Dr. Steffen Fritz is Deputy Program Director of the Ecosystem Services and Management (ESM) Program, and Leader of the Earth Observation and Citizen Science (EOCS) Research Group. He joined IIASA in 2007, and since then has become the initiator and driving force behind the Geo-Wiki.org, a global land cover and land use validation tool that aims to investigate and reduce the uncertainties in global land cover data via citizen science.
The research interests of Dr. Fritz include earth observation, citizen science, crowdsourcing, volunteered geographical information, food security, land-use science, global and regional vegetation monitoring, crop yield and crop acreage estimations of agricultural crops, serious gaming, gamification, and in-situ data collection of land-use and land cover via mobile technologies, as well as citizen science for SDG monitoring and implementation.
Claudia Vitolo is a scientist working on developing tools and algorithms for forecasting high-impact weather. Her research interests are in the field of geospatial analytics and artificial intelligence applied to Earth observations. She is passionate about new open technologies and likes to explore their use in the context of environmental applications.
She holds a PhD from Imperial College London and her thesis explored the use of data mining and machine learning techniques for hydrological modelling applications. She authored several R packages and prototyped a number of web applications for Environmental Virtual Observatories dedicated to water scarcity, climate change, hydrological modelling, and air pollution.
Claudia co-founded R-Ladies Global and WomenInGeospatial, world-wide organizations to promote gender diversity in the R and geospatial communities (respectively). Also, she is a member of the R-Consortium Infrastructure Steering Committee.
Maria Antonia is a member of the School of Doctoral Studies in Data Science at “Roma La Sapienza” University. She was the Head of the Geomatics Laboratory of PoliMI (1997- 2011) and the Vice-Rector of PoliMI for the Como Campus (2011-2016).
She is the chair of ISPRS WG IV/4 “Collaborative crowdsourced cloud mapping (C3M)”; member of ESA ACEO (Advisory Committee of Earth Observation); co-chair of the United Nations Open GIS Initiative, Chair of the UN-GGIM (Global Geospatial Information Management) Academic Network, mentor of the PoliMI Chapter of YouthMappers (PoliMappers).
Martin Herold is professor of geoinformation science and remote sensing at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He has long-term experience in satellite-based monitoring of land changes and related biomass and carbon emissions, global land cover mapping and assessments, spatial analysis and modeling of land use change, integrating ground and satellite observations, and accuracy assessment procedures and uncertainty management for remote sensing data products.
Sarah has received an MSc in Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management at the University of Edinburgh. She currently works at Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd. She has been working in a team who are developing an EO Data Cube based in the South Pacific region (Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) as part of the IPP CommonSensing project, funded by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (https://www.commonsensing.org.uk/).
In her work she uses open source tools such as Dask, Kubernetes, Docker, STAC, COGs and Python to generate analysis ready data. This is then developed into earth observation derived products for use by the government ministries of the relevant nations.
Angelos is a geospatial software developer, remote sensing consultant and senior researcher with a background in surveying engineering and software development. His research involves remote sensing, machine learning, computer vision and object-based image analysis. He is currently the President of OSGeo and also serves at the OSGeo Board of Directors.
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster global adoption of open geospatial technology by being an inclusive software foundation devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development.
Raymond is a senior advisor on topics Earth Observation data & applications with a special focus on data science and big data infrastructures. At the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) he is expert on the Copernicus Marine, Coastal and emergency themes and on Horizon Europe Space and is a delegate in ESA’s Data Operations Scientific Advisory Groupe (DOSTAG).
The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) is the space agency of the Dutch government focused on advising upon and realising Dutch space policy.
Freja is a senior scientist for C3S at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Freja leads activities that provide the ‘final’ links in the long chain from raw data through to climate information and knowledge. She has a special responsibility for communicating climate information to a wider audience.
Freja has been the editor of the entire European State of the Climate report. This annual report on behalf of the European Commission provides an analysis of the monitoring for Europe for the past calendar year, with descriptions of climate conditions and events. It also explores the associated fluctuations in key climate variables and indices from across all parts of the Earth system. Further, the ESOTC gives updates on key global climate indicators for Europe and the rest of the world.
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