Dr. Charalampos (Haris) KONTOES


Research Director - Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing - National Observatory of Athens (NOA/IAASARS)

Metaxa & Vas. Pavlou, GR-15236 Athens
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Dr. Charalampos (Haris) KONTOES holds the position of Research Director at the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA). He received his doctorate diploma (PhD) in Remote Sensing of Environment from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He completed his doctoral thesis, as grant holder of the EC at the Institute for Space Applications of JRC in ISPRA, Italy.

Since 1992, he has been assuming responsibilities as Scientific Director – Coordinator for a large number of Operational and Research and Innovation Actions in Earth Observation, in the framework of National and European Competitive Financing Instruments (ESA EU Optional Programs, EU / FP6- FP7-H2020, EU / Copernicus - GMES). He actually leads a large research team with active participation in flagship Space Programs of EU, and ESA, in the fields of Earth Observation of land, sea, air, space geodesy and geodynamics. His research work is focused on the exploitation of satellite technology combined with advanced big data modeling techniques using Copernicus satellites, as well as many other operational and scientific Earth Observation satellite missions.

Indicatively, in his capacity as Coordinator of the GEO-CRADLE project, which was upgraded first to a GEO Community Activity and then to a GEO Initiative, he is leading the activity for the implementation of GEO, GEOSS, and Copernicus in the North Africa, Middle East, Balkans, and Black Sea regions.

He is also the Coordinator of the Center of Excellence BEYOND for EO based monitoring of Natural Disasters, assigned with the role of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, providing disaster management services (such as EFFIS, Copernicus EMS and the awarded near-real-time FireHub service) and operating national infrastructures for satellite remote sensing, including ESAʼs CollGS in Greece (Hellenic Mirror Site) and, in support to ESA’s operations globally, the Sentinels GreekHub with IntHub, DIASHub, and CollHub (International, DIAS, and Collaborative Data Hubs).

He is National Delegate of H2020 SPACE Program Committee - EC DG ENTR, National Delegate of the Copernicus Integrated GS (IGS) Task Force, National Focal Point for data exchange within the governments and members of GEO, and Member of the National Committee of International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG).

He has published more than 150 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals, chapters in books, and proceedings of international and national conferences. He is active member of the editorial boards of Scientific Journals as IJPRS, IJRS, SENSORS, IEEE Geoscience and RS.