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Dr Michel Verstraete 
Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability

Tel: 00 39 03 32 78 55 07 
Fax: 00 39 03 32 78 90 34

Michel is a physicist by training. He obtained his doctorate (D.Sc.) in Atmospheric Sciences from MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA; worked for 7 years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO, USA and taught at the University of Michigan for one year. Michel then moved to the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Italy, where he's been working for the last 22 years.

He has been a long-term member of the NASA JPL MISR Science Team and his current research is focused on the quantitative characterization of land surfaces using remote sensing techniques in the optical domain. In 2011, he spent 6 months on sabbatical at CSIR in South Africa, doing research, teaching and lecturing on advanced remote sensing techniques, as well as fieldwork.

Most recently, he has been developing and implementing, at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), a new processing system to generate high-resolution (275 m) land surface products.