Dr. Charalampos (Haris) KONTOES


Research Director - Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing - National Observatory of Athens (NOA/IAASARS)

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Dr KONTOES Charalampos (Haris) holds the position of Research Director in the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA/IAASARS). He received his Doctorate in Remote Sensing of the Environment (NTUA, 1992). He completed his doctoral studies holding a grant from the European Commission in the Institute for Space Applications of the Joint Research Centre at ISPRA (Environmental Mapping Group, JRC). Since 1992 he has been assuming responsibilities in managing Earth Observation operational & research projects, focusing on risk assessment and mitigation, risk monitoring and management, environmental resource management, and mapping in various contexts and scales. He leads BEYOND Center of Excellence (www.beyond-eocenter.eu) and a highly skilled research team with active participation in Space related projects funded by ESA, EC Framework Programs, H2020, COPERNICUS, and GEO. The Center's activity focuses on Emergency Response (during crisis) and Emergency Support (preparedness and recovery) (according to the Copernicus EMS standards), the protection of Sea and Atmospheric environment, as well as advanced topics relating to Agriculture and Food Security, improved Access to Renewable Energy Resources, and Climate Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change.

Dr. Charalampos (Haris) Kontoes in his capacity as National Delegate in Space fora, he is responsible for leading and coordinating interdisciplinary high level representations in several Decision Making Boards and Program Committees (e.g. ESA PBEO, EC Space Program Committees (FP7, H2020), COPERNICUS Committee, Space Advisory Committee).

As a scientific director of BEYOND Center he also has the responsibility to coordinate the development and sustained operation of the Copernicus Data Hubs in Greece (the Sentinel Greek Hub - http://beyond-eocenter.eu/index.php/web-services/sentinels-greekhub) for Sentinel data dissemination globally, as well as the operation of the so called Hellenic Sentinel Data Hub - http://sentinels.space.noa.gr). He has developed, and is currently assuming the responsibility of the Ground Segment facilities operated by NOA, for receiving in real time a multitude of EO satellite missions. He is author of more than 170 publications in reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Member of the editorial board and reviewer of highly ranked Scientific Journals (IJPRS, IJRS, SENSORS, IEEE Geoscience and RS). Member of the Advisory Boards of on-going EU and ESA projects. EC expert evaluator in the various framework programs (FP6, FP7, H2020).