Dr Durieux Laurent is a Geographer specialized in GEO-Technologies and in tropical environment monitoring and modelling. He is currently working for the Institute of Research for Development (IRD), inside the UMR Espace-Dev Unit based in Montpellier, France. He received a Ph.D. degree in geography, with a specialization in remote sensing and geographic information systems, from the University of Aix-en-Provence in France. He spent two years at the Aerospace Technical Center, Sao José dos Campos, Brazil, to study the impact of the deforestation on the convective clouds. His first 2 years post-doc was with IRD to study Integrated Coastal Zone Management of the Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean using very high resolution satellite images. His second post-doc was in the Global Vegetation Monitoring Unit at the Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy) to develop Earth Observation techniques for global and regional vegetation mapping and monitoring with a particular emphasis on forest assessments. Since 2007 he is doing his research at IRD and coordinating various international cooperation project mainly with South countries in South America and Africa. His research interest focus on monitoring tropical land surface processes using data from Earth Observing satellites. He develops new methodologies in the field of GEOBIA using knowledge representation in ontologies to process satellite images. Dr. Durieux is the President of the French Representation of the South-American Association of Remote Sensing (SELPER).
Biography Updated on 4 September 2012