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|Charalabos (Haris) Kontoes: is a Research Director at IAASARS/NOA and holds a PhD in Remote Sensing of the Environment. He has a wide range of expertise in managing EC and ESA projects integrating advanced image processing techniques for the exploitation of high and very high spatial resolution satellite data. He has acted as national delegate in international Space fora and organisations (e.g. EC, ESA). As delegate he participated in, a) the Steering Committee of the common EU and ESA Space Program for Environment and Security, namely GMES, b) the ESA’s Program Board on Earth Observation (2002-2004), and c) acted as deputy delegate in the Joint Space Strategy Advisory Group (JSSAG). Today he assumes responsibilities as National Delegate of the Space Committee of the FP7 Program of EC. In addition he leads/coordinates all actions foreseen in the common Greece-ESA project towards establishing in Greece (at IAASARS/NOA premises) one of the Sentinels’ Mirror Site as part of the ESA’s Collaborative Ground Segment. He is author of over than 100 scientific papers presented in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences.|
|Vassilis Amiridis: is a Senior Researcher at IAASARS/NOA with expertise in atmospheric characterization using ground-based and satellite remote sensing observations. He has participated in more than 20 national, European and international projects and experimental campaigns. He has more than 45 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 110 in conference proceedings, various scientific and technical reports and over 700 third party citations. He is a member of EARLINET council and EUFAR’s active remote sensing working group and expert group for cloud microphysics. He is a member of the editorial boards of EGU’s Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (Copernicus Publications) and of ISRN Meteorology (Hindawi Publishing Corporation).|
|Iphigenia Keramitsoglou: is a Senior Researcher at IAASARS/NOA with a strong background in Physics and Earth Observation. She is co-leader of the action on global observation of urban areas (Global Urban Observation and Information Task, SB-04) of the Group on Εarth Observation (GEO). She is also Member of the Societal Benefits Implementation Board, SBIB, of GEO international initiative. She has 35 original peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and >35 papers in conference peer-reviewed proceedings, 4 book chapters. She has extensive experience in the organization and management of research and technological development programs, as shown by her participation in 26 research programs. She is also representing IAASARS in the Greek national platform for disaster reduction (part of the international Hyogo Framework for Action – HFA).|
|Ioannis Papoutsis: Received his diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and his M.Sc. in Technologies for Broadband Communication from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering of University College London (UCL) in 2002 and 2003 respectively. From 2004-2006 he worked in London in the framework of a British AErospace (BAE systems) led project, while since 2007 he has been a research associate in the Institute of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications & Remote Sensing in the National Observatory of Athens (IAASARS-NOA). In 2014 he received his PhD in Monitoring Crustal Deformation with Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, from the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering of NTUA. His research interests include signal and image processing of Earth Observation imagery. He has extensive experience on working for European FP7 and Copernicus projects at IAASARS/NOA, including TELEIOS ICT, SAFER, linkER, MASSIVE and RISK-EOS. He is author of over than 30 scientific papers presented in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, and has over 150 third party citations.|
|Georgios Balasis: is a Senior Researcher at IAASARS/NOA with expertise in space sciences (Sun-Earth connection, dynamics of the magnetosphere), space applications (geomagnetic field, Earth Observation) and complex systems. He has published more than 30 refereed papers. He has been the convener of "Open session on Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism" in European Geosciences Union General Assembly from 2009 to 2011 and he is the National Greek Delegate to the Programme Board of European Space Agency's Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Preparatory Programme.|
|Alexia Tsouni: Received her diploma in Civil Engineering and Masters degree, from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Since 2002 Ms Tsouni has been assuming responsibilities in the realisation of Earth Observation operational & research projects at national and EU level, funded by ESA and EC and conducted in the IAASARS/NOA. Most of the projects she participated focused on risk monitoring and risk assessment, emergency response for fires, water resource management, and land use/land cover mapping.|
|Evangelos Gerasopoulos: Employed at IERSD/NOA in 2006 as Senior Researcher. Promoted to Research Director in 2011. Quality Manager of the Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory/NOA. Member of the Steering Committee of the Navarino Environmental Observatory (Messenia, Greece). He is a member of the editorial board of EGU’s Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics journal (Copernicus Publications).|
|Luc St-Pierre: (M.Sc. Geography, University of Sherbrooke, Canada and M.Sc. Environmental Economics, Wye Imperial College, University of London) is a Geographer born in Québec, Canada. He worked at developing geographic information systems for the management of the environment and natural resources in Africa, Asia and Latin America in the 1990’s before joining the United Nations in 2000. He first helped developed datasets and GISs for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in its work to protect marine biodiversity in the Caribbean Sea and control marine pollution. Between 2005 and 2012 he strengthened the mapping, remote sensing and GIS capabilities of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to improve the support and assistance during humanitarian crisis. He joined in 2012 the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to coordinate the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER). UN-SPIDER provides technical advisory support to Member States to assess and consolidate their capabilities in disaster risk management and emergency response, through improved knowledge management and advisory services. Mr. St-Pierre lives in Vienna with his family; he works in English, French and Spanish.|
|Peter Zeil: is a Seconded National Expert working as a Policy Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW, formerly DG ENTR) concerning international cooperation in relation to Copernicus. He previously served the Copernicus programme with a remit over the Copernicus Emergency Management service, also contributing to activities related to the services for Security Applications. Prior to his secondment, he worked as a Senior Project Manager at the Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS) at the Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg. He is a geophysicist by training with more than 25 years of professional experience in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America related to the implementation of geo-information and remote sensing applications covering institution building, technology transfer, and network coordination.|
|Michael Rast: (Head of the Science Strategy, Coordination and Planning Office in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency)
Following his studies in Geology and geo-scientific remote sensing at the University of Munich, Germany, Michael Rast has joined the European Space Agency ESA in 1985. He was mainly involved in establishing science and mission requirements for Earth observation satellite sensors. His research interests in the past were mainly in the area of imaging spectroscopy for terrestrial ecosystems. He obtained a doctorate in Geology at the University of Munich in 1992. Between 1993 and 2005 he was heading the Land/Surfaces Unit at ESA’s Mission Science Division at ESTEC, the Netherlands, prior to his secondment to the GEO Secretariat in Geneva as Senior Programme Officer in 2006. From 2008 to 2011 he headed the Programme Planning Office in the Directorate Earth Observation Programmes at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy and is currently Head of the Science Strategy, Coordination and Planning Office. He holds a professorship and a teaching affiliation for terrestrial remote sensing at the Department for Geography of the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.
|Ralitsa Atanasova: has been working for the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission since November 2011. She is a Policy Officer and a Project Officer for the two activities under the FP7 Capacities Programme: 'Research Potential' and 'Regions of Knowledge'. She is also involved in Part IV of Horizon2020 – 'Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation' which provides support to research institutions in low performing in terms of Research, Technological Development and Innovation EU member states. Before joining the Commission, she worked in Bulgaria in project management and business support.|
|Mohammad Al-Hamdan: is a Senior Research Scientist with the Universities Space Research Association at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, USA, and has been there since 2004. Dr. Al-Hamdan received his Ph.D. and M.S. Degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Dr. Al-Hamdan also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Alabama in Huntsville; an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Public Health of the University of Alabama at Birmingham; an adjunct graduate faculty member at the College of Science, Engineering & Technology at Jackson State University; and an affiliated faculty member at the NIH National Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence at Meharry Medical College and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
|Elise Hendriks leads the present iSPEX-EU project and is based at Leiden Observatory, part of Leiden University in the Netherlands. From 2012 to 2014 she worked at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) where she coordinated the Dutch GLOBE Aerosols project as part of the worldwide GLOBE Program. She holds a Masters degree in Physics, obtained at Utrecht University in 2001, and has a background in remote sensing of cold environments and applied research on air quality.
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|Zisoula Ntasiou Received her diploma in Foresty and Natural Environment and Masters degree, from the Aristotele University of Thessaloniki in 1998 and 2001 respectively. Since 2002, she is an officer of the Hellenic Fire Corps and the last 12 years she work as a duty and operational officer in the Unified Coordination and Operational Center in Athens.
|Konstantina Nika has a degree in Agricultural Science (Agricultural University of Athens) and a M.Sc in Water Resources Science and Technology from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She is a civil servant and she has worked for 5 year (2007-2011) in the General Secretariat for Civil Protection in the Ministry of Interior as responsible for the National Emergency Plans for all kinds of Disaster (natural hazard and technological hazard). Since 2011, she has been working for the Special Secretariat for Water in the Ministry of Environment and Energy. She is the Head of Department of Surface and Ground Water with main duties the implementation of EU Directives related to the Water like the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EU and Floods Directive 2007/60/EU. Since 2012 she is following the works of European Working Group of Floods.|
|Doina Nicolae is a senior scientist at the National Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics, having a Summa cum laude PhD in Physics (2007) and a project management diploma (2007). She is the head of the Remote Sensing department, principal investigator of the EARLINET, ACTRIS and AERONET Bucharest station, member of the ICLAS management committee, member of the EARLINET Council, expert evaluator for FP7, and an expert to ISO and COST actions. Her expertise refers to ground-based remote sensing of the atmosphere (lidar, microwave radiometry, DOAS, sun photometry), atmospheric physics and optics, physical, chemical and optical characterization of aerosols, development of algorithms, software and procedures for automatic data collection, processing and analysis. She (co)authorshiped 4 books/book chapters, and more than 30 ISI papers (98 citations). Besides the scientific accomplishments and coordination of / participation in national and international research projects (FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-1, no. 262254; -AAT-2008-RTD-1, no. ACP8-GA-2009-233801; FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN, no. 289923; ESA-STAR Program, ctr. 38/2012), her main achievements include the development of an atmospheric research super site and its integration into relevant European and global networks (EARLINET, AERONET, MWRNET, ACTRIS, GALION), as well as the setup of the Romanian Atmospheric 3D research Observatory (RADO).|
|Rodanthi-Elisavet Mamouri is a Post-doc research assistant and responsible for the Atmospheric Physics and Remote Sensing Laboratory in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics in the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). She graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a B.A. in Physics and a M.Sc. Environmental Physics with distinction. She joined the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), in 2005 when she started her PhD thesis in Physics and laser Remote Sensing techniques. During the period 2009-2011 she contacted parallel research as Post-Doctoral fellow in the field of Aerosol Science within the activities of the Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing of National Observatory of Athens (NOA) and the Laboratory of Laser Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere at the Physics Department of NTUA. Then, she moved to the CUT (2012- today) contacting research on the variability of aerosols and air pollution in Eastern Mediterranean Region using active and passive remote sensing Techniques. She is member of the European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET).
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