Jürgen obtained a Diploma in Rural Survey in 1984 and MSc and PhD degrees in Geography and Remote Sensing in 1986 and 1992. Jürgen was heading the JRC Action on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DESERT) from 2008 to 2012. Now he is the leader of the Droughts project at the Climate Risk Management Unit. His current research interests focus on assessment and monitoring of drought and desertification processes, including the development of complex indicators based on climate, terrain, land cover and remote sensing data.
Medium-range probabilistic forecasting of drought and extreme precipitation eventsChristophe holds a PhD from the LTHE laboratory (Grenoble, France). During his PhD and two years of postdoc in LATMOS (Paris, France), he studied the origins of the precipitation variability at different time scales in the West Africa monsoon system. He then worked at the LMD (Paris, France), to assess the uncertainties of downscaling extreme precipitation in the context of climate change. In 2009, Christophe moved to Canada to study the surface/precipitation interactions at McGill University in Montreal. In 2012, he was a visiting scientist at NCAR (Boulder, CO, USA), where he worked on quantifying the impact of aerosols on precipitation over West Africa. At the JRC, he will carry on with the improvement of the drought forecast in Europe and Africa using the precipitation and atmospheric predictors fields provided by the ECMWF Ensemble system.
Geographical information systems and web map servicesMaster Degree in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering (2002) and PhD in Geodesy and Geomatics (2008). Research and educational jobs at the at the "Politecnico di Milano" (2002-2008) in cartography and geographical information systems. In July 2008 joined the JRC in order to assist the DESERT Action (2008-2012) and the Droughts group of the Climate Risk Management Unit (since 2013). His main task is the development of the website and the web mapping services of the European Drought Observatory.
Applied statistician and environmental data analyst with expertise in Remote Sensing and GISHugo Carrão completed is PhD in Information Management Branch, Speciality in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) at the Higher Institute for Statistics and Information Management of the New University of Lisbon (ISEGI-UNL), Portugal, in January 2010. Between 2001 and 2010, he served as a team coordinator, research assistant and principal investigator with the Remote Sensing Unit of the Portuguese Geographic Institute (GDR-IGP), Portugal. In his current position at the Climate Risk Management (CRM) Unit, Hugo will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team developing and implementing a prototype for Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought (DLDD) Monitoring Service for Latin America. His main research focus will be on drought monitoring, forecasting, vulnerability and climate change.
GeographerAlfred graduated in 1988 at the University of Amsterdam in Physical Geography and Soil Science. He specialized on Soil Erosion and worked on the quantification of the latter in the Tamale Region in Ghana. Subsequently he specialized on GIS and Database systems through PRIME System 9 and later using ArcINFO. He designed and realized a Industrial Planning System (IBIS) for the Dutch Planning Authority and did various projects for the Dutch Government on behalf of LOGICA (then CMG). In 1997 he joined the JRC and assisted in various projects in which automation and GI data processing are the main challenge.
Ecologist and GIS expertSpecialized in geographic information systems (GIS), with a Master degree in Environment analysis and management (Torino, 2009). Past experiences cross-cut the fields of biodiversity conservation, ecosystem and landscape management, impact assessment and restoration. Dario spent three years as GIS modeller at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (2014-2016, Bangor, UK), focusing on the spatial modelling of ecosystem services. Previously, he worked both as a freelance and within institutions such as the Joint Research Centre (2013), University of Torino (2009-2011) and US National Park Service (2010). He taught GIS and the like for three academic years as well, at Master level courses. His tasks at JRC include the development of drought indicators and contributing to the existing reporting service and tools.
Geologist expert in web GIS development
Spatially distributed estimation of hydrological variables using remote sensing data and land-surface modelsBachelor (2005) and Master (2007) Degrees in Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Hydraulic Engineering (2011) at the "Università degli Studi di Palermo". Post-doc Researcher at the "Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory" of the USDA-ARS in 2012 and 2013. Recently joined the Drought Group at the JRC-IES Climate Risk Management Unit. The main research topics are the use of remote sensing techniques for spatially distributed estimation of hydrological variables, the modelling of land-atmosphere fluxes exchange and the coupling of the two approaches through data assimilation.