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Name: Offer Rozenstein, Ph.D. (Researcher)
Units: Soil, Water and Environmental SciencesEnvironmental Physics and Irrigation
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  972-3-968-3886
Email:    offerr@volcani.agri.gov.il
Office location:Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences Building, Room 201
Address:68 HaMaccabim Road, P.O.B 15159, Rishon LeTsiyon 7528809
Researcher in Environmental Physics and Irrigation
Research Interests / Job description
Mathematical and Statistical Models in Irrigation.
Remote Sensing and Image Processing (sensors, algorithms, applications)
Applied Spectroscopy
Spatial Analysis
Temporal Analysis
Biological Soil Crusts

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Lab News:

27-Aug-2018: Two competitive 3-year research grants were recently awarded to our group by the: 1) Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Agriculture: Estimating field crop water consumption from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This study is in collaboration with Dr. Josef Tanny and Israel Aerospace Industries; 2) Israeli Water Authority: Estimating the national agricultural water consumption using satellite remote sensing. This study is in collaboration with Dr. Uri Hochberg.

26-Jul-2018: Our paper "Mapping Surface Quartz Content in Sand Dunes Covered by Biological Soil Crusts Using Airborne Hyperspectral Images in the Longwave Infrared Region" has been published in Minerals.

26-Jul-2018: Our research team that works on remote sensing modelling of crop evapotranspiration had a special lunch break at an Italian restaurant. We had many occasions to note, including a goodbye form our awesome summer intern - Jessica Hertzberg:

the team

27-Jun-2018: Dr. Rozenstein gave a talk at the 14th International Conference on Precision Agriculture in Montreal, Canada: "Estimating Cotton Crop Coefficients Using Remote Sensing".

10-Jun-2018:Our research is featured in TheMarker Magazine.

03-Jun-2018: Our paper "Estimating Cotton Water Consumption Using a Time Series of Sentinel-2 Imagery" has been published online in Agricultural Water ManagementClick here to read it.

21-May-2018: Dr. Rozenstein traveled to Geisenheim University within the framework of the German-Israeli cooperation in Water Technology Research, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in order to formulate a bilateral R&D project.

9-May-2018: Dr. Rozenstein presents the VENµS program and several of Volcani's developments within that project at the Volcani Agritech exhibition. Click here for movie of our precision irrigation from space project.

4-May-2018: Dr. Rozenstein showcased our precision irrigation project along with other applications developed in Volcani for the VENµS satellite to Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba. Click here for a video.

18-Apr-2018: Welcome to our new lab member - Dr. Manivasagam, V. S (Post Doctoral Fellow).

1-Feb-2018: Our Article is published in Water Engineering (in Hebrew): http://www.dmag.co.il/pub/shinar/WE/113/index.html (on pages 40-42).

28-Jan-2018: Dr. Rozenstein participated in the "Earth Observation Application and Services Workshop" at the Israel Innovation Authority - ISERD House.

24-Jan-2018: Dr. Rozenstein gave a talk at the Annual Cotton Growers Meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture: "Estimating Cotton Crop Coefficients Using Remote Sensing". 

18-Dec-2017: Dr. Rozenstein gave a talk at the  Annual Meeting of the Israeli Geographical Association: "Estimating Cotton Water Consumption Using a Time Series of Sentinel-2 Imagery".

4-Dec-2017: Competitive 3-year research grant awarded by the Ministry of Science and Technology: "Developing a model to estimate crop water requirements using Venµs".

3-Dec-2017: Dr. Rozenstein participated in a training for international delegates: "Agriculture and Environment in a Changing Climate-The Israeli Perspective" organized by MASHAV in cooperation with CINADCO-Centre for International Agricultural Development Cooperation and ARO-Agriculture Research Organization.

7-Nov-2017: Dr. Rozenstein and Shahar Weksler presented at the 'remote sensing: tools and implications in dryland' session during the International Drylands, Deserts and Desertification 2017 Conference at Ben-Gurion University, Sede-Boker, Israel. 

19-Oct-2017: Shahar Weksler (new Ph.D student in our group) gave a talk: "Mapping quartz content of soil surface using airborne hyperspectral remote sensing in the longwave-infrared region" at the 8th Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences Student Conference at our institute. 

3-Sep-2017: Dr. Rozenstein gave a talk at the  Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society of Agricultural Engineering: "Estimating Cotton Water Consumption Using a Time Series of Sentinel-2 Imagery".

26-Jul-2017: Our proposal to include Israel as a test site for the Harmonized Landsat/Sentinel-2 data set has been accepted and data is now available at: https://hls.gsfc.nasa.gov/

21-Jul-2017: Hot off the press: a new way to sort plastics for recycling using spectroscopy! https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956053X17305160

5-Jul-2017: Competitive research grant awarded by the Ministry of Science and Technology: "Using the Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) Sensor Onboard BGUSAT to Monitor Land Phenomena such as Fires, Desertification, and Dryland Agriculture".

21-Jun-2017: A new paper published: "Linking Spaceborne and Ground Observations of Autumn Foliage Senescence in Southern Québec, Canada".

24-May-2017: Dr. Rozenstein gave a talk at the Joint annual meeting of the Israeli Society of Soil Science, and the Israeli Society of Water Resources: " Investigating the Backscatter Contrast Anomaly in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Imagery of the Dunes at the Israel-Egypt Border ".

24-Apr-2017: Welcome to our new lab member - Dr. Gregoriy Kaplan (research assistant).

22-Mar-2017: Dr. Rozenstein gave a talk at the RSCy2017 Conference in Paphos, Cyprus: "Investigating the Backscatter Contrast Anomaly in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Imagery of the Dunes at the Israel-Egypt Border".

22-Jan-2017: Our latest review paper is published online: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0303243417300028



Open positions: please contact Dr. Offer Rozenstein

1. We currently have an open position for a research engineer

2. If you are looking for a master's /  PhD program, or post-doctorate experience, and you are: curious, intelligent, and diligent, can work independently but enjoy being part of a vibrant, young, and growing group - We may have a position for you!  


All letters of introduction should include a paragraph stating how your research interests align with the lab, an updated curriculum vitae, and contact information for professional references.

Competitive post-doctoral applicants will have a strong publication record, and propose projects related to one of the lab's themes. 

Competitive Ph.D. applicants are those who have completed a research-based masters, have PUBLISHED at least one, first-author peer-reviewed journal article, and have contacted me early in the year prior to their application (e.g., June).

Competitive masters applicants are those who have extensive research experience or related work experience, and high grades in their previous studies. 

Suggested research topics:

- The use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for crop water requirements in combination with optical remote sensing (e.g. Sentinel-1 and Sentinel 2).

- The use of remote sensing in soil degradation studies. 

- Remote sensing modeling of surface energy balance and evapotranspiration.

- Examining the effect of biological soil crusts in orchards on evaporation and crop irrigation and fertigation demands. 

- Remote sensing applications in precision agriculture.


Recent Awards:


Yehiel Admoni Award for exceptional research in the field of combating desertification and agricultural development in arid areas.

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Mokadi Award for outstanding doctoral thesis in soil and water sciences in 2015, Israeli Society of Soil Science. 



Outstanding Student Paper Award, 2015 Joint Assembly (AGU-GAC-MAC-CGU), Montreal, Canada.



Tim Casgrain Water Resource Research Award, McGill University.


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