Full-time Academic Staff: Teaching Staff

Dr Raffaele LAFORTEZZA  



Room 10.09

391 77026

Associate Professor

BSc, MSc, PhD (Bari)




Research Interests
  • Remote Sensing

  • Landscape Ecology

  • Spatial Modelling

  • Ecosystem Services

  • Green Infrastructure


6 credits

Nature Conservation for Sustainable Societies

6 credits

Landscape Ecology and Sustainable Societies

6 credits

Remote Sensing Applications

6 credits

Overseas Field Trip

selected Publications

  In press  

  • Su, Y., Liao, J., Liu, L., Ciais, P., Chen, X., Zhou, G. and Lafortezza, R. (2019) “Phenology acts as a Primary Control of Urban Vegetation Cooling and Warming: A Synthetic Analysis of Global Site Observations.” Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (In Press) (IF2018=4.189).


  • Su, Y., Liu, L., Wu, J., Chen, X., Shang, J., Ciais, P., Zhou, G., Lafortezza, R., Wang, Y., Yuan, W., Wang, Y., Zhang, H., Huang, G. and Huang, N. (2019) “Quantifying the Biophysical Effects of Forests on Local Air Temperature using a Novel Three-layered Land Surface Energy Balance Model.” Environment International 132: 105080. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.105080 (IF2018=7.943).

  • Lafortezza, R. and Sanesi, G. “Nature-based Solutions: Settling the Issue of Sustainable Urbanization.” Environmental Research 172: 394-398. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2018.12.063 (IF2018=5.026).

  • Davies, C. and Lafortezza, R. (2019) “Transitional Path to the Adoption of Nature-based Solutions.” Land Use Policy 80: 406-409. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.09.020 (IF2018=3.573).

  • Van der Jagt, Alexander P. N., Smith, M., Ambrose-Oji, B., Konijnendijk, C., Giannico, V., Haase, D., Lafortezza, R., Nastran, M., Pintar, M., Zeleznikar, S. and Cvejic, R. (2019) “Co-creating Urban Green Infrastructure connecting People and Nature: A Guiding Framework and Approach.” Journal of Environmental Management 233: 757-767. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.09.083 (IF2018=4.865).

  • Li, X., Chen, W. Y., Sanesi, G. and Lafortezza, R. (2019). “Remote Sensing in Urban Forestry: Recent Applications and Future Directions.” Remote Sensing 11(10): 1144. DOI: 10.3390/rs11101144 (IF2018=4.118).

  • Badiu, D. L., Onose, D. A., Nita, M. R. and Lafortezza, R. (2019) “From “Red” to Green? A Look into the Evolution of Green Spaces in a post-socialist city.” Landscape and Urban Planning 187: 156-164. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2018.07.015 (IF2018=5.144).

  • Ouyang, Z., Fan, P., Chen, J., Lafortezza, R., Messina, J. P., Giannico, V. and John, R. (2019) “A Bayesian Approach to Mapping the uncertainties of Global Urban Lands.” Landscape and Urban Planning 187: 210-218. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2018.07.016 (IF2018=5.144).

  • Elia, M., Giannico, V., Lafortezza, R. and Sanesi, G. (2019) “Modeling Fire Ignition Patterns in Mediterranean Urban Interfaces.” Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 33(1): 169-181. DOI: 10.1007/s00477-018-1558-5 (IF2018=2.807).


  • Giannico, V., Chen, J., Ouyang, Z., Shao, C. and Lafortezza, R. (2018) “Contributions of Landscape Heterogeneity within the Footprint of Eddy-covariance Towers to Flux Measurements.” Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 260-261: 144-153. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.06.004 (IF2018=4.189).

  • John, R., Chen, J., Giannico, V., Park, H., Xiao, J., Shirkey, G., Ouyang, Z., Shao, C., Lafortezza, R. and Qi, J. (2018) “Canopy cover and Herbaceous Aboveground Biomass on the Mongolian Plateau: Spatio-temporal Estimates and Controlling Factors.” Remote Sensing of Environment 213: 34-48. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2018.05.002 (IF2018=8.218).

  • Lafortezza, R., Chen, J., Konijnendijk, C. and Randrup, T. (2018) “Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) for Resilient landscapes and cities.” Environmental Research, 165: 431-441. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.11.038 (IF2018=5.026).

  • Lafortezza, R. and Konijnendijk, C. (2018) “Green Infrastructure – Approach and Public Health Benefits.” In: Bird W, Van den Bosch M (eds.) Nature and Public Health: The Role of Nature in Improving the Health of a Population, Oxford University Press 252-256.

  • Escobedo, F., Giannico, V., Jim, C. Y., Sanesi, G. and Lafortezza, R. (2018) “Urban Forests, Ecosystem Services, Green Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions: Nexus or Evolving Metaphors?” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 37: 3-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2018.02.011 (IF2018=3.043).

  • Fischer, L. K., Honold, J., Cvejić, R., Delshammar, T., Hilbert, S., Lafortezza, R., Nastran, M., Nielsen, A. B., Pintar, M., van der Jagt, Alexander P. N. and Kowarik, I. (2018) “Beyond Green: Broad Support for Biodiversity in Multicultural European cities.” Global Environmental Change 49: 35-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.02.001 (IF2018=10.427).

  • Fischer, L. K., Honold, J., Botzat, A., Brinkmeyer, D., Cvejić, R., Delshammar, T., Elands, B., Haase, D., Karle, S. J., Kabisch, N., Lafortezza, R., Nastran, M., Nielsen, A. B., van der Jagt, Alexander P. N., Vierikko, K. and Kowarik, I. (2018) “Recreational Ecosystem Services in European Cities: Sociocultural and Geographic Context Matters for Park Use.” Ecosystem Services 31: 455-467. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2018.01.015 (IF2018=5.572).

  • Reilly, M. J., Elia, M., Spies, T. A., Gregory, M., Sanesi, G. and Lafortezza, R. (2018) “Cumulative Effects of Wildfires on Forest Dynamics in the Eastern Cascade Mountains, USA.” Ecological Applications 28(2): 291-308. DOI: 10.1002/eap.1644 (IF2018=4.378).

  • Niță, M. R., Badiu, D., Gavrilidis, A., Grădinaru, S., Năstase, I. and Lafortezza, R. (2018) “Using Local Knowledge and Sustainable Transport to promote a Greener City: The Case of Bucharest, Romania.” Environmental Research 160: 331-338. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.10.007 (IF2018=5.026).

  • Mancini, L. D., Elia, M., Barbati, A., Salvati, L., Corona, P., Lafortezza, R. and Sanesi, G. (2018) “Are Wildfires Knocking on the Built-Up Areas Door?” Forests 9(5). DOI: 10.3390/f9050234 (IF2018=2.116).

  • Qi, J., Chen, J., Lafortezza, R. and Lin, Z. (2018) “Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Sustainability.” Comprehensive Remote Sensing, Chapter 9.15 186-201. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10428-2


  • Lafortezza, R. and Giannico, V. (2017) “Combining High-resolution Images and LiDAR Data to Model Ecosystem Services Perception in Compact Urban Systems.” Ecological Indicators 96(2): 87-98. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.05.014 (IF2018=4.490).

  • Davies, C. and Lafortezza, R. (2017) “Urban Green Infrastructure in Europe: Are Greenspace Planning and Policy Compliant?” Land Use Policy 69: 93-101. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.08.018 (IF2018=3.573).

  • Kabisch, N., van den Bosch, M. and Lafortezza, R. (2017) “The Health Benefits of Nature-based Solutions to Urbanization Challenges for Children and the Elderly – A Systematic Review.” Environmental Research 159: 249-256. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.08.004 (IF2017 = 4.732).

  • Ferreira, A. B., Ribeiro, A. P, Ferreira, M. L., Kniess, C. T., Quaresma, C., Lafortezza, R., Santos, Jose O., Saiki, M. and Saldiva, Paulo H. (2017) “A Streamlined Approach to Assess Air Contaminants and Their Effects on Human Health in Industrialized Areas: A Case Study in Southern Brazil.” Frontiers in Plant Science 8: 1575. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01575 (IF2018=4.106).

  • Panno, A. Carrus, G., Lafortezza, R., Mariani, L. and Sanesi, G. (2017) “Nature Based Solutions to Promote Human Resilience and Wellbeing in Cities During Increasingly Hot Summers.” Environmental Research 159: 249-256. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.08.016 (IF2018=5.026).

  • Shao, C, Chen, J, Chu, H., Dong, G., Batkhishig, O., Lafortezza, R., Abraha, M., John, R. and Ouyang, Z. (2017) “Linkage Climate and Land Cover Changes with Carbon Sequestration on the Mongolian Plateau: The Underlying Mechanism.” Environmental Research 159: 124-134 (IF2018=5.026).

  • Mattijssen, Thomas J. M., Van der Jagt, Alexander P. N., Erlwein, S. and Lafortezza, R. (2017) “From Place Making to Place Keeping? The Long-term Perspective for the Management of Urban Green Space by Citizens.” Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 26: 78-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2017.05.015 (IF2018=3.043).

  • Spanò, M., Leronni, L., Lafortezza, R. and Gentile, F. (2017) “Are Ecosystem Service Hotspots Located in Protected Areas? Results from a Study in southern Italy.” Environmental Science & Policy 73: 52-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.04.008 (IF2018=4.816).

  • Carrus, G., Scopelliti, M., Panno, A., Lafortezza, R., Colangelo, G., Pircho, S., Ferrini, F., Salbitano, F., Agrimi, M., Portoghesi, L., Semenzato, P. and Sanesi, G. (2017) “A Different way to stay in touch with ‘Urban Nature’: Perception of the Restorative Qualities of Botanical Gardens Predicts Self-reported Physical and Psychological Benefits and Visitors' Subjective Wellbeing.” Frontiers in Psychology 8: 914. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00914 (IF2018=2.129).

  • Lamano, Ferreira M. L., Ribeiro, A. P., Albuquerque, C. R., do Nascimento, A. P., Lopes Figueira, R. C. and Lafortezza, R. (2017) “Air Contaminants and Litter Fall Decomposition in Urban Forest Areas: The Case of the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo, Brazil.” Environmental Research 155: 314-320. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.02.023 (IF2018=5.026).

  • Tomao, A., Quatrini, V., Corona, P., Ferrara, A., Lafortezza, R. and Salvati, L. (2017) “Resilient Landscapes in Mediterranean Urban Areas: Understanding Factor Influencing Forest Trends.” Environmental Research 156: 1-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.03.006 (IF2018=5.026).

  • Vizzarri, M., Sallustio, L., Travaglini, D., Bottalico, F., Chirici, G., Lafortezza, R., Veca, D. S. L. M., Lombardi, F., Maetzke, F. and Marchetti, M. (2017) “The MIMOSE Approach to support Sustainable Forest Management Planning at Regional Scale in the Mediterranean Region.” Sustainability 9(316): 1-16 DOI: 10.3390/su9020316 (IF2018=2.592).

  • Lafortezza, R., Pauleit, S., Hansen, R., Davies, C. and Sanesi, G. (2017) “Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning and Urban Forestry.” In Ferrini F. et al: Handbook of Urban Forestry. Routledge Environment & Sustainability, USA, 179-193.

  • Spanò, M., Gentile, F., Davies, C. and Lafortezza, R. (2017) “The DPSIR Framework to Support the Green Infrastructure Planning: A case study in southern Italy.” Land Use Policy 61: 242-250. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.10.051 (IF2018=3.573).

  • Pesola, L., Cheng, X., Sanesi, G., Colangelo, G., Elia, M. and Lafortezza, R. (2017) “Linking Aboveground Biomass and Biodiversity to stand Development in Urban Forest areas: A case study in northern Italy.” Landscape and Urban Planning 157: 90-97. (IF2018=5.144).

  • Sanesi, G., Colangelo, G., Lafortezza, R., Calvo, E. and Davies, C. (2017) “Urban Green Infrastructure and Urban Forests: A Case Study of the Metropolitan area of Milan.” Landscape Research 164-175. DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2016.1173658 (IF2018=1.902).


  • Lafortezza, R. and Chen, J. (2016) “The Provision of Ecosystem Services in Response to Global Change: Evidences and Applications.” Environmental Research 147: 576-579. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.02.018 (IF2018=5.026).

  • Giannico, V., Lafortezza, R., John, R., Sanesi, G., Pesola, L. and Chen, J. (2016) “Estimating Stand Volume and Above-ground Biomass of Urban Forests using LiDAR.” Remote Sensing 8(4): 339. DOI: 10.3390/rs8040339 (IF2018=4.118).

  • Mariani, L., Parisi, S. G., Cola, G., Lafortezza, R., Colangelo, G. and Sanesi, G. (2016) “Climatological Analysis of the Mitigating Effect of Vegetation on the Urban Heat Island of Milan, Italy.” Science of the Total Environment 569: 762-773. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.06.111 (IF2018=5.589).

  • Scopelliti, M., Carrus, G., Adinolfi, C., Suarez, G., Colangelo, G., Lafortezza, R. and Sanesi, G. (2016) “Staying in touch with Nature and Well-being in Different Socio-economic classes: The experience of Bogotá.” Landscape and Urban Planning 148:139-148. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.11.002 (IF2018=5.144).

  • Chen, J., Zhu, L., Fan, P., Tian, L. and Lafortezza, R. (2016) “Do Green Spaces affect the Spatiotemporal Changes of PM2.5 in Nanjing?” Ecological Processes 5(1): 1-13. DOI: 10.1186/s13717-016-0052-6

  • Elia, M., Lafortezza, R., Tarasco, E. and Sanesi, G. (2016) “Response of Beetle Communities Five Years after Wildfire in Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems.” Redia: Journal of Entomology 99: 107-116. DOI: 10.19263/REDIA-99.16.14

  • Bottalico, F., Pesola, L., Vizzarri, M., Antonello, L., Barbati, B., Chirici, G., Corona, P., Cullotta, S., Garfì, V., Giannico, V., Lafortezza, R., Lombardi, F., Marchetti, M., Nocentini, S., Riccioli, F., Travaglini, D. and Sallustio, L. (2016) “Modeling the Influence of Alternative Forest Management Scenarios on Wood Production and Carbon Storage: A case study in the Mediterranean Region.” Environmental Research 144: 72-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2015.10.025 (IF2018=5.026).

  • Elia, M., Ranieri, N., Sanesi, G. and Lafortezza, R. (2016) “Cost-effectiveness of Fuel Removals in Mediterranean Wildland-urban Interfaces Threatened by Wildfires.” Forests 7(7): 1-11. DOI: 10.3390/f7070149 (IF2018=2.116).


  • Tejadaa, G., Dalla, Nora E., Cordoba, D., Lafortezza, R., Assis, T. and Aguiar, A. P. (2015) “Deforestation Scenarios for the Bolivian Amazon.” Environmental Research 144: 49-63. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2015.10.010 (IF2018=5.026).

  • Chen, J., John, R., Shao, C., Fan, Y., Zhang, Y., Brown, D. G., Qi, J., Batkhishig, O., Amarjargalj, A., Han, J., Lafortezza, R., Zhen, L. and Li, L. (2015) “Policy Shifted the Functional Changes of the CHN systems on Mongolia Plateau.” Environmental Research Letters 10(8). DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/08500 (IF2018=6.192).

  • Elia, M., Lovreglio, R., Sanesi, G. and Lafortezza, R. (2015) “Developing Custom Fire Behavior Fuel Models for Mediterranean Wildland–urban Interfaces in southern Italy.” Environmental Management 56(3): 754-764. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-015-0531-z (IF2018=2.376).

  • Marziliano, P. A., Lafortezza, R., Medicamento, U., Lorusso, L., Giannico, V., Colangelo, G. and Sanesi, G. (2015) “Estimating Below-ground Biomass and Root/ Shoot Ratio of Phillyrea latifolia L. in Mediterranean Forest Landscapes.” Annals of Forest Science 72(5): 585-593. DOI: 10.1007/s13595-015-0486-5 (IF2018=2.633).

  • Carrus, G., Scopelliti, M., Lafortezza, R., Colangelo, G., Ferrini, F., Salbitano, F., Agrimi, M., Portoghesi, L., Semenzato, P. and Sanesi, G. (2015) “Go Greener, Feel Better? The Positive Effects of Biodiversity on the Well-being of Individuals visiting Urban and Periurban Green Areas.” Landscape and Urban Planning 134: 221-228. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.10.022 (IF2018=5.144).

  • Lafortezza, R., Tanentzap, A. J., Elia, M., John, R., Sanesi, G. and Chen, J. (2015) “Prioritizing Fuel Management in Urban Interfaces Threatened by Wildfires.” Ecological Indicators 48: 342-347. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.08.034 (IF2018=4.490).

  • Fajardo, A. M. P., Cañón, J. and Lafortezza, R. (2015) “The value of Rural Landscape in Aquitania (Colombia): Application of Spatial Hedonic Models in Real Estate Analysis.” International Journal of Rural Development 12(76):155-179.

Last Update: September 2019

Selected Research Projects
  • SURGE (Green Infrastructure and Urban Biodiversity for Sustainable Urban Development and the Green Economy - European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Nov. 2013 – Nov. 2017

  • MiMOSE - Development of innovative models for multiscale monitoring of ecosystem services indicators in Mediterranean forests. Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research – Future in Research: Mar. 2013–Mar. 2016