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Kabindra Adhikari

Kabindra Adhikari is a soil scientist with expertise in pedometrics, soil-landscape modeling, environmental data science and precision agriculture applications. He holds a PhD in Agroecology with research focusing on pedometrics. His research interests include digital soil mapping, pedology, soil sensing, terrain analysis, soil spectroscopy, soil carbon, soil morphometrics, and ecosystem services. He is developing tools and guidelines to promote precision conservation for croplands by coordinating geospatial data streams for the assessment of sub-field cropland productivity, economics, sustainability and environmental impacts.

Avelino F Arellano

Associate Professor of Data Assimilation and Atmospheric Chemistry at the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona (UA). He is also a faculty member of the following UA Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP): Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis and Applied Mathematics.

His research focuses on investigating human fingerprints in the atmosphere. His research combines numerical models and observations to study atmospheric constituents, especially those emitted from combustion-related activities, and how these constituents affect air quality, weather, climate, and our environment.

Vladimir Badenko

Current positions:
* St.Petersburg Polytechnic University
Professor of Water Management and Hydraulic Construction Department
* St.Petersburg State University
Professor of Cartography and Geoinformatics Department

Research Interests:
Geoinformation systems (GIS) in regional planning and land use management
BIM & laser scanning; Coupling of environmental physics models and GIS; Agroecosystem modeling in GIS environment; Fuzzy logic methods for decision support in GIS environment.

Research Projects:
2011-2014 GIS for drainage system monitoring in Leningrad oblast'
2009-2010 GIS for support of investment program of "RusHydro" company
2001-2004 Information system for the register of the underwater potentially dangerous objects of Russian Federation
1998-2001 GIS for natural resource evaluation in Leningrad oblast'
2017-…. Research and development of algorithms and software for the processing, storage and visualization of laser scanning and photography data

Michela Bertolotto

Dr Michela Bertolotto obtained her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Genova (Italy). She is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science, University College Dublin.

Her main interests are in Spatial Information Systems and Science.

Jason K Blackburn

I am a Professor of Medical Geography at the University of Florida. I am jointly appointed to the Emerging Pathogens Institute and I co-direct a BSL-3 Select Agent pathogen lab focused on bacteria. I founded and direct the Spatial Epidemiology & Ecology Research Lab, which combines our BSL-3 work with spatial modeling of pathogen habitats, animal movements, and ecological modeling.

Alison G Boyer

Research scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Chief Scientist of the ORNL Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) since 2016. The ORNL DAAC provides data management, curation, and data disimmenation for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terrestrial Ecology Program.

Joint Faculty Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

General research interests: global change ecology, biogeography, and biodiversity. Her research uses remote sensing data, machine learning, and other data science tools to understand the past and present interactions between human societies and ecological communities.

Domenico Capolongo

Domenico Capolongo is associate professor of physical geography and geomorphology at University of Bari.

Research interests are in the field of geomorphology and environmental sciences.
In particular he studied the spatial and temporal distribution of erosion processes at different spatial and temporal scales in high rate evolving landscapes. The principal effort is an attempt to develop a better quantitative understanding of physical processes operating on the earth surface. He use some combination of theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches. Because the issue is to understand natural systems, integrating observations and field data (both of active processes and recorded in the geologic record) with theoretical and model results is also an essential component of his research.

He uses GIS, remote sensing and computer simulation as principal tool for qualitative and quantitative insight into this complex systems and as a virtual laboratory to explore theory by simulation.

Guillermo Castilla

I am a remote sensing research scientist at the Canadian Forest Service. I integrate geospatial technologies to map and monitor land cover, forest structure and composition, and natural (e.g., fire, insect outbreaks) and anthropogenic (forestry, oil and gas) disturbances in support of forest ecosystems and climate change science and policy.

Marco Cavalli

Marco Cavalli obtained the PhD in Environmental Watershed Management in 2009 at the TeSAF (University of Padova) with a thesis on "Hydrological and morphological characterization of mountain basins by means of airborne LiDAR technology”. Since 2009 Marco Cavalli is Researcher at CNR-IRPI of Padova. His research interests include: Geomorphometry, Airborne Laser Scanning technology (LiDAR) and high-resolution DTMs applications, Geomorphic processes in mountain catchments, Post Flash flood investigation, analysis of historical information, GIS and surface hydrology. Currently, his main interest is related to sediment connectivity assessment through geomorphometric approaches.

He is\was scientific responsible or coordinator of CNR IRPI in several National and European projects (SedAlp, GESTO, Gadria Project, KINOFLOW). Since 2011 he is teaching a course for PhD and post doc researchers entitled 'Geomorphometry: quantitative analysis of earth surface' at the University of Padova. He is\was supervisor of three research grants at CNR IRPI, co-advisor of two PhD and several B.S. and M.S. theses of the University of Padova, Udine, Wageningen, Stockholm on geomorphology and hydrology fields. He is author and co-author of more than 50 papers in international journals.

Tianfeng Chai

Tianfeng Chai is an Associate Research Scientist at CICS-MD and the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA. He got his master and bachelor degrees from Tsinghua University in Beijing, majoring in Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, and Environmental Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, with his dissertation of "Four-Dimensional Variational Data Assimilation Using Lidar Data" focusing on atmospheric boundary flow. He then worked with Dr. Greg Carmichael to develop chemical transport model adjoints and computational framework for data assimilation applications before moving to working on the NOAA National Air Quality Forecast Capability (NAQFC) project in 2007. He currently works on the inverse modeling problems using HYSPLIT (Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory Model) to support several projects at NOAA Air Resources Laboratory.

Simon J D Cox

Simon's professional focus is informatics applied to earth and environmental sciences. Starting in geophysics and mineral exploration, he recognised patterns in information structures that are common across multiple applications or domains, and are thus amenable to standardized cross-domain solutions. In support of this goal, he has engaged in various international standardization efforts, primarily in geospatial and web communities. A consistent conceptual view has been adapted to successive technology frameworks, including XML, UML, JSON, RDF, OWL, and Linked Data. His current work is mainly aligning geospatial information standards with semantic web technologies and linked open data principles, with a particular focus on governance arrangements and vocabulary publication and management.

Dr Cox was awarded the 2006 Gardels Medal by OGC, and was selected to present the 2013 Leptoukh Lecture for AGU.

Matt Duckham

Matt is a Professor of Geospatial Sciences, RMIT University, and Director of the RMIT Information in Society EIP (Enabling Impact Platform). Prior to moving to RMIT University in 2015, Matt was a Professor at the University of Melbourne, where he had also held an ARC Future Fellowship (2010-2014). He moved to Australia in 2004 from the US NCGIA (National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis) at the University of Maine, USA.

His research is connected with spatial reasoning and computing with uncertain and imperfect geospatial information, with applications to defence, emergency response, transportation, and environmental monitoring. Matt is an author of the widely used university textbook "GIS: A Computing Perspective" now in its third edition.