Dr Javier Garcia Pintado

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (NCEO)

Web Pages:

Data Assimilation Research Centre

National Centre for Earth Observation

Walker Institute



Post Doctoral Research Scientist

Research Interests:

  • Data assimilation
  • Earth observation
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • Ensemble flood forecasting
  • Flood risks

Research Projects:

  • [as PI] Estimation of correlated Synthetic Aperture Radar-derived observation errors in a Local Ensemble Transform Kalman Filter framework. NERC funds.
  • Susceptibility of catchments to INTense Rainfall and flooding (SINATRA). NERC Flooding From Intense Rainfall (FFIR) Programme. A programme to improve the capability to forecast extreme flooding events in a variety of aspects. In the Data Assimilation (DA) aspect my work focuses on joint state-parameter estimation problems. This specific project is on assimilation of high-resolution satellite-derived soil moisture to improve the initial conditions and forecast of catchment-scale rainfall-runoff processes.
  • Developing Enhanced impact MOdels for integration with Next generation NWP and climate outputs (DEMON). NERC Storm Risk Mitigation Programme consortium grant, with University of Bristol, University of Reading, NOC, UK Met office.

Postdoctoral & graduate student supervision

  • Elizabeth Susan Cooper is a 1st year PhD student with a SCENARIO NERC grant to improve flood predictions using data assimilation [supervisors: Sarah L. Dance (lead), Javier Garcia-Pintado, Nancy K. Nichols, Polly J. Smith]

Other interests

  • Numerical modelling, coastal environment, geostatistics, optimisation, operations research, analytics

Further Publications:

Rey, J. and Martínez, J. and Barberá, G.G. and García-Aróstegui, J., García-Pintado, J. and Martínez-Vicente, D. (2013) Geophysical characterization of the complex dynamics of groundwater and seawater exchange in a highly stressed aquifer system linked to a coastal laggon (SE Spain). Environmental Earth Sciences, 70. pp. 2271-2282. doi:10.1007/s12665-013-2472-2

Recent Publications:

Publications for j.garcia-pintado@reading.ac.uk

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Number of items: 18.


Cooper, E. S., Dance, S. L., Garcia-Pintado, J., Nichols, N. K. and Smith, P. J. (2018) Observation impact, domain length and parameter estimation in data assimilation for flood forecasting. Environmental Modelling and Software, 104. pp. 199-214. ISSN 1364-8152 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.03.013

Waller, J. A., Garcia-Pintado, J., Mason, D. C., Dance, S. L. and Nichols, N. K. (2018) Technical note: assessment of observation quality for data assimilation in flood models. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. ISSN 1027-5606 doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2018-43 (In Press)

Waller, J. A., Garcia-Pintado, J., Mason, D. C., Dance, S. L. and Nichols, N. K. (2018) Technical note: analysis of observation uncertainty for flood assimilation and forecasting. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions. ISSN 1812-2116 doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2018-43 (In Press)


Mason, D. C., Garcia-Pintado, J., Cloke, H. L. and Dance, S. L. (2016) Evidence of a topographic signal in surface soil moisture derived from ENVISAT ASAR wide swath data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and GeoInformation, 45. pp. 178-186. ISSN 0303-2434 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2015.02.004

Mason, D. C., Trigg, M., Garcia-Pintado, J., Cloke, H. L., Neal, J. C. and Bates, P. D. (2016) Improving the TanDEM-X Digital Elevation Model for flood modelling using flood extents from Synthetic Aperture Radar images. Remote Sensing of Environment, 173. pp. 15-28. ISSN 0034-4257 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2015.11.018


Neal, J. C., Odoni, N. A., Trigg, M. A., Freer, J. E., Garcia-Pintado, J., Mason, D., Wood, M. and Bates, P. D. (2015) Efficient incorporation of channel cross-section geometry uncertainty into regional and global scale flood inundation models. Journal of Hydrology, 529. pp. 169-183. ISSN 0022-1694 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.07.026

Mason, D. C., Garcia-Pintado, J., Cloke, H. L. and Dance, S. L. (2015) The potential of flood forecasting using a variable-resolution global Digital Terrain Model and flood extents from Synthetic Aperture Radar images. Frontiers in Earth Science, 3. 43. ISSN 2296-6463 doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2015.00043

Garcia-Pintado, J., Mason, D., Dance, S. L., Cloke, H., Neal, J. C., Freer, J. and Bates, P. D. (2015) Satellite-supported flood forecasting in river networks: a real case study. Journal of Hydrology, 523. pp. 706-724. ISSN 0022-1694 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.01.084


Mason, D. C., Giustarini, L., Garcia-Pintado, J. and Cloke, H. L. (2014) Detection of flooded urban areas in high resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar images using double scattering. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and GeoInformation, 28. pp. 150-159. ISSN 0303-2434 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2013.12.002

Mason, D., Garcia-Pintado, J. and Dance, S. (2014) Improving flood inundation monitoring and modelling using remotely sensed data. Civil Engineering Surveyor. pp. 34-37.


Garcia-Pintado, J., Neal, J., Mason, D., Dance, S. and Bates, P. (2013) Scheduling satellite-based SAR acquisition for sequential assimilation of water level observations into flood modelling. Journal of Hydrology, 495. pp. 252-266. ISSN 0022-1694 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.03.050

Albaladejo, J., Ortiz, R., García-Franco, N., Navarro, A. R., Almagro, M., Garcia-Pintado, J. and Martínez-Mena, M. (2013) Land use and climate change impacts on soil organic carbon stocks in semi-arid Spain. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 13 (2). pp. 265-277. ISSN 1614-7480 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11368-012-0617-7


Mason, D.C., Schumann, G. J.-P., Neal, J.C., Garcia-Pintado, J. and Bates, P.D. (2012) Automatic near real-time selection of flood water levels from high resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar images for assimilation into hydraulic models: a case study. Remote Sensing of Environment, 124. pp. 705-716. ISSN 0034-4257 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2012.06.017

Marín-Pérez, R., Garcia-Pintado, J. and Skarmeta, A. G. (2012) A real-time measurement system for long-life flood monitoring and warning applications. Sensors, 12 (4). pp. 4213-4236. ISSN 1424-8220 doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/s120404213


Garcia-Pintado, J., Barberá, G. G., Erena, M. and Castillo, V. M. (2009) Calibration of structure in a distributed forecasting model for a semiarid flash flood: dynamic surface storage and channel roughness. Journal of Hydrology, 377 (1-2). pp. 165-184. ISSN 0022-1694 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.08.024

Garcia-Pintado, J., Barbera, G. G., Erena, M. and Castillo, V. M. (2009) Rainfall estimation by rain gauge-radar combination: a concurrent multiplicative-additive approach. Water Resources Research, 45 (1). W01415. ISSN 0043-1397 doi: https://doi.org/10.1029/2008WR007011


Gallart, F., Amaxidis, Y., Botti, P., Cané, G., Castillo, V., Chapman, P., Froebich, J., Garcia-Pintado, J., Latron, J., Llorens, P., Lo Porto, A., Morais, M., Neves, R., Ninov, P., Perrin, J.-L., Ribarova, I., Skoulikidis, N. and Tournoud, M.-G. (2008) Investigating hydrological regimes and processes in a set of catchments with temporary waters in Mediterranean Europe. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 53 (3). pp. 618-628. ISSN 2150-3435 doi: https://doi.org/10.1623/hysj.53.3.618


Garcia-Pintado, J., Martínez-Mena, M., Barberá, G. G., Albaladejo, J. and Castillo, V. M. (2007) Anthropogenic nutrient sources and loads from a Mediterranean catchment into a coastal lagoon: Mar Menor, Spain. Science of the Total Environment, 373 (1). pp. 220-239. ISSN 0048-9697 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2006.10.046

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