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Dr Neil Hubbard

Dr Neil Hubbard

Head of Monitoring Agricultural Resources (MARS) Unit,

Institute for Environment and Sustainability,

European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) in Ispra, Italy


Neil Hubbard heads the MARS Unit at JRC Ispra, Italy, which has a 22 year history of developing methods and implementing solutions to assist in agricultural management. Focusing on the work provides timely forecasts, early assessments and the scientific underpinning for efficient policy implementation, including monitoring and control systems. The work serves the Agriculture and Food policies of the European Union encompassing the global issues of food security and climate change. The skills within MARS cover agronomy, environment, remote sensing, meteorology, geo-information and bio-physical modelling.  

Neil Hubbard has an MSc in Environmental Technology and a Phd in remote sensing. He has worked in developing earth observation techniques including the initial stages of both Galileo and GMES. Further posts were held concerning the European Research Area, chemicals legislation (REACH) and general management, before taking up his current appointment as head of the MARS Unit in 2011.


  • climate change
  • food security
  • satellite remote sensing
  • crop production, agricultural activities and rural development