papa, A. (2017). Can reconstructed land surface temperature data from space predict a West Nile Virus outbreak? International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. Volume, XLII-4/W2 [PDF]
  • Metz M, Andreo V, Neteler M. (2017): A new fully gap-free time series of Land Surface Temperature from MODIS LST data. Remote Sensing, 9(12):1333. [DOI] (IF: 3.406)
  • Pareeth, S., Bresciani, M., Buzzi, F., Leoni, B., Lepori, F., Ludovisi, A., Morabito, G., Adrian, R., Neteler, M., Salmaso, N. (2017): Warming trends of perialpine lakes from homogenised time series of historical satellite and in-situ data. Science of The Total Environment 578: 417-426. [DOI] (IF: 4.610)
  • Rocchini, D., Petras, V., Petrasova, A., Horning, N., Furtkevicova, L., Neteler, M., Leutner, B., Wegmann, M., 2017. Open data and open source for remote sensing training in ecology. Ecological Informatics 40, 57–61. [DOI] (IF: 1.820)
  • Rocchini, D., Petras, V., Petrasova, A., Chemin, Y., Ricotta, C., Frigeri, A., Landa, M., Marcantonio, M., Bastin, L., Metz, M., Delucchi, L., Neteler, M., 2017. Spatio-ecological complexity measures in GRASS GIS. Computers & Geosciences 104, 166–176. [DOI] (IF: 2.567)
  • Wegmann, M., Leutner, B.F., Metz, M., Neteler, M., Dech, S., Rocchini, D., 2017. r.pi: a GRASS GIS package for semi-automatic spatial pattern analysis of remotely sensed land cover data. Methods Ecol Evol [DOI] (IF: 6.36)


ISI listed papers (cumulative IF: 15.786):

  • Manica, M., Filipponi, F., D’Alessandro, A., Screti, A., Neteler, M., Rosà, R., Solimini, A., della Torre, A., Caputo, B. (2016): Spatial and temporal hot spots of Aedes albopictus abundance inside and outside a south European metropolitan area. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10(6): e0004758 [DOI | PDF] (IF: 3.948)
  • Marcantonio, M., Metz, M., Baldacchino, F., Arnoldi, D., Montarsi, F., Capelli, G., Carlin, S., Neteler, M., Rizzoli, A. (2016): First assessment of potential distribution and dispersal capacity of the emerging invasive mosquito Aedes koreicus in Northeast Italy. Parasites & Vectors 9, 9:63. (DOI | PDF) (IF: 3.43)
  • Pareeth, S., Salmaso, N., Adrian, R., Neteler, M. (2016): Homogenised daily lake surface water temperature data generated from multiple satellite sensors: A long-term case study of a large sub-Alpine lake. Nature Scientific Reports 6, 31251. [DOI | PDF] (IF: 5.228)
  • Pareeth, S., Delucchi, L., Metz, M., Rocchini, D., Devasthale, A., Raspaud, M., Adrian, R., Salmaso, N., Neteler, M. (2016): New automated method to develop geometrically corrected time series of brightness temperatures from historical AVHRR LAC data Remote Sensing 8 (3): 169. (DOI | PDF) (IF: 3.180)


ISI listed papers (cumulative IF: 16.884):

  • Camin, F., Dordevic, N., Wehrens, R., Neteler, M., Delucchi, D., Postma, G., Buydens, L. (2015): Climatic and geographical dependence of the H, C and O stable isotope ratios of Italian wine. Anal. Chim. Acta, Vol 853: 384-390 [DOI] (IF: 4.513)
  • Marcantonio, M., Pareeth, S., Rocchini, D., Metz, M., Garzon-Lopez, C.X., Neteler, M. (2015): The integration of Artificial Night-Time Lights in landscape ecology: a remote sensing approach. Ecological Complexity, 22:109-120 [DOI] (IF: 1.931)
  • Marcantonio, M., Rizzoli, A., Metz, M., Rosà, R., Marini, G., Chadwick, E., Neteler, M. (2015): Identifying the Environmental Conditions Favouring West Nile Virus Outbreaks in Europe. PLoS ONE 10, e0121158. [DOI | PDF] (IF: 3.234)
  • Nex, F., Delucchi, L., Gianelle, D., Neteler, M., Remondino, F., Dalponte, M. (2015): Land Cover Classification and Monitoring: the STEM Open Source Solution. European Journal of Remote Sensing. 48: 811–831. [DOI | PDF] (IF: 1.360)
  • Ometto, L., Li, M., Bresadola, L., Barbaro, E., Neteler, M., Varotto, C. (2015): Demographic History, Population Structure, and Local Adaptation in Alpine Populations of Cardamine impatiens and Cardamine resedifolia. PLoS ONE 10, e0125199. [DOI | PDF] (IF: 3.234)
  • Rocchini, D., Andreo, V., Förster, M., Garzon-Lopez, C.X., Gutierrez, A.P., Gillespie, T.W., Hauffe, H.C., He, K.S., Kleinschmit, B., Mairota, P., Marcantonio, M., Metz, M., Nagendra, H., Pareeth, S., Ponti, L., Ricotta, C., Rizzoli, A., Schaab, G., Zebisch, M., Zorer, R., Neteler, M. (2015). Potential of remote sensing to predict species invasions – a modeling perspective. Progress in Physical Geography, 39: 283-309. [DOI] (IF: 2.612)


ISI listed papers (cumulative IF: 16.899):

  • Andreo, V., Neteler, M., Rocchini, D., Provensal, C., Levis, S., Porcasi, X., Rizzoli, A., Lanfri, M., Scavuzzo, M., Pini, N., Enria, D., Polop, J., 2014. Estimating Hantavirus Risk in Southern Argentina: A GIS-Based Approach Combining Human Cases and Host Distribution. Viruses 6, 201-222. [DOI | PDF] (IF: 3.353)
  • Fischer, D., Thomas, S.M., Neteler, M., Tjaden, N., Beierkuhnlein, C. (2014): Climatic suitability of Aedes albopictus in Europe referring to climate change projections: Comparison of mechanistic and correlative niche modelling approaches. Eurosurveillance, 19(6), pii=20696 [HTML | PDF] (IF: 5.722)
  • Metz, M., Rocchini, D., Neteler, M. (2014). Surface temperatures at continental scale: tracking changes with remote sensing at unprecedented detail. Remote Sensing, 6(5): 3822–3840. [DOI | HTML | PDF] (IF: 3.180) – Data download:
  • Rocchini, D., Dadalt, L., Delucchi, L., Neteler, M., Palmer, M.W. (2014). Disentangling the role of remotely sensed spectral heterogeneity as a proxy for North American plant species richness. Community Ecology, 15: 27-43. [DOI | PDF] (IF: 1.214)
  • Rosà, R., Marini, G., Bolzoni, L., Neteler, M., Metz, M., Delucchi, L., Chadwick, E.A., Balbo, L., Mosca, A., Giacobini, M., Bertolotti, L., Rizzoli, A. (2014): Early warning of West Nile virus mosquito vector: climate and land use models successfully explain phenology and abundance of Culex pipiens mosquitoes in north-western Italy. Parasites & Vectors, 7:269 [DOI | PDF] (IF: 3.430)

Further publications:

  • Neteler, M., Metz, M., 2014. MODIS and vector-borne diseases. IEEE Earthzine, Vol 4. Special issue Earth Observation for Health (HTML)


ISI listed papers (cumulative IF: 11.368):

  • Neteler, M., Metz, M., Rocchini, D., Rizzoli, A., Flacio, E., Engeler, L., Guidi, V., Lüthy, P., Tonolla, M. (2013): Is Switzerland suitable for the invasion of Aedes albopictus? PLoS ONE 8(12): e82090. [DOI | PDF] (IF: 3.534)
  • Rocchini, D., Metz, M., Ricotta, C., Landa, M., Frigeri, A., Neteler, M. (2013). Fourier transforms for modelling multi-temporal landscape fragmentation: an Open Source approach. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34, 8907–8916 [DOI] (IF: 1.359)
  • Rocchini, D., Delucchi, L., Bacaro, G., Cavallini, P., Feilhauer, H., Foody, G.M., He, K.S., Nagendra, H., Porta, C., Ricotta, C., Schmidtlein, S., Spano, L.D., Wegmann, M., Neteler, M. (2013). Calculating landscape diversity with information-theory based indices: A GRASS GIS solution. Ecological Informatics, 17: 82-93. [DOI | PDF] (IF: 1.980)
  • Rocchini, D., Foody, G.M., Nagendra, H., Ricotta, C., Anand, M., He, K.S., Amici, V., Kleinschmit, B., Förster, M., Schmidtlein, S., Feilhauer, H., Ghisla, A., Metz, M., Neteler, M. (2013). Uncertainty in ecosystem mapping by remote sensing. Computers and Geosciences, 50, 128–135. In Sciencedirect Top25 all year [DOI | PDF] (IF: 1.562)
  • Zorer, R., Rocchini, D., Metz, M., Delucchi, L., Zottele, F., Meggio, F., Neteler, M. (2013): Daily MODIS Land Surface Temperature Data for the Analysis of the Heat Requirements of Grapevine Varieties. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. 51:2128–2135. [DOI] (IF: 2.933)

Further publications:

  • Metz, M., Rizzoli, A., Neteler, M. (2013). Expert input for ecological modelling using environmental parameters of infectious diseases in Europe: ECDC Water Indices. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Technical report, Ref. OCS-12-2830-JGlufu.
  • Ponti, L., Gutierrez, A.P., Basso, B., Neteler, M., Ruti, P.M., Dell’Aquila, Iannetta, M. (2013). Olive agroecosystems in the mediterranean basin: multitrophic analysis of climate effects with process-based representation of soil water balance. Procedia Environmental Sciences, 19: 122-131. [DOI | PDF]


ISI listed papers (cumulative IF: 26.59):

  • Rocchini, D., Neteler, M. (2012): Let the four freedoms paradigm apply to ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 27(6): 310-311 [DOI | Full text | PDF] (IF: 15.389)
  • Neteler, M., Bowman, M.H., Landa, M. and Metz, M. (2012): GRASS GIS: a multi-purpose Open Source GIS. Environmental Modelling & Software, 31: 124-130 [DOI | PDF] (IF: 3.476). In the Top25 Jan-Mar 2012 & Oct-Dec 2012; also #1 in Top25 all year; Highlight article in Elsevier Environmental Science & Ecology Newsletter of 2012. In the most cited all times!
  • Bacaro, G., Rocchini, D., Ghisla, A., Marcantonio, M., Neteler, M., Chiarucci, A. (2012). The spatial domain matters: spatially constrained species rarefaction in a Free and Open Source environment. Ecological Complexity, 12: 63-69 [DOI | PDF] (IF: 2.340)
  • Rocchini, D., Metz, M., Frigeri, A., Delucchi, L., Marcantonio, M., Neteler, M. (2012). Robust rectification of aerial photographs in an Open Source environment. Computers & Geosciences, 39 (2): 145-151 [DOI | PDF] (IF: 1.834) In Top25 CompGeo on ScienceDirect
  • Rocchini, D., Neteler, M. (2012). Spectral rank-abundance for measuring landscape diversity. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33: 4458–447 [DOI | PDF] (IF: 1.138)
  • Vernesi, C., Rocchini, D., Pecchioli, E., Neteler, M., Vendramin, G.G., Paffetti, D. (2012). A landscape genetics approach reveals ecological-based differentiation in populations of holm oak (Quercus ilex L.) at the northern limit of its range. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 107(2): 458-467 [DOI | PDF] (IF: 2.413)

Further publications:


ISI listed papers (cumulative IF: 33.019):

  • °Neteler, M., °Roiz, D., Rocchini, D., Castellani, C. and Rizzoli, A. (2011). Terra and Aqua satellites track tiger mosquito invasion: modeling the potential distribution of Aedes albopictus in north-eastern Italy. International Journal of Health Geographics, 10:49 [ Abstract | DOI | PDF ] (IF: 2.62) – highly accessed °The authors contributed equally
  • Tonolli, S., Dalponte, M., Gianelle, D., Neteler, M., Rodeghiero, M., and Vescovo, L. (2011). Fusion of airborne LIDAR and satellite multispectral data for the estimation of timber volume in an Alpine region. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115: 2486-2498. [DOI | PDF] (IF: 4.574)
  • °Roiz D., °Neteler M., Castellani C., Arnoldi D., Rizzoli A. (2011). Climatic factors driving invasion of the tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) into new areas of Trentino, Northern Italy. PLoS ONE. 6(4): e14800. °The authors contributed equally [DOI | PDF] (IF: 4.092) – press reactions and – featured in European Commission, Directorate-General for the Environment (DG ENV), Science for Environment Policy, Issue 252, “Predicting the spread of the tiger mosquito in Europe
  • He, K.S., Rocchini, D., Neteler, M., Nagendra, H. (2011). Benefits of hyperspectral remote sensing for tracking plant invasions. Diversity and Distributions, 17: 381-392 [DOI | PDF] (IF: 4.830) Top10 in Sept-Dec2011
  • Cagnacci, F., Focardi, S., Heurich, M., Hewison, A., Kjellander, P., Linnell, J., Mysterud, A., Neteler, M., Delucchi, L., Urbano, F. (2011). Partial migration in roe deer: migratory and resident tactics are end points of a behavioural gradient determined by ecological factors. Oikos 120 (12), 1790-1802 [ DOI | PDF] (IF: 3.061)
  • Frigeri, A, Hare, T, Neteler, M., Coradini, A, Federico, C, Orosei, R. (2011). A research environment for digital planetary data processing and mapping using ISIS and GRASS GIS. Planetary and Space Science, 59 (11-12): 1265-1272 [DOI | PDF] (IF: 2.224) In Top25 PlanetSci of ScienceDirect
  • Imre, A.R., Cseh, D., Neteler, M., Rocchini, D. (2011). Korcak dimension as a novel indicator of landscape fragmentation and re-forestation. Ecological Indicators, 11: 1134–1138 [DOI | PDF] (IF: 2.695)
  • Rocchini, D., McGlinn, D., Ricotta, C., Neteler, M., Wohlgemuth, T. (2011). Landscape complexity and spatial scale influence the relationship between remotely sensed spectral diversity and survey based plant species richness. Journal of Vegetation Science. 22(4): 688-698 [DOI| PDF] (IF: 2.770)
  • Rizzoli, A., Hauffe, H.C., Carpi, G., Vourc’h, G., Neteler, M., Rosà, R. (2011). Lyme borreliosis in Europe. Eurosurveillance, 16(27):pii=19906 [DOI | PDF] (IF: 6.153)


ISI listed papers (cumulative IF: 11.862):

  • F. Urbano, F. Cagnacci, C. Calenge, A. Cameron, H. Dettki, M. Neteler (2010): Wildlife tracking data management: a new vision. Theme issue “Challenges and opportunities of using GPS-based location data in animal ecology”. Phil. Trans. Royal Society B – 27 July 2010, 365(1550), pp. 2177-2185 (IF: 6.053) [DOI | Abstract | PDF] In Top10 of 2010
  • Neteler, M. (2010): Estimating daily Land Surface Temperatures in mountainous environments by reconstructed MODIS LST data. Remote Sensing, 2(1), 333-351. (IF: 2.101) [DOI | Abstract | PDF] In most cited articles
  • Rocchini, D., Balkenhol, N., Carter, G.A., Foody, G.M. Gillespie, T.W., He, K.S., Kark, S., Levin, N., Lucas, K., Luoto, M., Nagendra, H., Oldeland, J., Ricotta, C., Southworth, J., Neteler, M. (2010): Remotely sensed spectral heterogeneity as a proxy of species diversity: recent advances and open challenges. Ecological Informatics, Vol 5(5): 318-329. (IF: 1.351) [DOI| PDF] – Ranked TOP25 hottest articles Jul-Sep 2010 & Oct-Dec 2012
  • Rocchini, D., He, K.S., Oldeland, J., Wesuls, D., Neteler, M. (2010): Spectral variation versus species beta-diversity at different spatial scales: a test in African highland savannas. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 12(4): 825-831. (IF: 1.810), [DOI | PDF]
  • Amici, V., Geri, F., Csontos, P., Neteler, M., Rocchini, D. (2010): Fuzzy and boolean forest membership: on the actual separability of land cover classes. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 8: 39-50. (IF: 0.547) [PDF]

Further publications:

  • Neteler M.(2010): Open Source Geospatial Foundation. In Warf, B. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Geography. Vol. 4, pages 2088-2089. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications [ HTML ]
  • Neteler M.(2010): Open Source GIS. In Warf, B. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Geography. London: SAGE Publications. Vol. 4, pages 2090-2091. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications [ HTML ]
  • Delucchi, L., Castellani, C., and Neteler, M. (2010): ZOO: la piattaforma WPS libera. GEOmedia, 14(5), 60.

PhD thesis:

  • Neteler, M. (2010): Spatio-temporal reconstruction of satellite-based temperature maps and their application to the prediction of tick and mosquito disease vector distribution in Northern Italy. PhD thesis, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. EDEN PhD summary catalogued by the EDEN EU/FP6 Steering Committee as EDEN0176.
  • Neteler, M. (2010): Spatio-temporal reconstruction of satellite-based temperature maps and their application to the prediction of tick and mosquito disease vector distribution in Northern Italy. PhD thesis, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. 145 pp.


  • Rizzoli, A., Hauffe, H., Tagliapietra, V., Neteler, M., Rosà, R. (2009): Forest structure and roe deer abundance predict Tick-Borne Encephalitis risk in Italy. PLoS ONE, 4(2): e4336 (IF: 4.351) (DOI) [ PubMed | PDF ]

Further publications:

  • Rizzoli, A., Hauffe, H., Tagliapietra, V., Arnoldi, D., Cagnacci, F., Carpi, G., Neteler, M. et al. (2009): Global changes and the risk posed by emerging wildlife diseases to human health in the Alps. Annual report IASMA Research Centre 2008, 90-91.
  • Neteler, M., Vescovo, L., and Dalponte, M. (2009): Remote sensing and environmental research. Annual report IASMA Research Centre 2008, 87-89.
  • J. Hofierka, H. Mitasova, and M. Neteler (2009): Terrain parameterization in GRASS. In T. Hengl and H.I. Reuter, editors, Geomorphometry: concepts, software, applications. Elsevier, pp. 387-410 [ DOI | Website | Data and Scripts ]


  • Carpi G., Cagnacci F., Neteler M., Rizzoli A. (2008): Tick infestation on roe deer in relation to geographic and remotely-sensed climatic variables in a tick-borne encephalitis endemic area. Epidemiology and Infection, 136, pp. 1416-1424. (DOI | PDF) (IF 2008: 2.36) [ PubMed ]

Further publications:

  • A. Jolma, D.P. Ames, N. Horning, H. Mitasova, M. Neteler, A. Racicot, and T. Sutton, 2008: Environmental Modeling Using Open Source Tools. In S. Shekhar and H. Xiong, editors, Encyclopedia of GIS. Springer, New York [ http | entry ]
  • Cristofolini, F., Eccel, E., Gianelle, D., Gottardini, E., La Porta, N., Neteler, M., et al., 2008: Progetto clima 2008: previsioni e conseguenze dei cambiamenti climatici in Trentino. Giunta della Provincia autonoma di Trento. [PDF]
  • title cover M. Neteler and H. Mitasova, 2008: Open Source GIS: A GRASS GIS Approach. Third Edition. Springer, New York, 406 pages, 80 illus. ISBN-10: 038735767X. ISBN-13: 978-0-387-35767-6. e-ISBN-13: 978-0-387-68574-8. In Springer’s 15 Most Popular eBooks in Earth & Environmental Sciences! [ Download book datasets | Order template ]
  • title cover M. Neteler, D.E. Beaudette, P. Cavallini, L. Lami, J. Cepicky, 2008. GRASS GIS. In: G.B. Hall (Ed), Open Source Approaches to Spatial Data Handling. Springer, New York, pp. 171-200 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-74831-1), ISBN: 978-3-540-74830-4. [ Book | eBook ]
  • title cover Jolma, A., Ames, D. P., Horning, N., Mitasova, H., Neteler, M., Racicot, A., and Sutton, T., 2008. Free and Open Source Geospatial Tools for Environmental Modelling and Management. In: A.J. Jakeman, A.A. Voinov, A.E. Rizzoli and S.H. Chen (eds): Developments in Integrated Environmental Assessment, vol 3, pages 163-180. Elsevier (doi: 10.1016/S1574-101X(08)00610-8), ISBN: 978-0-080-56886-7. [ (e)Book chapter ]


  • Rizzoli, A., Neteler, M., Rosà, R., Versini, W., Cristofolini, A., Bregoli, M., Buckley, A., and Gould, E.A. (2007). Early detection of TBEv spatial distribution and activity in the Province of Trento assessed using serological and remotely-sensed climatic data. Geospatial Health, 1(2), pp. 169-176. (IF 2008: 1.472) [ Abstract | PubMed | PDF ]

Further publications:

  • H. Mitasova, M. Neteler, L. Mitas, and R.S. Harmon, 2007: Environmental data management, analysis and modeling in GRASS6. In: D. A. Swayne and J. Hrebicek, editors, Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Environmental Software Systems (ISESS 2007), 22-25 May, Prague, Czech Republic
  • D.P. Ames, A. Jolma, N. Horning, H. Mitasova, M. Neteler, A. Racicot, and T. Sutton, 2007: Free and Open Source GIS Applications in Environmental Modeling. In: D. A. Swayne and J. Hrebicek, editors, Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Environmental Software Systems (ISESS 2007), 22-25 May, Prague, Czech Republic


  • M. Benito Garzón, R. Blazek, M. Neteler, R. Sanchez de Dios, H. Sainz Ollero, and C. Furlanello, 2006: Predicting habitat suitability with Machine Learning models: the potential area of Pinus sylvestris L. in the Iberian Peninsula. Ecological Modelling, 197(3-4), pp. 383-393. (IF 2006: 1.888) [DOI | PDF] – Ranked TOP25 hottest articles Jul-Sep 2006
  • Bouktif, S., Antoniol, G., Merlo, E. & Neteler, M., 2006. A feedback based quality assessment to support open source software evolution: the GRASS case study. In 2006 22nd IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (pp. 155-165). IEEE Computer Society. [DOI | PDF]


  • M. Di Penta, M. Neteler, G. Antoniol, E. Merlo, 2005: A Language-Independent Software Renovation Framework. Journal of Systems and Software, 77(3), pp. 225-240. (IF 2005: 0.744) [DOI]
  • M. Neteler, 2005: Time series processing of MODIS satellite data for landscape epidemiological applications. International Journal of Geoinformatics, 1(1), pp. 133-138 [PDF]
  • M. Neteler, D. Grasso, I. Michelazzi, L. Miori, S. Merler, and C. Furlanello, 2005: An integrated toolbox for image registration, fusion and classification. International Journal of Geoinformatics, 1(1), pp. 51-61 [PDF]
  • S. Masumoto, V. Raghavan, S. Nonogaki, M. Neteler, T. Nemoto, T. Mori, M. Niwa, A. Hagiwara, and N. Hattori, 2005: Multi-Language Support and Localization of GRASS GIS. International Journal of Geoinformatics, 1(1), pp. 33-40. [PDF]


  • A. Rizzoli, R. Rosà, B. Mantelli, E. Pecchioli, H. Hauffe, V. Tagliapietra, T. Beninati, M. Neteler, and C. Genchi, 2004: Ixodes ricinus, transmitted diseases and reservoirs. Parassitologia, 46(1-2):119-122.
  • H. Mitasova and M. Neteler, 2004: GRASS as Open Source – Free Software GIS: accomplishments and perspectives. Guest editorial. Transactions in GIS, 8(2), pp. 145-154.[ DOI ] (IF: 0.540)
  • J. Stankovic, M. Neteler and R. Flor, 2004: Mobile Wireless GRASS GIS for Handheld Computers Running GNU/Linux. Transactions in GIS, Vol 8 (2), pp. 225-233. [ DOI ] (IF: 0.540)
  • H. Mitasova and M. Neteler, 2004: Free General-purpose GIS. A Geographic Resources Analysis Support System. The Journal of Survey, 54(2), pp. 34-38 (translation of GIM International 2003 article, in Japanese).


  • H. Mitasova and M. Neteler, 2003: Free General-purpose GIS. A Geographic Resources Analysis Support System. GIM International, 17(11), pp. 2-5.
  • C. Furlanello, M. Neteler, S. Merler, S. Menegon, S. Fontanari, A. Donini, A. Rizzoli, and C. Chemini, 2003. GIS and the randomForest Predictor: integration in R for tick-borne disease risk assessment. Distributed Statistical Computing 2003, Vienna, 20-22 March, 2003. [ PDF ]
  • V. Raghavan, K. Kita, K. Iwao, and M. Neteler, 2003. Open source GIS GRASS for developing spatial data infrastructure – Present status and future potential. Journal of Information Science and Technology Association, 4(53):216-222. [ DOI | abstract ]
  • G. Antoniol, M. Di Penta, and M. Neteler, 2003. Moving to smaller libraries via clustering and genetic algorithms. In CSMR 2003, 7th IEEE European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering, Proc. IEEE Computer Society, 307-316. [ PDF(Draft) ]
  • P. Brunetti, R. Flor, D. Minati and M. Neteler, 2003. GRASS 5.7 per iPAQ H3870. WILMA Project, IRST Technical Report, Ref. No.: T03-12-04, 8 pp.
  • M. Neteler, 2003. GIS processing of MODIS and ASTER remote sensing data. Studio ITC-irst Per Universita’ degli Studi di Trento, ASI/FRANE project, IRST Technical Report, 21 pp.


  • M. Di Penta, M. Neteler, G. Antoniol and E. Merlo, 2002. Knowledge Based Library Refactoring for an Open Source Project. IEEE Working Conference on Reverse Engineering WCRE, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Proc. IEEE Computer Society, pp. 319-328. [ Abstract | PDF (Draft) ]
  • H. Mitasova and M. Neteler, 2002. Freedom in geoinformation science and software development: A GRASS GIS contribution. In B. Benciolini, M. Ciolli, and P. Zatelli, editors, Proc. of the Open Source Free Software GIS – GRASS users conference 2002, Trento, Italy, 11-13 September 2002. [ PDF ]
  • R. Blazek, M. Neteler, and R. Micarelli, 2002. The new GRASS 5.1 vector architecture. In Open source GIS – GRASS users conference 2002, Trento, Italy, 11-13 September 2002. University of Trento, Italy. [ PDF ]
  • J. Stankovic, M. Neteler, and R. Flor, 2002. Experimental mobile wireless GRASS based GIS for handheld computers running GNU/Linux. In B. Benciolini, M. Ciolli, and P. Zatelli, editors, Proc. of the Open Source Free Software GIS – GRASS users conference 2002, Trento, Italy, 11-13 September 2002.


  • Neteler, M. (2001): Volume modelling of soils using GRASS GIS 3D tools. – in: Brovelli, M. (ed.)(2001): The Geomatics Workbook N. 2. Politecnico di Milano, Italy (ISSN 1591-092X). Also published as: ITC-irst Technical Report (Ref. No. 0111-06) [ PDF ]
  • Neteler, M. (2001): Towards a stable open source GIS: Status and future directions in GRASS development. – in: Brovelli, M. (ed.)(2001): The Geomatics Workbook N. 2. Politecnico di Milano, Italy (ISSN 1591-092X) [ PDF ]



  • R.J. Brandon, T. Kludt and M. Neteler (1999): Archaeology and GIS–The Linux Way. Using GRASS and Linux to analyze archeological data. Published in: Linux Journal, July 1999 (No. 63), Feature article, pp. 50-54 (ISSN 1075-3583)
  • Neteler, M. (1999): Spectral Mixture Analysis von Satellitendaten zur Bestimmung von Bodenbedeckungsgraden im Hinblick auf die Erosionsmodellierung (Diplom-Arbeit)


  • Neteler, M., B. Byars (1998): Informationen zu GRASS 4.2.1 (in German language)
  • Byars, B., M. Neteler, S. Clamons, S. Cherry (1998): GRASS 4.2 Fact Sheet. Waco, U.S.A. (in PDF-Format)
  • Neteler, M. (1998): Das GRASS-Handbuch. 3rd ed., Hannover. 140 pages. (A GRASS beginners tutorial in German language)
  • Neteler, M. (1998): Introduction to GRASS GIS Software. 2nd ed., Hannover. (A GRASS beginners tutorial in English language)
  • Stillger, H., M. Redslob & M. Neteler (1998): Entwicklung des GIS-Seminars.- In: Institut für Landschaftspflege und Naturschutz, Universität Hannover (Hrsg.): Tätigkeitsbericht 1997, Hannover, S. 31-37

Selected published computer software:

  • Several thousand source code contributions to GRASS GIS 4, 5, 6, 7 …, see GRASS GIS source code site and OpenHub statistics
  • Byars, B.W., S.F. Clamons, M. Neteler, J. Bouchard, H. Mitasova, W. Brown, and J. Westervelt, (1999): GRASS GIS 5.0. Center for Applied Geographic and Spatial Research (CAGSR), Baylor University, Waco, TX and University of Hannover
  • Bouchard, J., M. Neteler (1998/1999): TclTKGRASS – a graphical user interface for GRASS based on Tcl/TK library
  • Neteler, M., J. Bouchard, B.W. Byars, S.F. Clamons, H. Mitasova, W. Brown, and J. Westervelt, (1998): GRASS 4.2.1. Physische Geographie und Landschaftsökologie. University of Hannover
  • Neteler, M. (1995-96) ps4mf – Postscript for Latex, based on ps2mf (find it on CTAN or its mirrors)