Nicolas Sifakis works as an Engineer with 25 years of experience in the area of earth observation. He holds the MA degree in remote sensing and another MA degree in environmental physics. He received his Ph.D. degree in remote sensing of the environment from the University Paris-VII. He developed a series of satellite image processing algorithms for aerosol tracking, and he was a pioneer in mapping urban air pollution with high spatial resolution by satellite. He worked at the European Commission in Brussels as an Overall Coordinator of the largest European remote sensing project: the CORINE Land Cover. As a Member of the European Environment Agency Task Force, he participated in the preparation of the work plan of the EEA and of the 1st pan-European Environmental Report introducing, for the first time, remote sensing in environmental reporting. He also worked in the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in Ispra. He served as a Visiting Scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA and participated in NASA's initiative on health and the environment. He provided extensive consultancy in the operational use of earth observation systems on a wide range of issues from regional management and nature conservation to urban planning and natural hazard monitoring. He works currently at the Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA). He was elected twice as the President of the Assembly of Researchers, and he is a Member of the Management Board of NOA.
Biography Updated on 12 April 2011