Phase I - Steering Committee

Steering Committee Profiles

Lee Allison

Lee Allison
Arizona Geological Survey
US Principal Investigator, Steering Committee Co-Chair, WP 6 Co-Lead
State Geologist & Director
United States
Lee Allison was appointed State Geologist and Director of the Ari...

Lee Allison was appointed State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey in December, 2005. Previously, he served as State Geologist in Utah (1989-1999) and Kansas (1999-2004).  During 2004-2005, he was Policy Advisor for Science and Energy to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, and chaired the Kansas Energy Council from its inception in 2002 to 2005. Research Interests: Geoscience policy (hazards, energy, minerals), geoinformatics/cyberinfrastructure, community engagement.

Lee is the US Principal Investigator and leads the US Secretariat team.

Robert Gurney

Robert Gurney
University of Reading
UK Principal Investigator, Steering Committee Co-Chair, WP 6 Co-Lead
Professor and Academic Lead for Space/Earth Observation Research
United Kingdom
Robert Gurney is Professor of Earth Observation Science in the Sc...

Robert Gurney is Professor of Earth Observation Science in the School of Maths, Meteorology and Physics at the University of Reading in the UK. He is also Director of the Environmental Systems Science Centre, and one of the Heads of the Department of Meteorology within the School. He is interested in land-atmosphere interactions and the use of Earth Observation to improve our knowledge of how processes at the land surface scale in time and space. He is also interested in using novel cloud computing for organizing observations and model output and allowing these to be compared and visualized. He has been a member of numerous science advisory bodies. Before coming to Reading in 1990, he was Head of the NASA GSFC Hydrological Sciences Branch.

Roberto M. Cesar Jr.

Roberto Cesar
University of São Paulo - USP
WP 2
Institute of Mathematics and Statistics - IME
Brazil
Roberto has been a Full-Professor of the University of São Paulo...

Roberto has been a Full-Professor of the University of São Paulo (USP) since 2008. Graduated in Computer Science from Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (IBILCE - UNESP - 1992), MS in Electrical Engineering from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP - 1993) and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of São Paulo (USP - 1997). He is currently a Full-Professor in the Department of Computer Science - IME - USP. He served as a member of the Coordination Area of Computer Science of FAPESP and of the Evaluation Committee Capes (Computer Science). He is currently special advisor for Physical Sciences and Engineering at FAPESP. He is Director of the eScience Research Center at USP and head of the Computer Science Department. He has experience in computer science, with emphasis on computer vision, pattern recognition, image processing, bioinformatics and eScience.

Birgit Gemeinholzer

Birgit Gemeinholzer
University of Giessen
WP 5 (Co-Lead)
Germany
Birgit is involved in the following barcoding initiatives: TreeBO...

Birgit is involved in the following barcoding initiatives: TreeBOL, DNA Barcoding Initiative for Conservation, Plant Working Group, Leading Labs Network, and the following iBOL Working Groups: WG1.2 Land Plants, WG1.7 Freshwater Bio-Surveillance, WG2.2 Museum Life. She is also involved in the following aspects of barcoding: fieldwork/specimen collecting, Museum work/specimen curation, Labwork/generating barcode sequences, Management of barcode data, using barcode data in taxonomy/systematic biology, and using barcode data for other applications.

Toshio Koike

Toshio Koike
The University of Tokyo
WP 1, WP 2 (Co-Lead), WP 3, WP 5
Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering
Japan
Toshio is the Executive Director, Earth Observation Data and Info...

Toshio is the Executive Director, Earth Observation Data and Information Fusion Research Initiative (EDITORIA) at The University of Tokyo, and is a Special Adviser to the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. Toshio’s research interests include hydro-meteorological variability and its impacts on water resources, remote sensing and satellite hydrology, and hydrological processes in the Asian monsoon and their predictability.

Pierre Philippe Mathieu

Pierre Philippe Mathieu
European Space Agency
WP 1 (Co-Lead)
Dr. Mathieu is an Earth Observation Applications Engineer in the...

Dr. Mathieu is an Earth Observation Applications Engineer in the Earth Observation Science & Applications Department of the European Space Agency (ESA) in European Space Research Institute (ESRIN). He spent 10 years working in the field of environmental modelling, weather risk management and remote sensing. In particular, he is quite interested in fostering the use of geo-information data in climate services. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and M.Sc from University of Liege (Belgium), a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Louvain (Belgium), and a Management degree from the University of Reading Business School (Uk).

Mustapha Mokrane

Mustapha Mokrane
ICSU-WDS International Programme Offices
WP 1 (Co-Lead)
Executive Director
Japan
Mustapha Mokrane is the first Executive Director of the ICSU-WDS...

Mustapha Mokrane is the first Executive Director of the ICSU-WDS International Programme Offices since March 2012. He worked previously at the International Council for Science (ICSU) as Science and Information Technology Officer coordinating ICSU's Scientific Data and Information activities and liaising with its partners. He was also responsible for IT-related activities. After moving from Algeria, his home country, he trained as molecular biologist in France. His scientific background covers genetics and bioinformatics and he developed a strong interest in scientific data and information. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Aix-Marseille University.

Stefano Nativi

Stefano Nativi
National Research Council of Italy
WP 1, WP 5
Head of Earth and Space Science Informatics Laboratory
Italy
Stefano is head of the Earth and Space Science Informatics Labora...

Stefano is head of the Earth and Space Science Informatics Laboratory (ESSI-lab) belonging to the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research (IIA) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). He is an expert on multi-disciplinary interoperability and cyber (e)-infrastructures for Earth Sciences, with research and operational experience in the fields of Geospatial Information, Earth Observation, and international standardization. He is co-chair of the GEO Science & Technology Committee and lead of the European Team of the GEO Standard and Interoperability Forum (EuroSIF). He is president of the Earth and Space Sciences Informatics (ESSI) division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). He is member of the INSPIRE Drafting Teams for Metadata and Data Specification: Atmospheric Conditions & Meteorological geographical features. He is also an adjunct Professor of “Systems for land management” at the University of Padua.

Dale Peters

Dale Peters
University of Cape Town
WP 4 (Lead)
Deputy Director of Technical Services
South Africa
Dale serves as the Deputy Director of Technical Services in the L...

Dale serves as the Deputy Director of Technical Services in the Library Directorate at the University of Cape Town. Dale has also served as a member on the Data Intensive Research Initiatives of South Africa (DIRISA) working group, National Integrated Cyber Infrastructure, and a Project Manager of The Digital Imaging Project of South Africa (DISA), developing tools for capacity building to support international standards for the capture and storage of digital data. 

Bob Samors

Bob Samors
Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
WP 4 (Co-lead), WP 5
Senior External Relations Manager
Switzerland
Bob also serves as the Senior Consultant of the Association of Pu...

Bob also serves as the Senior Consultant of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), where he manages the APLU initiative to develop national measures of university contributions to regional economies. Bob has a long history and expertise in government, receiving his PhD from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and working for various state governments, senators, and Universities throughout his impressive career. His research interests include public policy and advocacy for federal research funding, formulation of national science and research programs, and federal technologies policy issues. As Associate Vice President and Director for Federal Relations at University of North Carolina, he secured more than $50M in earmarks and grants and assisted the President on national initiatives on learning innovation and other national policy issues.

GEO/GEOSS is not supporting a National Assembly Delegation as part of this effort. 

Andrew Treloar

Andrew Treloar
Australian National Data Service
WP 4 (Co-Lead) & WP 5 (Co-Lead)
Director of Technology
Australia
Dr Andrew Treloar is the Director of Technology for the Australia...

Dr Andrew Treloar is the Director of Technology for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) (http://ands.org.au/), with particular responsibility for demonstrating the value of bringing together data from different disciplines to answer new questions, and international engagement. In 2008 he led the project to establish ANDS. Prior to that he was associated with a number of e-research projects as Director or Technical Architect: ARCHER (http://archer.edu.au/ - an e-Research support environment), DART (http://dart.edu.au - data acquisition and analysis), and ARROW (http://arrow.edu.au/ - institutional repository software), as well as the development of an Information Management Strategy for Monash University. His research interests include data management, institutional repositories and scholarly communication. He never seems to be able to make enough time for practising his ‘cello, or reading, but does try to prioritise talking to his chickens and working in his vegetable garden and orchard. Further details at http://andrew.treloar.net/ or follow him on Twitter as @atreloar.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts with first-class honours, majoring in Germanic Languages and Linguistics, a Graduate Diploma in computer science, a Master of Arts in English Literature and a Ph. D. with the thesis topic Hypermedia Online Publishing - The Transformation of the Scholarly Journal.

Jean-Pierre Vilotte

Jean-Pierre Vilotte
Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
WP 1, WP 2 (Co-Lead)
Director of the Seismology Department
France
Jean-Pierre is a professor at the Institut de Physique du Globe d...

Jean-Pierre is a professor at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris and Director of the Seismology Department. His research interests include mechanics and dynamics of earthquake sources, full wave field propagation in complex geological media and site effects, and dynamics of frictional granular-type media with implications for gravitational debris flows. He is also involved in the development of a plate boundary observatory in Northern Chile, a collaborative project between the French CNRS, the University of Chile (Santiago), and the GFZ Potsdam.

Martin Visbeck

Martin Visbeck
GEOMAR
WP6
Head of Physical Oceanography Research Unit
Germany
Martin is Head of the Physical Oceanography Research Unit at GEOM...

Martin is Head of the Physical Oceanography Research Unit at GEOMAR. His research interests include the role of the ocean in climate variability, variability of ocean circulation, and deep water formation in subpolar regions. Throughout his career, Martin has served as a professor of at Columbia University and Deputy Director at Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences. He is currently a Senior Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a professor of Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics at Helmholtz Center Ocean Research Kiel, and is a member of AGU Ocean Science Executive Committee and the ICSU Transition Team (the interim governing body of the “Future Earth” initiative).

Christoph Waldmann

Christoph Waldmann
University of Bremen
WP 3 (Lead)
Coordinator of the COOPEUS Project
Germany
Christoph is a Coordinator of the COOPEUS Project “Connecting Res...

Christoph is a Coordinator of the COOPEUS Project “Connecting Research Infrastructures” as well as the Senior Scientist at the University of Bremen, Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM). His research projects refer to the development of new methods of the efficient, long-term observation of processes in the sea. The work covers the range starting from hydro-acoustic methods and instruments, e.g., to the quantification of bubble streams, about optical methods for measuring basic parameters in the water column up to mobile and stationary observation platforms.