Marta Luffarelli

Remote Sensing Scientist. Rayference


Never be discouraged about the obstacles on the way.

What do you do?

I use Earth Observations satellite data to retrieve the amount of aerosols in our atmosphere for climate purposes. Aerosols impact the climate in many different ways: they block the incoming/outgoing radiation leading the global warming, they harm our health when so small that they're inhaled and get to our lungs and they alter the formation of clouds. Retrieving them is essential for the study of climate change and pollution.

Why did you choose this field?

I've always known I would have studied engineering, but during the master I took some courses on Remote Sensing and Earth Observation and that immediately attracted me. I love the feeling of having an impact on something so important for the planet.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I wish younger me would have known about all the great initiatives to empower women in STEM.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love putting my technical capabilities in international projects where everyone works together for the greater good of the humankind and of our beautiful planet. Sometimes people might think that STEM related field are "cold", but they don't realise the immense social impact that STEM related field have in our daily life.

Best advice for next generation?

Never be discourage about the obstacles on the way, because it's from overcoming obstacles that the most beautiful things happen. And most important never let anyone decide what's best for you.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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