Belen Franch received her Cum Laude PhD in Physics in 2013 at the Universitat de València (UV). From 2013 to 2019 she worked as Associate Research Professor at the University of Maryland and as an associate researcher at NASA. Currently she is working at the UV as tenured professor.
Her main research is focused on the use of remote sensing satellite images to develop agricultural applications such as forecasting the production of the main cereals exported internationally before being harvested. Currently, Belen leads the crop yield estimates working group within the NASA Harvest program and since 2019 she is member of the Group on Earth Observations Global Agriculture Monitoring (GEOGLAM) initiative.
In 2018 Belen was awarded by NASA with the Early career achievement medal of honor.